Sorry for the delay, sometimes life gets in the way of my best intentions! I am loving doing these tags! The March tag brought some new challenges, e.g. using paint to make a swirly multi-colored background without getting mud! I didn't have any Tim Holtz Distress paints but I have almost 100 bottles of acrylic paint that I used years ago for tole painting. Since Distress paints are described as very fluid water based acrylic paints, I thought my tole paints would work just as well. What I found out is that although they did work and looked very nice, they weren't anywhere near as vibrant as Distress Paints. Here is my March tag...
See what I mean? Very pretty, but not as vibrant. Actually this photo makes the colors look brighter than they really are. I started by putting some pieces of Tim Holtz tissue tape here and there on the tag. Then I dropped random acrylic paint drops onto my craft mat. I spritzed with a lot of water and then mixed them a bit with my finger and dropped my tag on top. When I picked up my tag, there were some bare spots so I put those back down in the paint until the entire tag was covered. Once the paint was dry, I stamped the butterfly in black ink. The butterfly is from Art Institute Glitter. I used a stencil from thecraftersworkshop.com called Numbers and Dreamweaver stencil paste to add the numbers. I sprinkled gold glitter over the paste and embossed it before the paste was dry. I know TH said to wait for it to dry, but I couldn't! I was very happy when it came out ok! The next step was to add embellishments. I used a pin that I had in my stash and a key, a Heidi Swapp Ghost Letter M for March, a butterfly wishes ticket that I found as a printable on-line and a butterfly image in a tiny frame that I've had in my stash forever! I collect quotes and decided to add one to my tag. I thought the blue that I used around the edges matched when I made it but it isn't right. Despite that, I'm happy with how my tag turned out.
Here are some close up pictures...
Isn't the little frame cute?
A friend who was doing the tags with me used Distress Paints and the colors were much clearer, more vibrant and more transparent than the acrylic paints that I used. I bet you know what happened when I found that out. If you guessed that I needed them...you are right!! It was a no-brainer, especially when I found out that Joanne's had all of their paper crafting supplies 1/2 off that day!! Yikes, that was serendipitous!! I was a very happy girl! Once the tag was finished and everything was cleaned up, I went directly to Joanne's to take advantage of the great sale! Can you blame me?? I "needed" them right?
On this tag I learned how to make another beautiful background, this time using multiple colors and my craft mat...the color combinations are endless! I also learned that using texture paste with a stencil adds a lot of texture and dimension and that you can make it any color by using different embossing powders. Embellishing is my biggest sticky wicket. I never know what to use or how to combine things but doing the tags is teaching me to let go of the anxiety and just try things that I have on hand and that eventually...if I keep rearranging them, I come up with something that is OK!
If you have any suggestions or ideas on mixed media or collage that might help me or others, I sure would appreciate hearing about them!! I like blogging, but it would be so much better to be able to sit together with some coffee and have a long chat with you about all of the things we love!!
Thanks for visiting,