Friday 30 November 2018

Tag Friday - Christmas Tag

It's another Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey and I am really starting to get into Christmas mode.
Here's my sample for today.

Process steps
1. Lightly paint tag with white gesso leaving some of the card showing through.
2. Using decoart media fluid acrylics mix a couple of watery colours and then dip and dry to create your first layer of colour. (I used raw umber and quinacridone red).
3. Repeat step 2 using titanium white to achieve a mottled effect.
4. Tear some tissue tape strips and add and lightly dry brush some gesso over them.
5. Machine stitch around the edges.
6. Mix some white modeling paste and white gesso together (approx half and half) and with a palette knife scrape it through a stencil, add some coloured distress glitter and leave to dry. (See Tim Holtz Holiday Hacks videos for a do it yourself hack). I used a coloured glitter that really didn't look right so out came the raw umber painted and they got painted.
7. Dribble a watery wash of a darker colour around the textures and dry.
8. Gather together collage elements including ephemera, metal embellishments, some die-cuts, words and paper doll.
9. Put the background layers of the collage together and glue them to each other. Add some machine stitching and then some foil to the edges. (I used versamark, sticky embossing powder and foil sheets).
10. Adhere the collage to the background, add the paper doll, embellishments and words.

Sometimes I plan out my steps before I start and have an idea of where the collage is going to go but as I make up my designs I will often change them as I go along.

When adding collage layers sometimes I will just layer and glue straight away, other times I might make up the collage as a separate element before I then add it (which is what I did on this one). It gave me the opportunity to add more stitching before I glued it down.

I made sure I knew where the collage was going on this design before adding the stencilled texture so that I only added it in the gaps that needed something extra.

So if you are looking for some tag inspiration please pop over to the AVJ post today to see the wonderful creations the team have come up with. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend and .....



Kate Yetter said...

A beautiful collage background with that vintage image. Lovely, Brenda!

S@ndy Diller said...

Love your tag Brenda - the patchwork is so perfectly suited to the paper doll. Tis the Season. Hugs, S@ndy

Gina said...

See now this is how I see Christmas...soft vintage and slightly distressed lol Haven't even started yet, but love seeing your creations for inspiration XXX

Words and Pictures said...

Delicious warm colours with a touch of frost, and perfect vintage collaging. She's adorable... hadn't spotted her yet.
Alison x

froebelsternchen said...

This tag is simply gorgeous! I love thos details and the overall look ist artsy! BRILLIANT!
Hugs, Susi

Redanne said...

Love the gorgeous background and the little girl standing on the sentiment is so sweet. A truly beautiful tag! Hugs, Anne xx

Jane said...

A lovely painty background Brenda and a super collage, the paper doll looks perfect there. Have a super weekend, we're off to see our babies xxx

Meggymay said...

A fantastic festive collage tag Brenda, super additions.
Yvonne xx

Lisa said...

It's absolutely stunning!! I love reading how your amazing projects come together!! This is gorgeous, Brenda!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous multi-layered tag Brenda, great colours and love the addition of the stitching!!

Julia Aston said...

A lovely collage of patterns and stenciling Brenda, the snowflakes are so sparkly with the addition of glitter!

Annie said...

Beautiful background details Brenda x love the collages elements as well as texture using the stencils x TFS and hugs Annie x

sarascloset said...

Oh, my! Brenda, this is a beautiful vintage tag and as always, your collaging is enviable! Every single elements plays so perfectly with each other! I'm really happy to see you using a new Paper Doll. I haven't seen many of them being used this season, but then I don't 'get out' much! Merry Christmas!

Paper Profusion said...

Beautiful tag Brenda! Nicola x

Deb said...

Lovely as always Brenda and great tip to layer some of the collage elements separately so you can add stitching, etc. if desired before adding it to your piece. And the painted glitter looks fabulous, I thought it was some of Tim's old Vintage Photo or Brushed Corduroy Distress Glitter! Thanks so much for sharing your process and your lovely tag, Deb xo

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Brenda! What a treat this is! I love how you added stitching...something I can do myself now my machine is fixed!Hugs, Chrisx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Love your Collage beauty and that precious paper doll.. Haven't seen her... Beautiful Christmas tag!

A Pink said...

Adore your tag, Brenda. Wonderful design and faultless execution. A tag that holds a lovely touch of Seasonal charm .
Hugs x