Friday, 29 April 2016

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hello all and happy Friday! It's the 5th Friday in April and that means we are having tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey. Several design team members are sharing tags today, so do go and check them out!!
I used two size 10 tags to create this project, because I wanted to use one of my Tim Holtz mixed media dies and have the bottom tag peep through. I had a specific purpose in mind for this tag, as you will see in a moment. I'll give you a quick run through of how I got there..
I started with adding some Grunge Paste through a stencil. I am sorry, unfortunately I don't know the maker of this particular one... I also added some Finnabair Clear Crackle paste to various corners.

Next I cut with one of the mixed media dies and then added colour with the help of Distress Paint and spray in Antique Linen and various colours of the new Distress Crayons, - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso.
I really should have cut the die first, as |I wanted it in this particular corner, I had to turn the tag over before cutting, giving me a less crisp cut on the front, - ah well, live and learn....
Next I worked on the second tag, covering it with tissue wrap and then adding similar colours of Distress product. I also added some tissue tape to have some more text showing.
Time to gather some embellishments, various Ideaology pieces and some cut out stamped images. Like usual I gathered some more as I was putting my tag together as you can see below.

And here you can see the tag all layered up. I added the little globe die cut still, a gift from my lovely teamy Julie. I offset the two explore die cuts to create a kind of shadow effects and also added some background stamping, some remnant rubs and shadows to bring it all alive.

Now, what is the tag for you may ask? Well, to become part of the cover of one of my sketchbooks, a lovely Moleskine one that is just the right size and had become really grubby so it needed a make over.
I covered the front with a layer of extra thick gesso, not worrying about the inner part that was going to be covered anyway.
I added some texture around the edges by pouncing a pallet knife while the gesso was still wet. I love the stucco effect you get with that.
I then coloured it with Acrylic paint and adhered the tag in the center, and voilà.
As you can see, the tag is the perfect size for this sketchbook. Here are some close ups still:
Both the metal element and the number 14 were coloured and distressed with Distress Crayons, they are great for that, much quicker and easier than either paint or alcohol ink, and once they are heat set they are permanent.
The words in red were all stamped using a very old Tim Holtz stamp, Photo Studio, I stamped them in Maroon Red Archival.
Below finally is the back of the sketchbook:
I had this bit of rice paper with the vintage car on it that I adhered to the back cover. I then blended it into the background with the help of some Distress paint and crayons, finally I stamped around the edges using part of a La Blanche stamp.

Well, that's it for now. Hope you will take a look at the amazing tags my teamies have created, no shortage of inspiration. Meanwhile, thank you for visiting here and have a great weekend!
xxx

37 comments:

  1. Love all the elements of your tag Astrid - so many layers and they are all fabulous. Loved seeing how you put it together. S@ndy xx

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  2. Wow - what an incredible project and step-through!! Absolutely love your tags, especially the one with the mixed media cutout- your colors, textures and patterns are amazing! And what a great update to your little Moleskin journal - perfect! xxx Lynn

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  3. Wow!! Another awesome project Astrid!! Love the peek-a-boo look done with the mixed media cut-out (finally bought that die for myself! Yayy!!) and the colours are stunning as always. The distressing on the metal elements looks fabulous and I love all the different layers .. stunning!! A perfect fit for the fabulous make-over of your journal cover .. beautifully done!! hugs xx

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  4. Beautiful tag and a wonderful makeover for your journal. Hugs, Valerie

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  5. Another stunning creation here Astrid, and I love the texture and the colors, you mixed up soo perfectly here to get this totally amazing result here. Sooo gorgeous work here again again.
    You have a wonderful week-end too and lots of great fun too.

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  6. Wow, what a tag! I love it! The textures and the colours and the stamped pieces

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  7. Amazing tag and such a wonderful way to use the dies. Great colours and textures as well

    Enjoy the weekend Astrid

    Love Chrissie xx

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  8. What patience you must have Astrid, so many processes and techniques but what a stunning tag to end up with.

    B x

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  9. Wow! So many brilliant details and a really super way to give your journal a makeover! Chrisx

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    1. Ein wunderbares Tag, liebe Astrid...
      so eine feine präzise Arbeit.
      Man kann alles deutlich erkennen und lesen.
      Ich bin sehr beeindruckt.

      Herzlichst Sophie

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  11. As always, you take my breathe away with your gorgeous tag, full of texture and beautiful colours and it looks wonderful on the front of your moleskin sketch book! I love the back image too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  12. Stunning! I adore this! The colors, texture and all the beautiful details!

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  13. What a beautiful project! Love all the details and texture! Have a great weekend!

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  14. This tag is fantastic and looks perfect on the cover of your journal, Astrid!

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  15. Gorgeous Astrid, love the die cut corner element and the texture, colours and layers. Love the vintage car. Lovely design. Have a wonderful weekend. Tracy x

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  16. Brilliant texture...so you...love both of these, and love the horizontal position!

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  17. Absolute perfection! I LOVE it all. <3

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  18. Oh my Astrid, that is one fabulous tag and then to add it to your moleskin book - just wonderful. Brilliant colours, texture and layering. Love it! Jennie x

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  19. Fabulous textures and images. Its a great tag and is a beautiful cover for your journal book.
    Yvonne

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  20. beautiful tag Astrid - I love the whole thing! Big hugs rachel x

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  21. As always, I love your most wonderful designs! Your selection of colors and textures is always wonderful - another beautiful tag!

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  22. Gorgeous Astrid.. LOVE your process, and thanks for sharing that!

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  23. Gorgeous Astrid.. LOVE your process, and thanks for sharing that!

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  24. Wow Astrid! What a gorgeous tag! Love all the texture and layers! Thanks for the inspiration! You make me want to pull out those TH products that I've hoarded! :)

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  25. what gorgeous covers you made for your journal Astrid - a wonderful use for your beautiful double layer tag - love the die cut out part and all the texture, colors and stampings! Julia xx

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  26. Can't begin to tell you how much I love this tag Astrid, gorgeous colours, textures, embellishments and then you add it to that wonderfully textured cover! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  27. Another very beautiful project of you hands dear Astrid!!! I really love your creations, they are so unique and beautiful!! You really are a talented lady, with al lot of skills!!

    Have fun!!
    Maria

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  28. Gorgeous tags together Astrid, I just love all the texture and the colours you used and what a great way to use it as a cover for your moleskin. I adore it.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  29. Two fabulous layered tags (almost seems a shame to cover almost all of one of them up - but it's such a cool look!) and they work brilliantly as the cover for the sketchbook. I love the colours, and that fabulous stencilled texture, and the beautifully weathered number plaque is perfect.
    Alison x

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  30. Wonderful and such a great idea to use on a cover of a Moleskin book! You have more ideas than Carter's got Little Liver Pills!
    sandy xx

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  31. Fabulous tag Astrid, love the colours and textures and a wonderful makeover for your journal.
    Avril x

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  32. Fabulous! Astrid so true to your admirable style . Loved seeing and reading the creative process- thank you for sharing and as always inspiring .
    I'll be popping back later to catch up with your blog posts that I've yet to see .
    hugs x

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  33. I love the double tags, creating so wonderful layer and texture, dear Astrid. And beautiful with the crackled corners, the blue tones are so gorgeous, and the thick gesso made a fabulous frame around your tag, creating the cover of your sketchbook.
    So wonderful. xoxo

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  34. Your tag is amazing Astrid and its great to see it on the journal cover........absolutely gorgeous details. TFS and hugs
    Annie xx

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  35. You are an amazing artist! All your works are stunning, full of details and I adore the deatails! BArbara

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  36. You are an amazing artist! All your works are stunning, full of details and I adore the deatails! BArbara

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