Monday, September 22, 2014

Mixed Media Vintage Tag with Altered Pages and Pan Pastels

Hey there my fellow crafters!  I hope your week has started off well.  This month, the Altered Pages Design Team has had the great pleasure of working with PanPastels, and we hope you have been following along and are enjoying the projects we have been creating for you.  PanPastels are now available, too!

I have for you today a vintage mixed media tag  that I think you will like.  There are a lot of steps, so I have included a lot of pictures. But rest assured, it is so easy to do and lots of fun.  So I hope you will follow along and make it all the way to the bottom.  
I chose one of the manila tags from the tag assortment and adhered a vintage text page over the entire tag.
 Trim excess and repunch hole through tag.
Pounce white pigment ink through stencil.
Add Bright Yellow Green and Turquoise Pan Pastels with Softt sponge over the tag. Spray tag with a workable fixative.
Print mirror image from Simple Science collage sheet, cut in half and adhere to tag with gel medium, as shown.  Burnish paper well and allow to dry.
 Mist paper image with water and use your finger to begin removing as much paper as possible. The gel medium transfers the ink from the printed image, so continue to mist with water and rub the paper off until the area is clear, not cloudy.  You should see your image transferred to the tag. Because I sprayed with a fixative, the water is not hurting the background paper at all.
 If you look closely, you can see the design beneath the transfer still showing through ... a very nice effect, don't you think?
 Edge tag with black gelato.  
 Use a baby wipe or slightly wet finger to blend.
 Trim beautiful flower lady from Les Fleurs collage sheet and adhere to tag.  Outline edge of image with charcoal pencil and blend with blending stump to make it look more dimensional.
Cut a key hole escutcheon from chipboard or grunge board.  Coat with white pigment ink.
 Sponge Copper Pan Pastel over escutcheon.

Dip key hole into melted UTEE.  Remove from UTEE with tweezers and lay onto craft sheet.  Be very careful with this step.  The UTEE is extremely hot and will stick to your fingers and burn you.  
 A funny thing happened during this step.  The pigment ink and Pan Pastel caused the UTEE to bubble, so I reheated it on my craft sheet with my heat gun, and then the pigment ink and the Pan Pastel began to move, allowing the white ink to show through again.  I love the effect I got from this, and can only imagine the color combinations I could achieve just by changing the pigment ink and Pan Pastel colors. 

These next three pieces were inked with the white pigment ink and colored with the Pan Pastel metallic colors using Bronze and Rich Gold, but I left it to dry overnight.  When I came back, I dipped them in the hot UTEE and there was no bubbling, and you can see I am still going to need to clean them up a bit by hitting them with my heat gun to level out the UTEE.  

 And here are all four pieces coated completely and looking fabulous, don't you think?  I ended up using only two of these pieces for my tag today, but I am definitely saving the other two for another project.  

Shape a variety of flowers, adding stamen where needed, and adhere to tag, as shown.
Cup two daisies with large ball stylus on piece of foam and layer.
Cut two petals away from six petal flower.
Glue two outer petals together and pinch at bottom.
Glue to center of layered daisy.
Fold pointed six petal flower (yellow) in half and squish each individual flower towards the center, similar to the green flower.  It is 
Fold the top three petals down, as shown.
Add a few stamen to the center and pinch the bottom while carefully arranging the petals to your liking, then glue all in place in the center.
 To make some leaves, cut petals from large daisy.  Add Permanent Green Pan Pastel to leaves and adhere beneath flowers.

Here are a few more closeups for you.  Here, I simply added a couple of metal stickers to the escutcheon, but you could also use brads.

 Add some beautiful silk ribbons through the tag hole for that extra UMPH!

Pan Pastel: Turquoise, Bright Yellow Green, Permanent Green, Copper, Rich Gold, Bronze, Softt Sponges
Other:  White pigment ink, Clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel), Hot Pot or Heat Gun; Tweezers; charcoal pencil

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and I always hope that I have been able to inspire you to try new things like Pan Pastels.  Be sure to comment each day on the Altered Pages blog for a chance to win a set of your very own PanPastels.  A random drawing will take place at the end of the month, and for each comment you leave, your name gets entered again!  More comments, more chances of winning! (one comment per day please).

Have a wonderful, creative week, and be sure to make time to play!



  1. Stunning tag Barbara, from the wonderful stencilled background to the amazing alterations of the other elements, this just looks fantastic! Your step by steps are always the best! You should be a teacher!! :o)

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Astrid. That means a lot to me coming from such a talented artist as you.

  2. What a beautiful tag. So many details really make it special.