How to Alter a Tag for a Going Away Present

by Robin Horasanian

A little tag art to personalize your gift.


  • 3x6 Manila Tag
  • Dixie Belle paint & glaze
  • Gelatos
  • Altered collage art
  • 6x6 The Crafter's Warehouse stencil
  • Gesso
  • Glue Stick
  • StazOn Cloudy Sky gray ink
  • Postmark stamp
  • Pumpkin chalk ink
  • Assorted ribbons
  • Pitt Pen marker
  • "La Tour Eiffel" stamp from Mailbox Muse
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    3x6 manila tag and Dixie Belle paint in Terra Cotta and Grunge Glaze

    Step 2

    Light streaks of gesso in a random pattern.

    Step 3

    Using a mostly dry paint brush, make random strokes with the Terra Cotta Dixie Bell paint.

    Step 4

    Cover the entire tag with a light coat of the Dixie Belle Grunge Glaze.

    Step 5

    A single light coat of the glaze just barely darkened the manila tag where it showed through the paint. Look closely and you can see where the gesso is under the paint.

    Step 6

    I sprayed a little water into a plastic paint palette then dipped a fine brush into the paint then into the water to create a wash. I added a hint of the blue Gelato at the bottom once trimmed.

    Step 7

    I used my fingertips to gently apply two colors of Gelatos to this Altered Pages collage image of the Eiffel Tower and added blue to the word square.

    Step 8

    Again using fingertips, a light coat of black Gelato was added to the border. Another light layer of Dixie Belle Grunge Glaze over the entire tag also seals the Gelato.

    Step 9

    The Well Rounded Stencil 6x6 by The Crafter's Warehouse was used for background texture. Once...

    Step 10


    Step 11

    Three times. The streaks are StazOn, the full circles are Dixie Belle Terra Cotta paint and the open circles are gesso.

    Step 12

    This postmark stamp was added with chalk ink.

    Step 13

    Completed background.

    Step 14

    The Eiffel Tower and sentiment were added with a glue stick. I drew a shadow for the tower using a gray Pitt Pen.

    Step 15

    "La Tour Eiffel" stamped with Cloudy Sky ink and then mixed ribbons and yarn were added to complete the tag.

    Step 16

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