Something with Wings: A Mixed Media Tag

Hello my crafty friends, my design team post for Crafty Catz Challenge Blog this week is a beautiful super sized tag. The theme is “Something with Wings” so I chose a butterfly. I love butterflies. There are so graceful and bring a sense of serenity when you watch them flutter by.  I painted the butterfly with vibrant, metallic spray inks from Lindy’s Stamp Gang in order to capture it’s beauty.  

I have a simple tutorial below showing how I made this tag. The supplies I used are:

  • jumbo manila tag
  • texture paste
  • stencil
  • spray inks. I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang 
  • gesso
  • black ink stamp pad
  • rubber stamp
  • makeup sponge 
  • glue
  • charcoal pencil
  • paintbrushes
  • water
  • scissors


Step 1: Place the stencil over your tag and apply the texture paste with a palette knife.

Step 2: Remove the stencil carefully and allow to dry.

Step 3: Paint with gesso and allow to dry thoroughly.

Step 4: Stamp you image and color. I painted with the spray ink.

Step 5: When your tag is dry, spray with inks. You can spray with water also to help inks move around.

Step 6: Gently dab to remove excess paint and allow to dry. When dry, stamp your image. It doesn’t have to be perfect as you will be gluing a the image you already colored on top. What you really want is the antennas.

Step 7: Splatter some ink on your tag.

Step 8: Using your ink applicator or make up sponge, apply a shadow off dark ink around the edges of the tag, quote and butterfly.

Step 9: Glue everything in place and you are done.

The finished tag.

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