Tuesday 6 February 2018


Hello again and welcome back! 

Today I am sharing with you a very sturdy tag I've created using elements from an all new Andy Skinner Manufactured by Tando Creative's Tagtastic Set coupled with Andy's new Fossil Stamp set from Stampendous

This Fossil Stamp set is all the rage!  There are shells, a fern leaf, a cute little froggie and the very detailed and delightful fish. This stamp has so many possibilities; from stamping with ink to stamping into modeling paste to create a real fossil look.

I smeared DecoArt Media Modeling Paste onto this smaller laser cut tag from Tando Creative.  I heat set the Modeling Paste to almost but not quite dry. Then I spritzed the frog stamp with water and pressed it into the almost dry modeling paste.  This created the fossilized look onto the tag.  Next I colorized the tag using various DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics paint colors.  I then stamped the frog image onto a piece of white tissue paper, tore around the edges and using DecoArt's Matte Medium, I glued and sealed the stamped frog image in place over the fossilized area on the tag. 

The smaller tag is attached to the larger tag with another of Tando Creative's wonderful pieces from this tag set; the cogs and wheels. Using a variation of Andy's rust techniques; this "metal" cog looks very old and rusty with a touch of patina.

Also, notice the beautiful crackling effect of the background.  This was done using DecoArt's Media Crackle Paint on the base and then colorized with various Media Fluid Acrylics colors.

This fish!  This fish!  I love this fish!  It' so detailed and a wonderful size for all sorts of mixed media projects! As a finishing touch, I added small bits of Stampendous Frantage Pealized Mica Fragments. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Here is a list of all the supplies used to create this tag:

  • DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Dark Grey Value 3
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Blue Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Translucent White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide
  • Andy Skinner Fossil Stamp Set

  • Andy Skinner Tagtastic Tag Set Manufactured by Tando Creative
Miscellaneous Supplies
  • Brushes
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Stampendous Frantage Pearlized Mica Fragments
  • Palette Knife

About the Artist: Candy Colwell


  1. Candy, this fabulous!!! I love the stamps - the way you did the frog on the small tag is superb, it really does look like a fossil - great technique. The patina on the cog looks amazing. These stamps have now shot to the top of my wish list!! xxx

  2. Just love this - the double tag design is fabulous, and the vintage sepia with the turquoise highlights is magical - perfect showcase for those fossils, which have since made their way into my shopping basket thanks to you and Brenda!
    Alison x

  3. Well, of course I am in love with your little froggie tag Candy!!! It's FABULOUS. But then, the entire piece is wonderful. Such great texture and perfect colors. Loved seeing this!!! Xj.

  4. Candy, this is so fantastic! Love all the texture, and the little frog hanging off is just wonderful!! Totally in love with this whole project. Thanks so much for sharing. We're sharing on facebook on Tues 13th. Will put together an additional blog post as well!

  5. Great idea with the double tag and the fossil fish details are amazing. Love it Candy !!

    Hugs Annie x

  6. Very neat!! Loving all the details and texture!! Love the double tag too. Great idea!!

  7. Sent by Stampendous. I thought the frog fossil a bit creepy until I saw the fabulous tag you created with it! Such great patina and texture! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Very cool. Love how you connected the second tag. TFS


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