I have been loving all things mixed media recently and have just made some tags for my junk journals using collage, sewing and tea stained papers.
I started the process by making the collage on some sturdy card stock- the card I used is up-cycled from some promotional leaflets but you could use cereal boxes or card stock, whatever you have to hand really.
Then I got to my collage! This is the really fun bit, using bits of ephemera, old book pages, magazine cut outs, tea stained paper scraps, painted tea bags, masking tape and even an Ikea paper measuring tape I created my collage. I tried to keep to a colour scheme and use up bits of scraps I had from previous projects.
To glue the collage down I used watered down PVA glue and a palette knife but you can use whatever glue and implements you have lying about.
When the collage was totally dry I scanned my collage into the computer so I could use the image at a later date. I made a tag shape template out of some card stock scraps I had, drew around the template on the original collage and cut out the individual tags to my required shape.
I then cut up little bits of co-coordinating ribbon (about 1.5- 2 inches) and folded them in half poking out of the top of the tag, sandwiched between some tea stained lined paper.
I then, using zigzag stitch, sewed around each tag securing the ribbon and the tea stained paper to the tag on the sewing machine.
When finished I trimmed round the edges and cut the thread and there you have it! Mixed media collage tags!
I got six small tags and one large tag out of a 17 cm x 23 cm collage.
Let me know if you try this at home!