Love is Complicated Valentine’s Tags

Hello friends, this is Carmen with you again sharing a tutorial.  Making mixed media tags is one of my favorite art forms.  When I first saw this Love is Complicated stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop I knew I wanted to use it in a tag.  Because, we all know that love can be very complicated!  I really enjoyed making these for The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team.

Mixed media Valentine's Tags for The Crafter's Workshop Design Team by www.carmenwhitehead.com

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I created two different styles of tags to show how versatile this stencil can be with Valentine’s tags .

I first applied a thin layer of gesso to each tag and then painted a background layer of Cashmere Beige.  I then swirled on some distress ink in Fire Brick Red with the repeating pods stencil and foam pad applicator.

Mixed media Valentine's Tags for The Crafter's Workshop Design Team by www.carmenwhitehead.com

I used soft black and cranberry wine acrylic paint with the Complicated Hearts stencil.

I also applied the distress ink around the edge of the tag to give it a more finished look.

Mixed media Valentine's Tags for The Crafter's Workshop Design Team by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Mixed media Valentine's Tags for The Crafter's Workshop Design Team by www.carmenwhitehead.com

I love the simplicity of this tag and it’s so easy to make.  Using distress inks with stencils is such an easy way to create backgrounds too.  With the second tag I applied a layer of soft sage acrylic paint and then used the Busy Daisies stencil with Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves distress ink.

Mixed media Valentine's Tags for The Crafter's Workshop Design Team by www.carmenwhitehead.com

To create a soft and pastel Valentine tag I combined crackle paste and Cranberry Wine paint to use with the Complicated Hearts tag.  It ended up being the perfect shade to match the distress ink.

Mixed media Valentine's Tags for The Crafter's Workshop Design Team by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Mixed media Valentine's Tags for The Crafter's Workshop Design Team by www.carmenwhitehead.com

So using one stencil for Valentine’s can give you two completely different tags.  Either one of these would make a perfect gift tag.

Blessings,

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