12 tags of 2012 – march…


it’s time for this month’s tag in the 12 tags of 2012 series!  thanks again for all of the kind words, excitement, and support of the new direction for the 12 tags.  i really hope this will inspire many of you to take time each month to create something, anything, just give yourself that.  it’s been great seeing how many of you are participating in the monthly challenge to upload your project based on the posted tag, and as promised winners will be selected based on those who posted and will be listed at the end of this post.  right now, we have a tag to get to!  i’ve been inspired by spring, and i think this mini paper mosaic technique will be useful throughout the year on everything from cards & tags to journal covers and more – so let’s get started…

supplies: craft sheet; ink blending tool; distress ink/walnut stain/vintage photo; distress stain/weathered wood; glossy accents; wonder tape; antiquities embossing powder/cement; archival ink; perfect pearls mist/heirloom gold; #8 kraft tag; heat tool; grungeboard; foliage; trimmings; paper stash/lost & found; design ruler; stamps/cms110/cms126; grid-blocks; mini butterflies die; base tray; vagabond; scissors; paper distresser; craft pick; quick-stick

step 1: place both mini butterfly dies on movers & shapers base tray and measure with design ruler.

step 2: cut a piece of grungeboard and wonder tape slightly larger than measured size of butterflies.

step 3: remove paper backing from wonder tape and adhere to grungeboard.

step 4: place tape side down and die cut butterflies using vagabond machine.

step 5: remove butterflies and set frame aside to use on another project.

step 6: cut out several snippets from paper stash (snippets are mini 2″x2″ designed paper a perfect for using on smaller projects without losing the details of the paper).

step 7: cut some of each of those snippets into appropriate sized pieces for your mosaic.  since we are going to be creating a mosaic on the mini butterflies, these pieces are super tiny for this project.

step 8: remove the red liner of the wonder tape of one butterfly.

step 9: using a “quickstik” or tweezers, etc. begin placing your little paper mosaics on to the sticky butterfly.  wonder tape is very sticky so take your time and be sure to leave a space in between each mosaic you place down.

step 10: continue placing pieces by trimming down as needed to fit.

step 11: repeat previous steps for other butterfly. *make sure all paper pieces are secured flat to butterflies.

step 12: place butterflies on scrap paper and cover with cement antiquities embossing powder. (i love this powder for the color and texture for “grout”)

step 13: fold paper in half and press down to push the embossing powder into the exposed wonder tape areas between the mosaics.

step 14: remove excess powder and heat emboss butterflies until embossing powder melts.  this is the significance of wonder tape and the fact that it is embossable and heat stable – most other double-stick tapes are not.  cool huh?

step 15: once embossing powder has melted allow them to cool for a minute.

step 16: begin applying glossy accents over each paper mosaic only.  do not get the glossy accents on the embossing powder as this is the “grout” for our mosaics and it needs to stay matte and textured.

step 17: repeat glossy accents on other butterfly and set aside to dry.

step 18: mount wood stamp on to grid-block.

step 19: ink stamp with walnut stain distress ink.

step 20: stamp woodgrain going horizontal across kraft tag as shown.

step 21: remove stamp to see area you’ve stamped.  i absolutely love this woodgrain stamp since it has such a realistic look and can be used horizontal or vertical.

step 22: apply more distress ink to stamp and stamp on the remaining exposed area of the tag.

step 23: remove stamp and you should have entire tag stamped like wood planks at this point. (love this stamp!)

step 24: ink the edges of the tag with vintage photo distress ink using an ink blending tool to create shading.

step 25:drag paper distresser along edges of tag to tatter.

step 26: ink edges with walnut stain distress ink using an ink blending tool to create a burn effect.

step 27: ink edges of both butterflies with ink blending tool to shade.

step 28: stamp text with archival ink on tag.

step 29: place foliage on bottom area of tag and pierce holes with craft pick.

step 30: attach foliage to tag using long fasteners.

step 31: shake perfect pearls mist and lightly spritz over tag with pearl and let dry.

step 32: adhere butterflies to dry tag using glossy accents, and gently bend wings for added dimension.  embellish top of tag with stained trimmings.

the details: check out the dimensional look of these mini mosaic tiled butterflies.

the details: the texture of the embossing powder compared to the glossy accents give these an authentic look and feel of mosaic tiled pieces.

such a fun technique bloggers!  like i said, you can create this on so many various surfaces.  just remember the larger then surface, the larger the mosaic pieces.  who knew paper could change it’s look and feel like this?  i love it and can’t wait to see what you create this month and upload to the blog.  happy mosaic…t!m

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

1. donna bowman
2. lorna moore
3. msplum
4. julie case
5. ivette
6. candy colwell
7. sharon celtcrafter
8. flo-louise
9. shelly hickox
10. eveline van heijst
11. cora hoekstra
12. sara jansen


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446 Comments to “12 tags of 2012 – march…”

  1. Kate says:

    Love the mosaic and the wood grain stamped as the background. Thanks for sharing.

  2. you got a very good website, Sword lily I observed it through yahoo.

  3. Merry says:

    I do enjoy the manner in which you have presented this particular issue plus it does provide me personally some fodder for thought. Nevertheless, from just what I have witnessed, I simply just hope when the commentary pack on that folks continue to be on issue and not start upon a tirade associated with some other news of the day. Anyway, thank you for this fantastic piece and even though I do not really concur with it in totality, I value the perspective.

  4. Connie Sanford says:

    I love this technique, looks like one of the easier ones. Think I will make this one for sure.

  5. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Love love love the tag and the technique on the butterflies – got mine done now and its closed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Have blogged it anyways and hope somebody takes a look – thanks for the inspiration Tim

  6. Tante Käthe says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for an interesting tutorial, I can’t believe I’m one of the winners!!

  7. Susan S says:

    Wow! I just came across this one today. Love the mosaic technique. Great idea!

  8. ceparie says:

    I am excited to see what April’s tag will look like!

  9. Eliza says:

    I have really enjoyed creating my tag pity I didn’t have all the correct supplies but improvising worked for me and I am still happy with the result.
    Thanks Tim for giving us this tallent of yours to share and enjoy.

  10. Marie49 says:

    This tag has been so much fun to do, lots of ideas to work with. Love the different tags in the gallery all are just beautiful.

  11. Fantastic once again – love the mosaic

  12. Sandy Nolan says:

    Wow what great presentations by fellow crafters.

  13. Erika says:

    Tim, These last two months tags are really great. I loved making both of them. I am glad you got the idea to do this monthly so that I can participate. I don’t have a lot of spare time but monthly works for me. Thanks again! Love the mosaic idea. 🙂

  14. Annie says:

    Really enjoying the 12 tags Tim, such a great idea to run throughout the year. Hugs Annie x

  15. Iri says:

    Thank you, Tim! 🙂 I like this technology!

  16. Nitasha says:

    I heart this month’s tag because I love woodgrain and butterflies! Thanks so much for all that you do to bring us these amazing creations, Tim!

  17. Becky Bailey says:

    I have really enjoyed this one a great technique

  18. Antonia says:

    Glad to post my tag before CC101 starts! just got time to clear my desk. Great technique planning to do it again real soon x

  19. You are truly an inspiration to me as a male artist. Thank you for this marvelous opportunity to share my artwork on your blog. Blessings!

  20. Thank you so much for making these tutorials available to us. It’s a great way to learn about new techniques and experimenting with those ideas back in my craft room. Love making these tags.

  21. Anna Ely says:

    Finally got my tag made and posted last night. I’ve been in the middle of other crafty projects that I needed to do first before I could play with the grungeboard and mosaics. It took a lot of fiddling, but I finally got mine to look the way I wanted it to.
    Thanks so much for making it so everyone can put their pictures here, as I have found so many great blogs, and lots of inspiration!

  22. Aimee says:

    I love the butterflies!!!! So beautiful! Thanks for the instructions!!!

  23. Maggie Hunt says:

    Ok so i am irish and i did St. Patricks Day…guess mine are holiday themed….hangover from teaching school for TOO many years:>

  24. SandyVRD says:

    Hadn’t got a wood stamp so improvised with the wood grainer I used when doing mural painting and special paint effects. Loved the challenge. Looking forward to next month.

  25. Tracy Evans says:

    Never joined in with your tags before but love your mosaic technique and really had to give it a try. Really enjoyed creating this tag with a little twist and a little me thrown in for good measure. Tracy x x

  26. Maria Cole says:

    Tim you continue to out-do yourself!! This mosaic tag was sooo much fun to make and I love how this technique works beautifully on all kinds of shapes! I will definitely be using this technique again and again – the results are sooo stunning, and I am amazed at what the community is coming up with. Thanks again!!

  27. SandyVRD says:

    Inspiring as always!!! Just waiting for some free time to start playing.

  28. I love those Butterflies – Fantastic Idea – Emma W

  29. Pearl says:

    Wow! What wonderful creations… It makes me wish to be a butterfly, so that I could spread my wings and fly.

  30. Pam Guerrero says:

    Tim, I have not been this excited to be creative in a while. I just discovered 7gypsies.com this past week. Today alone I have watched at least a dozen of your videos. I have been a fan of your products for a while but live in a rural area and the local craft shops have not carried your products (until I requested them) They also don’t really know how to use them. In looking at your videos, I feel like a little kid in a candy store. Thank you for creating products that help you be creative. and for posting videos on how to use them. Much appreciated

  31. Von says:

    Fantastic! Love this technique!

  32. Sue McG says:

    What a wonderful technique – wow!!

  33. Mary Ann Jones says:

    Great technique! Love to see what others do with it too…inspirational!

  34. I’m looking forward to trying this technique with jewelry!

  35. Carol says:

    I really love the mosaic technique. Really cool and so fun!

  36. Jen Hill says:

    Lovely! All the entries are just gorgeous too!!
    Congratulations to all the winners!!!

  37. Sharon LeVine says:

    I love that saying i’m fighting breast cancer for the 3rd time that saying makes it easier

  38. linda says:

    everything is so beautiful i would love to win anything.

  39. Gisa-Maria says:

    Hi Tim,
    I just love your butterfly tag. Butterflies are among my most favorite animals, they are so dainty and delicate. Thanks for this marvellous tag, it’s truly inspiring.

  40. Dottie Kuhl says:

    I have only been scrapping for about a month but loved this piece. Just uploaded my tag. I dont have a lot of supplies yet so used a graining tool with Distress ink, copper foil for the flower. I cut the butterflies from grunge board, embossed with a mix of red, black, and gold powder I had on hand for a copper look, then added the mosaics on top.

  41. Rosann says:

    ok, Tim I appologize if it posted more than once I had gotten an error and tried to correct it…then I forgot what I was supposed to do (posted my tag). I’ll ge the hang of it 🙂

  42. Lynda Kanase says:

    Hi Tim! Thanks for the inspiration. Love your tags and all of the magic you create. The monthly tag challenge is a brilliant idea and I’m so happy that I can now join in the fun. Thanks again!

  43. Jenell says:

    Love the butterflies and the mosaic feel. Great job, Tim. I’m liking the once-a-month Tag Day!!

  44. Chelsey V says:

    This tag was a blast to make! Thanks for the great inspiration Tim!

  45. Sheilakj says:

    OMG. I love that technique with the butterflies. My brained just started churning really fast after I saw it. Toooooo Cooooool

  46. Judy M says:

    That’s areally cool technique.

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