Saturday, November 29, 2014

Angel Tag Tutorial

Hello everyone! I have a Sizzix tutorial to share with you today, using the lovely new Angelic die by Tim Holtz.
I wanted to make a light and soft looking tag, using different materials and textures for the angel. It was also fun making the snow at the top, and the double embossed background. When I first saw the Candlelight die, I thought the drips would look great like snow. Let's start.
Paint two pieces of grungeboard, or one larger piece (I used leftovers) with gesso. This gives us a white surface to work on.
Die cut the Angelic and two sets of drops from the Candlelight die.
Die cut another three wings from vellum.
Emboss the wings in the Snowfall folder.

Layer the wings together and staple them to the body.

Smear Texture Paste on the part of the angel which will be the dress, covering up the stapled vellum. Sprinkle with Rock Candy Glitter. The glitter sticks to the paste.

Layer three pieces of cheesecloth together and die cut the body of the angel from that. Trim so that you only have the part that will be the dress. I didn't attach it quite yet.

Softly paint the hair and the face with Distress Paints. Later I added an eye with a marker.

Use VersaMarker to apply embossing ink to the trumpet, sprinkle with silver powder and melt with a heat gun, taking care not to burn yourself or the texture paste. I hadn't yet attached the cheesecloth because the embossing powder would easily get stuck in that.
Emboss a manila tag in the Greens folder, using this sandwich: Multi Purpose Platform Tab 1, cutting pad, embossing folder with tag inside, second cutting pad.
This is a lovely embossing folder, and I thought it fit well with the soft theme of the tag.

White-wash the tag with gesso. 

Ink the tag softly with French Ultramarine and Potting Soil Archival Ink, using a round ink blending tool. We are using Archival Ink instead of Distress Ink, because Archival Ink is permanent and won't bleed in the next step.

Coat the whole tag with embossing ink using Ranger's Emboss It Dabber. Cover with clear UTEE and pour the leftovers back in the jar. Melt with a heat gun. Don't touch the melted powder since it is extremely hot. This create a lovely glossy tag with a soft textured background.

Coat the snow drops with Texture Paste and cover with Rock Candy glitter, same as with the angel's dress. This creates the effect of very real looking glittering snow. 

Glue the snow drops at the top of the tag and smear some more Texture Paste at the very top to cover the joints. Sprinkle with more Rock Candy.

Dye a piece of crinkle ribbon with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and tie it around the base of the tag. Also add a piece of tinsel.

Glue the cheesecloth to the angel, but only at the top, let it fall freely at the bottom so that you can still see the glitter underneath.

I was real happy with how the snow turned out, from die cuts that were meant to look like candle wax.

The mixture of silver embossing, texture paste, glitter, cheesecloth and embossed vellum makes the angle look interesting. 

It is hard to photograph the dry and heat embossed background of the tag, it is a really cool effect.
Thank you so much for looking!!
Have a great weekend!!
Surfaces: Ranger Manila Tag; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Grungeboard; vellum; cheesecloth
Dies: Sizzix: Angelic, Candlelight
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Snowfall & Falling Trees, Greeting & Greens
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Potting Soil, French Ultramarine; Distress Ink: Gathering Twigs, Tumbled Glass; Emboss It Dabber; Tsukineko VersaMarker
Embossing powder: Ranger: Silver, Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Glitter: Ranger Distress Glitter Rock Candy
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap
Medium: Ranger: Texture Paste, Dina Wakley Gesso
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers, Crinkle Ribbon, Silver Tinsel Twine


  1. The angel is so beautiful! I love how you used those candle drips at the top too, they look amazing. Thanks for sharing your great tutorial too. Anne x

  2. She's so beautiful in her ethereal cheesecloth gown, and that delicate frosty background is gorgeous! Still catching my breath and catching up, but it's lovely to be back in Craftyblogland a bit more.
    Alison xx

  3. She is exquisite! I love this, the wings, the snow, her dress, everything!

  4. Great tutorial and beautiful tag angel. I like all the details and the cheese cloth is a great idea. Great effect. Beautiful work.

  5. Fascinating detail. You have really inspired me!

  6. Your angelic tag is so pretty! I like the blue ink on the flower embossed tag. The UTEE makes it look like a piece of glazed china.
    I like the textured angel and her gauze-y gown.
    Beautiful work! :)

  7. I don't know how you do it Anna-Karin. But you do....time and time again. Love how your mind thinks! xx


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