How to Make a Mixed Media Tag With Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

by Barbara Rankin

A mixed media chipboard tag using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, acrylic paints and mediums, stencils, and a few techniques for giving definition to your chipboard embellishments.


  • 1 GSL Chipboard Decorative Tags XL
  • 1 GSL Mermaids Shape Set
  • 1 GSL Seahorses and Seaweed
  • 1 GSL Fantasy Frame and Flourishes
  • 1 GSL Texture Sheet and Diamonds
  • 1 Xyron Create a Sticker
  • 1 DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  • 1 DecoArt Snow Writer
  • 1 TCW 495 Sea Bubbles Stencil
  • 2 Prima Color Bloom sprays
  • 1 Finnabair 3D Gloss Gel
  • Metal embellishments
  • Pearl gem stickers
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cut paper to size of tag and run through Xyron machine.

    Step 2

    Adhere paper to one side of tag and trim off excess.

    Step 3

    Cut out hole in center of tag top.

    Step 4

    Repeat steps 1-3 to cover reverse side of tag. Cut out center hole in tag again.

    Step 5

    Edge tag with Prussian Blue Chalk ink pad.

    Step 6

    Spread 3D Gloss Gel through stencil onto tag.

    Step 7

    Remove stencil and allow gel to dry. It will dry clear.

    Step 8

    Spray Cobalt Color Bloom over tag.

    Step 9

    Spritz color with water and allow it to spread over tag. Allow to dry or carefully speed drying time with a heat tool. Be careful not to heat too close to the gel or it will "bubble".

    Step 10

    Apply coat of Snow Writer to the two GSL seaweed chipboard pieces. Allow to dry. Now they can be used as coral.

    Step 11

    Mix Primary Magenta with Titanium White to get the pink color you desire and paint the seaweed/coral.

    Step 12

    Spray Cotton Candy Color Bloom over the two seaweed /coral pieces and allow to dry.

    Step 13

    Paint the smaller seahorse with a mix of Cerulean Blue, Blue Green Light, and Titanium White acrylic paint. Vary the colors as you paint the seahorse for more definition.

    Step 14

    Paint mermaid's skin with flesh tint acrylic paint, add shading as shown. Draw and color facial features on the mermaid. Trace around body onto decorative cloth or paper and run through Xyron.

    Step 15

    For dimension, make hair lines with Glossy Accents and let dry.

    Step 16

    Mix Burnt Umber with Translucent White acrylic paint to make a brown hair color. Paint hair with mixture.

    Step 17

    Remove backing sheet and adhere body/dress to mermaid. Set aside.

    Step 18

    Cut apart two of the flourishes from the Fantasy Frame and Flourishes set, as shown.

    Step 19

    Before adding this piece to her dress, paint it with a mix of Metallic Gold, Raw Sienna, and Quinacridone Burnt Orange to get that copper color. This was also done to the flourish at top left of tag.

    Step 20

    This is the top portion of the flourish on the left in Step 18. Mix Cerulean Blue, Blue Green Light, and Translucent White and paint this section, as shown. Paint one side with white highlights.

    Step 21

    Cut Diamonds sheet in random fashion. Paint with mix of Cerulean Blue, Blue Green Light, and Translucent White. Vary the colors as you blend.

    Step 22

    Cover Diamonds sheet with Interference Gold acrylic paint.

    Step 23

    Paint the smaller seahorse with a mix of Cerulean Blue and Blue Green Light, varying the colors as you paint for more definition. Add Interference Gold acrylic paint over seahorse for added glimmer.

    Step 24

    Paint this section with Cerulean Blue and Blue Green Light. Add some highlights with Translucent White on one side, while adding shading on the other side with Phthalo Green Yellow. Set aside.

    Step 25

    Here are the chipboard embellishments, painted and ready to be adhered to the chipboard tag.

    Step 26

    And here is the finished tag. Metal embellishments and tiny pearls were added, as shown. A tag with "The Sea" was adhered in upper right corner of tag.