I 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.

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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.

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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. I just spread tacky glue all over the 5, then sprinkled on plenty of the glitter and waited 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!).

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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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Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – January Tag
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One thought on “Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 – January Tag

  • 22 January, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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    Love the colour on this and your sentiments are spot on! Am pleased to see you’re improvising as I shall have to too :o) Had good intentions last year but just didn’t get them done so fingers crossed for this year!

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