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Girl with Wings Mixed Media Tag

Project Description: Create customized tags like the Girl with Wings Mixed Media Tag using Grafix Dura-Lar, Shrink Film, and Artist-tac.

Designed by: Kay Molyneux

Difficulty: Easy

Materials: 

  • Grafix Wet Media Dura-Lar cut into 3”6” (7.5 x 15 cm)
  • Grafix Shrink Film- Black, Clear and White
  • Grafix Artist-tac Adhesive
  • IndigoBlu – English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic Paints – 3 different colors (I used Grandma’s Tea Cup, Warm Tan, and Winberry Pie but you can use your own color choice) plus White Gesso
  • Girl in Thought, Tattoo Heart. Shine Bright stamp sets.
  • Black tag card 3″x6″ (7.5 x 15cm)
  • StazOn black ink pad
  • Colored pencils
  • VersaMark Ink pad
  • Silver Embossing powder
  • Silver craft wire
  • Liquid Glass from DecoArt
  • Co-coordinating ribbon
  • Butterfly punch
  • Small headed embossing tool
  • Silicon Glue
  • Yellow alcohol pen
  • Heat Tool / Oven

Steps to Make This:

Tag background

  1. Randomly paint two colors of paint in horizontal stripes to one side of the Wet Media tag. When dry scratch a pattern into the paint with the embossing tool, brush away any loose material.
  2. Paint over with the white gesso. When dry scratch a pattern from the stencil into the paint with the embossing tool, brush away any loose material.
  3. Paint over with a third color. When dry scratch a pattern from the stencil into the paint with the embossing tool, brush away any loose material.
  4. Paint over with the white gesso to finish layering, leave to dry.
  5. Use the Artist-Tac to attach to the back card background, paint side to the card.
  6. Stamp the sentiment and Tattoo Heart with black StazOn as shown.

Embellishments

  1. Using the black StazOn ink stamp the Tattoo Heart onto Dura-Lar Matte and cut out the wings. Stamp the light bulb onto clear shrink film, color on the reverse with the yellow pen, cut and shrink then wrap craft wire to the top and apply Liquid Glass and leave to set. (See Helpful note 2)
  2. Lightly sand a 4″x6″ (10x15cm) piece of white shrink film in a crosshatch pattern. Stamp the Girl in Thought stamp in black StazOn and color with the coloring pencils and shrink. (See Helpful note 3)
  3. Punch 5 butterflies from black shrink film push one side into the VersaMark ink pad and cover with silver embossing powder and shrink. (See Helpful note 4)
  4. Finish the tag by attaching the ribbon and adhere all the elements to the background with silicon glue as shown.

Helpful Notes:

  1. Any good make of acrylic paint will work and it is not necessary to add water when painting.
  2. I used Liquid Glass from DecoArt, liked the effect but it did take a long time to dry, you could use Glossy Accents or even two part resin.
  3. Remember color will intensify as the film shrinks so shade the image lightly.
  4.  The embossing powder will remain liquid and hot for a few minutes and will burn skin.

The packaging will have instructions to use the Artist-Tac adhesive and Shrink film. I prefer to shrink using a heat tool and I have a wooden block to control the shrinkage. If using embossing powder then don’t try to hold it down as the powder will become liquid when heated.

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