Mixed Media Ornament Card - With Video
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'Joy' Tag...

Hi Everyone!  Krista here again to show you how I created this keepsake tag.  I'm thinking of putting it on the cover of an art journal, but it can be added to the outside of a package, used as a card or simply put on a mini easel to set out on display...Ok lets get started, here are some step by step instructions on how to make one yourself!

I applied some Gesso with a piece of cardboard to a manilla tag, I didn't worry too much about perfect coverage as I wanted to create texture.  Then I very randomly scribbled some Gelatos® in Coconut and Chocolate, added a spritz of water and blended it all over with my fingers.  I wiped off the excess and it created a wonderfully textured and interesting background!

PicMonkey Collage 1I took a script stamp and applied some ink with a Stampers Big Brush Pen (india ink) and stamped over the entire tag.  I LOVE working with the india ink pens as they are always permanent and very lightfast!  I always use them to create shading around the edges of a subject and the edges.  I took a dry tissue and softened up the lines by removing some of the ink.  Then I added some Whipped Spackle and a stencil to add a bit more texture.

PicMonkey Collage 2I tore off the bottom of the tag and used an Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil from the Neutral pack  with some water and added some color to the torn edge.  I then applied some Green Tea Gelatos® Double Scoop® to my craft mat, added some water and saturated some natural twine and a canvas tag which will be the stem and leaf of the flower.

PicMonkey Collage 3I took some cheesecloth and soaked it in a puddle of Blueberry Gelatos®Double Scoop®.  This will be the flower.  I used the Gel Medium and adhered the flower, stem and leaf to the tag.  I used some scrap pieces of cheesecloth and stuck them randomly to the tag with Gel Medium as well. I added some Raspberry Double Scoop Gelatos® to the background so the texture of the cheesecloth would stand out.  I added a decorative brad to the centre of my flower.  I applied some Black Licorice Gelatos® Double Scoop® on my craft mat with water and coloured the letters to spell out JOY.

PicMonkey Collage 4

I took some Pitt Artist Pens and shaded around the edges of the tag and the flower.  Then I wanted to add some shimmer and sparkle so I added a generous amount of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the purple textured area, the leaf, stem and the flower.  I wrapped some twine around the word JOY and added more shading with the PITT®Artist Pens.PicMonkey Collage 5


This was alot of fun to make, especially if you like getting all messy!  Thanks for looking!

~Krista van Tol~

Products Used: Gesso, Whipped Spackle, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium, Tool Set (Spatula), Stampers Big Brush (Nougat 178), Pitt® Artist Pens (Manganese Violet 160, Dark Sepia 175, Permanent Green Olive 167), Art Grip® Aquarelle (Neutrals Pack), Gelatos®Double Scoop® (Coconut, Black Licorice, Chocolate, Green Tea, Blueberry, Raspberry).  Manilla tag, canvas tag, brads, natural jute cord, cheesecloth, sticker letters, script stamp, TCW stencil, craft mat.


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Ann Custer

Beautiful tag, love all the color and texture.


ohhh it was so clever to highlight the joy word with the flower! WELL done!!! I love it!

Barb Housner

very fun - love the colors you used


Wonderful techniques, Krista. Love your tag and tutorial


fab textures with fabrics and love the shabby distressed look!The flower is a stunner.

kim b

wow, thats beautiful and you make it look so easy, great tutorial.

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