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Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Hi everyone, it's Audrey! Today I have a fun mixed-media Sizzix project and tutorial to share with you featuring stamps and dies from Tim Holtz's newest collections.

I have long been a fan of Tim's crazy birds, so of course I couldn't wait to get my hands on his newest line of crazy cats. Love their quirky expressions and features, and check out how close the matching dies cut right up to the edges of the images. It really is amazing.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

I needed a birthday tag for a friend this week, who just so happens to be a huge cat lover. So I pulled out one of Ranger's extra large kraft tags and a whole bunch of awesome new Sizzix dies and embossing folders to create a mixed-media gift tag to tie atop her package. I think she's going to love it, and hope that you do, too.

Let's take a closer look.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Begin by die cutting several of the new Mixed Media #3 Thinlits shapes from a large #10 kraft tag. To die cut with Thinlits and Framelits dies we recommend using a Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine and this standard die cutting sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

I die cut the alpha/numeric shape from the top left corner of the tag, and the shattered glass shape from the bottom right corner. A die pick will help remove all the tiny pieces from both the tag and the die itself.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Swipe over random areas of the tag with both Picket Fence and Broken China Distress Paint.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Cut a piece of watercolor cardstock roughly the same size as the tag, and water color the tag using Distress Inks. To water color with Distress Inks, smoosh your ink pad onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the color with a very wet paintbrush. Paint the colors randomly over the cardstock panel and then dab the paper with the Broken China paint.  Allow to dry. Use a bit of ribbon or a strip of fabric to soak up the remaining ink on your craft sheet. Set aside to dry.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Cover the watercolor paper with Crazing Distress Collage Medium using a foam brush, and quickly adhere it to the back of the tag. Set the tag aside to dry completely.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

In the mean time, stamp two Crazy Cat images onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Watercolor the images using Distress Inks and then die cut the cats using the matching Crazy Cats Framelits die set. Add Glossy Accents to the cats' eyes.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Apply a bit of Pumice Stone Distress Ink mixed with water onto the tag background to bring out the crazing. Emboss a couple of strips of watercolor paper with the Herringbone Textured Impressions folder. Watercolor the strips with Distress Inks and cut angled ends onto each strip. Adhere the strips onto the tag, one across the bottom of the tag and the second one across the middle. Adhere the cats onto the strips using a bit of tacky glue on the bottom of the bodies, and foam adhesive on the tops. Be sure to leave their front paws clear of adhesive.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Add self-adhesive fun foam to the backs of several small scraps of watercolor paper. Die cut a small letter "u" from the Typo Lower Bigz XL. To die cut with Bigz XL dies, simply sandwich the die and paper between two Extended Cutting Pads before running this sandwich through your Big Shot.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Paint the "u" with Broken China Distress Paint, and once dry, coat the letter with Glossy Accents. Die cut a large numeral "4" from the Stencil Numbers Thinlits die set using another scrap of watercolor paper/fun foam. Ink the numeral with Mustard Seed Distress Ink or Paint, and cover with Glossy Accents once dry. And finally, tuck the number and letter underneath the cat's paws and adhere them in place. Tie the ribbon onto the top of the tag.

Crazy Cats & Mixed Media: A Fun Gift Tag DIY

Enjoy!

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Other Materials Used:

  • Ranger Watercolor Paper
  • Ranger #10 Kraft Tag
  • Ranger Distress Ink: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
  • Distress Paint: Broken China, Picket Fence
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

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