I love making tags! They’re a great way to play with technique, experiment with a new product, or see how colors look together. If they turn out really well, you can use them on gifts as a little bonus present. There’s always a way to Plus One it! 🙂 I was recently experimenting with some new mediums on my Gel Press®, got some unexpected results, and knew immediately I had to share.

My supply list:

  • Gel Press® 8×10 plate
  • tag
  • silver acrylic paint
  • liquid acrylic or acrylic ink in light blue and dark blue
  • brayer
  • embellishments of your choice

 

This silver base layer gives us the shimmer.
This silver base layer gives us the shimmer.

First, I took my tag and painted it silver. I used my Gel Press® and some silver paint, but if you don’t have any, just use a silver marker. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s dry before you continue.

Just a few drops of each color is enough!
Remember, just a few drops of each color is enough.

Next, you’ll be putting some liquid acrylic in two shades blue. I used Golden High Flow acrylic paint, but you can also try acrylic ink, like Liquitex or FW. Just know that the inks are even more liquidy, bead more, and the effect will be different. If you’ve tried liquid acrylic before, you may be thinking “But Jen, it just puddles on my plate! It doesn’t do anything interesting.” Trust me. Add a few drops of each color (not too much!), and brayer it. Brayering makes the difference. This technique seems to work better on the bigger sizes of Gel Press® plates. I’m not sure why, but I suspect there is science involved. 🙂

Look at that cool effect!
Look at that cool effect!

You should start to see the ink almost breaking up on the plate – instead of a solid layer of color, holes appear as if the ink is beading up in some way. This is what you want! Take your print on the silver tag.

It's pretty right now! But let's Plus One it...
It’s pretty right now! But let’s Plus One it…

See? Where the paint left the Gel Plate® clear, the silver of the tag is showing through. It looks like a beautiful wintery icy abstract pattern with a little shimmer. I love the depth of color on the tag, and the different layers. I could stop right here, use the back of the tag to write a small note, and put it on a gift, but I want to add a few touches to this one. If you don’t have exactly the same embellishments I used, that’s fine! Substitute whatever you want to use.

That white background will make the stamped text pop!
That white background will make the stamped text pop!

I know I’ll be stamping a word later, but I want the background to be lighter. I just used some regular white acrylic on the rectangle from the Gel Press® Petites Set B and added a little texture with some small bubble wrap.

A little bling is always nice.
A little bling is always nice.

I want to draw attention to the lighter section, so I added a rhinestone border. If you need the tag to be flat, or don’t have rhinestones, you could just draw a line with a silver pen, or use some washi tape.

That solid color looks nice against all that pattern in the background.
That solid color looks nice against all that pattern in the background.

I really want to show off that background, so I just did a simple die cut from shimmery paper for the top. An evergreen or a snowflake would work here as well.

Bold letters are the right choice here.
Bold letters are the right choice here.

A simple stamped word works best here. “Joy” is a good sentiment for any time of year. 🙂

The finished tag!
The finished tag!

A white and silver ribbon makes the perfect finishing touch! I’ll probably use this on a gift – it would be perfect tied around the neck of a wine bottle.

Stop shivering with anticipation! Shiver? Winter? Get it? Okay, yeah, that one’s a stretch… Go ahead and check us out on Facebook and Pinterest. Find joy through retail therapy 🙂 and treat yourself to some Gel Press® plates.

A picture of a woman with short hair and glasses. She's gorgeous! ;)

Create Every Day,

Jen

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