Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mixed Media tag

Am very excited sharing this with you today. I have been down with an ENT infection for a while and just been crafting in my head. Finally I am somewhat back in my craft room, have been looking around for inspiration and am really kicked up about using textures.

 This time I made an altered luggage tag.

While I have been in bed, Ive been staring at this luggage tag on my suitcase. I really loved the cut and was thinking I can make it look like a mini suitcase. So here I am; combining my love for travel, texturing and recycling!

The original tag

 I stuck a translucent wrapping tissue paper all over the tag so use the red color of the tag. The front side (where the name is displayed, I cut out a card stock shaped as a suitcase, applied a layer of gesso applied home made modeling paste while adding a tingle of shimmer, through my stash net stencil. I clicked this pic while I was carrying it in my hand, also so you’d have an idea of the size of the tag!

Suitcase shaped paper textured to stick onto the airline tag

I wanted to make a small wheel to my suitcase so I pulled out an old red button from my stash , gessoed it and inked it.

Button as a wheel
 Once dry, I dabbed distress ink on it. My kitty recently tore apart my pearl bracelet and I had kept those away in my box, so I thought of using those to border the suitcase.

I was experimenting with crepe papers to make flowers and I had made these mini sunflowers some time back. However since they are so small, I never got a chance to really use them. Any guesses what I made the leaves from!...Well, it is a result of an interesting experiment. I soaked up a green wool in glue and then stitched it over a paper to create this formation. I let it dry and simply tore apart the paper and was left with this beauty (which I further colored/ distressed) .

 Moving to the back of my tag (this is where I wanted the red to show through!) I applied modeling paste to create a world map and to the water area applied gesso. Once dry, I simply painted the water with acrylic paints and couldn’t resist my temptation to add some glitter!

World map created with gesso and paste
 The other flap of the tag (behind the name and address flap) I applied modeling paste and scratched it with a fork to create this pattern. Since this is so small and I don’t own a stencil so small, I made some cut outs from an OHP to create the Rays pattern and stamped a cut ladiesfinger (Okra ) with gesso and red ink and let the color play itself.


 I sketched this blue haired girl, while I wanted to use the phrase “to paint the town red”. Since I made a globe-trotting tag here, I changed it to world!


 I am so used to creating large mixed media projects, this was completely out of my comfort zone. But I learnt that size doesn’t necessarily interfere with spontaneity!

Im quite liking how this looks....what a chic suitcase it would make.

Wouldn’t you help but notice it, if it was dragged in front of you while you are killing time at the boarding gate!
Suitcase on wheels

 Supplies used: home made - modeling paste, gesso, crepe paper, mini pearls, button, green twine, distress ink (worn lipstick).

Am linking this to

BGC 58: Textured tag
Lessology : Travelogue
Craft Hoarders Anonymous  Challenge #15 - All The Pretty Flowers
SSS Wednesday : Create your background

Very excited to link this to The Mirror Crack’d  , their first mixed media challenge.


  1. what a lovely idea! nice little suitcase:0) sometimes it is good to go out your comfort zone...l
    thank you for joining the mixed media challenge at TMC!
    grtz Jolanda

  2. Very creative and I love the pop of yellow! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  3. This is so cool, thanks for sharing with us at LESSology!

  4. Great project! So very creative. Thank you for playing along with us at The Mirror Crack'd challenge.

  5. VERY clever....glad something good came out of being sick!!! Love the way you've upcycled here & those flowers worked out really nicely.....thanks so much for sharing with us at LESSology:):)

  6. Sorry to hear you have been so poorly, but you clearly but your sick time to good use! Love how inventive this is. You must have had such fun creating it

    Thanks so much for sharing in our first ever challenge. Please visit again

    The Mirror Crack'd

  7. Ahhh...that emirates tag got a lovely makeover! You did an awesome job! :)

    Hope you are on the mend...and thanks for joining us at LESSology!

  8. A very Unique way of altering the Tag into a cute Suitcase !!

  9. woow urvashi.... this is awesome, love the first the best though it is all pretty. and yes u r right.... seeing this beauty wen waiting for boarding would really be soothing

  10. This is so much fun! I love that you "saw" a suitcase hiding in your luggage tag! That's an artist's eye for you! The texture you added is wonderful, and the whole project is whimsical and delightful! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  11. This is such an amazing makeover!!! Love all the textures and the idea.
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at BGC :)

  12. What a cute and unique idea..wonderful texture! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  13. nicely done and soooo very clever...FAB! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  14. Very cool. Love how you transformed the tag. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  15. What a wonderful way to change something ordinary into an art piece that goes where you go! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders!

  16. I'm playing catch up at the Mirror Crack'd. This is a fantastic piece. Love the texture, the recycle efforts, and the incredible design. This is awesome.

  17. Super cool idea! Sorry to hear you were under the weather, hope the crafting got you back on your feet! Love the flowers! Hugs for playing along with us at LESSology! Mitra

  18. This is so clever and creative! I am new to mixed media so I hope to learn a lot as I go around and visit everyone!

  19. Fabulous! Thanks for playing along with LESSOLOGY! :)

  20. Great makeover!
    Thank you for playing at BGC!

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