February 2014 Tag

The February Tag from Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 is based around Love and Valentines with some great techniques involved.

02 February 2014 Tag


The background is Distress Stains onto my craft mat and swipe the tag through, spray with water and dry off.  This gives a nice base without being too strong.

Next it was time to use a stencil (one of my new favourite tools), I don’t have the stencil Tim used, so I used the hearts one I do have (and I think I prefer the randomness); but it is a bit smaller, so I had to do the tag in four sections.  First I inked through the stencil in three colours of Distress Ink, then put clear embossing powder over the inked areas – cool technique.

Once the hearts were completed, I added Walnut Stain ink around the edges and distressed them.

For the chalkboard in the centre, I stamped on black cardstock, embossed with Antiquities Frosted Crystal and rubbed chalk over it.  I then distressed the edges and mounted on white cardstock before mounting on the tag with foam.

The glitter heart was cut out using my Cuttlebug, then I added Glossy Accents and Distress Glitter.  Once it was dry, ink was added around the edges and it too was mounted using foam.

I finished off my tag with a Love key across the bottom, and some white organza heart ribbon through the top.

I’m really please with how this has turned out – and I managed to get it done in February too!

January 2014 Tag

Happy New Year!

I started out my month by making my own version of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 January Tag, with a couple of friends joining me.

01 January 2014 Tag

My background was the same as Tim’s using Distress Stain, then ink through a stencil, add a rubon and ink the edges.

I don’t have the pocket watch die that Tim used, so I went for a favourite (but underutilised) die of the Old Jalope, doing the same technique with foil, embossing and paint – I was really pleased with how it turned out.  Because of the shape of the car, the quote at the bottom didn’t seem to fit, so I stayed with the three words and some charms.

I like this technique and I like the way it has turned out! And it was a great creative start to 2014.


The completion of the 12 Tags of 2013

I have completed all my tags for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 challenge.  However I have just realised that I haven’t blogged about them since March!  I’ll work backwards through the year.

For the December Tag, it is of course seasonal for Christmas.  However, Tim used Clearly for Art and Frosted Film, I tried to purchase these but everyone was sold out, so I tried the technique with acetate and vellum put through my sticker maker, while I got the lovely colours, I didn’t get the 3D shape that Clearly for Art gives – definitely something to try.

12 December Tag

I love the technique used on the November Tag – the chalkboard effect with stamps.  Very clever using Antiquites Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder and actual chalk.  So easy and quick too.

11 November Tag

The October Tag has a Halloween theme, which I’m not into, so I took the techniques of using the new Distress Glitter on die cut shapes, the Distress Paints background, and used my favourite colours.

10 October Tag

The September Tag was introducing Layering Stencils, so many uses on one tag! Texture Paste, Distress Paint, Distress Inks, on ribbon… I love stencils, and this was a great tag to do.  The Distress Paint resists the Distress Inks, giving a great layering effect, and the ink colours layer with a translucent effect.

09 September Tag

The August Tag was about masking with stamps, creating a focal image by stamping it first then masking, a technique I haven’t done in quite a long time – and great idea to make masks from clear repositionable plastic rather than Post-It notes.  As I used the Steampunk stamp set, I needed a Steampunk quote, and this one from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was just right.

08 August Tag

The techniques on the July Tag are beautiful – faux glazed porcelain.  This tag is themed for American Fourth of July, so again I took the technique and used a different theme.

07 July Tag

The June Tag is about colouring with Distress Markers. I love the colours on my version of this tag, but I think I should have chosen a slightly larger stamped image.

06 June Tag

The May Tag was about rubons.  I’ve never been a big fan of rubons, but Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs are ‘firmer’ than most, and because of their design it doesn’t matter if you miss a piece, which is great. And they also create a great resist for Distress Inks and Distress Stains.

05 May Tag

Finally we are back to the April Tag, based on the (then) new Metallic Distress Paints.  This tag used them on a background as well as on the metal charms, great on plastic too.

04 April Tag

The last thing I did was make myself a cover tag for the year.  I used my favourite colours and made a Distress Paint background, coloured the ribbon with the same colours of Distress Stains, and added a Dymo title.

00 Cover Tag

I’m now ready to start the 12 Tags of 2014!

March Tag

The Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 for March is Easter themed, and considering that, Easter Monday seemed a perfect time to spend some time making it.  There were a number of steps in this tag.

 1303 12 Tags March

The first thing to do was to cut out the rabbit in an ornate frame, I don’t have this particular frame, so I created my own shape using the rabbit in the middle and handcutting around the outside.  After sanding and adding Distress Inks to the edge, I used gold tinsle ribbon instead of silver, and coloured it with Alcohol Inks and heated to melt the tinsle slightly.  Next I coloured some seam binding with Distress Stain, dried it with crinkles, and tied it around the rabbit and background.

I don’t have the tapered fringe die, so I cut a strip to the right length, then I cut it with my knife to make the grass.  After sticking this on I curled it with my finger.

I handcut a banner, stamped the word ‘Believe’ and distressed it. I coloured another piece of seam binding with Distress Stains.

I love the flowers! I used metal foliage and painted them with Distress Paints and dried them off. Then they were layered and stuck onto the tag, they look very cool.

February Tag

Just in time I’ve finished my February Tag for the 12 Tags of 2013 with Tim Holtz.

I used the same techniques as Tim, but I had to use slightly different elements.  As I don’t have the Blueprint stamps, I dug out an old stamp set and made a little truck piled high with hearts, but I still trialed the Distress Marker techniques.  I embossed my own cardstock, and I used a fluffy fibre rather than the string.

February Tag

 I’m really pleased with this cute little tag! Check out Tim’s original tag here.

12 Tags of 2013 a la Tim Holtz

So this year I’ve started on the right track to get the 12 Tags of 2013 completed – I’ve done January.  The original tag by Tim Holtz was not seasonal (other than the ribbon), so I didn’t need to make many changes – just adjust for the tools he used that I don’t have.  I started out by embossing the large tag with a circles folder, added Distress Ink colour to it, coloured the cogs I cut with Distress Stains (the new metallic ones are cool), and stamped a saying.  I also cut a ticket shape and added black around the edges then stamped the pointing hand on that.  The other difference for my tag was the ribbon, I don’t own the months stamps so I used the word ‘January’ and the year on my ribbon, giving a similar (slightly less grunge) look.

A cute and simple tag that gets its effect from the layering, both of colour and of elements.

I also finished off a tag inspired by Tim Holtz October 2012 Tag.  On this he uses alcohol inks to colour Distress Stickles Dry Glitter, but as I didn’t have any of this, I used clear microbeads instead; and as I don’t do Halloween, I changed the theme and colours to be more spring-like.  I used the same techniques – paint and a shimmer spray ink on the background, and covering my shape in the alcohol ink coloured item, but it is much more my pretty style!

Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up this momentum and continue to do a tag each month in 2013.

12 Tags of 2012 – only a little late!

Well finally, on 1 December, I have made my first tag for 12 Tags of 2012!  This is a Tim Holtz inspired project, doing a tag with different techniques and the theme relating to the month.  Tim’s theme for November was Thanksgiving, but as we don’t do that in New Zealand, and it is spring, not autumn, I used the techniques of faux batik with the Distress Stains, and a similar design, but changed the colours to more spring orientated.

I also used a little pink paint on the silver tag, and coloured some muslin cloth to back the flower buds onto.  I was really pleased with the result – now to do the other missing months!  You can view Tim’s original tag here.