Mixed media is an area of paper crafting that is new to me --- this style intrigues me! It is an area I would like to explore more. I am SO thrilled to share Ronda Palazzari's gorgeous tag with you today as she incorporates this style.
As I began to explore this area of paper crafting I discovered Ronda's site - Ronda Palazarri. It was through her stencils that we carry in our store that I first learned her name and I went in search of who she is. Exploring her blog I found a treasure trove of inspiration! As well, Ronda has written a book titled Art of Layers. I have not yet had the opportunity to meet Ronda, but I hope that someday soon (hopefully Winter CHA) I will have that privilege :)
Thank you Ronda for sharing your creativity with us today here in the CLASSroom - your tag simply glistens on the screen and welcomes the holiday season in style! -Ellen
Nothing says Christmas to me like a winter walk in the woods with the snow gently falling. This elegant tag is reminiscent of those silent nights with the moon shining brightly on the snow covered evergreen trees. Even though this tag has many layers, they come together quickly creating a beautiful tag that is easy to recreate.
Apply liberal amounts of matte medium with a paint to a #8 tag and cover with music paper. Burnish the paper into the adhesive and apply another coat of matte medium to the top of the paper giving it a protective seal. Once the matte medium is dry, trim off excess paper and punch hole in the top of the tag.
Add dabs of distress paints in Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, and weathered wood onto the craft sheet and spray with water.
With a sweeping motion, drag the tag through the colors covering the tag completely. You may have to do a couple swipes through the paint.
While the paint is still wet, dab into it with a paper towel in a pouncing up and down motion. It creates this beautiful mottle effect. Let the tag dry completely or heat to dry it.
Add a simple white layer using a dabber and my 6x6 spinning tops stencil. Swipe the paint gentle through randomly through the stencil being careful not to push too hard on the dabber top and cause the paint to bleed under the stencil. Let it dry completely or heat set the white paint.
Dab some gold metallic paint onto the craft sheet and paint a smaller snowflake stamp. Stamp it onto the tag. Repeat this step two more times making a total of three snowflake images. Once the tag is dry, stitch randomly on the background using white thread. *Note I cut my snowflake border stamp from the grunge snowflake set into individual stamps. You could just mask off the other images if you prefer not to cut your stamps.
Trim a piece of book paper down to fit into the star bottlecap tin. Adhere it to inside of the metal tin using matte medium. Apply a thin coat of the matte medium to the top of the book paper. Cover the book paper and the inside of the tin with gold metallic paint. Rub away some of the gold metallic on the paper revealing some of the book text.
Using a water brush, dip into the festive berries distress ink and paint the wood bird. You can do a couple coats until you get the saturation you desire. Add some Aged Mahogany to give the bird some depth of color. Let it dry. Paint the twig using the same method using Walnut Ink or any of your favorite brown distress ink.
Add some Christmas Red Stickles to the bird again making it heavier on the bottom of the bird than on the top.
Swipe some walnut stain distress ink onto the crinkle ribbon and spray with water. Crinkle up the ribbon and let it dry completely. Add little touches of Mercury Glass Stickles to the ribbon using your finger to smear it onto the ribbon. Now you are ready to assemble everything together.
Place some fabric leaves on the tag background along with a leaf pin and glue the altered star tin on top. Add the bird & twig to the star tin along with another leaf pin. Embellish the twig with some Pearl Roses.
Add Walnut Stain Distress ink around the edge of the tag using a blending tool. A silver glitter title to the tag and a crinkle ribbon bow complete the tag.
Other: Vintage Music sheet, book text, sewing machine
Please join us in welcoming Ronda here in the CLASSroom and thank her for sharing a wonderful mixed media tag with us all! Leave your comment below to be eligible for the random drawing of the $25 gift certificate to our store www.ellenhutson.com - be certain to do so before noon on December 13th to be eligible (one comment per person please.) Join us tomorrow when we debut a new tag designed by Kittie Caracciolo!