We are all very used to paper tags – whether they are used as labels on a present, as a greeting card replacement or simply a beautiful piece of art. But when we see something a little bit different, our minds start racing… How do I approach this one? Canvas Corp has a vast choice of canvas shapes: from squares and diamonds to pockets and flags. We also have CANVAS TAGS and they are available in a variety of sizes!!! Is your crafty sense tingling yet? Let the fun begin!
Today, we have for you Alicja and Claudia who made two very different but both equally eye-catching tags using CC shapes as a base.
Alicja was inspired by the coming Spring with the shades of green and nature waking up to life. She added layers of embellishments and media imitating the still-timid flowers and brunches.
‘Spring is the most wonderful time of the year when everything comes to life. I think that this also relates to our creativity.
The best way to find it is to get outside and get some inspiration from the nature around. I know all of you can feel it!’ – says Alicja.
Canvas Corp – canvas tag
Canvas corp – Artsy Sampler on Kraft
Canvas corp – Burlap Sheet – Green
Canvas corp – Burlap Sheet – Hunter
Canvas Corp – Chocolate & Ivory Ribbon Stripe
7gypsies – metal hangers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Caper Green
Tattered Angels Baseboard – Chocolate Brown and Vine
Tattered Angels Chalkboard – Clover
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Rich Brown
This is how Alicja made her tag:
- Apply white gesso on the canvas tag with a stencil and let it dry.
- You can play with some great colours of Tattered Angels mists. The best way is to mix colours to get an interesting background.
- Add some chipboards and glue other elements to give it more texture and dimension. Use sisal and pieces of green burlap.
- Fussy cut chosen items from Canvas Corp papers. Put your favorite flowers and metal hangers, which will hold phrases about creativity.
The second tag comes from Claudia Neubacher. With layers of paint and texture and a handmade flower, Claudia went for a slightly darker and ‘mature’ feel.
‘Using raw canvas as a substrate for your mixed media projects can add so much more than just wonderful texture to them! You will find that spray paints create beautiful shading when being added to a wet canvas, that gesso will work as a beautiful resist to your spray paints and that the highly tactile feel of your substrate will lead you onto new paths of using your media.
A canvas tag is something you want to hold and touch – and the substrate itself becomes an essential part of your artwork.
Just give it a try! Throw on your favourite spray paints, mists, acrylic paints, gesso and other media and find out how rewarding the creative process and finished project will be! Have fun!’ – explains her inspiration Claudia.
Canvas Corp – Canvas Shape Tag
Canvas Corp – Cord Jute Balls Natural 225′
7 Gypsies – Gypsy – Mini Ephemera
7 Gypsies – Ordre du Jour 8×8 Paper Pad
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint – Ivory
Tattered Angels Baseboard Mist Paint – Chocolate Brown
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Paint – Splash
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Aqua
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Gold, Pomegranate, Marmalade
DecoArt – Gesso – white
DecoArt media – Liquid Glass
DecoArt Americana – Decou-Page – matte
Stabilo All – aquarellable pencil – black
Sizzix – Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
Memory Box – Zippy Dots stencil
Heavy white cardboard
Water in a spray bottle
Here are the steps Claudia followed to make her tag:
- Scrape on some Ivory High Impact paint and heat dry. Then spray and sprinkle on various Glimmer Mists, Chalbkoard and Baseboard Paints until you are content with the result. The High Impact paint will have worked as a bit of a resist and show through.
- For some highlights scrape on some more Ivory High Impact paint once all the sprayed and sprinkled on paints have dried.
- Add some dots of white Gesso here and there using a stencil and a palette knife and let dry.
- Tie a loop from jute cord and attach it to your tag with a stapler.
- Glue some small glass cabochons with DecoArt Liquid Glass onto a sheet of 7 Gypsies designer paper. Once the glue has dried carefully cut out the cabochons.
- Use the same mists and spray paints on a piece of heavy white cardboard to create a die cut flower with.
- Roughly draw a black outline around your tag using the Stabilo All black aquarellable pencil and activate the drawn lines with a waterloaded soft brush. Drag some of the black pigments from the lines to the outer edge by simply wetting the canvas with the wet brush.
- Attach the cut out ephemera, cabochons and the flower using a heavy glue and let dry. Then scrape some white Gesso around the canvas tag’s edges with a palette knife.
- Also add some scraped on white Gesso to the finished flower to fuse its look with the tag it sits on. Sprinkle on some drops of Gold Glimmer Mist once all is dry.
So, there you go… two very different takes on a canvas tag and they are just two out of many, many ways of playing with our selection of canvas shapes. Be on a lookout for more inspiration coming your way!
Have a creative day!!!