Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Mixed Media Tag

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Mixed Media Tag

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Hello mixed media — where have you been hiding? I dabbled in the world the tiniest bit years back, and now I’m wondering why I ever left! This was my first foray back into the craft, and I am IN LOVE! So, be prepared to see more of this stuff, and a little less on the cardmaking. Don’t worry though! The techniques are very interchangeable, and I’ll still be using lots of ink and stamps and paper!

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ink, ink and more ink (and other mediums too)

Seriously, I used all sorts of inks, glazes, pastes and other mediums to create this thickboard tag. The final size on the tag is about 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. It will make a nice addition to my Halloween/ Día de los Muertos home decor. As I don’t have a reason to send out Halloween cards, and this year I’m not doing any kind of special treat bags for the neighbors, this seemed like the perfect project!

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sugar skull printable

The focal point sugar skull is a printable that I found on Creative Fabrica. A quick search brought up a lot of Halloween and Día de los Muertos imagery and illustrations that I could use as a base for a project. Using a printable means that I was able to resize the image in any way I needed, and then I was able to print it out on watercolor cardstock. I found that 140LB watercolor paper would go through the manual feed on my laser printer – so, give different paper thicknesses a test run to see what works best for you and your printer.

She was painted with Memento inks as watercolors, and then I added in some MBoss in New Year’s Eve to highlight parts of the design.

The thickboard and floral elements were colored with the new Staz-on colors, and then embellished with Creative Medium, Studio Glazes and IrRESISTible pico embellisher.

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It really does look like an impressive creation, but I broke it down for you in this video. You’ll see that if you just take it step by step, you can create something just like this!

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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Mixed Media Tag

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