Coffee and Books – Mixed Media Tag

I am thrilled to be able to announce that I am officially a member of the 2018 Design Team for be-Creative crafts!!!  Woo hoo!!! Maybe just a little more excited than a 4-year old on Christmas Eve!!  You will start to see a few projects coming through on the blog showcasing some of the fantastic be-Creative products, including their Stamp Press and Wonder Tape (double-sided tape that doesn’t curl up when you heat set embossing powder on it! LOVE this stuff); as well as their new products that will be launched through the year.  I do hope you will come along with me on this journey!

For today’s project, I have chosen a subject matter close to my heart…coffee!  I always like to create items that mean something to me…and a perfect afternoon for me involves being curled up on the sofa with a mug of coffee and a good book.  So, I didn’t have to look to far for inspiration for this mixed media tag!!


Step 1

I used a chipboard tag from Prima as my base for this project and gave it a coat of gesso in the first instance.  I then rubbed Vintage Photo and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink pads onto my craft sheet before spritzing with water and smooshing the tag onto the watery ink.  I did this twice, drying after each smoosh.  The blue was not as vibrant as I wanted, so I smooshed again, this time using Broken China Distress Oxide.


Step 2

I wanted to add some text into the background; so, I tore some pieces of tissue paper from Tim Holtz, and stuck these to the tag using matt medium.


Step 3

I then added some stamped details, in the form of some coffee rings and splats on the top half of the tag using Coffee Archival Ink.


Step 4

For the focal points, I drew a mug of coffee and a stack of books, which I then coloured with ProMarkers before adding some Small Talk stickers by Tim Holtz, to depict what books mean to me.  I stuck both of these images to the bottom half of the tag with matt medium.  I also covered the images with the matt medium and, once this was dry, I cut off the excess that was overhanging the edges of the tag.


Using a Dark Sepia PITT Artist Pen from Faber-Castell, I added some shading to the mug and books, as well as some steam coming from the mug.  Using some Rose Gold Liquid Pearls, I added some details to the spines of the books and with a Clear Wink of Stella pen, I added some sparkle onto the coffee in the mug.


Step 4

I edged the tag with the Coffee Archival Ink and then went over this again, this time using Jet Black Archival Ink.


Step 5

I wanted to add some texture to the tag.  For this, I used some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Seaspray Green and using a spatula, I applied this through a TCW stencil called Mini Well Rounded.  I also used this mousse to cover the raw edges of the tag.


Step 6


For the finishing touches, I added a Word Band from Tim Holtz and a couple of decorative brads; some dots of Liquid Pearls in Robin’s Egg and Rose Gold, and some pieces of ribbon and lace.


I hope that you enjoyed this project.  If you did, please like this post and also follow me on here for more ideas and inspiration.  I am on social media and you can find me on Facebook by clicking here, on Instagram by clicking here and also on Pinterest by clicking here.

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