Mixed Media background to finished project

So you’ve got a cool background technique… now what? The easiest answer is to turn it into a tag or card, and today I am going to show you one such example!

This is just one example, and one tag that began with gesso & paint smeared (excess, really) on a tag. I stamped the tag a bit just to give some contrast using black archival ink and from here is where things really take off.

Using tweezers to handle the tiny details and sequins especially, I used PPA (my recommended adhesive) + a new 28 Lilac Lane kit called Sweater Weather to transform this background into a gift tag. I find phrase stickers or stamped sentiments helpful for color and detail as well Рbut just with embellishments is fun too.

A few tips: 

  • pick 2 key areas to work heavily in usually works for me – in this case the top and along one side
  • work large items to small items

This style of project is great for “clean the desk”, when you need a gift tag, or if you want to just play with those background mixed media experiments! This tag could easily be a card, a canvas, or a number of other projects. The key here is to add some texture, color, and detail atop your background so that you create a finished project. Don’t over think this – just go with the flow and have fun!

I’m really a big fan of taking ideas and stretching them across types of projects! From tags to cards to the cover of my journal – I do so love embellishing with fun details.

3 thoughts on “Mixed Media background to finished project”

  1. I like this tag. You gave me an idea to spend sometime and make some tags. Then when I have a need I can add them to card fronts, gift bag fronts and use as a tag. Thank you for sharing.

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