Tuesday 17 November 2015

Mixed Media Tags. Decoart Media and Carabelle Studio Stamps and a little Brett Weldele

A post today just because.
I have recently discovered a stamp company called Carabelle Studios and are available from That's Crafty and to say the speak to me is a little of an understatement and I just had to get painty straight away.
As most of you know I love making tags so I sat down with some Tando-Creative  media boards and got started.
As always I have used Decoart Media Fluids to create my backgrounds.

The first two tags I have finger painted. Just add a small spot of paint to your craft mat and then get dirty.
I applied colours allowing the paint to pretty much dry but whilst it was still a little tacky so I could get a subtle blend of colours, with the translucent colours I mixed them with a little of the tinting base just to make them opaque.

For an added touch I added some gold leaf to this tag.
I used a product from Stampendous called Stamp n Bond, it's basically an embossing powder that turns into a glue. Stamp your image with Versamark ink, apply the Stamp n bond like an embossing powder, tap off the excess and use your heat tool to activate. The Stamp n bond turns clear so you know when its ready to use.
The gilding flakes were added and and tamped down and after a little drying time the excess was brushed off revealing the stamped detail.

The back ground for this stamp was created with colour washes and then layering up stamped images with different archival inks.
Some stencilling was added, this is also from Carabelle Studios and I used the tinting base to add a little pop of white.
All my tags have been coated with a couple of coats of  Decoart Media Satin Varnish. I find this really makes the colours stand out and gives a more finished look than just leaving it painted.
This Atc has been made from an Acrylic Atc blank from That's Crafty and I have used Stazon ink for the images.
I shared this Tag a couple of days ago on facebook and it's using one of Brett Weldele's latest images. I made this for my daughters birthday as she is a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, the image could not be more perfect.
Thanks for stopping by xxx.
Sandee & Amelies Steampunk challenges are having an Anything Goes Industrial/Steampunk challenge...... I would like to enter my Tags and Atc as they have a bit of a Steampunk flavour about them even if the colours are a little non traditional. ;-)
Craft Stamper are having an Anything Goes With A Stamp Challenge. I would like to enter my tags x


  1. I love Carabelle too ! Aren't they gorgeous... Love all your tags !
    Corrie x

  2. Awesome mixed media tags, Mark!

    Thank you for sharing them with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

  3. Wonderful Tags with great backgrounds and stamp composition. I like them all.

  4. These are great Mark, the stamps are perfect size and design for ATC's

  5. Love all your backgrounds on these tags! I can understand why those stamps spoke to you! I especially love Sherlock--your daughter's gonna love this!

  6. Great collection of tags and ATCs.

  7. Fantastical array of ATCs and Tags! I don't know where to start. Sherlock Bones speaks to me though because I am an avid animal lover and have been eyeballing that stamp set. Wonderful use of the DA paints for your creative backgrounds! All of these are awesome sauce!

    Thanks for joining us at SanDee&Amelie's Steampunk challenge! ~Niki DT

  8. I love how that strip of red goes right through that guy's heart. Fabulous.

  9. Gorgeous ATC's!
    Thanks for joining us in the Craft Stamper Challenge!

    xxx Ellie xxx

  10. These are fabulous! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge:-)

  11. I love them all. You have such a way with colors and layout--fantastic!