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Vintage Collage Tag

By: Bumblebees and Butterflies
April 20, 2017

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Vintage Collage Tag
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I love mixing styles when putting projects together and this started off with shabby paint layers but changed to journaling style with the addition of the stencil and then moved onto vintage with the collage ephemera and vintage photo; but they mix well don’t you think?

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Relic
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Primitive
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Restore
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Lace
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Iced Espresso
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Text Stamp
  • Black Archival Ink
  • 12" by 12" Stencil
  • Ephemera Pieces and Embellishments of Choice
  • Paper Towels
  • Large Black Tag


Start with some DecoArt chalky finish paints and a brayer. Four layers drying between each one I began with Relic.

Instruction #1 - Step 144
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Repeat with Primitive...

Instruction #2 - Step 245
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then Restore...

Instruction #3 - Step 392
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and finally with Lace.

Instruction #4 - Step 41019
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I wanted to keep some of the peeled paint look but also wanted it to be brighter and shabbier so I grabbed a 12 x 12 stencil, painted it with white tinting base...

Instruction #5 - Step 554
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and laid it over the tag rubbing it down with some kitchen towel...

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so that when I pulled it away it revealed random mottled dots with a white fill in.

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Look at the texture the white tinting base has to it just because it was sandwiched between the tag and the stencil.

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Stamp into the spots using a text stamp, mine was an old one with French script on it. The two photos below show the technique and how it looked when I took the stencil away.

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Start collecting together the ephemera and embellishments for this large tag. What I begin with isn’t always what I finish with...

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Ink and alter them ready to use and layer up. I started with the metal pieces to make the attachment for the word band and these pieces were altered with Iced Espresso Metallic Lustre.

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I put together the collage layer by layer...

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layer two...

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layer three with a grounding strip (where the feet will go) and brush the surface of all the papers with matte Decou-Page.

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Give all these pieces a wash of tinting base to bring about overall cohesion.

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Then add some Burnt Umber, Raw Umber and Quinacridone Gold around the edges to give a slight rust effect to it. Use the water spritzer and watery colours with a small brush adding and drying until you are happy with it.

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To finish I added the film strip, metal number, focal photo and butterfly. Then add a button with some rusty wire in the hole at the top.

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Thanks for stopping by today to take a look at my project. Please ask any questions in the comment box below or email me – the address is on the sidebar of my blog.


Hugs Brenda xxx


Stunning work as ever Brenda :D Love the two figures you chose too XXX


April 20, 2017

Stunning tag Brenda, thanks for the process pictures. So many details. Avril xx


April 20, 2017

Just love this Brenda, that shappy peeled paint look is done perfectly xx


April 20, 2017

What an AMAZINGLY UNIQUE and CREATIVE background Brenda. Really yummy!! Super step by step too. I would have been happy calling your background an abstract painting - I didn't want you to cover it up!!! But in the end... you created a really touching vintage piece - reminding me of my childhood. Xj.


April 20, 2017

Another brilliant project Brenda, love it to bits. Happy crafting, Angela xXx


April 20, 2017

Wow Brenda! Beautiful tag, and very inspiring! Love the layers and the final touches!


April 21, 2017

Wow!!! Such a fabulous background achieved with the paints Brenda and I love the appearance of overlaying the stencil and then stamping through. Fantastic ephemera layers too. TFS the details Huge hugs Annie x


April 21, 2017

This is amazing, Brenda! I love how you've used the tinting base. I can't wait to try that. Thanks for a fantastic tutorial and a fantastic tag.

Cheryl Grigsby

April 21, 2017

Brenda, your shabby, vintage, collaged piece is stunning, I really love how you mixed up the different styles to produce this gorgeous piece of art. The background looks amazing, especially where you 'sandwiched' the base and the stencil. Love the ephemera you added too - this is SO beautiful!! xx

Anne R

April 21, 2017

Love this! It came together so very beautifully!!

April 21, 2017

Brenda...this is beautiful vintage work. Love your combinations of paints, patterns and layering. Great tutorial!

Candy Colwell

April 21, 2017

I love the finished look! Great job.


April 21, 2017

Fabulous collaging, of course, but it's all those background layers and textures which really steal the show for me - fantastic piece, Brenda. Alison x


April 22, 2017

Gorgeous tag, fantastic backdrop. Love how you used the Tinting Base. Love the touches of rust too. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

April 22, 2017

Brenda, this tag is absolutely Gorgeousness! I love each of those colors you used for your layers and the way you used the stencil was brilliant!! This is a tag that I would like to recreate for myself! Well done! Bravo! Jackie xx

Jackie Neal

April 23, 2017

Wow love this technique to make the background of the tag. Great layering too!


April 23, 2017

Amazing piece Brenda, the background loks incredible! Love what you did with the tinting base and that stencil, so clever! The collage looks wonderful too, love the rusting effects you achieved!


April 23, 2017

I love this ,just my cup of tea .Great tutorial as well

Mags Woodcock

April 24, 2017

OOh fabulous! Your background technique is so cool!

Kate Crane

April 25, 2017

Love how you created that background! Chrisx


May 9, 2017

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