Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-February



Time again for another 12 Tags of 2014! This month I had to wait a bit before making my version of Tim Holtz' tag as a few supplies were purchased online. Once everything arrived, I got all my goodies together and began.


I started by drawing out my own hearts (making two as I make a tag for The Scrapbook Cottage as well) and then cut them out of Grungeboard. I used Fired Brick Distress Ink to colour them and then as Tim instructed, laid down a coat of Glossy Accents and sprinkled with Distress Glitter (he used red, I had clear on hand).


After drying, we were shown to ink the edges of the hearts with Walnut Stain. What a difference it makes! Here is one heart done, the other not to see how much this little step improves the look:


Next I used Tim's Tag & Bookplates Bigz die in my Cuttlebug and created two blank tags. Then I added some Distress Stain to my craft sheet and swiped them through it.  I let them air dry so they wouldn't warp too much.

Once dry, I got out my new Hearts Layering Stencil and used three Distress Inks for the background: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Fired Brick. Before the ink dried, I sprinkled on some fine clear embossing powder, tapped it to remove the excess and used my heat tool to melt it. Now the hearts had a cool glossy finish!

More Walnut Distress Ink was added to the edge, which was then distressed.


The next part I had to do about four times before I got it to work. Using stamps, an embossing pad and black cardstock, I stamped and chalked the sentiment - Tim used his new stamp that was an Elton John lyric; I used The Beatles. ;)

A layer of silver paper was added underneath and a strip of Tim's Industrious Stickers below it - making it look more like a chalkboard to me!


I added another Industrious Sticker - this time the arrow - but instead of leaving it whole and positioned straight across the tag as he had done, I cut mine in half and inserted it into a slot sliced into the glittered heart. A bit of Glossy Accents held it in place, as well as attaching it onto the tag itself.



I added a Walnut inked grommet to the top and wrapped a length of Tim's red and cream Trimmings to the opening.


This one looks easier than January's tag, but I found it more challenging; it was a good lesson using embossing, stenciling, inks and glitter... but I definitely need to practice with his cool chalkboard technique!


If you too are joining in on the fun, please let me know in the comments - I would love to see what you do as well!

19 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny how the ones that look 'easy' are the projects that are more complex?

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    1. Ain't it the truth? They sure are.

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  2. You did it again, so cute! It definitely makes a huge difference after you stained the edges of the sweet heart. Very nice.

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    1. Yeah, I just had to take that photo when I saw the difference...

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  3. I love the way you make it your own. Yes, inking the edges makes such a difference. Beautiful!

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  4. Hi :)
    This is georgous!
    You are welcome to take a look at my tag in my blog.

    Fredrikke :)

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  5. Wonderful wonderful looking tags! Well done, you are incredibly creative! xo

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    1. Thanks Dagmar - Tim is so much fun to learn from!

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  6. Great job on Tim's Feb Tag Maureen. It is amazing what a little ink does to bring out the heart. Love the arrow going through the heart too. Great job. Karen.x

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    1. Thank you Karen! Love yours as well.

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  7. Nice tags. I like the old fashion feel.

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    1. I do too... Tim's style is a favorite of mine for sure.

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  8. Well done, it is a wonderful tag, your talent is amazing,
    Warm up Winnipeg, so Maureen can go thrifting! Xo

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    1. Thanks Dagmar - ha! Yes, it looks like it might finally be warming up...

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  9. I'm just now beginning Tag Making... so much Fun and a Project that doesn't really monopolize a lot of precious time so I can feel quite Fulfilled getting at least one made! *winks* This Season we decorated our Christmas Tree with Home-Made Tags, some by me and others made and given to me as Gifts from Talented Artist Friends. It's a great way to personalize decor and Vignettes.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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