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2013-12-22

What else to do with a tag...? by France Papillon

We have really wonderful new inspiration for you today prepared by:

France - one of the sweetest girls ever - has also prepared some fantastic step-by-step for you so that you can join in our creative mixed media adventure!

I started to play with a tag, one of my favorite go to items after my art journal. Looking at the finished tag is a proof that combining some of my favorite mixed media toys and home rusted Mechanicals can only mean fun to me.

 But once my tag was done, I liked it too much to just leave it like that and put it away. So I came up with a good excuse to have it on display on my table: a stamp binder. And what’s more: a Finnabair Prima stamp binder! Now it acts like an inspiration board, right in front of me on my table!



I started with a layer of gesso on a n°8 Manilla tag. Once dried, I placed masking tape on the tag to create a grid.


I applied 2 layers of medium: a thick layer of gel medium and a layer of gesso, without waiting for the gel medium to dry. Before I forced it to dry with my heat gun, I took the tape away. Drying it with the heat gun created bubbles in the medium.


To add some colour, I diluted Autumn Skies and Golden Bamboo Primary Elements Artist Pigments in spray bottles with water and I sprayed it on the tag. To accentuate the colors, I went over it with Peacock Feather and Vintage Photo Distress ink.


I added splatters with the diluted pigments, diluted black acrylic paint and water.


I chose my embellishments (which received a home rusting treatment) and burned the edges of a paper left over. I finished it with a plaster strip left over, a home rusted paperclip and some sewing.


These plastic liners came with a binder. Some of them have 3 pockets: 2 small ones and 1 big one. I cut the liners in half and added sewing so that every liner had 3 closed sides.


Out of the back cover of a paper block, I cut 2 pieces of 12,5 cm x 18,5 cm and covered them with 7Dots Studio Papers and Kraft Cardstock. Using my Cinch, I added a binding ring through everything to create a … Finnabair Stamp binder!



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13 comments:

  1. Waouh, it's just perfect, France !!

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  2. Fabulous binder, fantastic use of those page pockets, te tag on the front looks amazing snd I just love the whole idea of it!

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  3. A wonderful idea! I love it!
    Alison xxx

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  4. I love this idea as I have been working with tags for the last month…(I incorporated them into my Christmas Cards). Great idea…France!!

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  5. Brilliant and inspiring make from France... makes me want to go and play!
    Alison x

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  6. Awesome idea and beautiful as always. Cheers, Vron

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  7. Ah, you surprised me! I was so sure you had created a mini ATC binder! But, a stamp binder is also a brilliant idea! Stamps that are put away are out of the way! But, in this beautiful binder on your desk is perfect! You have used my favorite blue/brown color combo, too! Well done, France!!

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  8. What a fantastic idea! (I was thinking an ATC binder would be a great idea took Kay.) I'm so glad you showed the step by step photos. I probably would have tossed it when my tag got warped but you show how amazing it became. Always an inspiration, France.

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  9. Just perfect! Cool idea - love it so much! :))))

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  10. Stunning.... I have one of these journals on my list. XOXO
    sarinda

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  11. LOVE the grid idea...what a clever girl France is!!
    Also really LOVING this blog....

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