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Surprise Tags with Stencils

If you are like me and love lots of random colour and perhaps want to create in quantity or time is short then this is a post for you.

I want to leave a little bit of a surprise for you to discover - as each time you do this it is totally unique and different so I am not sharing pictures of all the steps.  This way you get to interpret my instruction and put your own expression totally into these tags.

So firstly taking a number of your chosen tag blanks at one time lay them out close together (touching but not overlapping) on the workspace you have available. 

Next pick out a mix of stencil designs you love.  I usually work with 6 x 6 or smaller size stencils so you can more easily get an assortment of patterns on your tags. 

Lay these stencils down randomly across/on top of your tags.  turning them on different angles, not all in a straight line so there may be two or more stencils covering the area of the same tag.

Now take your favorite color medium in various colors and randomly apply color/colors through the stencil.  Your color medium could be paint, spray inks, pan pastels whatever you love to work with when you use your stencils.  For my tags today I have used Spray Inks.

Lift and remove the stencils once you have applied the color and see how this looks.  If you have blank areas still left on your tags or want to add further patterned detail you may like to take another stencil and add more color.

Another optional step is to now take a stencil and your color medium in black or white and apply the color through the stencil over your entire tag.  I have used white paint on some of my tags.

Allow your color medium to dry and there you have it lots of bright colored, patterned tags in no time at all.  You can add coordinating ribbon and if the back of your tag gets a little messy with color you may like to choose a coordinating plain paper or cardstock and stick to the back of your tag before adding a message etc.

For more stencil inspiration be sure to check out the blog next month as we partner with The Crafters Workshop and showcase some of their wonderful stencil designs.   And if you are have been inspired by any of our posts this month to make a tag don't forget to share them with us for our Tag Challenge.

Danie xx


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