Mixed Media Wall Art Part 3; Copper “2011” Tag

Copper Alcohol Ink Tag

Part 1 of this mixed media project covered the emboss resist technique used to create the layered appearance on the “M”.  Part 2 details how to use acrylic paints to make a faux metal frame, seen in this finished piece.  Today I will show you how to use alcohol inks on black cardstock to make a faux metal 2011 tag.  This technique produces a dramatic effect and takes only a few minutes.


  • Adirondack alcohol ink (copper)
  • Black Card stock cut into tag shape
  • Number stamps
  • Embossing ink
  • Embossing powder
  • heat gun
  • GLOVES; if you don’t wear gloves when working with alcohol inks, they will be with your hands for some time.


  • Just wad up the tag, then smooth it out.  Now it has a bunch of wrinkles.  drip a few drops of the alcohol ink and wad the tag up again.  Spread the ink around with gloved finger if need be.  It dries really fast, so hurry.
  • When the ink is dry, stamp 2011 (or whatever you want) with embossing ink, pour on embossing powder, shake off excess and dry with heat gun.
  • You can add decorative brads, eyelets, ribbons, twine or other embellishments.

Black Cardstock Tag and Copper Alcohol Ink
Wad Up Black Tag

Apply Copper Alcohol Ink to Tag

Finished Metallic Copper Tag

Stamp 2011 Onto Tag With Emboss Ink

What mixed media techniques are you favorites?  What would you like to see more of here at SBLC?  Do you have any crafty grad gifts to show and tell?

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