Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Making a mini tag journal using Pocket Stencils

Tuesdays on my blog mean just one thing......Artistcellar stencils!  This week a new series of stencils were released called Pocket Stencils and they are tiny stencils that have a big impact.  Each separate stencil in a pack measures 2 1/2" by 3 1/2", ATC lovers does that measurement sound familiar?  There are four mini stencils in a pack and five different Pocket Stencil Collections.  I decided to combine 2 different word packs to create a fun mini tag journaling book.  The Pocket Stencils I'm using today are from the Creative Words and Virtuous Words packs.  There is also one of the stencils from the Mini Steampunk Collection.  I am using Dina Wakley's new acrylic paints for color and her newest stamp set called "All the Gals".  This is what my finished project looks like, if you keep reading you'll see a short tutorial explaining  how I created this.

I used regular manila packing tags measuring 4 3/4" by 2 3/8" to work on.  I started by painting different colors of acrylic paint on the tags with a paint brush.  I allowed the first color to dry before applying a second color.  I used StazOn ink to stencil the words on each tag.  I just applied the ink with a cosmetic sponge dabbing it through the stencil.

Next I stamped a different face on each tag and then applied a small amount of white gesso using another Pocket Stencil from the Mini Steampunk collection.

I decided to add small pieces of washi tape to each tag and stamp some loopy script, also from Dina Wakley.

When I'm just adding a touch of script like this I do not mount the stamp on an acrylic block.  I roll parts of the stamp in the StazOn ink and then roll it onto the tag.  That way I just get a hint of the stamp.

I did the same thing with each tag just adding the elements in different spots on each tag.  Here are all my ladies in a row.

Each tag has a blank surface on the back side which could easily be used for journaling.  The words give a positive thought for each day.  We can all use positive thoughts!  I joined them all together using a metal ring and then added some matching ribbons to the mix.

It looks nice closed or fanned out.

When you have a chance you might pop over to the Artistcellar blog to check out the blog hop going on showcasing the five new Pocket Stencils release.  Who knows maybe you will win your own set of these adorable and useful stencils.

Take care, thanks so much for stopping by.  If you have time please leave a comment, I love to hear what you think.  I'll have another stencil tutorial to share with you next Tuesday.  Until then, hugs~ Renee


  1. I like the bright and boldness of these little journaling tags. Great design tips too. They make such a nice collection all tied together.

  2. Great collection of tags ! Love them all and as a collection they are even more stunning !
    Corrie x

  3. The tags are fabulous as individual art but together, formed as a tag book, the impact is incredible.
    You and I have been playing with the same stamp set!

  4. Renee, Your tags are truly fab! Love your colors! I love these paints too! Love how you mixed the stamps with the stencils- The combinations really pulled the stags together perfectly! Well done as always!
    May I ask, what is Bolton House?

  5. These are so wonderful. Love how you did them and thank you for sharing

  6. Hi Jackie! In answer to your question about what is Bolton House...when I first started my blog I wasn't doing much art. My blog was a way of keeping track of recipes and the progress of my garden here in Bolton, MA. I have moved quite a few times in my life and keep track of where I was when I pursued certain hobbies and passions by making reference to which house I was living in at the time. So all this stuff is what I've been doing here at my Bolton house. If I had had any idea of where my art would take me I would've picked a more "artsy" name. Thanks for asking! Hugs ~ Renee

  7. So cheerful and fun! What a fabulous idea! Clever, Renee~

  8. Renee- what a great way to track! I love it! Thanks for replying...and now I'm curious to read on about earlier"houses"! Will have to make a rainy afternoon of it! hugs ")

  9. I totally love this collection of tags with your stencils and new paints and stamps by Dina Wakley Renee, really beautiful...!! Bises from France, hope you are going well. :) Coco

  10. Love the combination of elements you have pulled together here to create these beautiful tags, Renee! Not the least of which, of course, are those sweet word stencils. Another inspiring project! Thanks!

  11. Oh my giddy aunt Renee.....stunning. gorgeous . . swoon...love them all can you tell,lol!