This month I have decided to just embrace the mess and go for it! This tag has it all paint, ink, structure paste and a mistake or too but if I hadn't told you you would be non the wiser. So, what you waiting for.....


  • January's Monthly Make

  • #8 size Kraft, Craft Tag from Inkssentials

  • Thick card (old box/greyboard)

  • Canvas Paper

  • Acrylic Paints: Various colours

  • Archival Ink:  Jet Black 

  • Clear Ink Pad

  • Crafty Roo Designs: Antique White Embossing powder

  • Brayer

  • Ribbons

  • Tools: Paint brush, scissors, Kitchen roll, heat gun, 3d glue & glue

I used......

1. Take your #8 tag and draw around it onto a heavy card/greyboard. And cut it out.

2. Apply a thick layer of glue to the cardboard and place it onto the reverse of the Canvas Paper leaving a border around the tag. 

3. Cut around the tag leaving a 1 inch border.

4. Fold the Canvas Paper over the edges of the tag, snip out small v's on each corner. 

5. Cover the back of the canvas paper and fold it over the back of the tag and hold down until secure.


Why did we need to do that? Well, you don't really BUT the tags are quite robust  but will buckle under the volume of paint, structure paste I was planning to add. So instead of having a very saggy tag at the end of this I decided to add some strength, plus I LOVE canvas Paper!

6. Place a small amount of your palest paint colour on your glass mat and roll your brayer through it. Dray your brayer along your tag, give it a quarter turn and repeat untill paint has been added to all four sides.

7. Repeat this with two more colours, applying less and less paint each time. I also add a couple of lines (paint added to edge of stamping block) in a metallic paint too. Leave this dry!

8. Using clear ink and antique white embossing powder, stamp the text allover the tag.

9. Down one side of the tag apply some texture paste and leave to dry.

10. Onto another piece of Canvas Paper using the brayer and green and purple paint I covered the whole sheet.

11. Stamp the flower 3 times in Archival Black onto the Canvas Paper.

12. Using a sponge and a tiny amount of grey/grey paint highlight the texture paste

13. Punch a small hole in the top of the tag.

14. Cut out the flowers leaving a small border and arrange them on the tag, trim of any extra bits.

15. Add some matching ribbons and attach the flowers.

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