This is a step by step tutorial on how I made two collage mixed media tags using the Mintay Celebrations Paper Pack, which is not currently in stock in ASC Supplies Esty shop. You can keep checking the shop to see if its available or you can check out some of the other Mintay paper collections; they are all beautiful collections. I love making tags and especially large collage mixed media tags. I’m working on venturing out and getting into pastes and metallic wax, but for now paper collaging is allowing me to figure out what works for me, building up layers, and placing everything so that it looks nice. I’m really happy with how these turned out and can’t wait to make more of tags like this.
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ASC Supply List for the written tutorial project:
Supplies and tools from my craft room:
Hole Enforcer Punch
Regular Hole Punch
Art Glitter GlueE6000 Glue
Apple Barrel Paint – Sunkissed Peach (Walmart)
Apple Barrel Paint – Caribbean (Walmart)
Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen
Various types of flowers
Chunky Glitter Paper
DCWV Flip/Side Paper – Pink and Teal
4″ x 8″ tag base
Leaf, Window, and Scalloped Square Dies
Flat back pearls – white
Wide Ribbon – Pink and Peach
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Big Chat Words – Beautiful and Blessings
Distress Oxide Ink – Tea DyeStep One: I glued one side of the pink paper I chose from the Mintay Celebrations Paper Pack and glued it down to the 4″ x 8″ tag base. Then I flipped it over and glued the tag down to the opposite side of the paper, so both sides have a different image. Then I trimmed off the excess paper and punched a hole at the top.
Step Two: Next I took the We R Memory Keepers hole enforce punch and punched out two hole enforcer circles for each tag with corresponding paper. I glued an enforcer on the front and back of each tag.
Step Three: Next, I ripped pieces from the pink and teal paper and glued in the upper and lower portions of each tag.
Step Four: I selected two of the images from the cutout page in the Celebrations paper pack and laid them on the tag to see where I wanted them to be on the tag.
Step Five: I really wanted to use the window dies I have, so I cut out two in gold glitter paper, but then realized that just wouldn’t look right with the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Corners I had chosen. So, I cut them out again in a grey chunky glitter paper. Then I glue each window down to one of the images and trimmed off the excess picture from around each window.
Step Six: I took a box and removed the top layer to expose the corrugated part and cut two squares out at about 1/2″ wider than the windowed image. I then took and dry brushed the caribbean and sunkissed peach acrylic paints over the cardboard and the ornate metal corners I had chosen for each corner in the bottom of each tag. I wiped off the paint from the corners to give it a hint of color as I didn’t want to lose the metal color; I wanted the metal to just peek out from underneath the color. Once everything was dry I used the Tea Dye distress ink and distressed all of the edges of the tag and cardboard. I also did this on the scalloped square I ended up cutting before assembling everything together. I used the E6000 to adhere the painted corners to each tag.
Step Seven: I hot glued the cardboard piece to the center of the tag and then cut 2″ strips of the 6″ wide silver tulle. I folded the tulle in half, gathered it, and then hot glued it down to two sides of the corrugated cardboard. This is when I decided that I needed to cut out another piece from the printed paper pack to go over this before placing the window image down.
Step Eight: I wanted to add a big bow to the top of each tag, so I took my We R Memory Keepers bow maker and made a pink and peach bow; one for each tag. I hot glued down the scalloped square and then the window image on top of the corrugated cardboard and then hot glued the bow to the top of the tag.
Step Nine: Once the bow was in place I hot glued the middle of the tail of the bow to the upper right and left hand corners of the bow to give it that cascading look.
Step Ten: I die cut two leave branches for each tag using a leaf die and then proceeded to hot glue down the flowers making sure to glue the leaves behind the cluster of flowers.
Step Eleven: Once the glue was cool I took a Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen and brushed each of the leaves. After that dried I took the two different sizes of the acrylic tear drops and randomly glued five of them on each tag.
Step Twelve: For the final step I took the words “blessings” and “beautiful” distressed the edges with the Tea Dye distress ink, adhered each word to a corresponding piece of the Celebration paper, cut that around each word, and then glued them to the top of each tag.
All in all I’m really happy with how these turned out. My husband says their perfect for someone who is kinesthetic because of all the texture and I have to agree. I will be adding a thin piece of ribbon through the hole at the top so these can be hung.
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