Maya Road Chipboard: How Lisa Dresses It Up!

During the Fall Crop at the beginning of the month, I created this LO here with some old chipboard alphas.

I got asked for a tutorial on how to create this look. So when I heard that we were having a whole week dedicated to dressing up these Maya Road alphas, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share this with you.

So here it goes.

I made some tags up as I think it’s a good way to show you, plus I do love creating like this. It’s so much fun and there’s something less scary about getting messy on a tag rather than what potentially is supposed to be a layout. It’s easier to throw away a tag if you aren’t happy than throwing away a layout. This is a great way to play and experiment. This way of creating is all about building up the layers. The alphas will become part of our layers as you will soon see.

Lets start with some plain manilla tags.  Time to add some texture to get us started.

Place a mask over the top and spread some mould paste over the tags. I haven’t covered mine completely. A little here and a little there. I always dry the tags between each layer.

Now randomly spray some mist over the top. I’ve used Maya Mist ‘Dragon Fruit Pink‘. It’s one of my favourites.

I’ve cut some strips of paper from the December kit and stuck on to the tags and then torn some book paper and stuck down with pva glue. I then added a little gesso to each tag and spread very firmly over the whole tag.

See what I mean about building layers.

Now time for the star of the show, the Maya Road chipboard alphas. I’ve used the same pva glue to stick them in place. It’s no special glue, just cheap and does the job perfectly.

Before the next step, I’ve taken the gesso again and painted over the alphas. I’ve used a generous amount of gesso and not just a quick wash over. I’ve sprinkled some pink embossing powder over and dried.

I need a little colour now. I’ve taken another mask, a star one this time and inked up a little dauber with a blue Prima Chalk ink. It’s a great way to use the masks and inks. It works so well. This particular blue ink is ‘Cold Ice’ here.

I love this look on the tags. Pink and blue is such a fun combo.

Another mask and another Prima Chalk ink.

And time for some more colour. Another mask and a Maya Mist this time. It’s ‘Lemon Metallic’. Another mist that I just can’t live without. I’ve gone with the ‘little here and a little there’ theme again. Nothing has completely covered the tag if you notice.

Less is often more I believe.

Have you seen the stamps that come with this months kit? They are adorable. Time to play with the lovely new stamps.

I decided to just use part of the two stamps, so just inked up the bit that I wanted to use.

It’s back to those alphas now. They are looking a little dull compared to the rest of the tags now. I’ve used a blue ‘Inktense Block’ to colour them. You can also use a water colour or a little paint too. I then took a very drippy wet paint brush and went over the top of each alpha.

It’s not meant to by neat or tidy. It’s meant to spread and run.

This photo here shows the alpha ‘A’ coloured with the inktense block and the next tag that’s being washed over with the water. I love that transformation.

This is how they are looking right now.

I have now flicked the alphas with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze. This dries very raised. So you will be able to feel these drips.

And now load up a paint brush with Tattered Angles Glimmer Glam or some Mist if you don’t have it and press on the top of each alpha and let it run down.

Cover the alphas with some glossy accents, sprinkle with glitter and dry.

You now have your finished tags. It sounds a lengthy process, but this did take me about 30-40 mins.

You can use these tags to make cards, add them to layouts or even just fancy gift tags.

They are so much fun to make and feel almost theraputic once you get in that artsy zone.

Thanks for stopping by today and ‘Happy Thanksgiving’. xx


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  1. Emily Pitts

    Lisa, this is just cool! I’d love to be a fly on your wall someday. Just to watch you create!

  2. Ali Parris

    WOW WOW WOW I am definitely giving this a whirl! Totally fabulous Lisa (and the layout!) Clever girl x

  3. TerryB

    Awesome tutorial Lisa! Thanks so much.
    These tags are gorgeous! 🙂

  4. sherry c

    Gorgeous tags!!! Little works of art, love them, tfs!


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