Celebrate Your Wanderlust With This DIY Mixed Media Tag


Hello everyone!! It is Anna-Karin here today on the blog, with a fun and easy mixed media tutorial. I love to use houses and buildings on my projects, and was therefore happy to see all Tim Holtz's new Cityscape-themed dies. They can be used to create a wide ranger of projects and different types of towns and cities.

Spring has really been erratic here, with many days in April being pretty chilly. On several of the weekend walks I take with my youngest in his stroller, we had quite heavy snowfall, several times, followed by beautiful sunny weather in between. I am looking forward to warmer weather in May.

I decided to make a tag with a colorful city against a more grungy background. I'd love to spend a week in this city and walk the streets to observe the inhabitants. I bet they must be interesting. You can of course make the buildings in any color that you'd like. For this tag, I used the following dies:


Other Materials Used:

  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, Black Soot, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed, Iced Spruce, Aged Mahogany, Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Pumice Stone
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology - Grungeboard, Vintage Design Tape
  • Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz stamps - On the Farm, Tiny Things 2, Newsprint & Type
  • Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz - Mixed Media Heavystock Cardstock, Matte Collage Medium, Crazing Collage Medium
  • Ranger Dina Wakley - White Gesso, Medieval Paint


To create a textured background, I die cut the Industrial die from grungeboard. I just love all the pieces you get on this die and everything can be used. The inside circles, for example, layer perfectly underneath the octagonal bults. Use this sandwich: Cutting Pad, die facing up, grungeboard, second Cutting Pad.


Place the pieces on a manila tag and adhere everything with Matte Collage Medium.


Coat with a layer of gesso.


When the gesso is dry, paint the tag with Pumice Stone.


Add some color to the gears and bults with Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio, but don't cover up all the grey.


I used Dina Wakley's Medieval metallic paint here and there for shine.


Die cut the city scape and two buildings from Cityscape Skyline and Cityscape Metropolis, from Mixed Media Heavystock cardstock. Use this sandwich in your Big Shot or Vagabond: Multipurpose Platform Tab 2, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad. If you struggle to die cut the details, exchange the bottom Cutting Pad with a Precision Base Plate.


Stamp the buildings with a newsprint and a ledger stamp, to give them some texture.


Coat with a layer of Matte Medium. The reason for this, is that it is easier to apply and blend the Distress Crayons on top of Matte Medium and it also gives the buildings even more texture.


Color the buildings with a mix of Distress Crayons, smoothing and blending the color with your finger.


Apply Crazing Medium with your finger, here and there on the tag and at the bottom of the houses.


When the Crazing Medium is dry, cracks appear. Rub Black Soot Distress Crayon into the cracks and remove the excess with a slightly moist cloth.


Layer the buildings with foam dots in between, for dimension. As you can see, I cut some of the buildings from the sides of the cityscape off and tucked them in here and there.


The title was die cut with the Thin Traveler Words set, coated with Matte Medium and colored with Distress Crayons.


Here's the first part of the sentiment.


I also stamped a light bulb, colored it with a yellow crayon and applied Glossy Accents on the bulb part.


The tag was tied with a piece of folded over Design Tape.


The texture of the gears and gadgets is really cool. You almost have to see it in real life.


Here's another look at the background texture. These techniques would work great for cardmaking too or, for example, for 3-D type projects or a mixed media canvas or board.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to play around with some fun techniques. Thank you so much for watching!

Happy crafting!


Related PostsView all

4 thoughts on “Celebrate Your Wanderlust With This DIY Mixed Media Tag”

Leave a Reply

We use cookies to personalize content, analyze site traffic and to serve push notifications and targeted ads. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies. Click here to learn how we use cookies for a better browsing experience.