12 tags of 2012 – april…


are you ready for spring?  i definitely am…  it’s been great reading the comments and seeing the posts from those of you participating in the monthly 12 tags.  speaking of the monthly tags, i know i planned on catching up with the january tag last month, but my march was pretty busy between planning for cha, ranger u, designing new products, and of course teaching my creative chemistry 101 class.  so let’s just say “i owe you one” and i’ll be sure to have it done sometime this year – fair enough?  if you’re catching up yourself, the easiest way to see the previous tags is to simply click the “12 tags of 2012” link on the bottom left column of my blog.  this month’s tag was inspired by my new bird branch die, i couldn’t wait to use it.  the techniques are basic, yet completely adaptable with a variety of other products you may have. time to get started…

supplies: craft sheet, distress ink/iced spruce/broken china/wild honey/peeled paint/gathered twigs/vintage photo/stormy sky, distress embossing powder/brushed corduroy/peeled paint, distress stain/broken china, archival ink, heat tool, ink blending tool, glossy accents, multi-medium, #8 manila tag, mister; grungeboard, tiny attacher, word bands, wire pin, adornments, locket keys, trimmings; texture fades/fancy & floral frames, bird branch, vagabond; stamps/reflections, grid-blocks; distresser; foam tape

step 1: die cut grungeboard from bird branch die.

step 2: ink the branch with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

step 3: ink leaves with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

step 4: sprinkle peeled paint distress embossing powder over the green inked areas.

step 5: sprinkle brushed corduroy distress embossing powder over the brown inked areas. (i like this color powder since it has bits of light and dark browns in it)

step 6: remove excess powders and heat emboss until powders melt. (grungeboard will curl slightly when heated)

step 7: allow embossing powders to cool and swipe over with your fingers to remove the release crystals from the distress powders.

step 8: ink the bird with distress ink using an ink blending tool – leave the belly of the bird lighter.

step 9: ink the beak with distress ink using ink tool.

step 10: ink the edges of the bird with distress ink using ink tool.

step 11: for background, stamp the smooth side of the embossing folder (the side where the actual design is debossed/recessed) with archival ink using a reflections stamp and emboss a manila tag.  note: check out this video showing how i use reflections.

step 12: once tag is embossed and stamped, ink the center with wild honey distress ink using ink tool.

step 13: ink remaining areas of tag with various colors of distress ink using ink tool.

step 14: ink edges of tag with brown distress ink using ink tool.

step 15: mist left over ink on craft sheet with water from mister.

step 16: tap tag into ink water to create a mottled background.

step 17: dry tag with heat tool.

*this is the effect it gives, i love the way it blends the ink colors.

step 18: drag paper distresser along the edges of tag to tatter.

step 19: adhere bird to tag with glossy accents and hold to dry.

step 20: apply pieces of twine through ends of word bands.

step 21: apply a piece of foam tape to back of word band.

step 22: adhere word band to tag and secure ends of twine with tiny attacher.

step 23: adhere crown adornment to tag with multi-medium.

step 24: stain trimmings/crinkle ribbon with distress stain and dry with heat tool.

the details: i think using reflections stamps with embossing folders creates the illusion of that stamp going behind the embossed design.  i also like the texture distress embossing powders give to the bird branch.  simple yet effective.

so for this month, get out those embossing folders, stamps, and embossing powders.  even if you don’t have reflections stamps there are many designs that will work for this technique.  you can try using various inks to stamp with to see what effects they give, and of course add a little texture to your tag using some embossing powders.  remember these monthly tags are a way to give yourself that creative time to simply play…t!m

congrats to the winners from the march 12 tags of 2012 gallery posts.  if you see your name below, please contact mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize!

1. Lezlei 
2. Barbara Washington
3. Tallulah
4. kath
5. TanteKäthe
6. Anna-Karin
7. Elaine & Lisa
8. Belinda Basson
9. Susie W
10. Sandra
11. Deb Neerman
12. Terrie Lightfoot

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can
click the links below to purchase online…
(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)


Bird Branch (IE|SSS)



TF Fancy & Floral (IE|SSS)



CMS111 Reflections (IE|SSS)



Word Bands (IE|SSS)



Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)



Heat Tool (IE|SSS)



Distress Powder (IE|SSS)



Distress Ink (IE|SSS)



Paper Distresser (IE|SSS)




Mister Bottle (IE|SSS)



Adornments/Classic (IE|SSS)



#8 Manila Tags (IE|SSS)



Locket Keys (IE|SSS)






Trimmings (IE|SSS)



Vagabond (IE|SSS)



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364 Comments to “12 tags of 2012 – april…”

  1. monique says:

    cool I’m the first that linked LOL

  2. lacyquilter says:

    Great tag. Congrats to all the winners.

  3. Mo says:

    Hot dog! Thanks to your class, I’m all prepared for the techniques. What a cheerful tag. Very impressed that you got this posted with everything else you’ve got going. January tag – no biggie. I’ll be thrilled whenever you get a chance. Right now, I think a day at Disney is in order for the two of you. Thanks a lot.

  4. Michelle L. says:

    this is so pretty, Tim! Maybe this month I will actually have time to play along!

  5. Sue Black says:

    Seeing this tag as the coming of Spring with the bluebird returning and a new journey beginning. Thank you.

  6. Maxine Hodges says:

    That is a beautiful tag. I have the die ordered but don’t have it yet. Love the techniques in this tag!!!!! Great job!

  7. Barb Speck says:

    LOL were you too tired of making videos for the class to show off your new tag??? It’s really cute and I’ve debated over getting that die or not-hmmmm. Still waiting for a couple of your other dies that I ordered. Sizzix must be backed up!!

  8. beverly walker says:

    sweeet! Trweeeeeet! Love the bird on the branch. Can’t wait to add it to my collections~

  9. Lynda Manning says:

    So funky!!I love birds.

  10. jocelyn says:

    Wow…The only thing I have here is the crown. Well.. ready..set..IMAGINATION!

  11. donna russell says:

    I love this tag and the tec. are great. thanks for sharing

  12. Congrats to the March 2012 Winners!
    I’m loving this birdy, I wouldn’t be able to contain wanting to create with him either. Totally enjoying the techniques used. I’m eager to do my April tag now.
    As I’ve said it before I don’t know how you multi-task it all but your inspiration & sharing all that you do touching our hearts so.
    TY very much! So glad this was not an April Fools…(chuckling)

  13. Deb Neerman says:

    Oh, my I won!?!? Yippee!! Will contact Mario immediately!
    LOVE this month’s tag … the colors, the design, the distressing … all perfection! And my new Bird Branch die arrived yesterday so I can’t wait to play along! And I’m loving the new Word Bands … a must-have!
    Thanks for all the inspiration … and for picking my March tag!
    Sending big hugs!

  14. Jacquelene L. says:

    Beautiful spring tag, love the colours. I don’t have the bird die, so I will have to substitute. Embossing folder technique, awesome! Thankyou for sharing!
    Congrats to the winners!
    Jacquelene L.

  15. Cheryl Mixon says:

    This will be fun to try!

  16. Geraldine says:

    Gorgeous tag, love the colours and the bird on the branch die and the word bands.

  17. Cathy in Canada says:

    Such a great springy card!
    Thanks for sharing Tim!

  18. Sally says:

    Wonderful, loving that little bird, and I’m going to try the embossed branch.

  19. Cindy K says:

    I just bought the bird & branch die yesterday!! Can’t wait to play now. Thanks Tim.
    Cindy K.

  20. cindy pointe says:

    Just stunning!! I don’t know how you find the time to do so much but l sure appreciate all you share with us.

  21. Jean D says:

    The bird branch is pretty cool. great to start spring projects!

  22. Cindylotoo says:

    what a wonderful springy tag.
    Inspiring as always!
    thank you.

  23. Debbie says:

    love all the techniques thanks for all the ideas and inspiration

  24. Christine Edwards says:

    Oooh, I just love this! Guess my CC101 tags will have to wait a bit longer while I tackle this one. Thanks!

  25. Great tag Tim! I love it! It has so many layers and does scream out Spring. Too bad I don’t have that die or embossing fade, but alas I will try to make a similar tag with what I do have. Too much fun these 12 tags of 2012 are. I love them so much better than the Christmas themed ones, especially since I don’t celebrate Christmas! Thanks again for sharing!

  26. Marie049 says:

    Lovely tag is has spring all over, can’t wait to try it out.

  27. Barbara K says:

    Love it!! Can’t wait to try my own version.

  28. kath says:

    lots of techniques to have fun with…thanks again for another great tag…and I can’t believe I was one of the winners…yeeehhhaaa off to e-mail Mario…the best BTS man on the planet…hugs kath xxx

  29. Kathi R says:

    Wonderful tag! Thanks for the step out photos and tips.
    Congratulations to the lucky winners!!!

  30. kat says:

    Distress embossing powder – I bet the added an awesome texture to the branch – I have to remember to get mine out more and play with it!!! Great tag Tim – Happy April!

  31. Marianne H says:

    The branch die is so nice, hope it will be in the shops soon. Again an amazing tag, love it. Now I must go and make my own. have a nice easter and dont work too much, professor Tim.

  32. Bev W says:

    Love the tage. I seem to be into “trees”. Gorgeous Tim! xxx

  33. shell says:

    love this – more to add to my arsenal from Creative Chemistry!!

  34. Whoua
    so beautifull
    thanks for ideas
    Fabien the french scrap man…

  35. Karen Linkogle says:

    Love this tag!!! So busy with Creative Chemistry 101 that I forgot to upload my March tag! Congrats to all the winners! And Tim, thanks for all the inspiration!

  36. Sharon Milford says:

    Awesome !!!!

  37. Peggy says:

    Great tag! Love the bird on the branch. Really appreciate you showing how the tag was made. Congrats to the March winners!

  38. Theresa Grdina says:

    My favorite so far….

  39. cindy says:

    OH! This tag is beautiful! Love everything about it. Too bad I’m in the middle of re-doing my scrap area or I’d hop right on this one!!

  40. another fab tag Tim, thanks for the inspiration, hugs trace x the course was fantastic !!!!!!!!

  41. Lisa Lang says:

    So Spring-y!!!! I NEED that die!

  42. Shirley says:

    This tag is gorgeous Tim! I love all the techniques. Congratulations to all the wonderful winners!!

  43. Whooo hooo, can you hear the shout all the way from South Africa? I am so excited, thanks for the opportunity to win and the April tag is Fabulous too, I am off to my desk right this minute to see what I can do with what I got!

  44. Debby says:

    Beautiful tag!

  45. Rosie J says:


  46. What a beautifull tag. Spring is in the air!I’m happy now i can make mine but first i have to shop.

  47. Fun and just in time for spring! Thanks for the inspirations!

  48. Therese says:

    Beautiful tag! Perfect message for Spring! I love the detail of the bird beak! It IS all in the details, right! =)
    Shine On!!!

  49. Julie Shearer says:

    Very cool !!

  50. Julie Shearer says:

    Very cool !!

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