Saturday, June 23, 2018

Mixed Media Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with Graphic 45's Couture

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
Its always fun to pull out an old collection and see what happens, and so I did!  This is Graphic 45's Couture collection from 2013 and it's a favorite of mine.  I started out with a medium sized Tim Holtz Etcetera tag.  (They are great tags and at 6.5" x 12", there's lot of room for your art!)
Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
I started out by stenciling on a background and then added color with Distress Oxide Inks and paints.  

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
Couture has plenty of great images for fussy cutting and I added some of them on the right side.

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
A large floral cluster at the botttom left and the top right give the tag just the right symmetry.

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
 I added extra sparkle to the flowers by edging them with Stickles.

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
 Flowers and a bow make the upper corner stand out.

Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
 There's even a secret pocket on the tag that's made from a cut-apart.  I matted the cut-apart on a larger piece of design paper and popped it all up with dimensional foam, creating a pocket.
Mixed Media Couture Etcetera Tag
Now, I like to recycle, so I used a packaging tag from Graphic 45 to fit a secret tag inside the pocket.  I die-cut a tag cover using G45's new regular tag die and covered the recycled tag with Couture design paper.  The new G45 dies are fabulous, there's a die for each of their tag sizes, a clock, gears, and flowers!  Love them all!

As a finishing touch, I sprayed it all over with Therm-o-web Iridescent Glitter Dust, it makes the whole tag all sparkly and glamorous!

I often get asked, "what do you do with those tags?"  I have several thoughts on that and one of them being that it doesn't have to have a purpose, it's the act of creating that is important to me.  I've made something I like and it's pretty.  Maybe I'll hang it in my studio or I might gift it to someone special with a message on the hidden tag.  I might attach it to a present.  Wow, think how pretty this would look on a simply wrapped gift.  And, if someone looks at it and says they love it, well it might just go home with them!  It's all about the creation, it doesn't have to have a reason for being!

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it so much.  xxoxox

Supplies:
Graphic 45 Couture Collection




12 comments:

  1. I agree, doing a tag is the process. It could appear on a gift or a thank you or anything you like!

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  2. A truly beautiful tag, you are so right, Art doesn’t need a reason or a purpose. However your tags brighten the days of all your visitors who visit your blog xx

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  3. The tag is fabulous—love the secret pocket.

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  4. Love the layers and pics to illustrate them; wish I could do this as easily but I am learning and keep trying.

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    1. Thanks so much, you'll get the hang of it in no time, there is no wrong way, just whatever looks pleasing to you!

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  5. Hi Maggie! What a wonderful and interesting tag! Just Love it! Now, can it go home with me!?! :) Really enjoyed this and especially your last paragraph! hahahahah :)

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    1. Thank you so much! You'll have to come to my house to get the tag!

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  6. What a fascinating tag. Your focus on couture is classic in your design, your overall layout so lovely. My thought on tags: they can make great home d├ęcor...a true conversation piece. tfs

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    1. Thanks Helen, your comments always brighten my day!

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