Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Britta - A Collaged Tag

Sometimes it seems like too large an create a Journal spread, or a scrapbook page, or canvas wall hanging.
But we can all make a tag....seriously....we can ALL make a tag. If you don't like the first background.....IT'S JUST A PIECE OF PAPER!!!
Throw it away, and start over. You can DO it. Remember - Just a piece of paper.

 I'll try to take you through it step by step. You can stop at any point where you think you've had enough. It's your project, make it however YOU like.
That's what I always told the students in my class. Don't copy me, make it your own. You bought the supplies, make something that makes YOU happy.

 This is a piece of 12x12 Corona paper from Finnabair and a #10 Manila tag.

Pretty simple.

 I added Soft Matte Gel to the back of the tag and glued it to the section of the paper I liked. Trim around the edges and use black thread to add some stitching in different parts of the tag. Leave your end threads long and uncut.

I ran out of tread and found this happy accident made some fun holes in the tag. Embrace your mistakes.

 I used some Cobalt Turquoise Golden Fluid Acrylic and Modeling Paste to mix up some color to use with the Honeycomb stencil.

  Add the paste randomly in spots with a palette knife.

 When dry, add Vintage Variety Lace and Doily, Fishnet, and Sunrise Sunset #2 stamps with Sepia and Jet Black Archival Inks.

 I also used the the Harlequin stencil and the white modeling paste. When it dried, I sprayed Dylusion sprays in various bright colors and water to let them run. Fun! 

 The water really makes a difference in making the colors run.

  I used Mechanicals and several were painted with the Heavy White Gesso.  When dry I sand off the top layers of Gesso to let you see the silver or, as on the flowers, gold metal underneath. Polish with a soft cloth to make them shine.

The Roman Numeral and Number are gessoed and dusted with a bit of Gold Metallic Archival Ink and a small brush.

The Linen Ribbon has been brushed with Soft Matte Gel and sprinkled with Antique Silver and White Art Sugar.

You can see the Mechanical Tassel is perfect with the Clasp hanging from the double bow.

This shows the Medium Flowers painted with Gesso and a Bottle Cap loaded with Glass Beads. The tiny paper flower was dipped in White Art Sugar.

You can also see that I added white and black pens as a layer.

Laying the piece out with a button and a key clip lets me see where something else is needed.

Out came the pearls, a snap, and the alcohol it or leave it. The choice is yours.

I used Perfect Labels, a Small Clockface, Medium Flowers, Mini Flowers, Washers #1, Sunrise Sunset Button, Star Brads, and Mini Numbers. I sprinkled some Junkyard Findings here and there, too. I layer my tags onto black mat board for stability.

The lovely little lady is ...Miss Britta. Love her to pieces!

Be sure to check out the links here to
 Finnabair's Mixed Media Place.

 And another cool note, Retro Cafe Art Gallery here in the States now carries several of these great products!!


Friday, September 19, 2014

A Special Place for a Skeleton!

 I found this cool little box at Hobby Lobby and just had to have it. I seem to collect anything wooden that looks remotely interesting.
Anyway, it looked like a perfect little Halloween box to decorate! 


This is the front with German Scrap on the bottom with my little wooden Punkins that I painted.
The Candelabra and Cat are Masonite cut outs from Retro Cafe Art Gallery...of course, as well as the Bat on top.
The papers and stickers are all from Graphic 45.

You open the door and Viola! Here's what you get!

With a little adjustment, the Skeleton fit into the box...bend carefully and the chipboard will be OK. 

The Pumpkins are colored with 2 colors of Inka Gold. and the Spider is painted and penned.
Boo is from the Newsprint Word Collage Cut Outs.

I love the checkered papers along the sides and tops. Perfect fit here.

You can see the different layers of UTEE on the Bat Cut Out and the Purple Glitter Glue on the Spider.

I painted the Candelabra white and added Sharpie Markers in blue and purple. Mr. Cat has Black Distress Stickles on him.
The Orange German Scrap was sanded and then the Inka Golds were added.
Black Cats and Happy Haunting are stickers from G45.

The little wooden Punkins are fun to paint with Liquid Pearls, and their faces are added with a fine black Sharpie pen.

And this is the back.....Gotta LOVE those pumpkin letters!!!
Check out all the great products at
Retro Cafe Art Gallery...Kristin will fix you right up!

That's it for today.... this little box needs a Special friend....I think I'll send it on it's way.


Retro Cafe Art Gallery Products:
Inka Gold-Copper and Green Yellow
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