Hello Everyone, Jennie here today, and thank you for joining me here at the yet the start of another month!
Last month I shared a Mixed Media Tag over at A Vintage Journey and a number of you asked how I had created the background. So I thought I would take you through a step by step of the different layers today. It is a little photo heavy so grab a cuppa before you start!
I used the Sissix Framelits die to cut two tags from patterned paper. I have used the Tim Holtz Wallpaper Stash but you will see how a lot of the pattern disappears by the time all the layers have been completed.
Next I added tissue tape. I do tear these strips in half as I find a full width strip a little dominant on a tag.
The next layer was Texture Paste which I added to the tag using the Harlequin Layering Stencil.
I find it easier to scuff up my edges at this stage as by the time the next stage is added it becomes more difficult to do.
Add a layer of gesso over the whole tag and leave it to dry.
Then the exciting bit! Adding your colour onto the tag. I have used Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain Spray. To get a lighter tone spritz again with water and dab off using a roll of kitchen towel - just roll the towel over the tag. Now I used a dirty bit of kitchen towel here and got a bit of yellow on it as well. Not a good idea but here it works ok!
Finally I add the stamping using Black Arcival Ink. I love little stamps for this and the new Correspondence stamp set is just perfect as is the little text stamp from the Shabby French set. When everything was dry I added a few splatters with the Black Soot and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.
As this is quite a busy background I decided to keep my embellishments quite simple. I stamped the Coneflower from the Flower Garden Stamp Set with Black Arcival and then painted it using the Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. Just keep adding layers until you get a mixture of different tones. When dry add a few flicks of Black Soot.
For a little emphasis under the flower I added more tissue tape, some negative ribbon and a great Small Talk Sentiment.
By this time I realised that my original background tag was too brown and my tag needed a black frame. I find it easier to sew these two tags together rather than glue them, but that is just a matter of choice.
The finished tag!
Thank you for still being with me at the end! I hope that this step by step has given you some idea of how to build up mixed media layers and that you will have a go yourself!