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Friday, August 16, 2013

mixed media tag tutorial & a giveaway...

I have no opening chit chat today...lol...

I want to just dive right into the project, 
since it's kind of L O N G......

grab your supplies & I'll tell you how to create this tag...


cut a #8 Inkssentials kraft tag down to 5 1/2 inches tall...

***here's a tip for using my "yikes stripes" stencil"...***

add a piece of stencil tape under the tag to hold it securely to the craft sheet...

place the stencil over the tag & use stencil tape (or post-its) to hold the stencil in place...
taping the stencil to the craft sheet keeps the wiggly stripes from moving around, making it easy to add the embossing pastes...
or to use the stencil with inks...

next, spread translucent embossing paste thru the stencil...

remove the stencil, wash it & let the paste dry...
depending on the thickness, it takes about 25 minutes to dry...



once the paste is dry...shake the distress paints before applying to the craft sheet...

a little distress paint goes a long way...


tap your finger into the paint, tap off the excess and with just a small amount on your finger, swipe the paint randomly over the dry embossing paste...
dry the paints...

the tag will look like this...


next grab  2 "clearly for art, clicker cutts flowers"...a large & a medium clear flower...


tap the barn door over the large flower, spread with your finger & dry...

tap the rusty hinge over the dry barn door paint, spread with your finger & dry...the paint does NOT have to completely cover the flower...
some blank spaces actually add to the worn/vintage charm...

use orange blossom archival to stamp the vintage mesh background over the flower & dry...

heat the flower & shape...
***remember*** clearly for art can be re-heated & reshaped until you are 100% satisfied with the shape...
it's amazing stuff!

the flower will look like this...


use jet black archival to stamp the polka dots over the medium sized clearly for art flower, dry the ink, then heat to shape...



paint the art parts flower with barn door distress paint & dry...

paint the foliage flower with barn door & dry...then lightly swipe the fairly dry rusty hinge dabber over the flower & dry...

touch the long fastener to the barn door dabber & dry...



paint the art parts word (ART) with the broken china distress paint dabber & dry...

use watering can archival with the "train schedule" background stamp & stamp over the word ART & dry...

use walnut stain on a blending tool to add subtle shading to the word & stem...

the pieces will look like this...




you can see below that the tiny text doesn't overpower the small art part, when used with watering can archival ink...
(MWAH...I LOVE this color)...
ok...I LOVE all 6...



to assemble the flower, use an awl to make a hole in the center of the 2 clearly for art flowers & in the 6 petal art parts flower...

insert the brad into the metal foliage flower, then the medium clear flower, the 6 petal art parts flower & finally thru the painted CFA flower...spread the prongs to hold the flower together...

the flower looks like this...

very pretty, very dimensional,very strong & sturdy...


if you're a frequent blog reader, you KNOW I hate waste & it's a joke in our house that I'm always digging something out of the trash to repurpose...

so...

I ADORE tim's new industrious border stickers...
you can see I've already used several...

but look at what's remaining...
these leftovers are stickers too & they are REALLY cool...


I chose the bottom 2 pieces to accent the tag...
a little banner & a thin sawtooth edge...
you'll see in a photo that they fit together...PERFECTLY...


the little straight piece is very thin & just PERFECT too...
I lifted it up for the photo...
you can see it sticking up under the stars...
you'll see that I added it close to the top of the finished tag...


I added barn door distress paint to all 3 pieces & dried them...
I just stuck them on the craft sheet & painted them...EASY cleanup...

I wanted the pieces to coordinate, but be a bit different, so I added a bit of rusty hinge distress paint to the banner piece, dried it, then used watering can archival to stamp the "train schedule" over the banner & dried it...


the tiny text adds another layer & more interest to the banner...
you can see I left some of the stickers UNpainted to fit in with the vintage effect...


here's the finished tag again...

the final touches are...
some brushed corduroy around the tag edges...and over the whole tag, to darken the kraft color a bit...
some barn door paint around the tag edges...
a screw eye to accent the art parts stem along with a little string bow...
some pearls...
ok...LOTS of pearls...

oh...almost forgot...I added a stamped border at the top of the tag with my polka dot border stamp & fern green archival...


look how cute the left over industrious stickers fit together...


and here's a better look at the flower...


so the morals of today's post?

#1...look at leftover products before you toss them in the trash...
and...

#2...the distress paints are FABULOUS & versatile...
you can see that today I used them over my translucent embossing paste, over art parts, over the industrious stickers, on the metal foliage flower & over clearly for art...all with excellent results...

it's amazing that ONE product will work on so many surfaces...

and...

#3...archivals are AWESOME! lol... I HAD to say that again!


NOW IT'S...G I V E A W A Y time!

I designed 10 new stencils for CHA...


and Ted gave me a set to give to blog friends...

so I decided to divide them up and I'll give 5 stencils to a random blog commenter...

and I'll give away the other 5 stencils on my FACEBOOK business page...

if you would click LIKE while you're there...
that would be awesome...

to enter...
just leave a comment here on this blog post...

leave a comment on my FACEBOOK page for your second chance to win the other 5 stencils...

Rick will draw the random winners at 7am CHACAGO time on Monday...
he likes doing that...he thinks it's in his job description...

I hope you have a wonderful weekend & that YOU can...

make art!
wendy
ps...GO BEARS!



150 comments:

MILA25 said...

Great tutorial. A mask is my great love. Thank you for the chance to win.
Hugs Mila

Janet said...

Just found your blog & WOW !!! it's fantastic, love the tutorial & the stencils, thanks for the chance to win some
Janet x

Rita said...

Wow, I love your tag Wendy. I am just starting out on my mixed media journey and so far I'm enjoying it so much. Thank you for giving us a chance to win your very generous giveaway. I'd love some stencils. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Buffy Esser said...

wonderful tutorial! thanks for the chance to win!

Kim said...

Awesome art as always, and I can't wait to try it out :) thanks for the chance to win!

Barb S said...

I love this tag. Can't wait to try it!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous, love your use of colour Wendy and the flowers is gorgeous. Fab tutorial. Enjoy your weekend. Tracy x

Elaine said...

Love the tutorial, now I need to buy the tiny text stamp!

ellen vargo said...

Hey Wendy! Love the project - your archivals are so beautiful! Shocking as this may be... I don't have *any* of your stencils (yet) so I'd love a chance to start my collection! (Pick me, Rick! Pick me!) LOL. Have a great weekend! ~ ellen.

CraftygasheadZo said...

Amazing tag, I love that flower, layers looks so fab. I'd love to win your stencils, a must I reckon in anyone's stash! Take care Zo xx

Carol McCready said...

Great tutorial. Can't wait to try your new inks. And of course I would love to play with five of your new stencils.

Roseanne said...

Your art is always so inspiring!! Thanks for sharing and caring enough to have a give away!!

Love it!

Leslie M. said...

Would love to play with your stencils!!! Someone will have a fun day! Thanks!

sue morris said...

What a beautiful project and love the new stencils. It really makes creating so much easier.

Donna Lange said...

thank you for your detailed tutorials, i'm a girl who loves instructions! Thanks for a chance to win the stencils!

Kate said...

Stencils are one of my favorite tools to use for backgrounds. Can't wait to grab some of yours, maybe wven win some. Love all the layers in your flowers. Lots of awesome dimention!

betjunroe said...

Awesome tag Wendy--I just love it and can't wait to make one! Thanks for your continuing inspiration! Bette

betjunroe said...

Awesome tag Wendy--I just love it and can't wait to make one! Thanks for your continuing inspiration! Bette

Kathy Eddy said...

Love how this tag came together and IT'S GORGEOUS! Got my new inks the other day but haven't gotten to play with them.

Tracy Heaton said...

Excellent tutorial. Great use of leftovers!

Kathy Harrison said...

I love your tag! Archivals are on my wish list but just got the white embossing paste(now clear is going on the wish list too)and would love to win these to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

Beejay said...

Win some Wendy Vecchi stencils? Count me in!

Eileen said...

Oh how kewl. Can't wait till next month so I can see it up close and personal.

Ohhh Snap said...

Such a gorgeous tag!!!

Connie said...

The waterfall archival ink will definitely be on my list to buy when I go to my lss tomorrow. Love that background on ART.

Stampin' Monica said...

Awesome tutorial. Can't wait to try this out!!

Stampin' Monica said...

Awesome tutorial. Can't wait to try this out!!

Tara Scrap said...

Hi love your tag, and would LOVE to win your stencil set! Thanks Tara Witherow

Vic said...

I am so in love with Watering Can - I'm using it on everything! Your tag is fantastic.

michelle said...

So in love with this tag and the inks are just perfect! I would love to win your stencil because then I would not have to choose which one to buy first!

Tona said...

Love your tag! That flower is just so pretty.
Your Go Bears, just reminded me that my son just sent me a photo of my 3 month grandson wearing a Bears t-shirt.

Sandra Strait said...

Your tutorials are always so inspiring!

Suzan VonEssen said...

Love the colors - keep kissing the inks!!!!!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous tag!! The flower is stunning!! I love the dimension!! How clever to re-purpose the leftover stickers!! So creative!! This is absolutely stunning!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial and as always, the amazing inspiration!! I have all the new Archival inks but I don't have the stencils yet and I need them!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Dee in N.H. said...

I just adore that tag!! I see that I must get some of that clearly for art stuff. Crossing my fingers for some yummy new stencils!

2amscrapper said...

I have your paste, clearly for art, and some of your stencils so this tutorial helped me a lot. I'd love to win! Heading over to FB.

Renee said...

I too love those industrious borders! Waste not, want not is what I was always taught! Thanks Wendy for another great tutorial and inspiration.

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow, such a gorgeous piece!! Thanks for the great tutorial & all the photos - and for the chance to win some stencils. Hope you have a great weekend.

famillemarleau said...

Your tag is beautiful. Great tutorial. I would love to try your stencils. Thanks for the chance, Johanne L.

Kristina M. Anderson said...

Gorgeous tag. Thank you for the great tutorial. I cannot wait to go play in my studio. Thank you for the chance to win your new stencils. Have a great weekend!

Flo said...

Love your tag. Great tutorial. Thanks.

Michael Farrell said...
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Michael said...

Wendy,

I love your spin on art!!! Everything is always beautiful! I love the new stencils and can't wait to get the translucent embossing paste! Thanks for the chance to win!

Michael

Debby said...

Love the flower you created! Gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win some stencils. They are fabulous!

Lori said...

Wow, I just LOVE that flower! The color is just fabulous with the two colors...awesome stuff!

Sharon Y said...

I love everything about this tag! The flower rocks! Using the leftover sticker bits-brilliant! Thanks for the inspiration. Congrats in advance to the lucky winners of the stencils. Thanks Wendy and Ted!

Helen said...

I love the flower!! what a stunning work of art.

I love your stencils, so the chance to win some more would be welcome!

Sue C said...

Gorgeous tag Wendy ! Love the translucent embossing paste and the flower is stunning ! Love your new stencils, really addicted to stencilling so would love to win ! Sue C x

Sue OConnell said...

You have given me soooo many ideas for my next projects. thanks. Sue.

sue said...

Just getting into stencils, would love to try yours.

Redanne said...

Gorgeous tag Wendy, love the flower with all it's texture. Thanks so much for the chance to win some stencils. Hugs, Anne x

cardsetalia said...

Gorgeous tag and wonderful tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win.

Scrapthat said...

I'm throwing my name in the hat PLEASE :D
Awesome tag Wendy.

Lynn Hardy said...

Your tag is gorgeous Wendy! I'd love to win some of your brilliant new stencils - thanks for the opportunity.

BJY said...

Love the tutorial! Thanks for a chance to win stencils.

The Cat Lady said...

Great tag! And love love love those stencils. Thanks so much for a chance to win some!

SusanK said...

I would 'dye' to win a set of your stencils! They are just what I need right now! I'm really loving some of those new Bears and I'm going to miss #54!

blsewcrafty said...

Love the tag. This one is definitely in my comfort zone!

LoraineC said...

Love your detailed tutorial and beautiful tag. Very inspirational I'm just beginning to use stencils so am still learning !!

LoraineC said...

Love your detailed tutorial and beautiful tag. Very inspirational I'm just beginning to use stencils so am still learning !!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! Read through your brilliant tutorial and looking forward to trying out some new techniques …and then… a chance to win some stencils - Great! Thanks! Chris

bkazoo said...

lovely tag, thanks for the tutorial!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I am new to all this and can't wait to build my supplies and get creating!

Dorothy said...

Excellent tutorial!!! Thanks Wendy!!!

Buttons said...

Love this tag Wendy. As ever you are full of brilliant ideas. Thanks for the chance to win your yummy stencils too. Hugs, Jenny x

Kathy said...

Thanks for a chance to win, love your tag :)

Tracey Wilson said...

You always make such beautiful things! Thanks for sharing, andfor showing us how to make it!

Lisa Reynolds said...

Thanks for a chance to win... You can never have to many stencils!!!

Tarnished Rose said...

I love your art and I'm a big fan of your stencils (among other things).

Marilyn

mllrtrnt74 said...

Awesome tag love the flower and dimension. Your art work is awesome. Love to win one of those stencils.

Kailash said...

Your creativity is amazing and you are so generous to have this giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

Lisa Marie said...

Love the tag and would love having the wonderful stencils even more ! Thank you.

jackib said...

Ooh ooh Rick - pick me pick me!!! Love Wendy's stencils and paste!

Therese said...

I NEED THESE STENCILS TO GO WITH MY NEW INK PADS.... AND PASTE THAT I ORDERED.....CANNOT WAIT TO PLAY AND MAKE ART...... MY COUSIN IS COMING TO PLAY WITH ME........... YAY......... PLEASE PICK ME............... HUGS

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I love the new stencils! Hope I win! C'mon Rick, pick me, pick me! Lol

Billie said...

Just found your blog and love your ideas....thank you

Donna said...

Rick are you being poked, prodded, kicked and held in a basement until you pick a winner?
Let't make this easy for you.......no bumps or bruises no not anything just a simple I appreciate what you do.......they say you always win when you tell the guy you appreciate him.

Donna said...

Rick are you being poked, prodded, kicked and held in a basement until you pick a winner?
Let't make this easy for you.......no bumps or bruises no not anything just a simple I appreciate what you do.......they say you always win when you tell the guy you appreciate him.

Marianne H said...

Oh,i world love to have Themsen stencils. So cool! Have a Nice day.

Karen Noonan said...

I'm a poor unfortunate who lives in Australia and has to wait weeks to get my hands on new goodies, be kind to me please.

Eileen Bellomo said...

What a gorgeous flower! I'm loving the new archivals, especially Watering Can. Have wanted a true gray for the longest time, so thank you mucho for that. And how nice it would be to win some of those stencils. :)

karenm said...

This is such a beautiful project. I love the tones of the colours when then are applied to the Art Parts!

Wanda H said...

I would love, Love, LOVE to win your stencils!!!!!!! You tag is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! Distress paints have become a favorite of mine!!! I have your new archivals and (gasp) haven't had a chance to use them yet... I must remedy that!!! Thank you for the tutorial!!! Oh, and the new blog layout is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kate said...

Oh, the new stencils, yes please!! And thanks to ted!

~Kate~

Primitive Seasons said...

Love the new stencils Wendy. They'
re so....you! Love the tag project too especially the little white dots.

Mary

JPScraps said...

LOVE.THE.TAG!

Hope Amen said...

Wow...love the tag! I would love to win your stencils!

pattyb said...

Love the tag, thanks for the tutorial and THANKS for the chance to win your wonderful stencils!

darcydaydream said...

Love the tutorial. Would love to win the stencils as I'm waiting for a delivery of all your lovely yummy new inks. A match made in heaven.
Christine in Darcy....xx

Sue said...

Wow, Wow, Wow, LOve the tag. The stencils are great and I am always repurposing so your idea about the stickers is the bomb! Thanks for great tutorials!

Becky said...

LOVE the tag you made. Thanks for giving us a chance to win some stencils!!!

Karen Stevens said...

Wendy,
Love the tag and LOVE ALL the new stencils!!! I think have almost all of your other ones!!!! Thanks for a chance to win!!! Can't wait to make some more goodies!!!!

Sherry Bueche said...

Stunning as always! Love your work!
Sherry Bueche

Jacqueline Smith said...

Fabulous tag, love all the details on your tag! Thanks for a chance to win the stencils, love them!

Deb Smith said...

I love your ART Wendy. Thanks. Deb Smith

Deb Smith said...

I love your ART Wendy. Thanks. Deb Smith

cathy said...

Have always admired your work. Stencils are the bomb!!!

Kathleen Loughran said...

Yes please!!!!

Julie Steed said...

Genius, you! Love how you used the 'leftovers'. I'm an avid recycler but I bet that would have flown under my radar.

LaStamper said...

Love the way you layer stamped images so it creates depth. Also love your new Archival inks.

Sandy Dierckman said...

Love your tag and all the ideas you gave in making it. The stencils look like a lot of fun.

Linda said...

I have to have them all!

Melissa said...

girl --- you never cease to amaze me! already drafting a must have list for the Crafty Scrapper... that flower is to die for.... rock on with ur bad self

karen barker said...

Love your stencils please pick me to win them

karen barker said...

Love your stencils please pick me to win them

Hillie said...

Wonderful stuff! I give it a try to win a set ofcourse! Have a nice weekend!

Lesley Edmonds said...

Really love your tutorial Wendy. And for the chance to win some of your brand new stencils....love stencils!!!!

sandi collins said...

Great tag , Wendy


Marianne said...

Thanks for the tip about the leftover parts. I think I knew that at one time but I had forgotten.
And thank you for the opportunity to win some stencils.

Bearcrazyman said...

Wow thanks for the chance to win. Amazing work as always.

Alison said...

Beautiful tag!! I love the stencil too, but then I don't think that there is a stencil out there that I don't love!

Pamela said...

Love your Art Wendy......I would love to own ur stencils to make awesome art like yours!! Thanks for the chance!!

Terry said...

Hey there Wendy thanksss for the fun tutorial, you allready know just like all the other ladies that I just love everything Wendy, love the stencils they are just fabulous. Your Tag is just great, loving the colors and the art you make is amazing. Thankss for a chance, good luck to everyone. Hugs Terry xxxx

Miranda said...

One can never have to many stencils! Like your artwork and great tutorial! creative greet Miranda

Miriam said...

Totally stunning and a fabulous tutorial - thanks Wendy.

tammy b said...

great tutorial, esp since i'm just starting to get into stencils....they aren't your mother's stencils anymore! would love to win a set, i promise to give them a good home ;)

Dots Dabbles said...

Our craft shops here don't know what a stencil is!!! Amazing work Wendy...you are having an absolute ball with the new stuff! And I agree, the flower is to die for...
Dot x

Terry said...

Love that flower, love it and what a great tag! Would love to win some stencils and thank you! Enjoy the weekend!

margaeli said...

thanks for the lovely tutorial; loved seeing how you put the flower together. Love the new stencils!!!

Meagan Widders said...

Your products are so hard to get in Australia, so I'm so excited that I have an opportunity to win them directly from you. Your tutorials are amazingly easy to follow, I just wish my end results were more like yours... Thank you for sharing your art :-)

Meagan Widders said...

Your products are so hard to get in Australia, so I'm so excited that I have an opportunity to win them directly from you. Your tutorials are amazingly easy to follow, I just wish my end results were more like yours... Thank you for sharing your art :-)

Miss Iowa said...

I'm trying to be the last person on earth to be on Facebook, so this is my only chance to win anything. LOL. I love stencils and can't wait to see your designs.

Marcia said...

Awesome. Love all stencils. And you are so creative!

Caroline D. said...

Wowzers!... your tag is absolutely gorgeous! Love that flower too with the Clearly for Art layered in. Your new stencil designs look wonderful and so versitile!

Carole said...

Gorgeous tag as always Wendy and I love your stencils and embossing paste. Would love to win, thanks for the chance.

Audrey Mislan said...

Great tutorial. Would love to have a set of stencils to play with. These would be great for journal too.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an awesome tutorial. I'm new to your blog and LOVE your style. Those stencils are right up my alley.

Webster said...

Yey-stencils! Throw my hat into the ring.

Becky said...
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Becky said...

Great stencils I would love to win them I use stencils and masks alot in my work

Ang said...

I have just found your blog and am adding it to my bloglist, thanks for sharing how to make the tag, love the stencils.

Saskia said...

Awesome give away, would love to win a package. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Klara said...

Hi Wendy,
It's been a while since I discovered your blog and I have to tell you that I'm stunning all over again. I just can't get enough to feed my soul with all your masterpeces and great ideas. I'm new on this kind of art and my work it's not even close to perfection but your creations are a good source of inspiration. Thank you for sharing your art with all of us.

P.s. Sorry for my english... :p

Cynthia Hampton said...

Good idea and wonderful tutorial thank you for sharing thank you for the opportunity to win cynthia

Cynthia Hampton said...

Good idea and wonderful tutorial thank you for sharing thank you for the opportunity to win cynthia

tonya said...

Love the tag. I have to have some of that paste. Thank you for sharing your talents with us in that great tutorial.

Betty said...

Thank you for the generous giveaway. Love the tag. Fingers crossed!

Unknown said...

Love your stencils and your tag. Thanks for the giveaway!

Peg Robinson said...

Love Archival, stencils oh heck, every thing!!! Going to check my bank account. lol

michele said...

Fabulous work Wendy, you are such an inspiration, thank you for the chance to win your stencils

Sarah said...

Hoping by baby girl will nap a little longer....cos I got some Wendy flowers in my craft room awaiting a play date. Still my all time fave flowers on this great tag. A stencil a day keeps the blues away... Thanks for such a great giveaway, Sarah.

Theresa said...

Great tag...you make it look so easy. Then I try it and IT IS EASY!!! I JUST love this tag!!! fingers crossed for the giveaway!

Robin Jiles said...

Great tag - art parts rock. - love them!!! So sad you weren't at Stampaway. Would luv some new stencils. Thanks. Hope I can catch up with you for another class.

Kaye said...

What a beautiful tag...have to pick raspberries and beans in the morning but then....mailman should be here with my translucent paste and I'm off to play. Thanks for detailing how this was created.

Kathy Jacobson said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial Wendy! Love your new stencils I can't wait to try them!!

Susan said...

Fabulous tutorial! I love your work!
The stencils look gorgeous! would love to win some...heading over to facebook too! Congrats to you on your new stencils.

Thank you!

Sue Brailey

Janis said...

Awesome project and wonderful tutorial. How lovely of you to give us a chance to win some of those terrific stencils!!
<3 J

Kay Wallace said...

So love this great project and the directions, Wendy! I am in for the wine...eh, I mean, WIN!!! Love your stencils!

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