Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Techniques on Tags

Hello, Kirsten here with a little tag book to show you.  I love manila tags, they’re perfect for trying out techniques & colour palettes & If I don’t like the finished tag, I cut it up & stick bits in my art journal. 
I decided I would use only these Adirondack inks.
I scored the tags about a third from the end, this makes the fold on each ‘page’.
1 Apply white acrylic paint to the stamp with a tapping motion, building up a paint layer slowly, not too thick.
2 Stamp on the tag & allow to dry/dry with heat tool.
Blend assorted inks on top.
4 Wipe the paint with a clean baby wipe, removing the ink.  (Adirondack inks won’t dry on paint, so you have plenty of time).  Dry thoroughly.
1 Use a blending tool with a foam pad to apply the ink through the stencil.
2 Blend other colours on top.
3 Stamp with grey ink, then again with black ink on a different stamp.
4 Add highlights with a black, waterproof pen.
1 Mask off the centre with a die cut circle.
2 Blend assorted inks around the outside of the circle.
3 Stamp with black ink & add doodling with black & white pens.
1 Stamp with embossing ink & heat set with clear embossing powder.
2 Apply inks.
3 Wipe the embossed areas with a baby wipe.
1 Blend light coloured inks over the tag.
2 Apply a darker ink though the stencil.
3 Stamp with a contrasting ink THROUGH the stencil.
4 Stamp focal images with black ink, add white highlights.
1 Stamp the quote on the tag, wait a few seconds then spritz with water, wait again, then dry.  The water makes the ink run.
2 Swipe two different inks onto your craft sheet & spritz with water.
3 Drag the tag though the inks, spritz tag with water, repeat until you’re happy with the coverage then dry with a heat tool.
4 Spritz tag with gold mica powder mixed with water, dry.
1 Blend inks over the tag.
2 Stamp with grey ink & focal images with black ink.
3 Splatter the gold mica powder & water mix on top, dry.
4 Put your tags together & attach with brads.
Phew!  If you’re still reading, I thank you.
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 Until next time, happy crafting.


  1. I love this! It's Fab! Thanks for sharing. xxx

  2. Beautiful, Kirsten - I love the colours (haven't used my adirondacks for ages!) and your images.


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