It's Anguree, on the blog today and I am absolutely thrilled to be joining this team of talented designers.
So for my first tutorial, I decided to share some tips on how to make a tag for someone special this Christmas. I just loved the pink and blue mood board which is something different than the traditional red, green and brown.
I started off with a blank tag from Kaszazz. If you don't have any tags in your stash, just cut a plain rectangular piece of cardstock and snip off the ends on the top.
I decided paint my tag, using the Tim Holtz, Distress Paints by Ranger, but you could use any other quick drying acrylic paint of your choice. My colour choice included following Distress Paints: Stormy Sky, Salty Ocean , Antique Linen and Spun Sugar.
Wet your paintbrush in water and get off any excess water by drying it a little with a wet wipe. Dip into a bit of stormy Stormy Sky Paint and roughly brush some strokes on your tag.
Fill in your brush strokes with the Salty Ocean.
Clean your brush and follow the same pattern, filling in gaps with Spun Sugar Paint. Use the same method and add the Antique Linen paint.
Once the paint is dry, use a script stamp with Archival ink and stamp randomly on the left side of the tag. (I used Magnesia blue)
Use a Stencil and add some modelling paste. Dry with a heat gun. (Apologies for a very messy stencil - I do clean them but black is a tough one to get clean ;) )
Gather some embellishments from your stash. For my tag, I just used some leftover die-cut pieces, an empty little jar, which previously contained micro beads, a leftover piece of chipboard and leftover flowers. So I used nothing new or precious. Just scrap bits of paper and little odds and ends I did not end up using for previous projects. So here's the tip: Get yourself a junk tin and chuck in all leftover bits next time you clean up after doing a layout. Leftovers in a junk tin can be a real money saver and treasure trove.
Paint your chipboard. I used Viva 3D Stamp Paint Silver.
Fill the little jar with some glitter to resemble the magic of Christmas.
Arrange your embellishments on the tag and adhere with 3D gel or any other glue of your preference.
Add some bling stripes to "hang" your embellishments. (Again I used an old opened packet.) You will note I changed a tiny detail of bling on the bottom while arranging and assembling the embellishments. This is normal for me, I do things, and then change it again before it's finished.
Add a touch of coarse glitter using a paint brush and some soft gel medium.
Hide any embellishments that you stuck on the back of the tag or paint by sticking another tag of the same size on the back of the tag. This will also give a little more support to a tag that may me a bit embellishment heavy.
Punch a hole in the top of your tag using a crocodile or single hole punch.
Set the eye lit and grab a string or chain as I did. Using a piece of chain, I had to use a tiny jumping from my stash. (Yes I dabbled into beads and jewellery making some years ago )
And there you have it., all done. Please play along this month and share your take on the mood board.
Hoped you enjoyed this time with me and look forward chatting to you again in February. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May you really enjoy this time with your family and friends.