Monday 2 April 2018

Happy Easter Tag - by Claudia

Hi, servus and Happy Easter Monday!

I hope you've been enjoying lovely holidays so far!

Today I want to share a tag with you that I made using Calico Craft Parts' new Tag Shapes! As most of the Calico Craft Parts these are made from MDF - which makes them perfect for any mixed media technique you want to do - from collage to even encaustics! I took the opportunity to use up some of my hoarded designer papers to create the background for my Easter scene:

Calico Craft Parts used:

- MDF Tag Shape - Classic (largest size)
- Sheet of Mini MDF Tags - Pointed Top
- Butterfly Bramble - Flora & Fauna Flourish Style 3
- Sheet of Mini Hares - MDF Wood Animal Shapes
- Oval Shape - Mini MDF Wood Plaques

I used the largest size of the new MDF Tag Shapes, which is about 10 cm wide and 20 cm high. 

I started with rummaging through my 6x6 designer papers box, looking for green and light blue sheets to build the hills and sky with. Then I cut the top edges into different hill shapes and made sure I left enough length at the bottom, so I could layer the sections without having the MDF pop through. 

(as always: click on images to enlarge)

Before I glued the cut out pieces to the MDF tag with matte DecoArt Decou-Page, I darkened the edges with black crayon. 

Time to find the right spots for all the craft shapes I wanted to use in my tag! I especially liked the small tags with the pointed tops as these made pefect little houses to put in the far back! I always take a picture once I am content with the lay out, just in case I forget where I wanted the pieces to go in the first place. 

I added additional texture with black archival stamping ink and some script and scratch pattern stamps. 

Then I scraped on some white DecoArt media Crackle Paste here and there using a fine tip palette knife. 

I repeated the process with DecoArt Americana premium Cadmium Yellow Hue to add the idea of daffodils' blossoms.

As always, I first primed the craft parts with two layers of white DecoArt media Gesso, so the colours from the paints would pop!

I used DecoArt Americana premium paints Cadmium Yellow Hue, Diarylide Yellow, Primary Magenta, Green Gold, Cobalt Teal Hue, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna to paint the hares, houses, egg and flourish. 

Final touches were drawn in after having glued the pieces in place with matte Decou-Page, using a white gel pen and a fine tip black permanent ink marker (like the windows and doors and the hares' faces and tails).

Et voilá!

Happy holidays and happy crafting!


  1. What a gloriously colourful and lively tag! I love how you used the tiny tags as houses - a tag that makes my heart leap like one of those hares! xx

    1. Aw! Thank you so much, Julie! This really means a lot to me! Belated happy Easter to you! XXX

  2. Beautiful I love the hares xx

  3. A wonderful tag Claudia!!!!
    Same as Julie Ann, your tag makes my heart leap like your hares!
    Thank you for the step-by-step too, lovely process and ideas.
    I hope you have had a Happy Easter time with yours. Hugs,Corinne xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Coco! I hope you've had happy Easter holidays too! Hugs back, Claudia xx

  4. This tag is very sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Pinned this!!! Love the folk art, old world yet Retro vintage vibe of this. I need some of those hares! Gorgeous piece!