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Friday, September 16, 2016

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Create Magic by Monika

Hello Crafty Friends! It's Monika here today sharing how I created some magic on a die-cut luggage tag. Here is the finished project:

Interestingly, when I soft focus on the finished projects, I can see one of those old fashioned fairground attractions, I think they are called Helter Skelter, instead of a lighthouse. How did I make it:

  • die cut the large tag from the CUTploratiosn Luggage Tag Nesting Dies
  • stamp the large lighthouse in black Memento and add a little shading using alcohol markers
  • add some yellow rays
  • mask both the lighthouse and rays with a light coat of Mod Podge. When masking the rays, I pulled my brush strokes over the edge allowing the brush to become dry to achieve the effect you can see in the finished tag

  •  once the Mod Podge is dry, blend with two shades of dye ink (I used tempting Turquoise and Pacific point)
  • at this point you can wipe any of the blue off your mod-podged areas using a lightly damp tissue and gentle touch

  •  using the Dots All Over ARTplorations stencil and a wet baby wipe, bleach out some dots

  • stamp some script and lines (Mixed Media Elements) into the still damp ink, it will add some nice texture once dried
  • use the line stamp and water to bleach out some lines for a dappled effect

  •  stencil Some Birds using the darker blue of the inks you used
  • apply Black Stars Sparkle Medium through the Foiled stencil towards the bottom of your tag

  • add a partial cloud using Coconut Ice embossing powder and the Clouds stencil for some added texture which can be better seen in the photo below

  • Stamp the word 'Create' in black Memento Luxe ink and clear emboss to speed up drying on the non porous surfaces of your embossing and Mod Podge masking

  • add some sparkly doodles with a gel pen which can be best seen when zooming in on the photo, but add real sparkle once they catch the light, just difficult to photograph
  • add matching gems and fibers to finish

Here you can see the tag catching the sunlight with a little shimmer.

That's it from me for today. Hope I have inspired you to create your own magic. Have a lovely day!

Monika xxx

Here is what I used:
ARTplorations Stencils:
Dots All OverSome BirdsFoiledClouds

STAMPlorations Stamps:
Mixed Media ElementsBold Sentiments: Create

CUTplorations Dies:
Luggage Tags Nesting DiesMagical Word Die


  1. Love the light coming from the helter skelter. Hugz

  2. Gorgeous luggage tag Monika. I loved reading all your steps. TFS Hugs, Nancy

  3. What a wonderful tag - thank you so much for the tip about using Modge Podge as a mask.

  4. Gorgeous scene! Love the Magical word die-dut.

  5. A magical tag! Fab tutorial too, thank you! xxx

  6. Lovely tag and fabulous tutorial!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing, I have LOTS of techniques I NEED to try :)


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