Thursday, 27 April 2017

Post 149: Mixed Media Tag- Be Free

 Hi Friends!

I hope you are having a good week so far :) thanks again for all your supportive comments (big hugs to you ladies :)) , it means the world to me. We got the okay from the docs and mum seems to be recovering fine, she is still on medication and has to go back to the hospital a few times in the following weeks but the scare is over and we are all relieved. Parents certainly are important and seeing them ill is heart breaking. Thanks to God, all seems well. 

Onto the crafty business now :) I'd like to share a large mixed media tag titled "be free", the color scheme for this is black, white and pink. The inspiration for this tag came from the word "free" when I thought about it, it seemed like we are all caught up in society's expectations or those of others and we try to please others and in doing that we sometimes are untrue to our real selves, so it is always a dichotomy between being oneself and being someone people are happy with. To represent this I colored the stamped dragonfly in camouflage colors so that he blended into the surrounding black/pink/white space and also added entangled thread to represent being stuck and being as everyone wants one to be but added silver gems on the body of the moth to represent his uniqueness. The theme is that one needs to free oneself of all the unnecessary noise and just be free, be oneself. 

Synopsis of the Process:

1. The large tag was made by adhering 2 pieces of 250 gsm white cardstock measuring 8 inches by 4.5 inches together, this made a sturdy tag.

2. The background was created with stencilling (with gesso, black marker and pink marker), background stamping with arhival ink and adding colors with distress inks and zig markers using an aqua brush and sprays.

3. The dragonfly was stamped in archival ink and then colored with zig markers. Some dots were created with a uniball signo white gel pen.

4. All the layering elements including pattern paper (which was torn to be layered), the paper straws (handmade using pattern paper), die cuts, thread etc were layered and stuck down with Tombow glue

5. More details and colors were added using zig markers and an aqua brush. Some pink glitter glue was applied to the dragonfly and some other areas. Gems were added.

6. Splashes of black, white and pink were created with paints

7. A border was drawn with a brustro pen

8. Hole was punched with a wrmk crop-a-dile and then some seam binding was colored with sprays and inks, some stamping was done on it with archival ink (just for some interest) and this was tied to the tag.

List of Supplies:

1. Rubber Dance stamps - dragonfly and scripted flower for background 
2. Artplorations Stencil- Tribal Weave
3. Cutplorations- Trendy Spring Blooms Die
4. Spellbinders Fancy lattice die 
5. Aqua Brush
6. Camlin White Gesso
7. Thread 
8. Gems
9. Pink Glitter Glue
10. Iris and black cardstock 250 gsm
11. Ranger's archival jet black inkpad
12. Little Birdie-Color Splash Sprays- charcoal and hot pink
13. Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
 14.Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue 
15. Foam Alphabet Stickers
16. CrafTangles Scrapbook Paper Pack - Floral Elegance (6"x6")
17. Papericious Papers- Pretty Basics
18. Water Spray Bottle 
19. Brustro Fine Point Pen
20. Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads- Picked Raspberry and Black Soot

Here are a few pictures of the tag:

I am playing along with:

Rubber Dance Theme Challenge- April - I have used black, white and pink on this tag

Stamplorations April Mixed Media Challenge (Tribal Weave stencil has been used here)

Stamplorations Things with Wings Linky Party

Stamplorations Theme and Sketch April Challenge  (I have gone with the theme of wings-dragonfly)

Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

HLS MM April Challenge (sprays have been used to create the background)

More Than Words Mini Challenge (April)

All Sorts Challenge- week 412:I spy- (B for blooms, black and "Be")

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes

Thanks a lot for your time :)
Love reading your comments.
Stay Blessed!!


  1. Beautiful detailing, Preeti. LOVE the colours! Thanks so much for playing along at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge. Good Luck! :-)

  2. Gorgeous colors and details! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Beautiful tag. Well done!

  3. Your creation is just lovely and such striking colours, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts 'I spy' theme this week.

    B x

  4. This is simply fabulous ...I have liked this project of your on FB and instagram and still love it to bits!!
    Dr Sonia

  5. Love the pink with the black and white. So many yummy textures and details. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  6. Beautiful tag, lovely colour combo.
    Thank you for Joining us at Happy Little stampers and waiting to see next time.

    Meena HLS Mixed Media DT

  7. Superb dear beautifully made love the color n everything

  8. Wonderful work, so many details to explore! Thank you for joining us over at Rubber Dance and STAMPlorations!

  9. Your tag is absolutely fantastic!! Lots of nice details and the colour combo is gorgeous! Thank you so much for using our stamps and joining our challenge at Rubber Dance ♥
    Good to hear your mum is getting better!

  10. This is wonderful, you've used the colours so well here, and I LOVE those handmade paper straws - definitely something to try. Thank you so much for playing along with us again at Rubber Dance, and have a very happy weekend. Sue xx

  11. love all the different textures - thanks for sharing your project at the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge