Tutorial: "Love Letters" Tag
Welcome to the "Love Letters" Tag tutorial.
For this project you will need;
1x 137x78mm MDF Tag
1x 40mm MDF Heart
A selection of various sized greyboard hearts
DecoArt Modeling Paste
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Paynes Grey, Quinacridone Gold, Titan Buff and Cadmium Red Hue
StazOn Ink Pad Jet Black
Glossy Accents Glue
Foam Sticky Pads
Begin by selecting the area of a stencil you want to use as your background. For this project I used Andy Skinners "French Elements" mixed media stencil.
Once you have decided on your background motif secure it in place using masking tape.
Take a small amount of white DecoArt Modeling Paste and draw this through the stencil using a palette knife.
Ensure a good, even spread and remove the stencil.
You can remove any excess from the edges of the MDF board using a baby wipe.
Remember to clean your stencil after use.
Once dry cover the board and all your embellishments in white gesso.
On to your MDF board apply a wash of Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. Start with a light wash and build up the colours to achieve depth. Put the MDF board to one side and allow it to dry naturally.
While the MDF board is drying you can begin work on your embellishments.
Taking your selection of small hearts add a base layer of Titan Buff DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint.
Once dry, layer with a wash as you did in Step 3 but leave areas of the Titan Buff visible.
Once the wash is dry, stamp the embellishments using StazOn Jet Black ink.
For my design I selected Andy Skinners' Stampendous! Curiosity rubber stamp
Create the focal point by painting the MDF heart in Cadmium Red Hue DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint.
Add a stamp for detail, again using StazOn Jet Black ink.
For a postage mark effect I used a stamp from Andy Skinners' Stampendous! Shabby Chic collection.
To make the heart "pop" edge the piece in Paynes Grey, remembering to cover the sides too.
To finish your background, (once it is fully dry) dry brush using Titan Buff to pick out all the highlights. It is always best to use a very small amount of paint on the tip of a hogs hair brush. You can slowly build the highlights to bring out details.
Edge the board with Titan Buff, remembering to cover the sides too.
Finally, assemble your mixed media tag by grouping the heart embellishments and fixing them in place using Glossy Accents glue. Use sticky foam pads to give the focal heart height.
I hope you enjoy creating your own "Love Letter" tags. Happy crafting!