12 tags of 2012…october


well it’s great to be back in the studio and creating this month’s tag.  i’ll be honest though, i enjoyed a little down time at disney in florida this past week so i appreciate your understanding on the blog about the late tag.  a good thing though is this tag has some cool techniques that were inspired by a recent workshop i taught at the trade show florida last weekend, so it just goes to show that techniques can be used on just about any type of project whether it’s tags, cards, scrapbook pages, or home decor.  also, in addition to the october tag we have some winners of the 12 distress colors as well as the winners for last month’s tag that are listed at the end of today’s blog post.  so let’s get right to it…

supplies: craft sheet, distress ink/spiced marmalade/ripe persimmon/black soot, distress stain/spiced marmalade, paint dabbers/sunset orange/purple twilight/pitch black, archival ink/jet black, perfect pearls mist/heirloom gold, glossy accents, ink blending tool, heat tool, alcohol ink/pitch black, rock candy distress stickles dry glitter, #8 manila tag, collage glue stick; grungeboard, crinkle ribbon, tinsel twine, mini clip, tissue wrap, seasonal chit chat stickers; stamps/CMS100/CMS139; dies/candlelight fright/gothic boo/ticket strip; scissors; cup, craft stick, baby wipe

1. begin with a piece of tissue wrap slightly larger than your tag size.

2. apply a generous layer of adhesive to the tag using a collage glue stick being sure to cover the entire area.

3. place tissue wrap on to adhesive covered tag and immediately begin to gather and wrinkle paper on tag.

4. press down on tissue wrap until desired look is achieved.

5. trim excess tissue wrap from tag and re-pierce hole in top of tag with point of scissors.

6. apply a single color of paint dabber to one area of the tag.

7. using baby wipe, begin to swipe and blend color over tissue wrap.

8. repeat with additional color of paint dabber.

9. continue to blend with clean area of baby wipe.

10. repeat previous steps with paint color until desired look is achieved. *note: the tissue wrap works best for this technique as the paper doesn’t fall apart from the wet baby wipe and the colors become translucent.  old book pages are often too porous for this technique.

11. lightly swipe black paint dabber along outside edges of tag.

12. swipe edges with baby wipe creating a shadow outline around tag.

13. completely dry tag with heat tool.

14. ink tag with various colors of distress ink using ink blending tool.  notice how the translucent colors of the ink highlight the wrinkles in the tissue wrap.

15. stamp the cobwebs over the background using jet black archival ink and let dry.

16. lightly mist tag with perfect pearls mist and blot off excess with dry paper towel until tag is dry.

*one of my favorite things to create is custom colored rock candy distress stickles dry glitter since this glitter contains random particle sizes (fine, regular, and chunky).  he best part of colorizing my own is unlike traditional colored glitters which are all opaque, coloring rock candy with alcohol inks will create translucent colored glitter giving a more dimensional and sparkly effect.  check out the comparison i made using distress stickles in black soot (subtle shimmer), stickles dry glitter (very blingy), and colorized rock candy (chunky vintage sparkle goodness).  it’s easy to make your own small batches and here’s how:

17. to create custom color of rock candy distress stickles, pour a small amount of dry glitter into a disposable cup.

18. apply several droplets of color of alcohol ink into cup.

19. using a craft stick, begin to mix the glitter up – don’t panic.  the glitter will begin to clump up, but simply keep mixing and add more color if needed.

20. once desired tone is achieved, set aside for a few minutes for the alcohol to flash off and then mix one final time to create a perfect colorized dry glitter – amazing!

21. die cut boo and spider elements from grungeboard and ticket from manila scrap.

22. paint over one side of grunge piece with a light layer of black paint and let dry.

23. apply glossy accents over painted grunge.

24. spread out a wet layer of glossy accents with your finger until completely covered and most importantly wet.

25. place grunge on to scrap paper and pour colorized rock candy over shape.

26. fold up scrap paper allowing you to press the glitter into the wet glossy accents without getting glitter all over your hands.

27. open scrap paper and remove glittered grunge lightly tapping off excess.  set aside to dry completely for about 5 minutes.

28. stamp die cut ticket on to ticket stamp with archival ink by pressing ticket on to stamp.

*the ticket die and ticket stamps are designed to work together creating an off-register effect (they are not designed to be a perfect fit, nor are the designed to stamp within the border of the die cut shape – it looks more authentic this way).

29. ink the ticket with distress ink using ink blending tool, and select a word from the NEW seasonal chit chat stickers and ink the edge and adhere.

30. circle “oct 31” on the ticket using a marker.

31. adhere all elements to tag with glossy accents and tie on colorized crinkle ribbon and black tinsel twine.  clip on ticket and you’re all done.

the details: the dimensional and vintage sparkle of custom coloring rock candy distress stickles dry glitter is so cool.

the details: i love using this calendar ticket stamp for all holidays, birthdays, etc. – simple and perfect.

what can i say, i just love halloween time so i have a feeling there will be another project or two appearing on the blog throughout the month.  i’m also loving the candy lining the store shelves (i know, i know, it’s bad, but oh so good…).  i hope you learned a few ideas from this month’s tag and i can’t wait to see what spooky, frightful, and possibly wicked project ideas you all share here too.  happy crafting…t!m

so let’s start with the 3 winners of 12 distress ink pads that are now a permanent part of the distress palette.  thanks for sharing in the excitement!  if you see your name and comment posted, please email mario@timholtz.com with your shipping info to claim your prize.

1. Creatique Candy says:  I’m sooo excited about the news! I missed out on the Autumn ones that were released but have managed to get my hands on the Spring and Summer colors and had so much FUN blending and creating stunning heARTistry with them. Thank you t!m & Ranger for releasing these as apart of the color pallet. I’m in love with Salty Ocean mixed with Peacock just fabulous hues.

2. Patsy says: T!m, I love the hot pink. It’s also my 5 year old niece’s favorite as well. She’s my little craft partner, she loves to blend the colors, and who by the way has the other half of my craft table.  Patsy  (Anchorage, Alaska)

3. Cyndi Elliott says: Broken China has to be my most favorite color! and then of course there’s Shabby Shutters and Seedless Preserves…. It’s just too hard to pick one.


also congrats to the winners from september 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. lisa a mares

2. Theresa

3. Nadia

4. Merete M

5. Arnoldo L. Romero

6. Jane Tate

7. Vale’rie Charlot

8. Kate

9. Lucki

10. Barbarayaya

11. monique

12. Anita Houston

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171 Comments to “12 tags of 2012…october”

  1. I love your tag. The products look fantastic! Especially the dry stickles. I am such a GLITTER FREAK!!!!

  2. Robin says:

    I love this tag! I am a sucker for anything Halloween, though 🙂

  3. Lori W says:

    Love that vintage glitter and how you can dye it! It’s brilliant!

  4. Angele says:

    LOVE this painting and inking combination – will be a lot of fun to use!
    Congrats to the winners, start inking!

  5. Susan V says:

    Wow, such an impressive background technique….Thanks Tim.

  6. Connie Pruitt says:

    What a great tag. Thanks!

  7. KimMJ says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that tag! The colors are simply gorgeous and I love the sparkly effect. Thanx for sharing the new techniques! Cannot wait to give it a try.

    To me autumn/October/All Hallow’s Eve is the most wonderful time of the year! I love the colors and all the spook-tacular crafty decorations everyone is posting this time of year. Thanx for sharing and for all of the inspiration! 🙂

  8. Awesome tag! I couldn’t sleep last night so I got up and made my black rock candy glitter…fun! Too bad I had to get some sleep otherwise I would’ve been up all night creating my tag…so many ideas in my head! Hopefully, I can go home soon to play and create. Thanks for the inspiration, Tim!!

  9. Linda E says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent with us, the Halloween tag is awesome!! I love the technique can’t wait to try it out.

  10. Nice project….question – where did you get the “spooky” word from?…I haven’t seen that package anywhere….I use the other word packs all the time and would love to have this one….

  11. Ramona says:

    Love LOVE love this tag!!! A must try on my Halloween project!!! Thanks so much for sharing all your techniques with us!!! And thanks so much Mario for BTS!!!!!! Hugs!!

  12. angela says:

    love your tags awesome!!!!

  13. Sherly Giglio says:

    Wow! love all the glitter ; )


  14. Annamarie says:

    I love knowing knowing how to make my own custom designed color rock candy distress stickles, look out christmas, that is going to be my new number one trick. Thank you Tim.

  15. Pat Byther says:


  16. Shirley in Queen Creek says:

    Brilliant. I absolutely love this tag!

  17. Great tutorial, thanks Tim!
    I’m not a tag maker but certainly will use these ideas on layouts.
    kind regards, Corina

  18. Hetty says:

    Wonderful new tag, Tim! and congrats to all the winners!

  19. Johanne L. says:

    Love your tag. Great techniques. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

  20. Debbie B says:

    Oh I love the new powders you have developed. Now you are coloring them yourself. Great job.

  21. Becky says:

    Morning I just ordered some Tim Holtz dies for the Fall holidays. I Love doing the tags. Family and Friends even like them more then cards. Next I’ll be starting to build my paint dabber cache. I have special drawers for all your products. The use of a date and clip on this tag is an extra fun idea. Keep the great ideas coming.

  22. Diane R says:

    Love this tag! I must get the calendar ticket stamp- awesome! The glitter coloration is great- custom colors! Thanks for the inspiration, Tim!

  23. Dria says:

    OOO yummy! Love the make it yourself glitter colors!

  24. linda says:

    great little Halloween tag! Love the coloring technique!

  25. Kelly Karas says:

    One of my favorite products is glossy accents, but to mix it with your own color customized stickles,….so freakin cool!!

  26. SuZeQ says:

    Oh my … I absolutely LOVE that tag. The glitter is a “must have” for my playground.

  27. Congrats to all of the winners! Wonderfully inspiring tags. I really like this October tag, Tim. Love the background. Love the die cuts and the use of the new Stickles glitter. It’s wonderful stuff! Thanks for this fun creation! <3 Candy

  28. Cim Allen says:

    I love the way the orange and purple look on the back ground ! Congrats to all the winners 🙂

  29. Barbara Albrecht says:

    Love the October tag and the tutorial on custom coloring the glitter…thank you!! Congratulations to all the winners!

  30. cheryl c says:

    I’m loving all these new tricks and techniques!!

  31. Kathy Kurth says:

    Love this month’s tag!! Congrats to all the lucky winners!

  32. Pam B says:

    Great tag! Love the idea of being able to colorize the rock candy glitter into any color I’d like, too–opens up a world of possibilities!

  33. Kathy Eddy says:

    Oh, I love this one and it looks totally doable! i have most of the stuff needed and can improvise the rest. Sure wish my glitter would ship. I am really starting to hate pre-orders! Every year I say I am not doing it as it’s always the last to ship it seems because they wait until all of your items arrive to ship. Frustrating, to say the least!

  34. Renee S. says:


  35. Awesome technique! Thanks!!

  36. WilmaB says:

    Cool spooky technique!! I need to shop for that glitter!!!

  37. BJ says:

    Oh been watching out for your post and delighted it is now here. As I don’t do halloween I might have to be inventive this month. Just dying to get my hands on the fall colours though and they are now slowly coming in to the shops over here in the UK – soon……………. BJ

  38. Cindy Trobaugh says:

    I love the glitter “making” idea. Will try it today!

  39. Katie B says:

    LOVE THIS. The glittered boo is awesome.

  40. Mel says:

    That worked so well lol – I clicked through to the post, read the first paragraph, then hit ‘page down’ – to be confronted by the tag, full screen! ‘Boo’ indeed 🙂 As always, super amazing work, and so many handy techniques all packed tightly into such a small project – impressive! Gosh, how much do I need that ticket stamp and die set?!

  41. Love this technique of custom made glitter! gonna play with it later this week. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Anna-Karin says:

    Love the colorized rock candy glitter! I just got a jar of that the other day, looking forward to trying this technique out. Congrats to the winners!

  43. Tona says:

    I’m looking forward to giving this tag a try 🙂
    Congrats to all the winners!

  44. Congrats to the winners!!
    Awesome tag…again! Love the background and lovely glitter!
    Thank you sooo much for all the inspiration you give!!

  45. Nancy/scrapoochi says:

    This tag is so beautiful!! I really love how the BOO grungeboard finish!! Nice to see you using paint dabbers again, I love the way you’ve used them! Super Halloween tag, really lovel!

  46. i love your tag because it’s a halloweentag. So now i have to look how i make my tag but i’m inspired already. Thanks for the fun of 12 tags.

  47. another amazing tag, love the colourized glitter , such a cool idea….i love alcohol inks!more fab inspiration, thanks so much!!glad you enjoyed soe down time, trace x

  48. LOVE the tag!! THANKS for sharing and CONGRATS to the LUCKY WINNERS!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  49. Anita B says:

    Love the tag and the great new way I can use my tissue wrap!!

  50. Glenda Hart says:

    Pure genius once again. I love the ability to color my own glitter. The options are now endless. One question, can I use other alcohol ink based colorants such as my Spectrum Noir refill inks.

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