There are so many beautiful projects on today's blog! Marina BlauKitchen and Kathy Clement really show off with our Tag Staples! They make the most incredible projects - you will love it! Let's jump into the fun:
"Love Tags because they are perfect to make a gift, a special complement for packaging and they can even substitute a card. I also love to hang them as a wall deco. This time I wanted to make a special box for them. I used DIY Craft paper to cover a box and beautiful Nature Sketchbook Collection to make the tags." ~Marina BlauKitchen
Tip: Use decoupage glue to fix DIY craft paper on the box and also on the surface of the paper for a more durable finished.
4501292 DIY Craft paper Architecture and Alphabet
#4501486 Nature Sketchbook Patterns&Solids
#4501492 Nature Sketchbook Journaling&Ephimera Cards
#4501488 Nature Sketchbook Flowers
#4501484 Nature Sketchbook 8”x8” pad
#4501282 Square Ivory Tag Album
#1272192 Petaloo Chantilly red velv hydrangeas
Now, Kathy shares a Mixed Media Steampunk masterpiece! What a gorgeous project:
"Three of my favorite words in the English language are Imagine, Inspire and Create. When Graphic 45 released their awesome Staples Square Tags with those very words laser cut into them, I was hooked. I decided to treat these tags to a day at the mixed media craft spa. My imagination and creativity took over and before I knew it, the tag project turned into a mini album filled with Steampunk images, colors and whimsy.
Paint, stencils, crackle paste, chipboard and embossing powders added all kinds of texture and steampunk vibe to this project. The tags function as the pages, and although there are only 3 tags, I added loads of fold outs, pockets and surprises to make for a really chunky, interactive album.
The Steampunk Debutante Deluxe Collector’s Edition filled me with inspiration, and I hope you’ll enjoy viewing this mixed media album as much as I enjoyed the process of creating it." ~Kathy
Tip: DIY papers are fabulous for mini album covers because you don’t have to piece papers together. To strengthen the area around the spine, I used iron on interfacing on the inside of the album cover where stress tears might occur in the wake of frequent use. The interfacing layer is covered by designer paper, so no one knows it is there except you. But the spine is protected, and that ‘s a good thing!
Tip: To create the dimensional wings on the album cover, I fussy cut around the wing area, leaving the background intact. Then I lifted the wings, shaped them with my fingers and glued just the wingtips to the album cover.
Tip: I covered everything on the cover with matte decoupage medium to strengthen and protect. While the wings were damp, I sprinkled them with a little glitter. The medium dries clear and holds the glitter in place.
Tip: Working with Mixed Media means you have to be patient. Paints, texture pastes and other mediums take considerable dry time. Build your cover, fussy cut paper images, create pockets and mini tags in between doing your “wet work.”
Tip: I used altered chipboard pieces to serve fun, funky pockets. Simply glue down the bottom edge, then tuck ATC tags between the chipboard and paper. It’s unexpected, and adds to the whimsy of the finished product.
Tip: Use flowers to add texture, color and dimension. I kept all my flowers in the same general color family to unite the design.
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Staples DIY Curiosity Collage & Butterflies papers
Staples Shabby Chic Metal Clock Keys
ATC Black Policy Envelope
Staples Kraft ATC Tags
Staples Inspire, Create, Imagine Kraft Tags
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Chipboard
Gears Texture Sheet
Americana Decoupage Matte
Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste
Distress Paint: Antiqued Bronze, Peacock Feathers, Gathered Twigs
Stampendous Embossing Powders
Encrusted Jewel Blue Kit
Spoonful of Rust
Encrusted Jewel Teal Kit
WOW Metallic Copper Ultra High Embossing Enamel
Mix’d Media Inx Truffle Embossing Powder
Botanica Blooms, Teal
Vintage Velvet Dogwoods, Teal
Botanica Mini Blossoms, Teal
Tim Holtz Gears Stencil
Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlits Dies
Tammy Tutterow Waterfall 2 Die
Tim Holtz Industrious Stickers, Frames and trims
Clear Acetate Sheet
Copper Silky Crush Ribbon, Noble Peacock Seam Binding
Assorted metal gears and embellies from my stash
This week we are giving away a prize pack full of bright paper and some Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes and Tag Staples! This just puts a smile on our face. This prize pack is worth $40! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!
Aren't these projects amazing? Many thanks to Marina BlauKitchen and Kathy for sharing their creativity with us today!
The G45 Family
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