Saturday, 25 October 2014

Mixed Media and Shabby Chic Chirstmas - the final two tags

Hello dear visitors and thank you for dropping in.
Today I am sharing the final two tags I put together for A Vintage Journey's Destination Inspiration post.
Here is the first one, a mixed media tag:
This started out as a plain size 8 tag over which I scraped some gesso with an old credit card.
I then pressed a piece of scrap card over it, pulled it off again and that gave me the cool textured pattern. Next I sprayed with various blue tones from the Distress Sprays: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and some Iced Spruce
I wanted to tone it all down a bit and give it more interest, though I was impressed with how well the sprays adhered to the gesso.
I added some strips of tissue wrap and stenciled some numbers with the help of the Cargo layering stencil. When the texture paste had dried I did some stenciling with Picket Fence Distress Paint and the Bubble Layering stencil. I also added a little home made spray using Chipped Sapphire re-inker and water. I then put the number stencil back in place and darkened the number with black Stazon Ink.
Time to embellish the tag:
I stamped the compass rose from the Classic 1 set twice, once straight onto the tag and then again on card. I fussy cut the actual compass rose and adhered it to the base and then added a little gear and nut which I had rusted up in the center.
I stamped the gents from the Steampunk set on smooth card, cut two of them out, inked them and then stuck them to the bottom of the tag with a little stamped round label.
Finally I stamped the sentiment from the Going Somewhere set onto some book paper, cut it out, distressed the edges and stapled it to the center of my tag and that was it.
The next tag is very different and much more feminine. No doubt it will eventually be integrated into a Christmas card.
For this one I used clear embossing paste from Wendy Vecchi and Tim's Harlequin layering stencil.
Next I used Vintage Linen, Iced Spruce and Brushed Pewter sprays for the background.
When it had dried I added a bit of Black Soot to the edges. As you can see it made a nasty wet edge at the bottom, but a bit of added water soon took care of that. I loved the wintery feel of this colour combination and at that point decided to make it into a Christmas tag. I created a kind of ornament by layering several die cut snowflakes and other dies on top of each other.

It's maybe hard to see from the photo, but there are three different dies layered on top of each other. Number 1 and 3 are from a Spellbinders snowflake set, in between is a die from the Ironwork accents. The central bit is a little metal filigree piece (available from the Funkie Junkie Boutique I believe
The little sentiment at the bottom was stamped with little letter stamps from the Papermania Madame Peraud collection, I punched them out and glued them to one of the Tattered Curvy Banner die-cuts and further embellished with some roses and pine branches and a piece of cheese cloth.
Well, that's it for today, thanks for visiting like always and have a good weekend!

39 comments:

  1. I'm the first!!!! Astrid both your tag are amazing! I love them for different reasons! The first tag is wonderful, I love the design, colors and stamps you used! The second tag is really special, soft and sophisticated! Beautiful as all your works! BArbarayaya

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  2. I would like to touch them - to feel their beauty not just to see.... they are just GORGEOUS ... wonderful art Astrid..
    Happy weekend!

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  3. I am always fascinated by the great texture you achieve Astrid, having read and re-read your post I think I need to add more gesso, perhaps I am a bit to frugal with it (not that's one of my normal attributes mind you).

    The first one has to be my favourite.

    B x

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  4. totally love these and thanks so much for the step by step ... wonderful as always x

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  5. I like both tags but the second one is my favourite. I also a appreciate your step by step guides..you are always inspirational.
    Suzi B xx

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  6. Lots of wonderful texture and images on these pieces Astrid and very beautiful additions as well.

    Love Chrissie x

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  7. Beautiful tags Astrid and I now have myself a few distress spray stains to play with. Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

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  8. Both tags are fantastic! I especially like the nautical/masculine blue one. Thanks for sharing the steps of how you created them, also.

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  9. Just amazing Astrid! I love the texture you achieved with the Gesso and credit card, very creative! The snowflake tag is stunning! The wintery palette and those lovely dies al work so well together! Thank you for sharing the step by steps as well! big hugs :)

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  10. Wow Astrid love both these tags and I'm very inspired by all your techniques thank you for sharing them xxx

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  11. Astrid amazing again. I love both tags. Wonderful structure. Thanks for showing how you made it.
    Very inspiring Anneke.

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  12. Amazing work!! Love the texture in the first tag! Have a great weekend!!

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  13. UMMMM WOW Astrid your techniques are awesome. I love that you scraped the paste on and textured with card stock. Love both tags!

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  14. Amazing tags , so beautiful each, ---the first one with the dramatic background...love the cut compass-rose, Astrid, and the white beauty is gorgeous with the different layered snowflakes .
    Hope your saturday is wonderful !!
    Dorthe,xo

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  15. Beautiful tags...all full of texture and color!

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  16. Both tags are fabulous Astrid, I really love the blue tones on the first one, not to mention the wonderful texture! The cool tones on the second one suit that gorgeous snowflake decoration beautifully. Lovely! Anne xx

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  17. Love both tags they are wonderful! Thanks for all the different texture techniques I am going to try some of them this week!

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  18. The tags are exceptional in texture and detail.
    I especially adore the snowflake tag.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  19. Astrid your work is always something special : beautiful, exciting, pretty, fascinating, impressing... I could go on. These tags are just as fabulous as all the art work you use to share with us. Awesome texture, details and fantastic finish on both tags. Funny they are so different. But both ammazing !!!
    Thank you for sharing and to go through how you created them. I'm truly appreciative for all you share.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  20. Hello Astrid,
    I love the first Tag the palette is to die for and I would not have toned it down one bit. I loved how loud and vibrant it was. I still loved the finished Tag though and your second as well.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  21. I agree with Sue ... I love the vibrancy! Fabulous texture and details!

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  22. Beautiful tags, Atrid! Love them both equally and the colour of the 2nd one is just lovely with the snow flake! Gorgeous! Xx

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  23. WAUW these tags are so beautiful Astrid. Each and everyone of them are fabulous and just perfect in any details. Stunning work as usual hun.

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  24. immediately fell in love with the christmassy one

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  25. Hi Astrid, both tags are stunning, I love the textures and colours. Your tutorial is fabulous as well. I always enjoy your inspiring artwork. Have a great week, Shirleyxx

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  26. Gorgeous! All of them are stunning!

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  27. ps.. I'm curious if you've used Dylusions sprays and if you find a difference with the Stain sprays vs Dylusions. I just bought 2 Distress sprays yesterday, I think they are little thicker somehow... I'll probably end up with most of them. Also do you use the distress Paints as well? I'm thinking about ordering them too. Thanks ! Hugs, Shirleyx

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  28. Gorgeous tags Astrid, I really like the grungy look of the first one and the elegant look of the second one!
    greetings, Alie :-)

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  29. Gorgeous tags Astrid,wonderful texture on each. Love the rusty elements on the first and the fab focal image and cord and I love the more subtle colour tones of the second. Hope you are well. Tracy x

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  30. Astrid, both tags are just stunning! I love the first tag at both stages too!! And your Noel tag- ahh, breathtaking!xoxo

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  31. Have you changed your blog font Astrid? I really love it is is easy on the eye...

    Two STUNNING Tags, both beautiful in their own way, my favourite is the second one as i adore greys and silvers and the delicate pastel touches are sensational.

    Thanks for the tutorials they are inspirational and very helpful :-) xxx

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  32. Two fantastic tags, great structure , great colours and great images, My favorite is the second one, but for a men the first once is really gorgious!! Great art work!!! I love it!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  33. Truly gorgeous tags!! Sorry it has taken so long to get over here and post a comment. Thanks so much for sharing the mixed media techniques. I'm wanting to explore mixed media more and when I see these tags, I see all sorts of creative possibilities. The first tag's compass rose just steals the show. And I love the spray ink background. Those colors are marvelous. And the vintage stamped images keep the color balances. Perfect. And that sophisticated soft Christmas tag ... puts me in mind of Victorian era makes (especially with the cream lace tag tie. Love the wintery background. Awesome!!! Thanks for the inspiration Astrid! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  34. Both are absolutely stunning as all your work - I don´t know, which one I prefer. Gorgeous art as usual :)
    Evelyn

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  35. Such a dramatically different look to each of these and every one a winner. Jenny x

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