Friday, 4 July 2014

Believe in your Journey.

 Happy Friday! Hope everyone has had a great week!.
 Today I have a collaged tag to share with you. It was nice to spend a little time playing with paper and ephemera and doing a little layering and modge podging!
 This tag is yet again  basically me in a nut shell.. Grungy, vintage, collaged yumminess!!

I started with my #8 tag, a whole bunch of Tim Holtz paper and epherema, and of course my trusty bottle of modge podge! I started  to build layers on my tag,
Some elements I fussy cut, then more layering and modge poding. Until I was happy with how my layers looked. I then added a thin layer of modge podge over my entire tag.
After letting it dry I then outlined some of the pieces with my black soot distress marker,
 the smudged each line to give  the elements a bit more depth and shadow.

Then a few random swipes of picket fence distress crackle paint..

While I was waiting for my  distress crackle paint to dry I stamped my chosen sentiment for my tag..

and then added some remnant rubs randomly around my tag, and smudged the edges of the tag using my black soot distress marker..
I then cut out and inked the edges of each word in my phrase with distress ink. Stuck them to my tag and  used my distress marker to define the edges.
And I was done.. or so I thought,

 I then decided to add in another couple of elements and add in some machine stitching around the edges of the tag... This time I was done..

the tag is a little reminder to myself, to believe in where my art journey is taking me.. To do what makes my heart happy, not what I think others might like to see..
The Details:
Tag Base : #8 Tag
Paper :
 Tim Holtz Ephemera – Thrift Shop, Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs - Life Quotes
Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs – Numbers, Tim Holtz Paper Stash - assorted pieces
 Distress Crackle Paint – Picket Fence
Inks and Markers:
Distress Markers - Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Broken China
Distress Ink Minis: Kit #3
Archival Ink – Jet Black
Alpha Stamps
Modge Podge
 Thanks so much for stopping by again today, and remember  to Believe in YOUR journey..
 Happy creating! xx


  1. And with your heart ruling your head this positively sings Karen. I love that collaged effect and you've got it spot on by adding those extra flowers. They really guide the eye through the tag. Have a great weekend. Jenny x

  2. Brilliant tag! The way you have merged all the different elements together looks fantastic!! The outlining with the D marker is so effective and love how you did the sentiment! Is that the stampotique alpha? Such a cool font!!

  3. Love this tag,so grungy,beautifully created

    Donna x

  4. In a word - STUNNING! Anne x

  5. Stunning Karen - recently discovered your work and just love it! Thank you . Nikki x

  6. love this one Karen. Just right up my alley! Love the addition of the crackle paint too!

  7. Fabulous design and effects Karen, love it xx

  8. Not sure how i missed this one i love it and all the layers! I really need to stop hoarding my supplies!

  9. Loving this Karen. Thanks for the tut :-)

  10. Just found your blog and I love your style. This is such a cool tag. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Love this! thanks for sharing!

  12. This is wonderful and love the step outs. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love how you can just create, and be true to yourself. I love Tim's stuff too, just so fun, no rules, just play.Looks like you love to play too.

  14. Thanks for all the step by step instructions! This is the first time, for me, seeing your artwork.