Seashell Mixed Media Tag – DT Project for Be Creative

Did any of you catch Gordon and Justin, from Be Creative, on Hochanda over the bank holiday weekend?


As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I am lucky enough to be a member of their 2018 Design Team and if you did see any of their shows, you might have seen this little project of mine shown in amongst the samples; so, I thought that I would kick this week’s blog posts off with a quick how to guide on how I made it.


Supplies list:

Be Creative Luster paints in Bronze, Gold, Silver, Raspberry, Ocean, Jade, Pearl, Viola and Lemon

Texture paste

White gesso

Organic Matter stencil from TCW

Silicone moulds

Air dry clay

Mini spritzer bottles

Glossy Accents

Beads from my stash


Check out the Be-Creative website for full product details and prices.


How I made the tag:


Step 1 – Prepping the embellishments

Make the seashells and seahorse by pressing air-dry clay into the silicone moulds.  Remove the elements and leave them to dry overnight.


Step 2 – Adding texture

Apply texture paste through the stencil.  Mix some mini art stones with some texture paste and apply this to the base of the tag, to create the sea bed.


Nestle the seashells into the paste and fill in any gaps with a bit more texture paste.  Once this has dried, it will hold the seashells nicely in place.

Attach the seahorse to the tag, I used texture paste for that as well.


Step 3 – Prime the tag


Once all the texture paste has dried (I allowed 2 hours), I gave everything 2 coats of white gesso to prime everything for paint being added.


Step 4 – First layer of colour

Using Be Creative’s new Luster range of paints and their mini spritzers, I created bronze, gold, blue and green acrylic spritzers, by mixing 1-part paint to 2-parts water and gave them a good shake.  With the Bronze and Gold sprays, I focused on the sandy areas at the bottom of the tag, and around the sea shells at the top of the tag.  With the Ocean and Jade, I spritzed the remainder of the tag to make it looks like an underwater scene.  I repeated this process twice to get a nice depth of colour.


I mixed some of the Pearl Luster with a little water and, using a small paintbrush, I added some splashes over the blue parts of the tag, to create more interest here.


Once all this was dry, I added some of the Pearl Lustre over the raised areas of the texture paste in the blue section of the tag, to create some highlights within the water.


Step 5 – The shells and seahorse


For these elements, I applied the Luster paints straight from the jar.


Step 6 – Finishing touches

The edges of the tag – using a mini blending tool, I blende some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide around the edges, to create a vignette; and then went in even darker, right on the edge, with some Black Soot Distress Oxide.


Quote – I chose a quote from Tim Holtz’ Small Talk sticker collection and edged this with some Vintage Photo ink.


Bubbles – I added some patches of Glossy Accents dots, to give the illusion of a few bubbles.


A bit of bling – these paints pack a lovely shimmer; however, I am a bit of a magpie at heart and cannot resist adding even more sparkle, and so I added a few fire polish beads from my stash and a pearl just to finish the look.


Ribbons – I reinforced the hole at the top of the tag, using an eyelet and my Crop-A-Dile, before threading through an assortment of twine and blue ribbons.


I really hope you enjoyed this project, as much as I loved making it.  If you did like this, please do like this post and follow my blog on here.  If you have any queries, you can drop me a message too.  I will do my best to help.


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Happy crafting folks and look forward to catching up with you soon, Gem x

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