Christmas Wreath Tag Tutorial – Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015, December

This entry is part 5 of an on-going series of 12 Tags of 2015

TTLongXmasTagGosh, this year has gone by so fast.  Already it is time to make the final tag for 2015. I have been creating tags most months for the 12 Tags of 2015 game that Tim Holtz runs on his great blog.  As with previous tags, here is a little tutorial of how I made my version of the December tag.

As with my previous tags, I started by diecutting a tag shape from mount board using the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates Die by Sizzix.  I took an old tumble dryer sheet and glued it to the tag using Ranger Multi Matt Medium glue.  Then I used the Holiday Knit stencil, also by Tim Holtz, and laid it over the tag.  I pounced Fired Brick Distress Ink through the stencil.  I loved this effect.  It is not too easy to see in the pictures, but in real life it looks like a snuggly fleece Christmas sweater.

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Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – May tag

This entry is part 4 of an on-going series of 12 Tags of 2015

I finally got around to doing the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 for May.  Yes, I did miss April out, due to family bereavements, I will do that one before the end of the year so as to have a set.

As before before, I wanted to do something similar to the design showcased by Tim on his blog, but using what I had in my stash.

I cut the tag from mount board with my trust Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate die.  I have used this die for all the tags so far (and for many more tags, it is one of the best dies I have ever bought!)

I covered the tag with a piece of hessian and trimmed it to fit. I frayed it a little around the edges as I didn’t want it to look too neat.

I applied some Pigment Modelling Paste through a stencil on one side, and when it was dry I brushed Peacock Feathers distress ink over it.  I used the same ink to colour some paper lace from Salco Innovations, and added that on the other side of the card.

I glued some scraps of silver netting to the card.TTPrettyFaceTag2

I created my own photobooth type image, sanded the edges and then coloured the girl’s clothes with a Peacock Feather’s Distress Marker (I do love that colour!).  I also added a bit of colour to her lips.

I printed out the saying, inked over it with Tea Die Distress Ink, then added some Brushed Corduroy around the edges.  I popped some Brushed Corduroy around the outside of the tag too.

The bird is a small wooden laser cut from the Artemio Paris mini wood set, coloured with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

The tiny roses were cut by my Silhouette Portrait. I  found a rolled rose file in the Silhoette store and reduced it down tiny.  I cut the roses from a scrap of text paper and inked the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

The silver twirls are from an old set of peel-offs.  I used a scrap of fuzzy string instead of a ribbon on this one.

Finally I gave it all a little burst of Lava red Cosmic Shimmer Mist.  This did not really work out well and I am annoyed that so much went on the “pretty face” words.  Once on, it is not possible to remove it.  Maybe I will reprint these words at some point, until then I can live with it!


Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – March tag

This entry is part 3 of an on-going series of 12 Tags of 2015

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] T [/dropcap] he March tag for the Tim Holtz  12 Tags of 2015 Challenge featured lots of beautiful pastel colours, a great technique for clean stamping and a bright, springlike look.

As in the last two months I wanted to make my tag utilize many of the techniques that Tim mentions, utilizing the supplies I have, and adding my own little twists here and there.  I have also used a lot of Tim Holtz products, but this is mainly because I have quite a few of them, and love using them!

Again I cut out a tag from sturdy mount-board using the Tim Holtz Tags and Bookplates die from Sizzix.  I used thin strips of Tim Holtz tissue paper instead of the washi tape that Tim uses.  I use a lot of tissue paper in my journal and scrapbook pages and always keep any little trimmings for just this sort of purpose.  I glued them down with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.TTTimHoltzTagMarch1

Next I chose some pretty acrylic paints.  I particularly love the three Americana colours on the left of the picture below, yummy.  The squished looking bottles are cheap paints from my local supermarket, the yellow one is actually gold and gives a nice metallic shimmer. TTTimHoltzTagMarch2I blobbed the paints on to my glass craft mat and gave them a couple of squirts of water… TTTimHoltzTagMarch3and a quick poke about with the end of a paint brush, what messy fun!  The green came out a bit lumpy (the joys of using very cheap supplies, I suppose) but I carried on and hoped for the best.


Then I dropped the tag into the mess, I mean beautiful paint, and wiggled it about a bit.  Believe it or not it came out of this looking very pretty indeed.  Phew!  I left it to thoroughly dry.


I decided I would also use a butterfly stamp and chose this gorgeous one from Sheena Douglass’ “A Little Bit Sketchy” collection.  I don’t have an acrylic stamping block big enough for this stamp so used my quilting ruler (I always use this for big stamps, after all, it is just an acrylic block too!).  I used Jet Black StazOn ink (why does it small of marzipan?)TTTimHoltzTagMarch6Argh!  The stamp didn’t come out properly!  After a few whispered swear words I decided that I was not going to start again but that I can save it!  That is a crafter for you, resourceful and tenacious (some call this “daft”).

So I quickly sprinkled the ink with Turquoise Sparkle clear embossing powder (from Personal Impressions) and heated it up.  The effect is a gorgeous shimmer which does not really show in photos.. what a shame the butterfly has holes in it :(TTTimHoltzTagMarch7I don’t have Mr Holtz’s fancy stencil film, so I stamped my butterfly onto a scrap of copy paper, cut this out and gave it a quick spray of Stick ‘n’ Spray from Crafter’s Companion.  A couple of seconds to let it become tacky and I added it to the tag.

TTTimHoltzTagMarch9Next I used an old alphabet stencil and applied some DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste around the tag.  I then sprinkled it with Ranger Gold Embossing Pearl embossing powder, tapped of the excess and left it to thoroughly dry.  Despite my background being definitely dry the embossing powder still insisted on sticking to it.  I dusted as much as I could off, but the excess looks pretty, so I am not really bothered by it.  After heat embossing it looks great, adding both shimmer and texture to the tag.  I am very pleased with this technique and will definitely use it again on future projects, thank you Tim! TTTimHoltzTagMarch8Now for some embellishments, and to see if I can make that poor butterfly look a little less pathetic.  I added some little buttons over his body and a few stick on jewels over the wing (in the gaps!).  It is a bit clumsy but overall I think it works ok.

Then I added some little gold star brads (punching holes for them with my Crop-a-dile Big Bite).  The top left one has two iridescent little feathers added to it before I put it on the tag.  Because they are basically clear they are very hard to photograph, but in real life they have a lovely shimmer and catch the light.

I added a pastel purple rivet to the tag’s hole (with the Big Bite again) and then two ribbons.

TTTimHoltzTagMarch10At the bottom of the tag I added some pastel pink gingham ribbon and a little plastic “LAUGH” embellishment.  I couldn’t resist including the bright pink feather.  All the embellishments were glued with Collall Tacky Glue.

TTTimHoltzTagMarch11I can not believe I have made something that does not include any Distress Ink!

TTTimHoltzTagMarch12I enjoyed making this tag and the techniques for the black embossing and the texture paste/embossing powder combo are ones that I know I will be using again and again.TTTimHoltzTagMarch14Here are useful links to some of the products used in this project.  These links will take you to the store.  If you buy them from these links then I will get a small commission for sending custom to Amazon.

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – February Tag

This entry is part 2 of an on-going series of 12 Tags of 2015

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] Y [/dropcap] et another great project on Tim Holtz Blog for the 12 Tags of 2015 Challenge.

As in January, I wanted to make my tag utilize many of the techniques that Tim mentions, utilizing the supplies I have, and adding my own little twists here and there.  I have also used a lot of Tim Holtz products, but this is mainly because I have quite a few of them, and love using them!

Again I cut a sturdy mount board tag with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag & Bookplates die and the Big Shot die cutter.  The tags are a fraction over 6″ by 3″.

I gathered some scraps of paper and ephemera to make my collage background.  I included one of the Tin Teddy Victorian Flower tags and a 2″ circle from Tin Teddy Parrot Collage Sheet (a cute cockatoo).  The other papers and ephemera are from Debbie Moore, Joanna Sheen and Tim Holtz tissue paper.  I added a little Tea Dye Distress Ink to the edges of some of the items.


After a lot of deciding and adjusting I finally glued the pieces on with Ranger Multi Medium Matte then, after trimming any overhangs, I added another coat over the top to seal it all in place.TTTimHoltzTagFeb2

I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the tag for some of the additions.

I used a Fired Brick Distress Marker to add a little shadowing around some of the ephemera.  I just drew a line along the edge then quickly rubbed it with my finger tip.  This is a technique I have often used with a Faber Castell Pitt Marker before, but thought I would try it with the Distress Marker – the result was really good :-)

Next I used some slightly thinned gesso (the Studio brand) to “knock back” some of the background that was a bit dark.  In particular I wanted to lighten the top right hand corner as I am going to place a pale pink tag there, and it will not show up well on the pink paper.


I die cut a cheerful red heart from felt using the Sizzix Basic Shapes die that came with my Big Shot.  I was going to embroider it, when I had a bit of an idea.  Instead I grabbed some cream crochet cotton and made a little tatted flowery motif.  I fastened this on top of the felt, then added a silver heart-shaped button to finish.TTTimHoltzTagFeb4

I found a cute little “Mon Ami” resin sticker.  This is by Impex Creative Crafts and must be about 15 years old.

A glittery die-cut flower was added to the top right corner, then I layered the little pink, plastic “Love” embellishment over the top.  These are both things that have been in my crafting stash for many years and I no longer know who made them.

The embellished felt heart was fixed on with tacky glue.TTTimHoltzTagFeb5

I added a little Worn Lipstick Distress Ink around the edge of the tag, because it is a Valentine’s Day tag so it seemed appropriate.

I found some little pink plastic tags with numbers on in my embellishment box, and fixed a 1 and a 4 onto the tag with pink embroidery floss.

Next I added a little metal corner, like Tim had done on his tag.  The tag came with my Crop-a-dile III, which is sadly useless for fixing things on.  I was able to crimp it in place with my Crop-a-dile II Big Bite though.


Next I took a tiny pink split-pin paper fastener and added that in one of the punched holes.  I popped a bit of Fired Brick Distress Marker on it to dull down its exciting pink colour.

Finally I sprayed a pink ribbon with Cosmic Shimmer glitter sprays, just to grunge it up a little.

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Tim Holtz Blog –  12 Tags of 2015 – February project


Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – January Tag

Tim Hotlz Tags of 2015 January
This entry is part 1 of an on-going series of 12 Tags of 2015

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] I [/dropcap] never got around to doing the Tim Holtz monthly tags in 2014, and was determined I would do so this year.

For anyone who is not familiar with this fun challenge, every month Tim has a tutorial on his blog, to make a tag.  Then participants make their own tags, utilizing whatever elements of Tim’s they wish.  It is a great way to try out the new techniques, new products or just be inspired.

Here is my tag for January 2015.

I started by cutting out a nice big tag with my trusty Tim Holtz tag die and Big Shot die-cutting machine. I used mount board as it is so sturdy.


Whilst I have often covered journal pages and tags with tissue paper, I always tend to smooth it right out.  So this time I wanted to use Tim’s technique of having crinkles.. so I screwed up the tissue paper first. I glued it down with Decoupatch glue as this stays wet for longer than my usual Ranger matt medium – and I wanted to be sure to get some crinkles!TTJanuaryTag2

I don’t yet have any Distress Paints, so I used Distress Ink instead.  I dabbed Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean around the tag then rubbed it in with my fingers.. it blended beautifully.  I then gave it a quick spritz of water and left it to mostly dry.TTJanuaryTag3

Then I used a Ranger foam applicator and added some Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the left side and bottom of the tag and rubbed it in with my fingers.  I added some more around the edges of the tag.  I scribbled a little Tea Dye distress marker in the same area whilst it was still wet.

Then I took some Ranger Perfect Pearls dust (Perfect Gold) and with my finger tip I rubbed it over the tag so it stuck on the tops of the crinkles.  I added a bit more to the left and bottom sides.  The shiny effect does not really show in a photo, but it is very nice in real life.TTJanuaryTag3.5

I cut out the words and number with my Silhouette Portrait, cutting each three times from kraft card. I then layered them up using PVA glue.  I used PVA because it is slow drying, and wanted to be sure I had time to ensure each word was properly lined up.


I painted them with black acrylic paint. I then applied Crackle Glaze to the two words, waited until it dried, then gold acrylic paint over the top.  I waited for this to dry… and… nothing happened.  No crackles :(

So then I attempted to distress the words with a black Posco paint pen, which didn’t really work, so I ended up making some suspicious looking stitch marks on them.  Not really happy with this, perhaps I will change them later.

I made the 5 in a very similar way to Tim, but I used some Docrafts glitter on mine, as I don’t have the Distress Glitter.  Tacky glue all over the 5, then sprinkle on plenty of the glitter and wait for it to dry.  Yay, bling!TTJanuaryTag5

I made my own set of word labels in Photoshop, so I could have sentiments that were personal to me.  I want 2015 to be a very artistic and crafty year, so emphasized those things.  I pounced the words with Tea Dye distress ink, then edged them with Peacock Feathers (I so love that colour!).


Everything was glued on with Collall tacky glue and left to dry.  Then I added a little black ink around the edges.

Finally I found a piece of teal coloured satin ribbon.  I scribbled on it with a Brushed Corduroy distress marker, then spritzed it liberally with water and screwed it up a few times.  The end result looks nice and shabby, just what I wanted.





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