First Mixed Media Project: Thank You Gift Tag

Mixed Media is something new that I discovered among papercrafters. It is a new technique that I would like to explore and learn.

According to Wikipedia, Mixed Media is a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. In other word, mixed media is an art work that made by more than one medium.

But Mixed Media Artwork is not the same with Multimedia Art. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a “mixed media art, but not multimedia art.

I watched some tutorials on YouTube and I think it is something that I will enjoy creating. In those videos, I found out two of the main supplies are Gesso and Modeling Paste. Honestly, I still do not know yet the different betweet them since I have not yet seen them or used them in any of my projects in the past. Next time I make a trip to a craft store, I will get them just  to make sure I know the different 🙂

But for a start, I found couple tutorial how to make homemade Gesso and Modeling Paste.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I tried this tutorial to make the homemade modeling/texture paste that using baby powder and here’s the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cup Baby powder (it makes the paste smells so good!)
  • 1/2 cup of White acrylic paint / white acrylic gesso (you can also use black or color gesso/paint)
  • 1/4 cup of Mod Podge (matte)

I used baby powder from Target brand and I ended up adding a little bit more acrylic paint to make it softer to mix. It was a bit hard to mix. She suggested to start with the liquid first, then the powder to avoid lump. And store the paste in air-tight container.

And I also followed this tutorial and recipe that using baking soda for my first homemade gesso:


  • 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
  • 3 tablespoon White Glue (I used Mod Podge)
  • 2 tablespoon White Paint

I ended up to add a little bit more paint to make more consistency like on the video. I think what make the difference is that the brand of supplies we use. So if you wanna try this, I would suggest to start with the recipe and see if you like the result, if not then you can add more of the ingredient to make it better consistent to meet your need.

My oldest daughter was at home for Thanksgiving break and she helped me with mixing them. We had fun doing it together and messy for sure 😀

The best way to store the oaste is in an air-tight container and according to them, one batch can last for 6-10 months.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I did a test right away. So, I cut a tag out of Canson watercolor paper (140 lbs). To create the background, I added some Gelatos on it and blended them with my finger and then using baby wipe I blended them more to give the watercoloring look. I speeded the drying with Craft Heater.

When the background tag dry completely, I added the modeling paste on it using a palete knife over Retro Circles – ARTplorations Stencil. It took a while to dry.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I stamped the stacking cups (Sketchy Coffee Cups – STAMPlorations) and sentiment (Literary Caffeine-anations – Big Grind by Becca Cruger, STAMPlorations) when the background completly dry.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I colored and added some shadow to the cups using the Mix & Match Stamper’s Big Brushes. I love the finished tag and really enjoy the process of making it.

I still have a lot to learn but this is a fun technique, making pretty mess for sure.

This tag I link up at:

Thank You for visiting and have a FABULOUS THANKSGIVING EVE!

Poinsettia Card and Tag

Holidays season is not too far away from now… I am still working on cards and tags for friends and families.

Today I would like to share with you a card and a tag that I created using the My Monthly Hero October Kit by Hero Arts. In this kit includes the stamp set, die set, and ink pads. It is only available in only during the month of October. To find out more about Hero Arts monthly kit, please go here.

Here are my card and tag:

Happy Holidays Poinsettia #handmadecard #christmascard #heroarts #heroartsholidaycardmakingchallenge #myheromonthlykit #poinsettia #cardmaking #creatingjoyfully #stamping

I link up this card at Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge that runs until November 12th.  And here’s the supply list to make this card:

  • Hero Arts October My Monthly Hero Kit
  • White heavy cardstock (The PaperStudio)
  • Dark Green heavy cardstock (The PaperStudio)
  • Mini Distress Ink Pads: Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz)
  • Clear Gems (Darice)
  • Adhesive Runner (Elmer)
  • 5″ x 6.5″ card and envelope (the PaperStudio)

Merry Christmas Poinsettia Tag #heroarts #myheromonthlykit #poinsettia #tag #christmastag #gifttag #creatingjoyfully #stamping

This is my first tag I link up at 25 Days of Christmas Tags hosted by Tracey McNeely. And here’s the supply list to make this card:

  • Hero Arts October My Monthly Hero Kit
  • Winter Tag Stack (DCWV)
  • Green Ribbon Twine (American Crafts)
  • Clear Gems (Darice)
  • Adhesive Runner (Elmer)
  • 3D Foam Tape (My Recollections)

Thank You for visiting today and hope you have a wonderful day!

12 Days DIY Christmas 2014: Day 3

Today’s project , I am inspired by the idea of gift in mason jar that I saw on Pinterest.

But I did not use mason jar. I recycled candle jars 🙂


To clean the left over candle wax in the jar, pour hot water in the candle jar and let it sit for few minutes until all wax come loose and they will float on the surface. DO NOT TOUCH the jar because it will be super hot! I learned that in a hard way.

When you see the wax floating and the jar is cool down, use your finger or plastic spoon to get them out of the jar. Then wash it clean with soap. I let it dry for over night or you can just wipe it dry with towel.

Once it is clean and dry, you cam decorate it or leave it clear, all up to you. I decorate it with Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape and Ruby Chevron Washi Tape.

Then I filled the jar with Kisses in Christmas colors. Then I added a tag that I cut a bunch of then with my Silhouette Cameo.


I stamped the sentiment from Made From Scratch stamp set with Topiary Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad and the heart with Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad. I cut the heart and glued it on top of the other one. Then I cut the label shaped and added on the tag using 3D Foam Tape for some dimension. I added a little gold christmas tree using Liquid Glass. Because regular craft glue won’t work on gluing glittery shape.

Finally, I added the tag on the jar lid with Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon.

I link up this project at Creative Spark Link Party #31


Hope you’ll like it and thank you for stopping by!