12 tags of 2012…november


it’s definitely feeling like fall here in northern arizona.  with our recent trip to see the colorful foliage i definitely came back to the studio inspired for this month’s tag.  i love the warm earthtone colors of fall, and what better palette of greens, rusts, yellows, and browns than distress?  the technique i’ve used on this month’s tag is always one of my faves so let’s get started on the tag.  be sure to check out the end of the post for our list of winners from the october tag…

supplies: distress inks/rusty hinge/mustard seed/broken china/crushed olive, distress stains/weathered wood/crushed olive/wild honey/scattered straw/fired brick/black soot/brushed corduroy, archival ink/jet black, distress embossing ink, clear embossing powder, glossy accents, mister, ink blending tool, heat tool, craft sheet, #8 manila tag; CMS116 thankful silhouettes, CMS125 mixed media, grid-blocks; kraft core; autumn gatherings die; wire pin, crinkle ribbon, paper string, jump ring, muse tokens, tiny attacher, sanding grip; paper distresser; craft iron

step 1: ink wheat silhouette stamp with clear embossing ink and stamp on tag.

step 2: cover stamped image with clear embossing powder.

step 3: heat emboss image until melted clear.

step 4: place silhouette words stamp on grid-block and apply masking tape to stamp above and below “thankful” word.

step 5: ink “thankful” with archival ink.

step 6: remove pieces of masking tape from stamp.

step 7: stamp image on to tag along side of wheat – let air dry about 5 minutes.

step 8: mist tag with water mister covering entirely with light layer.

step 9: begin swiping distress stains over tag.

step 10: repeat with various colors layering and blotting excess off with a towel.

step 11: continue until entire tag is covered with color and desired look is achieved.

step 12: place inked tag on to a piece of newsprint of thin kraft paper.

step 13: fold paper over covering the top of the tag and iron over entire tag with a hot craft iron set on highest setting. *note: the iron i use is no longer available, but you could use an encaustic iron or simple household iron devoted to crafting for this step.

step 14: iron until you begin to see your stamped image melt through the paper.

step 15: while surface is still hot, peel back the top layer of paper. (basically we are remelting the embossing powder and removing it from the tag as it absorbs into the kraft paper) this creates an amazing resist. *note: if you didn’t remove all of the embossing powder the first time you ironed it, be sure to place a clean piece of paper over the surface to iron again to avoid transferring powder back to the tag.

step 16: the tag should be dry at this point, if not simply heat dry with a heat tool before inking.  ink tag with various colors of distress ink using an ink blending tool to add more layers of color.

step 17: creating a warm brown shadow around the entire tag with an ink tool and distress ink will really make the colors of the tag come to life.

step 18: spritz water in your hand and flick droplets of water over the inked tag.

step 19: dry the water with a heat tool to create a splotchy water droplet effect.

step 20: drag a paper distresser along the edges of the tag to tatter.

step 21: ink mixed media background stamps with distress ink and bending and folding the stamps in your hand, stamp over background.  by not mounting these stamps on a block it will allow for a more random background look.  any ink that goes over the top of the wheat image can simply be wiped away since the remaining embossing powder is baked into the tag creating a permanent resist.

step 22: stain a piece of crinkle ribbon with various colors of distress stains.  crinkle into a ball, and dry with a heat tool.

step 23: cut 2 pieces of paper string and ink with distress ink using ink blending tool.  i love the ability to ink this string with ease.

step 24: since this string is paper and not fibers, you can un-twist the strands to create very cool crimped paper strings.

step 25: gather the strings and crinkle ribbon together.

step 26: secure all of them through the top of the tag for a funky textured accent.

step 27: die cut several pieces from the autumn gatherings die using kraft core and sand and ink to distress.

step 28: apply glossy accents over the top of the acorn and let dry.

step 29: cut a scrap of burlap or fabric and secure it to the tag using a tiny attacher.

step 30: attach a muse token to a wire pin using a jump ring and secure it through the burlap.

step 31: embellish by adhering the various die cut pieces to the burlap with glossy accents.  let dry.

*the details: i really like the dramatic contrast of using this faux batik embossed resist technique with colorful distress stains and ink.

hopefully you’ll give this technique a try, or play with it again – it has so may possibilities.  i love the fall colors and i don’t think you can really go wrong with mixing up your own variety of colors.  have fun with this one…t!m

thanks for continuing to “wow” me each and every month by uploading your tags and participating in the 12 tags challenge.  congrats to winners from the october tags.  if you see your name and it’s linked to your tag – please email your mailing info to mario@timholtz.com

1. donna gibson

2. fieneke

3. candy

4. anette

5. clare buswell

6. karen maldonado

7. merete m

8. lorna moore

9. anna

10. sam 21ski

11. ste creazioni

12. danee kaplan

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188 Comments to “12 tags of 2012…november”

  1. PamB says:

    I found your tags through Craftgossip. Wow!! My mind is reeling! I’m working on my 40th class reunion and am inspired by your designs to do something different for our nametags, rather than a plain white tag with yearbook picture and name. Do you think one of your tags would be suitable as inspiration for a high school reunion in Kentucky, graduating in 1976? Our colors are maroon and gold, mascot Trojan… but mostly I just want something that’s inspired by your work, so if any of your tags come to mind, please direct me! I love the ones I’ve seen!!

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  3. […] with the result – now to do the other missing months!  You can view Tim’s original tag here. Category(s): […]

  4. Mrs Lyla Larimore says:

    Finally some time to share one of my five reasons for being thankful for GOD’s wonderful blessings from this year. I even added a little Post-it Note – for the way he asked her by posting directions for her to follow and find him holding a box with a ring , and him on bended knee. Our son chose well !!

  5. BJ says:

    So loved the dreamy tag I made this month that when the theme of “Dreams” came up on my daily November journal challenge I just HAD replicate it. Unfortunately I couldn’t really do the ironing part as it was directly in my little A6 book but happy with the result. I just LOVE the way you use a texture stamp on the background, makes all the difference. BJ

  6. Teka Chaya says:

    I just love how each time I decide to sit down and make a tag, I can never just stop at one. I have to make another one, and then show someone or talk about what an awesome new techniques I have acquired all because of you Tim Holtz. Awesome Job and Thank You!!!

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  8. I love your Tag!! I had to do some improvising on mine but got to use one of my favorite Tim Dies, Autumn Gatherings 🙂 Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  9. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  10. […] post tonight to show you my take on Lord Tim’s November tag.  You can see his gorgeous tag HERE.  Again, I didn’t have the items Tim used, so I followed all his techniques to make a Christmas […]

  11. barb cady says:

    Great tag Tim, I love this technique, I have so loved doing the tags this year and have learnt loads. Thank you! x

  12. Linked up! Thanks for the monthly inspiration 🙂 it’s always fun recreating with our own twists!

  13. Alison says:

    Thanks for another inspirational tag Tim!

  14. […] Here is my version of Tim’s November Tag of 2012. […]

  15. […] the months go by so quickly, right after Halloween I decided to get a jump on November’s Tim Holtz Tag of 2012.  Of course, days and weeks being what they are, it’s now November 15th already, the middle […]

  16. Merete M says:

    Beautiful tag again!!! Thanks Tim, cool tecnique.
    Merete M

  17. maria f. says:

    Haven’t been here for awhile – first thing that caught my eye is the blog “header” and that receipt for excess baggage. Ha ha ha. No kidding with all the supplies you have to lug around. And I know the feeling too well of having a suitcase filled to the brim – as in, wondering if I’m going to have to pay extra – with crafting supplies when I come back from the US.

  18. […] is my take on Tim’s November Tag. I used Metallic Stains with his technique to give it an industrial […]

  19. another fab tag, love these tags thay are great! trace x

  20. Annie Ca says:

    thanks Tim – another inspiring tutorial – I had a great time and learned something new, and that’s what it’s all about :o)

  21. Tammy says:

    i don’t want to be a nag—but for some reason the linking is not allowing my picture to show up. 🙁 I’ve been trying since last night. When trying again—it says that my link exists.
    thank you so very much for your help—I am so very thankful for you and your amazing products! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

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  23. Tammy says:

    this is such an awesome tag!! I am so loving the fall colors!! But of course—creating wouldn’t be half the same without your over the top products!! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

  24. M. C. Sparks says:

    oh, my – this is probalby my favortie tag Tim has done! love autumn themed stuff

  25. Erika says:

    Great fun again thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Debbie says:

    beautiful. I love that you give such detailed step-by-step instructions. thanks for all the time you spend doing these tutorials for us!

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  29. This has to be my most favorite tag yet! Just stunning! Thanks again for all your inspiration!!

  30. Barbara Ford says:

    Love this tag, Tim! Thanks for teaching me more new techniques!

  31. Loved making this tag loads of fun, thanks so much for challenging me once again…

  32. Gabriele says:

    love the technique, Tim. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. I really like the little touches and accents you always use, the burlap is so fitting for fall!

  33. Cristina says:

    Fantastic technique!! Thanks for sharing Tim, you’re the best!

  34. Another great stamping and technique inspiration. It was a real pleasure making my tag for this month. Thanks once again for all the work you put into these tutorials so we can get really inspired by our supplies.

  35. […] back readers. Today I have a tag, as usual, using the inspiration of Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2012 November. This month the feature technique was a faux batik effect. It’s quite possible that I may […]

  36. Karen LeMore says:

    I love, love, love your tags, Tim…and your tutorials are awesome!!

  37. Kathy O'Brien Meyer says:

    Love seeing what new creation you put together each month!
    It’s a little present to myself, to sit and spend time on your site. Thanks!

  38. Jill Dolen says:

    This tag is beautiful cant wait to try the wheat. The colors are pretty and love the way you taped off the stamp

  39. Reenie says:

    I never thought a tag could be such a wonderful work of art! All the techniques are lovely and make it so dimensional. Thanks Tim!

  40. Like Autumn & your technique of the tag. Entered my version of an Autumn Tag. Did you know that if the captcha is mistyped the comment is erased and you have to retype. Others that have this type of thing do not erase the comments to have to be retyped.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  41. Janine Bertone says:

    WOW that is a FANTASTIC card, I love every aspect of it and it is so simple and just perfect for the holiday, thanks for all your wonderful inspiration.

  42. […] This months tag  features the lovely colours of Autumn and whilst I love that colour palette it is spring in Australia that and my distress stain range is limited to just half a dozen at present (stormy sky, chipped sapphire, broken china, dusty concord, worn lipstick, warm honey and frayed burlap) which lend itself to a far more spring version of the technique used. […]

  43. Violet says:

    We in Canada, celebrate our Thanksgiving in October so I didn’t think I could participate in this challenge but I see others have used other holidays so I guess I will to. Good tutorial, as always.

  44. April W says:

    Thanks for a fun challenge! I love your tag!

  45. Ramona says:

    You continue to wow me every month….and so excited for next months 12 tags of Christmas!!! This is what I wait for all year!! Thanks so much for the inspiration through out the year….this is one thing I am thankful for this November!! Hugs!!

  46. Sandy Duley says:

    Love the colors used on this tag. Also, liked the ones uploaded by these talented ladies.

  47. Nancy Gill says:

    I am grateful the storm didn’t hit us like Irene and that I have a warm, dry home. Thoughts and prayers to all who suffered the terrible effects of Sandy.

  48. RMarijaR says:

    Love the color and texture of this tag-very earthy and honest. I can never get enough of the tried and true techniques. Thanks for the refresher.

  49. Helen Brown says:

    Love the techniques in this tag

  50. Anita B says:

    I’m absolutely loving the 12 tags spread throughout the year. It gives me lots of time to experiment with each technique. I use the monthly tag as a starting point for at least one scrapbook project each month…I can’t believe the new ideas I’m coming up with. Thanks!

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