12 tags of 2012 – may…


here it is, our tag for may!  i’m finally starting to catch up on a few things around the studio and i couldn’t wait to do something creative.  this tag has a few techniques that i hope will inspire you to do something creative too.  here we go…

supplies: craft sheet, melting pot, clear utee, archival inks/jet black/cobalt/vermilion, distress ink/frayed burlap/walnut stain, distress stain/antique linen, ink blending tool, collage glue stick, glossy accents, #8 manila tag, heat tool, crinkle ribbon, hanger clip, cash key, paper stash/crowded attic, ruler ribbon, stamp set/CMS105 haberdashery, jump ring, wire flowers, jute, pattern tissue, wood spool

step 1: begin with a piece of sewing pattern tissue or plain tissue paper will work fine.

step 2: stamp sewing pattern on to tissue using cobalt archival ink. (*i love this technique to create authentic looking sewing patterns since most of the pattern imagery is too big to use on smaller collages)

step 3: apply a layer of collage glue stick to the surface of a manila tag.

step 4: place stamped pattern over wet glue stick and quickly scrunch and wrinkle the paper and press flat on to tag.

step 5: trim excess pattern from tag.

step 6: ink the tag with distress ink using an ink blending tool to highlight the wrinkles.

step 7: distress the edges of the tag by dragging the paper distresser along the edges of the tag.

step 8: stamp dress form with jet black archival ink using firm pressure.

step 9: stamp spool with vermillion archival ink.

step 10: stain crinkle ribbon using distress stain.

step 11: tie ribbon through top of tag, sew ruler ribbon to tag, clip on hanger clip to tag.

step 12: create a custom cash key charm by punching an oval. (*i’ve found the perfect oval punch 3/4″ x 15/16″ from stampin’ up)

step 13: apply glossy accents to the cash key and adhere paper.

step 14: place epoxy sticker on top to finish.

step 15: attach cash key to hanger clip with jump ring.

step 16: pour clear utee (ultra thick embossing enamel) into the melting pot and allow to melt until liquid.

step 17: once the utee becomes liquid it will begin to amber the longer it cooks in the melting pot (which i like).

step 18: start with wired paper flowers – i use the ones from prima.

step 19: ink the flowers with various colors of distress ink using an ink blending tool (i must say the new spring colors are perfect for this).

*make sure the petals for your flowers are somewhat open, you can use your fingers for this.

step 20: to enamel the flowers drag the flower through hot melted utee using the back of the melting pot.

step 21: once they have been completely covered lift the flower out of the utee and allow the excess to drip off.

step 22: hold the flower close to the melting pot surface as the heat helps to keep the extra utee fluid to drip off.

step 23: slide the flower along the metal edge of the melting pot to melt away any excess or utee strings.

*this is what you have now – faux porcelain flowers!

step 24: for the spool i picked up a wooden spool at the craft store and sanded one side flat.

step 25: distress the spool with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

step 26: secure flowers together by twisting the wires.

step 27: secure spool and flowers to tag using a glue gun.

in the details: i love the effect of these faux porcelain flowers and the wooden spool – they add great texture to this tag.

so there we have it bloggers, a floral inspired tag with a great technique to create faux porcelain paper flowers.  i can’t wait to see what your creative minds come up with for this month.  i know by me being a little behind doesn’t give you much time to create this month’s tag to post it, but we have to get back on track for june so the cut off is still 5/31.  that being said, it’s time to announce the winners for posting their april tag and get to work on more creative fun…t!m

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

1. Carol
2. Karli
3. Elaine
4. Shirley
5. Bodil
6. Nicole
7. Linda W.
8. Tracy Evans
9. Lori Hassler
10. Anne Rx
11. Henriette
12. Patricia Basson

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248 Comments to “12 tags of 2012 – may…”

  1. Claire says:

    Super cool! Love the flowers.

  2. Terri d says:

    love the tag and want to find myself a melting pot for sure! they were hard to find around here but I think they are finally coming back in. Another good one Mr. Tim…. thanks!

  3. Eva R says:

    I love the look of the porcelain in the flowers – what a fabulous idea!!!!

  4. What a nice tag this month, i love the beautifull flowers. I wish i had a meltingpot.
    Congrats to all the winners.

  5. Anne V says:

    I always especially love your sewing themed projects and tags. I use old pattern tissue all the time, and love this new way for use!

  6. Barbara Albrecht says:

    OMG!! So many ideas on one tag!!! LOVE IT!!! Glad you’re home and have a bit of time to create and share!!!

  7. Cheryl Webb says:

    Amazing tag! Absolutely love it!!!

  8. Maggie Lara says:

    I just love your ideas! The sanding of the spool was a good idea I would of never thought of that! Thanks Tim!!!!

  9. Pammy says:

    Love everything about this tag!!! I can see many uses for the flowers…my head is spinning!

  10. Manon says:

    I love everythin that is sewing related, my grandma worked all her life in the sewing industry and she taught me some tricks. Great tag !

  11. Shirley in Queen Creek, AZ says:

    Beautiful Mother’s Day card Tim! I Love it!

  12. Rachel C says:

    Great tag as usual. Loving those flowers – thanks for sharing.

  13. WilmaB says:

    Wow Tim, awesome tag i love how you did the flowers. Can’t wait to try this myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Dolly/scrapthat says:

    Oh how cool Tim! Love the whole darn thing! TFS…always inspiring!

  15. Marilyn R-Sprouse says:

    Love the results of the melting pot and the flowers. Thanks!

  16. Cee S. says:

    So many neat techniques …and what a great ta..I love it “sew” much!!

  17. PaulaS says:

    Those porcelain flowers are just adorable! I guess I’ll have to purchase some Utee. TFS

  18. Jodi says:

    Wow Tim…I love this retro look, reminds me of sewing with my aunt…she taught me at a very young age…lots of time spent cutting patterns!

  19. Irina says:

    The tag is cool! Most of all I liked a spool as a vase for the flowers.

  20. Dolly says:

    A tag worth waiting for. Beautiful. Thank you Tim.

  21. Tine Bødker says:

    Be careful, be very careful 😀
    first the cuddly bunny now roses…..
    Where will it all end?….. *lol*
    Great looking tag, and fun to see the feminie twist with both roses and dressforms…

  22. Terri says:

    Love those flowers so pretty. I can see using this technique in quite a few projects.
    Thanks Tim!

  23. KimMJ says:

    That is just adorable! I love using old sewing patterns for backgrounds. The flower vase spool is just adorable. Great idea! Thanx for sharing and for the inspiration! 🙂

  24. Dria says:

    I have to make this tag it is sew wonderful!

  25. Pam B says:

    Oh, wow, never thought of sticking the little flowers into the melting pot! Cool idea! Thanks for another great tag–will have to get busy trying it out tonight!

  26. Trish says:

    Fantastic! Those porcalin flowers are pure genius! Off to create…

  27. Sue W. says:

    Great techniques in this month’s tag. Can’t wait to play!

  28. Another fab tag 😀 I was just using a sewing pattern on a project last night too 😀
    Thanks for the inspiration 😀
    Julie xx

  29. Renee S. says:

    Great techniques and creativity as always. Love the spool vase and “enamel” flowers!

  30. NGCARDS says:

    Fantastic tag Tim! I don’t have many of the ingredients used but it should be fun trying to adapt and overcome this! Happy Crafting! xxx

  31. Margie says:

    I am just blown away by how your ideas take shape. Love the concept of using a spool as a “vase” to hold the flowers, and using the new distress inks to color those flowers. Lots of creative ideas to try this month!

  32. What a great tag, I love the faux porcelaine flowers. I am going to try some myself!

  33. Hetty says:

    Congratulations to the winners! ….and Tim what a great new tag! Love the sewing theme and those flowers are precious.

  34. Agnes Petit says:

    So, so, so beautiful ! Thanks a lot fot this wonderful and so inspiring new tag. Merci, Tim, from France.

  35. Bev W says:

    Wow Tim! I love this May tag…really getting into the sewing lark (as wll as scrapbooking still!), love the way you have used old pattern paper to make it look old. What inspiration! Thanks for the wonderful step-by-step pictures x

  36. Libby from Oakland says:

    Another great tag. I love the flowers dipped in UTEE.

  37. wow, those flowers are stunning – I’ve managed to avoid buying a melting pot up til now but it looks like I’m going to have to invest in one now
    gorgeous project Tim, thanks for sharing

  38. Cheryll Steinke says:

    Love the tag. What fun. The flowers are great.

  39. Another gorgeous tag, you must have a serious amount of patience to sand away half of the wooden spool! This tag is right up my street, love it!

  40. Shirley says:

    A really great tag as always, the flowers are brilliant I am so looking forward to doing my tag again this month. I really enjoy doing these tags every month and the added bonus this month when I clicked here for inspiration I see I have won a prize for linking in my tag for April.
    Thanks so much Tim.

  41. Claudia says:

    Hi Tim

    This tag is just gorgeous. I absolutely agree with you, the flowers look absolutely stunning. It seems like, I have to buy the melting pot too. 🙂
    Where did you get that fabulous antique sewing pattern?

  42. Izzwizz says:

    I’ve tried to make these flowers before with limited success so appreciate the little details about getting rid of the excess UTEE, thanks for that. Love the way you have used a cotton reel for a flower pot. Genius!

  43. Angele says:

    Love the new idea about Faux porcelain and the soft spring colors of the flowers combined with the ‘Tim” favourites!

  44. Helen says:

    Gorgeous tag, I love the flowers!

  45. Tona says:

    I can’t wait to get started on this tag!!!
    Congrats to the April tag winners 🙂

  46. lindy tuttle says:

    Wow! I just love using the real tissue pattern, combined with the hangar, tape measure, etc. I can just see a tiny pair of scissor charms there!
    and the FLOWERS..well, I am just going to have to try this for sure.
    Love UTEE!
    Lindy from CA

  47. Nan Robkin says:

    Great fun, Tim! I love the tissue paper as the first layer! Did you use an electric sander on the spool–you took quite a bit off!

  48. Anita B says:

    So happy to see the may tag up. Excited to go to my studio and play. I love the monthly tag….it allows for way more options and gives me several weeks to use them as inspiration. Thanks

  49. Maxine says:

    OH!!!! I love this tag. I never would have thought of using my inks to color the white roses. I love that idea! Thanks for all the inspiration you give me!

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