Mixed Media Tag Tutorial with Sizzix Diecuts

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Mixed Media Tag Tutorial

Welcome! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a mixed media tag tutorial with you and I’m happy today’s the day. I've used Distress Spray Stains for this tutorial.

I tuned into one of Tim Holtz’s Facebook Live videos over the weekend, and pulled out some mixed media products to work with while I watched Tim’s demos. It was a fun and relaxing way to spend a few hours, especially during these crazy times.

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Here’s the finished project:

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This is how I applied the color:

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You can use many different spray inks on a project like this. I used Distress Spray Stains. I like using the Glass Media Mat when working with wet inks, although non-stick craft sheets are great too.

Controlling the Color

After my tag was dry, I applied additional color through stencils. 

I did this with both Distress Inks and Archival Inks, using an ink blending tool and stencils.  I like the control I gain over color application this way.  Be sure to use a light touch.  You can always go in and add richer hues on top. Alternatively, you can go in with a heavy hand right from the start if you are confident you want a deep shade to start.

You may wonder about that wood stamp. I had a few questions after sharing the project in real time, so I’ll write about it here, too.  It’s been in my stash for ages, and I think the manufacturer (Rubber Stamp Ave) is, sadly, out of business.

mixed media tag tutorial - blending colors with distress ink blending tool


These are the Sizzix dies I used to embellish my mixed media tag: Detailed Butterflies (4 pack) and Adorned dies (3 pack).

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Detailed Butterflies

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Adorned Dies

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  1. Dorothy McCarthy on May 10, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Thank you so much!!

  2. Sara on May 7, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Very pretty! Those butterfly dies are gorgeous!

  3. Marjie Kemper on May 5, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks so much, Toni. Stay well!

  4. Becki Kidd on May 3, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for posting this tutorial. I’ve watched your YouTube videos and this was a great reminder of what you taught. Makes me want to bring out my tools and create. Love that it is a small project. I’m not as intimidated at working with them. Stay well.

    • Marjie Kemper on May 5, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      So glad you found it helpful, Becki. Happy creating!

  5. Carolyn Hanks on May 1, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    These are beautiful. I love all your work. Thank You for sharing this

    • Marjie Kemper on May 5, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks, Carolyn! Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Renee Zarate on May 1, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Gorgeous tag! Stay well

    • charu agrawal on May 1, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      Amazing tag.. love it.. z😘😘🥰🥰thnq for sharing..

      • Marjie Kemper on May 5, 2020 at 5:15 pm

        Thanks, Charu!

    • Marjie Kemper on May 5, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks, Renee. You too!!

  7. Marti_L on May 1, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    I always love to see what you are up to, you have a marvelous sense of color.

    • Marjie Kemper on May 5, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      What a lovely compliment. Thank you, Marti!

  8. Toni on May 1, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Fabulous Marjie! You have a great way with colour, love your tag X

  9. Mary Biesemeier on May 1, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks, Marjie. Looks like fun!

    • Marjie Kemper on May 5, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you, Mary. Hope you’re inspired to have a play!

  10. Jennifer L Bates on May 1, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I love this tag

    • Marjie Kemper on May 5, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer!