How to Give a Vintage Look Using Mixed Media Products

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

Have fun giving your tags that vintage look with easy mixed media techniques.


  • Manila Tags
  • Sewing Patterns
  • Mod Podge
  • Art Anthology Mud Texture Paste
  • Art Anthology Velvet-Tuxedo
  • Art Anthology Stencil-Dottie
  • Art Anthology Stencil-Bee Hive
  • Lace
  • Sewing Machine
  • Distressed Tool
  • Black Card Stock
  • Adhesive
  • Asst. embellishments
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Stamps of choice
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather your supplies to start... I decided not to use the chipboard dress forms and instead used wooden pieces that I altered for the tags.

    Step 2

    Apply random pieces of dress pattern to your tag using Mod Podge... allow to dry completely.

    Step 3

    Add a couple coats of white gesso, using a baby wipe to remove excess... you want just a light wash of the gesso on the tags.

    Step 4

    It's easy to color your texture paste using AA's paints and inks. I chose Velvet-Tuxedo to provide a nice blueish gray color for texture.

    Step 5

    Add lace randomly in spots. I just stapled them using T!m Holtz's Tiny Attacher for this.

    Step 6

    Distress the edges of your tags either using a distressed tool or your scissors.

    Step 7

    To add a vintage aged look to the edges, the used Colorations in Warm on one tag and French Toast on another. Remove the nozzle and just drip the ink on the edges and allow to run on the tag.

    Step 8

    See how pretty the colors add that aged look.

    Step 9

    Here is another close up of the distressed edges with the coloration sprays adding so much lovely color. Do some random machine sewing on your tags for interest.

    Step 10

    Splatter white gesso randomly for added texture.

    Step 11

    To alter my wooden dress form I stamped an image using black archival ink.

    Step 12

    Step 13

    Distressed the edges with Walnut Stain DI

    Step 14

    For the wooden frame I added a light coat of gesso or you can use white acrylic paint.

    Step 15

    I used black cardstock to back each tag and then using a distressed tool or your scissors, distress the edges of your black background.

    Step 16

    Add some embellishments to bring your tag together nicely such as buttons, thimbles, thread, spools, etc. I also added some random stamping using black archival ink.

    Step 17

    The embellishment with the eyelets is a stamped image and cut out and then using Glossy Accents, glue an Ideology Fragment to the top.

    Step 18

    I added these pewter Dew Drops to my piece for more interest. The photo is a stamped image from Oxford Impressions "The Dress Maker"

    Step 19

    I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. For more inspiration visit my blog @ and follow me on Pinterest wishing you a creative day !