Autumn, Pumpkins and You Etcetera Tag

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag with Prima Autumn Sunset

Hello, Friends!  Let’s cozy up with a cuppa and take a look at this Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag, shall we?  Autumn is all about rich textures, beautiful colors and layers.  I’ve incorporated all those elements into this lovely home decor piece.

Autumn, Pumpkins and You Mixed Media Etcetera Tag Prima Autumn Sunset by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Etcetera tags are huge.   This “small” tag measures 5 1/2″ x 10″ and it’s about 1/4″ thick. A perfect size and weight for home decor, and able to stand up to mixed media techniques, these tags are a favorite base.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how I prepared the tag base with mixed media supplies.  So I put together a little “mini tutorial” for you.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: Layer by Layer

Begin by painting the edges of your Etcetera Tag with DecoArt Copper Metallics Paint.  Dry with your heat gun.

Next, randomly apply Versamark Embossing Ink directly to the edges of the tag.  Then sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture.

Now heat emboss, but don’t bake it all the way, as you will be adding another layer of embossing powder.

Let the first layer of embossing powder cool, the randomly apply Versamark to the edges again.  Then sprinkle lightly with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss until you like the finish. This is a matter of personal choice.

I like to emboss my powders until they are like dark toast…not quite burnt, but rich and toasty!

Next, I cut a liner sheet about 1/2″ smaller than the tag.  Collage paper scraps and fussy cut images in layers, stitch on the machine and you’ve got a great base to work with.  There’s no real wrong way to do this.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: The Details

Cluster images and elements together to create a focal point.  This is important.  The eye needs a place to rest.

This vintage curtain tie back is made of tin.  I altered it with paint and embossing powders to add rich autumn hues.  Then I clustered flowers and autumn leaves around it to blend it into the collage.

Top the tag with gorgeous plaid ribbon, curly ribbon, acorns and more flowers.  The green balls are green peppercorns from my kitchen.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: The Flip Side

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Etcetera Tag Waterfall by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

There’s a lot of great real estate on the back side of these tags.  Finish the back side with a lovely little waterfall cascade.  Just add photos!

I have a few of these tags scattered around my home as decor.  This one sold in my Etsy shop.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



  • Prima Autumn Sunset
  • Small Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
  • Seth Apter Baked Texture: Patina Oxide
  • Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder
  • Versamark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Ribbon, embellishments and fibers from my stash

14 thoughts on “Autumn, Pumpkins and You Etcetera Tag

  1. Sheila Styre - Brierd

    Beautiful creation you’ve made and with some amazing products. I really would love to try some of the Seth Apter products, they make great texture on everyone’s pieces that I’ve seen

  2. Anita Houston

    Oh look at you on Etc tags and embossing powders, and what a gorgeous combo they made! LOVE those papers…oh that fox! I beauty of tag, and love the key hole addition to unlock that waterfall ingeniousness!!!

  3. Helen

    What a great way to use scraps, Kathy. Creating tags for home decor has been on my “crafting to do” list for a while now…this tag is a great reminder to move these to the top of my list after all the holiday cards! (lol). This one is truly an inspiration–especially with that waterfall. tfs

  4. Sara Emily Barker

    Kathy, your love of fall shines through in this amazing tag folio! I love all the details and that embossed copper around the edge is a fabulous detail that makes this even more special for me! Of course, your layering of the elements and that wonderful altered tie back are just gorgeous! Wow, wow, and then again, WOW on the waterfall on the back–how inspiring! Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration! Hugs!

  5. Susan Steele

    This one is so Fall, so Vintage looking, so Beautiful! Luv all your colors on this tag Kathy, for sure! Thanks for sharing your paint techniques too! Luv how you showed each bottle to know what to use where!!! And luv the waterfall idea for the back!!! Perfect! Now to take time to get some of those pictures off my phone! That’s so time consuming! Grrr! Hugs, Suzy Q

  6. Isabel Borrero-Gonzalez

    This is a beautiful tag and how clever of you to use the back for a waterfall. I love it Kathy!!!

  7. Martie Rollin

    I agree with Lynn…I, too love to hold photos in my hands. I just don.t like passing around one of those smart phones. Hooray for actual photos! I LOVE your top pull cluster element!! Those acorns just make this tag for me. The real peppercorns are such a nice little detail. Fall leaves are so colorful around here…and dropping like rain…beautiful! I am so enjoying the smell of fall in the Great NW! Just wanted to let you know that I went back to one of your terrific tutorials on making a folio pocket with depth. I wanted a deeper pocket to hold a Halloween treat for the grands. Came out great!! You made it look so easy. I really appreciated your narrative with instructions and tips,Thanks for continuing to do tutorials for us!

  8. lynn legge

    Kathy I loved this tag…its so darned sweet…I had to get this paper…and the waterfall for photos….sigh I love being able to hold pictures and look at them…nowdays everyone keeps them in their phones
    thanks for the beautiful fall tag
    have a great week my friend

  9. Betsy

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, your creations leave me in awe . Do you have a plan when you start and then add as you go along? It’s so beautiful. The peppercorns are a great touch.

  10. Cheryl Wells

    WOW!! Kathy, I really love this tag – especially utilizing the back with a waterfall – great idea and love the rich Fall colors.

  11. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, this is a fantastic tag! I love that little fox and the vintage tie back is gorgeous! And oh my, a waterfall cascade on the the back.! What a great way to use all of the real estate on this tag. Thank you for the tutorial on how you created this beauty. What a beautiful Fall decoration this will make! Hugs!

  12. Sherry Somers

    So beautiful…so fall…I think the waterfall on the back is genius. Set it on an easel in the livingroom and you have a beautiful conversation piece.

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