Sylvia Blum: Venetian Tag   Wednesday, November 14, 2012
by Guest Author   Post Type: International Guest Blogger

Hi everyone and welcome to the Spellbinders Blog. It's Sylvia here with my monthly post for November.

This week is all about M-Bossabilities™ here on the Spellbinders Blog. And today I want to show you one way to achieve lots of depth and texture with these beautiful and versatile double sided embossing folders. And even though this possibly looks complicated at first sight, I promise it is not! But I will guide you through the process with step-by-step instructions and pictures in a minute…



Spellbinders™ Paper Arts Supplies:


  • shipping tag, white acrylic paint, light blue and dark brown inks, watermark ink, metallic (puter) embossing powder, crinkled seam binding, glitter glue, pearl and rhinestone embellishments, dimensional foam adhesive , heat gun

Let's begin:

Grab your shipping tag and cover it with white acrylic paint.


Let it dry thoroughly before you continue with the next step!

Once it's dry, place the tag into your M-Bossabilities™ folder, with the white painted side facing up. Place it into the folder, so the painted side will have the raised pattern after you ran it through the Grand Calibur® machine (refer to the picture below).MBossabilitiesTag_2

After you've ran your M-Bossabilities™ folder with the tag through your Grand Calibur® machine, wipe over the white painted and embossed side of the tag with a light blue ink pad. Don't worry: it does not have to be evenly coated.


After that was done, I've taken a dark brown ink pad and just inked the edges of the tag a little, for some more interest and depth (you can see the result in the next picture below).

Then use a watermark ink pad and carefully wipe over the entire tag. Be gentle and don't press too hard! You only want the raised areas to be coated with the watermark ink!


Now sprinkle some metallic embossing powder over the entire tag, then melt the embossing powder on your tag with a heat gun.


This is what it looks like, when the embossing powder has melted:


As a final step, I did a little bit of further distressing, using some dark brown inks around the edges of the tag.


Now you are done with your tag base and you only have to embellish the tag to your liking!

In my sample I have used the gorgeous dies from the S5-118 Venetian Accents and S5-119 Venetian Motifs die sets, lots of pearls, rhinestones, glitter glue and some crinkled seam binding.


a close up to show you the beautiful texture (and the gorgeous Venetian mask from the S5-118 Venetian Accents set):


Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and feel inspired to have some fun with your M-Bossabilities™ folders, yourself! :-)

And if you tried out this technique, please come back and link me up with your project here in the comments section! I would love to see what you've created!

As always: If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me here in the comments section. I will try to come back to you with an answer, as soon as possible!



Post Tags

International Guest Blogger  •  Venetian Accents  •  Sylvia Blum  •  M-Bossabilities  •  Mixed Media  •  Venetian Motifs


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  • Astrid Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    OMG, Sylvia this is absolutely amazing!!!!! What a fantastic tag and such a cool, cool technique and it fits that mask die so well!!! LOVE IT!!!! It looks so special and is actually so easy! Thanks so much for this inspiration!
  • Daphne Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Wow - Sylvia! What a stunning tag! Great idea using the embossing powder!
  • Heather Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    This is absolutely gorgeous will definitely have a go at this technique
    Thank you for showing.
  • colleen h Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    very pretty, like the way you did everything, great job!
  • Peggy Packer Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    wow! Wow! WOw! WOW!!! Love this tag, Sylvia!! And I mean I LOVE everything about it!! Can't wait to give this a try!!
  • Melissa Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Oh, this is GORGEOUS!  I absolutely adore it and must make one now :)  Thanks for sharing it.
  • Linda Beeson Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Wow, what an elegant creation and I love how you showed the steps!
  • Regina M. Hamilton Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Beautiful tag. I just LOVE that mask.
  • Anni Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Great tutorial!
  • Carrie Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    This is gorgeous! Who wouldn't want these dies now? WOW!
  • Marisa Job Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    What a beautiful tag!!! I love the embossing technique! Great tutorial!!
  • Kristina Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Fantastic tag! Just love that "mask"-die. I must get my hands on that right away :-)
  • Nadine Illingworth Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    SMASHING project  x
  • Jan Westcott from Oz Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Great technique, love the tag.
  • R Jacobs Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Loved this tag will make it soon.
  • Lagene Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Fantastic tag, great technique!
  • Jan Castle Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Beautiful tag! Thanks for sharing the 'how to'!

  • Anja Thursday, November 15, 2012

    It´s such a beautiful tag! I love the embossing effects!
  • Marie Thursday, November 22, 2012

    Gorgeous! Thank for the tutorial.
  • Charlotte Zweigoron Sunday, November 25, 2012

    This is the one set I hadn't been able to squeeze out of my budget when it first came out. It is so gorgeous...  I hope to get it soon especially after seeing how youve use it!!!

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