Mixed Media Christmas Tag

Mixed Media Stamping Techniques

Creating mixed media Christmas tags can be a fun creative exercise that really showcases a fun style that is all your own. When I think of mixed media, I have always thought of those amazing colorful art journal pages we see so often. I’ve always been an admirer, but I have to admit, a bit scared to start. Well, when Kylie at Happy Little Stampers asked me if I wanted to be on the mixed media team, I was a bit apprehensive. I thought two things – 1 – I know nothing about mixed media other than it looks so cool and 2 – Is this style biting off a little more than I can chew?! Well, I never do anything the easy way, so when she told me most of what I do is by definition mixed media already, I figured, it was time to jump into the deep end and figure this mixed media thing out! – I was in!

HLS Mixed Media challenge

So today’s tutorial is the beginning of a journey into the art of Mixed Media for me. I hope you’ll join me for this fun ride! We’re going to start out with the 1st Mixed Media challenge at Happy Little Stampers – there’s even a prize! If you’ve ever wanted to try something new, or just give it a go – join me this month – the theme is TAG. Now that can be literally anything tag related – Card with a tag, and actual tag, etc… Here’s a video to show you some of my thought process into this project. I hope you love it, I have to say – I had no idea where this project was going, I enjoyed the path and definitely the end result.

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Leave me a comment with your thoughts – about this project, on the mixed media style, anything really! I’ll randomly select one commenter to get this beauty in the mail! 🙂

Creating your own Mixed Media poinsettia tag

  • Start with a white piece of card stock – 3 3/4 x 5″. Cut your tag corners as in this video (0:00 min)
  • Create a Vintage background for your project using distress inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso and sponge tools  Click Here for a step by step tutorial

mixed media video tutorials

  • Layer stencil over and add more Antique Linen and a little Vintage Photo to bring it out
  • Zap a bit with a heat tool, but not completely. Test in Gold embossing powder and emboss any strays to project
  • Dry with heat tool again. Emboss Tree with stencil and espresso embossing powder
  • Add a little green to your tag – Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss
  • Add gold poinsettia and color using festive berrries distress ink and a negative image mask.
  • Add leaves in same manner as in the video.

How to create a mixed media project

  • Edge tag with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso
  • Add a little gold embossing powder to random spots – after I shot the video, I did this at the bottom of the tag by dragging my versamark pad directly to to the edge.
  • Sponge a piece of white scrap with festive berries and fired brick distress – cut out using hand lettered holiday by WPlus9
  • Emboss greeting in clear and add to tag.
  • Punch 1/4″ circle at top and add ribbon as in video

Mixed Media Christmas Tags

This tag was so much fun to make and would look exquisite on a gift or wine bottle. I would LOVE to see your interpretation of a mixed media tag in the challenge! And be sure to enter your creation into my friend Loll’s Christmas Tag Challenge too – I did:

Loll Thompson's Tag Challenge

And in case you haven’t seen yet – here’s the talented line up of  the new Mixed Media Team – be sure to check out their creations from the HLS blog too!

stamping design teams

Have fun getting those fingers inky!


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  1. Beautifully artistic tag!
    Greta H recently posted…Cards with KraftMy Profile

  2. Fabulous tag and fabulous video – for someone like me who is just learning mixed media, it is great to see all the steps you went through! Thank you so much!

  3. This is fabulous! Love your details!
    Autumn recently posted…Veteran’s Day Hero CardMy Profile

  4. Your post and your tag says it all–jump right in and turn out something fab. You rock!
    Toni at FHC recently posted…Silent Night TagMy Profile

  5. Wow Ingrid, so much going on in one little tag…love it. Carol x
    Carol Dunham recently posted…HLS Mixed Media Challenge November “Tag”My Profile

  6. What a fabulous tag Ingrid and also a great tutorial on how to produce it. I love the depth of colour you achieved and the varying textures!
    Carol S recently posted…Mixed Media Tag for HLSMy Profile

  7. Beautiful. I love all the elements of the this tag… Your poinsettia is gorgeous.. and the Christmas Tree, so so cute… great job!
    LesLee Stone-Rasmus recently posted…Tag you’re it…two!My Profile

  8. Way to go Ingrid!! This is one amazing tag full of fantastic elements. Love the shape, and your distressed, vintage look. The poinsettia and the dotty tree are so beautiful and fun. Great design!! Thanks for sharing your tag at my Twelve Tags of Christmas event! xx

  9. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I love everything about your tag …. the colours, the texture, the poinsettia is just beautiful need I say more ….. Great job!! xx
    Linda W recently posted…There’s a brand new Challenge starting this month ….My Profile

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