How to Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Chipboard Tag

by Kathy Clement

This rusty falling leaves mixed media jumbo tag is the perfect addition to your fall home decor. Today you will learn how to use texture paste, rust paste, paints and inks to create it. Let's go!


  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Super X Tag Set
  • Graphic 45 Place in Time paper: September Page
  • White Gesso
  • Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz Autumn Layering Stencil
  • TH Linen Layering Stencil
  • Palette Knife
  • Distress Paints, Inks, Stains in fall colors
  • Antique Bronze Mica Spray
  • Rusted Mesh
  • Tattered Leaves Bigz Die by Sizzix
  • Rust Silky Crush Ribbon
  • Burlap String, buttons
  • Metal Charms
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Paint Brush
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Wild Orchid Crafts Earth Tone Chrysanthemums
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This super jumbo tag measures 5" wide x 11.75" tall. Creating the background layers is not difficult, but you do have to be patient and let the layers dry in between the steps.

    Step 2

    I used a combination of Distress Inks, Sprays and Paints along with Prima Rust pastes, gesso and Crackle Texture paste in the background. Papers are Graphic 45's Place in Time September page.

    Step 3

    Begin by painting the tag with a layer of opaque white gesso. You can gently heat dry this, then add Crackle Texture Paste through the Autumn Layering Stencil. Let this dry several hours/overnight.

    Step 4

    Next, smoosh several fall color Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet. Spritz with water until little beads of water form.

    Step 5

    Now, use a wide, fairly stiff bristled brush to pick up the color off the mat and brush over the tag. Dry between layers and repeat until you are happy with the way the tag looks.

    Step 6

    Now, lay the Autumn stencil back over the tag. Pounce in more ink with your brush. Then, slightly offset. Sponge on Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Inks to create a shadow effect. Heat dry.

    Step 7

    Your tag will look something like this at this stage.

    Step 8

    To add more vibrant color, I placed the stencil over the tag again, then spritzed with Distress Spray using Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, and Twisted Citron. Heat Dry

    Step 9

    After cleaning and drying the stencil, I went back in with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink.

    Step 10

    To add rustic texture, I sponged over the leaves with the Linen Stencil. Then I spread Prima Rust Paste randomly along the sides through the Linen Layering Stencil. Clean stencil immediately!

    Step 11

    Let the rust paste dry completely. You can use a heat tool for this step. I also spritzed the tag with Antique Bronze Mica Spray at this point.

    Step 12

    The mica spray adds a soft sheen to the tag, and it helps to move the Distress oxide inks around. I actually used a brush to help with this process. Just keep adding layers of color but dry between.

    Step 13

    Next, I added the lighter shades of rust texture paste to the stenciled areas. This makes the rust look more realistic.

    Step 14

    Dry each layer of rust paste between applications.

    Step 15

    When you are happy with the colors, begin adding the paper layers. No two tags are exactly alike. The important thing to remember is to dry each layer of ink, stain or paint so you don't get mud.

    Step 16

    I backed my paper layers with cut up shipping boxes to create extra depth and dimension.

    Step 17

    Smaller layers are matted on kraft cardstock. Border pieces are attached with Scor-Tape.

    Step 18

    Then I added my focal images. Once again, these are backed with cut up shipping boxes. You can also use foam tabs.

    Step 19

    Paint filigree metals with Distress Paint. Add vintage leather buttons,

    Step 20

    Die Cut Tattered Leaves from rusted mesh. Tap with Distress Paints. Add these to your bow cluster with Wild Orchid Crafts chrysanthemums, rust silky crush ribbon and burlap string.

    Step 21

    Add more mesh leaves to the top of the tag along with painted metal leaf charms, vintage button and burlap string bow.

    Step 22

    Spatter the tag with Ground Espresso Distress Stain.

    Step 23

    Creating with mixed media is always an adventure. Relax, have fun and let your creativity flow. You can always cover up mistakes with gesso and start again. The most important thing is to have fun.