Happiness is Contagious

Hi Stamping Friends,

It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) Mixed Media Challenge again. The August Challenge Theme is TISSUE PAPER.

For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $20.

Due to my work and family reasons, I’m again handing in my project on a last-minute basis. I must say I don’t like my current messy life. I do hope my condition will improve eventually.

In addition to the Challenge Theme, I got inspirations from Loll’s Tissue Paper Watercoloring & Techniques Tutorial (thanks, Loll) and Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014- July(thanks, Tim). The following are how I made my tag.

Tag Details

1. Spray Distress Spray Stains on a piece of tissue paper.


2. Die cut sand dollar, sea horse and trees from watercolor stock. Apply Distress Inks on craft sheet, mist inks water, press die cuts onto the wet inks to get watercolor effects.

3. After the tissue paper is dry, adhere it to a tag. Try to create some winkles when gluing the tissue paper on tag. Oops, I incidentally tore the tissue papers! No worries. I fixed it later on.


4. Cover the tag with a stencil and spread embossing paste over it.


5. Heat emboss text (by Simon Says Stamp) in white on black card stock and cut out. Adhere as shown. I then found an undesirable empty space among sand dollar and sea horse.


6. To remedy it, die cut another sand dollar and cut out the sea star. Color the sea star by Distress Ink.

7. Assemble the tag as shown on top.
I’m happy about how the tag turned out. Happiness is contagious. Hope this tag is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges to enter:



  1. Your tag is awesome, Helen! Love the bright colours of your sprayed tissue paper background. Adding the creases when gluing to your card stock makes it look like waves of the sea. Great embellishments and a fun tag design! Thanks for the shout out! Loll

  2. Fantastic! And thanks for all the instructions. Lots of fun techniques to try. Thanks for playing along at USE YOUR STUFF - Gail

  3. Nice work. This looks great, turned out fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/...

  4. Love the bright colors on your tag, Helen! To look at it makes me feel good =) Thank you for the tutorial too!
    Thank you for playing along with our challenge at Country View Challenges this month!

  5. Wow - stunning techniques!! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff.

  6. This is fabulous, so happy it just makes me smile. Thank you so much for joining in with our colour challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a fun weekend. Sue xx

  7. Super little Tag full of vibrancy. Thank you for sharing and joining in with the *Anything but Cards* Blog Challenge over at That's Crafty. Best Wishes Tracey.

  8. A fabulous tag. Gorgeous colours and textures.
    Thank you for joining in with our August challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

  9. Great tag ! Thanks for participating in my challenge over at Country View Challenges this week ! Corrie x

  10. Beautiful tag! Great post. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Jane DT for  http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

  11. That inky tissue background is yummy gummy gumdrops! Love the vibrancy of these inks and your gorgeous layered elements. Thanks for the step out! We are tickled that you'd share with us at Stamps & Stencils for Technique School. Big hugs, Autumn

  12. Lovely tag, love the tissue paper background

    Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month


  13. Great tag Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT Co-Owner/Admin for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

  14. Fabulous project, full of detail, colour & texture. Many thanks for joining in with Love 2 Create Challenges 'Anything Goes' challenge. Lou (DT L2CC)

  15. Amazing detail created in such a small space. Thanks for playing along with us over at http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/

  16. Gorgeous tag ... great colours. Thank you for playing along with HLS Mixed Media and the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  17. A Fabulous creation. Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge :)

  18. This is such a cheerful tag with some fun techniques. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.

  19. great technique and a truely beautiful tag! Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at stamps and stencils this month! Hugs Rachel x


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