Saturday, 13 May 2017

A Trio of Tags

Hello Soul Sisters
The day has finally arrived that I get to share with you my very first creation and tutorial for Art and Soul Studio. I am really excited to be here and I hope that you follow along on our journey. We have lots to share.
This month I decided to upcycle a set of three tags, the tags come from the purchase of tracksuit pants for my daughter and son for school. You can find lots of things to upcycle when you start looking. These tags were a heavy quality and I could not throw them away.
So this is what the original tags looked like.
I removed the cord from all three tags then I set about sanding the surface away, I could have covered them with white gesso but I wanted some of the original print to show through. I did end up sanding away more than I wanted to, but that happens. Once sanded I coated the tags with a couple of layers of clear gesso, drying in between each layer.
Once the clear gesso was dry I flipped the tags over and used painters tape to tape them together so I was only working on one surface. The next step was to use a stamp and heat emboss the background. I wanted the texture and design of the stamp to show not the colour of an ink so I used a watermark stamp pad and clear embossing powder.
Next I selected the three colours of paint and used my fingers to apply the paint over the surface of my tags. I used a baby wipe to remove some of the paint so the surface was not completely coloured. My heat gun was used next as I am rather impatient when it comes to drying, this brought the embossing to the surface.
Layers are important when you are creating depth so I found a stencil and applied paint through the stencil.
Still not enough layers from my point of view so I used another stamp with a coloured ink and again heat embossed the design with clear embossing powder.
At this stage the painter's tape was removed and the tags became 3 work surfaces. I stamped and added a saying to each of them. I was conscious that I had created them as a trio so I made sure that when put together they looked like they belonged with each other.
Happy Creating


  1. Awesome tutorial Deena, love your design and colour combo xx

  2. Hi Deena,
    I love embossing but not done any for a while, will be pulling out my stamps, stencils & embossing ink!
    Will see if I can incorporate into this weeks challenge ��

    1. Hi Linny, would love to see what you create and thank you for popping past and leaving a comment

  3. Awesome Tutorial Deena - loved how they turned out :)


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