Thursday, 5 January 2017

Mixed Media Vintage Tag

Hello friends and visitors!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!

It's my first post in 2017 and I want to share with you a vintage tag I created for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils!
Ruth is hostessing the challenge this month and she has chosen the theme 'Swirls, Whirls and Flourishes'.
This is how she describes her challenge theme:
 It may be chilly January but this months challenge doesn't have to be anything to do with winter, this month I'd like you to usher in the New Year by creating any mixed media piece you like as long as somewhere you include a swirl or a whirl or a flourish and some stamping or stenciling, of course!


Here is what I created for this wonderful challenge theme.

I started with my manila tag and I glued down Tim Holtz tissue paper on top. I used my palette knife to apply the texture paste on the left side of my tag through the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.

Next, I applied a coat of white gesso and I used a baby wipe and my Decoart media paint in Cobalt Turquoise on top. 
I also used my Paper artsy Infusions in Violet Storms on top of my stenciled flourishes. 
I wanted to achieve some grunge look so I made a glaze by mixing the Liquitex Basics Raw umber with my Golden satin glaze and applied it onto my tag. After a minute, I gently wiped off the glaze with my baby wipe.
This is the result.

I attached some hand dyed seam binding, some vintage ribbon and a sari ribbon on top of my tag with my tiny attacher.

For my focal image I used a card from the Tim Holtz Found relatives set and cut out a lady image. Since I wanted to achieve some worn effect, I used the Tim Holtz sanding grip to distress the edges of my image. Then I used my DI in vintage photo on top.

For the quote I used a sticker form the Tim Holtz small talk sticker sheet. I also attached some vintage ribbons on the bottom of my tag.

I applied some gold guilding wax on top of my flourishes.

I hope that I have inspired you to create your mixed media piece for our Swirls, Whirls and Flourishes challenge at Stamps and Stencils! 


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!

Hugs! Branka xx

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenges - Start Afresh - I used sari ribbon and my Decoart media Cobal Turquoise paint for the first time. 


  1. That flourish is just stunning and then you use one of my favourite've created such a gorgeous tag which shows off all the detail and the image finishes it off beautifully. Wonderful!! Hugs Ruth xx

  2. Oh, dear Branka! It's a new favorite! Squeal! I adore that patina on your flourish background! Sanding the found relative and adding back vintage colors is a genius move and looks so great with that yummy texture and color! Love the use of your fibers, too! What a fabulous crafty start to the New year! Big hugs , my talented friend!

  3. Gorgeous make Branka! Love that flourish stencil and color.
    Happy New Year my friend!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. A wonderful tag Branka!
    Happy New Year!
    Thank you for joining TioT!
    oxo SUsi

  5. Branka, I could just eat up this amazing background! This year I am going to start using my paints more, with your and Ruth's inspiration. I tend to take the easy way out and grab my Distress inks. Anyway, I am in love with your gorgeous tag, using my fav stencil. Love it and love you sweetie! Happy New Year!

  6. Very nicely crafted! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  7. Oh wow, Branka, this is absolutely stunning!! The colors are amazing!! I love the texture and the pretty ribbons!! The gold wax on top of the flourish is such a perfect touch!! Gorgeous, gorgeous tag my sweet friend!! I love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. beautiful work Branka - I love this fluorish stencil and it never crossed my mind to use it - beautiful colours too! All round gorgeous! Hugs rachel x

  9. Your tag is utterly beautiful, dear Branka! I love the vintage coloring you created and the used look of the image is matching perfectly.
    Thank you for joining in our challenge at Country View Challenges!
    xx Evelyn

  10. Its a beautiful tag, thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's.

  11. Such a beautiful tag Branka! It's very elegant and fashionable, yet still vintage! I love your background, so much texture and a wonderful blend of colours!! You are such a talented lady!

    I so hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Sending wishes for a belated Happy New Year!! Looking forward to your continued friendship, support and inspiration in the coming year! hugs :)

  12. What a gorgeous vintage tag - that background is truly stunning!
    Alison x

  13. Fabulous and wonderful tag Branka thank you for joining us over on
    Inspiration Destination
    Dianne xx

  14. What a joyous tag Branka. Love it! X

  15. Huge apologies for being so late.. This tag is just gorgeous, I love that wonderful background you created, it looks amazing in those beautiful colours Branka! The lady gives a wonderful vintage feel to your tag, as do the lovely ribbon trims - love this SO much!! Hugs, Anne xx

  16. Lovely mixed media tag! Love the richness of the velvet, and the brocades. Great image too and the rusty color touches are awesome! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, and happy new year! Maura

  17. Beautiful vintage tag. stunning details. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Have a creative week. Judy DT

  18. This is gorgeous Branka, what a stunning background! Thank you so much for joining in with us at Country View Crafts, and have a fun week. Sue xx

  19. B, this is spectacular! The blues with that gorgeous pop of red from the ribbon create a wonderful background for the lady. Your sentiments words couldn't be more true. Be authentic. Amen to that! No fakes here. Fantabulous stenciling and details. This is awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  20. A beautiful tag, love the texture and colour.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT.
    Avril x