Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Tag Tutorial and June Freebies

Hello everyone and thank you for dropping by here. Today I am sharing the second part of my tutorials for newbies by popular demand, this time altering a tag with a quick step by step. This is what the finished tag looks like:
I have also created some papers you can print. These are specially designed so you can use them for making tags like this. I left the middle part quite blank and light, so there is plenty of space for stamping and adding colour. I don't have a colour printer at the moment, so for my tag I used a paper from Pion Design. Here are the papers which you are free to use for any project you would like. They are designed to print out on 8 x 8 and will work best if you print them on smooth card stock.

Alright, on to my tag, - it started out looking like this, - cut from a 12 by 12 paper using the Tim Holtz large tag die which comes out as a size 8 tag,
My first step was to run the bottom half of the tag through an embossing folder.
I used three different colours of Distress Inks to colour my tag, Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber and Seedless Preserve, trying to find colours that would match the flowers that were on the paper
Start with the lightest colour and using a blending tool colour lightly around the outside of the tag, working your way slowly towards the centre.
Do a bit of text stamping with the same colour of Distress ink to add a bit more interest to the background.
Deepen the colour with your next darkest ink, again blending carefully from the outside in with small circular movements of your blending tool.
Adding the third colour and some stencilling with the second colour, plus some further background stamping, this time using a swirl stamp. The final step in the colouring process was to go around the outside of the tag with Ground Espresso Distress Ink..

Time to start thinking about embellishments. I used some Ideaology pieces and a fussy cut butterfly, but you can use die cuts, flowers, chipboard of whatever you have in your stash.
Play around with placing them on your tag until you are happy with your composition. I placed mine mainly in the bottom right corner, to balance the flowers at the top left.
Now for the final touches, I often add some shadow around some of my elements to add more depth. I found the best way is togo over the area where you want to add shadow with Ranger Glue 'n Seal. This dries completely mat and clear and then it is easy to blend either a Distress marker or any other marker (Faber Castell Big Brushpens work well for this) or a Stabilo All pencil.
I also highlighted the raised bits of the ornate frame with copper coloured gilding paste to bring out the texture.
A bit more subtle background stamping to fill in some gaps in the background.
A  muse token and some died seam binding in matching colour at the top, and the tag was complete.

Well, I hope this was useful for some of you and that you like the papers. They were definitely inspired by the Pion Papers that I used. My TOU are simple, you can freely use these papers for your projects, you are welcome to sell what you have made with them, all I ask is that you don't sell them as they are. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, I am always happy to answer if I can.
Thanks for your visit like alway as stay inky!


Ed said...

I love your work Astrid, and thank you so much for the papers, I have copied them and will make good use of them, you are so kind xx

Ink Art Designs said...

You have explained the process so clearly! You are always so generous and giving with your time, knowledge and talent. Thanks Astrid.
Dot x

Jan Ltc said...

Thanks so much they are gorgeous xx Jan

Glennis F said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for the freebies too

Patty O'Malley said...

This tag is beautiful, Astrid. Love all the blended colors and stamping effects.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful tag, love the colours, and thanks for the papers. Hugs, Valerie

brenda said...

Love today's creation, very inspirational Astrid and beautiful papers.

B x

Brenda Brown said...

Lovely to see how your tags come together Astrid they are always full of beautiful colours and textures and this is no exception xxx

chrissie said...

Thank you for the beautiful papers Astrid and also for the great tutorial on how you made this stunning tag.

Love Chrissie xx

Suzi B said...

Thank you so much Astrid. Love your step by step instructions showing your fabulous art..
Suzi B xx

JennyH said...

These are gorgeous Astrid, thank you : )

Karen said...

Thank you for the beautiful papers and the step by step Astrid. I am learning quite a lot right now from all you talented ladies xx

Dorthe said...

This is stunning Astrid, your way of slowly combining colors to achieve this very beautiful tones, is wonderfully told and shown, thank you , and also for the most lovely papers you generously offered us!!

Naomi said...

Thanks for so many things- I love your papers, your art and your inspiration. But I also always look forward to your quotes. Todays is just fabulous!

Caty said...

What a so gorgeous tag Astrid !! It ´s really fabulous!! Thanks so much for your tutorial, and your so beautiful papers. I wish you a very nice day, big hugs, Caty.

Maryann Laursen said...

WOUW this tag is absolut awesome again here Astrid. As usual you´ve made such a wonderful job and the result is fabulous as all your work.
And thanks soooo very much for the stunning papers, that you sooo generous have shared with us here, they´re also absolut stunning.

Lenka Blaskova said...

Astrid:) many thanks for such a lovely freebies and your tag is amazing.Thanks for sharing your art work. Love it.Hugs,Lenka

experiments in paper said...

Beautiful tag, Astrid - and marvelous step outs! I always love your layering of colors, stamping and stenciling - absolutely yummy here!! xxx Lynn

Annie said...

Such a stunning tag Astrid and as always you are so kind to share these fabulous details as well as inspiring those of us whose Mojo has taken leave x
Gorgeous freebies too x
Thank you for such generosity x you will be getting your wings next week 😃
Take care
Annie x

Suzanne C said...

As always your papers are just stunning! I love how you layer the beautiful images and then you added texture and gorgeous elements!

Meggymay said...

Thank you for the gorgeous freebie papers Astrid. The tag and tutorial is fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous tag and tutorial Astrid, lovely to see how this came together.
The papers are gorgeous, thank you, I look forward to using them.
Avril xx

M@miogée said...

Encore une superbe réalisation.
Merci pour le tuto.

rachel said...

beautiful tag Astrid - this is wonderful. I adore the warm yummy colours - gorgeous x

vickienipp said...

thank you so much for the papers they are absolutely beautiful, im so happy to find your blog!!

Nancy Dynes said...

Your tag is absolutely scrumptious, Astrid!! I say scrumptious because the gorgeous coloring reminds me of raspberry lemonade! I love your step by step for this beauty. It is perfect to the last detail. I can't wait to try some of your inspiring techniques!!

Pamellia said...

Gorgeous tag Astrid, loved watching your process for that! Your papers are so beautiful, they really make me wish I had a printer! hugs :)

Laura said...

Thank you so much for sharing your talent and work with us. Your art is so beautiful and inspiring.

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely beautiful warmth and depth with brilliant layering - you are most talented and generous Astrid. Thanks so much for sharing the how to - you really make it seem easy, when its not. Whilst I love Pion papers, how you have transformed this is stunning. Thanks for the super freebies too. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous tag Astrid! The papers are so pretty and I love the beautiful butterfly fluttering about! The stenciled detail adds such a nice touch! Thanks for the inspiration!

Barbara said...

Amazing tag and so clever! Love eveything !!! BArbara

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great tag , again Astrid, beautiful colours and great details!!! I olways injoy comming to your blog!!!

Have fun!!

Zoechaos said...

Beautiful tag, they are a great format aren't they.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Stunning tag Astrid and brilliant step by step .. will pin this for future reference! Love those papers too (going to pin those as well, he! he!) Just adore everything you make!!! hugs xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh My Astrid! Thank you for sharing so much - fabulous papers and so much information - the colours here are fabulous! Chrisx

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