12 tags of 2013 – december…


happy holidays everyone!  it truly is the most wonderful time of the year so let’s fill our creative spirit with the magic and merriment of the season.  this month’s tag using some pretty unique products, but when you see how simple it is to create these amazing results you’ll find the need to have these products as part of your creative stash.  the idea for this technique started back in july at cha when i was talking to my friend wendy vecchi who is the designer behind studio 490 and “clearly for art” (one of the products we’re using today).  we were talking about using my idea-ology “frosted film” on it, and i asked if she’d ever tried it?  well it’s conversations like those that spark the process so here we are sharing the results of our creative collaboration.  be sure to also check out wendy’s blog for more ideas and inspiration.  let’s get started…

supplies: frosted film, clearly for art, archival inks/wendy vecchi palette, heat tool, ink blending tool, craft sheet, distress stain/antique linen, distress ink/frayed burlap, distress paint/picket fence, layering stencil/harlequin, distress embossing ink, fine detail embossing powder/black, stamps/CMS119, manila tag, mister, paper distresser, craft pick, bigs die/tattered poinsettia/tattered pinecone, vagabond machine, long fastener, crinkle ribbon, hot glue, splatter brush

DSC07194“clearly for art” and “frosted film” are two very unique products with very different uses, but when combined the effects are amazing!  before we start the actual technique i want to share a little more about these products: “frosted film” is a thin adhesive back vinyl film sold in a 12″ wide roll with 6 feet of film.  use it on papers, photos, glass, and plastic to create a “frosted” effect on the surface it is applied to.  you can also die cut it, use your e-cutters on it, stamp on it, and of course colorize it with any type of permanent ink.  “clearly for art” is a modeling plastic designed to be stamped on or die cut.  you  can heat it and actually form and shape it while the plastic is warm.  once cool, it will retain it shape indefinitely.  if you don’t like the shape you created, simply reheat it and it will flatten out completely allowing you to reshape it.  this film is available in clear, white, and black, but my preference is clear since you can colorize it with paints and permanent inks too.  today’s tutorial shares a cool effect when these two products are combined.

DSC07195step 1: measure the surface you want to cover with frosted film and cut the frosted film to size using a paper trimmer.

DSC07196step 2: begin removing the paper backing of the frosted film exposing the adhesive.

DSC07198step 3: line one edge of the frosted film along the clearly for art sheet.

DSC07200step 4: apply the film by slowly removing the paper backing of the film as you smooth the film to the clearly for art.  note: i used a craft scraper for this step to help smooth it out.

DSC07201step 5: if you get air bubbles (and you will most likely get air bubbles) just pop them with a needle of push pin.

DSC07202step 6: then use a craft scraper to flatten out the air bubbles – simple as that.

DSC07203step 7: die cut the frosted material using the tattered poinsettia die. note: you must use a steel rule die to cut frosted film and clearly for art.

DSC07205step 8: colorize the frosted side of the film using archival inks and an ink blending tool.  i’m using wendy’s palette of archival inks from ranger for this, but you can also use alcohol inks, copic markers, or any other permanent ink to colorize the frosted surface.

DSC07206step 9: when inking the tattered poinsettia, ink three “petals” of the largest piece green to create the leaves.

DSC07208step 10: continue inking all cut pieces as shown.

DSC07223step 11: using the scraps i die cut two juniper pieces from the tattered pinecone die and inked them with archival.

DSC07209step 12: this is where things get interesting, gently heat the film using a heat tool.  watch the film begin to get wavy (it doesn’t take long so pay attention so you don’t burn yourself).

DSC07210step 13: while the film is warm, simply shape with your fingers by curling and bending the petals to form.  the surface cools almost immediately and your shape is held – cool right?

DSC07211step 14: continue heating the shaping all of the pieces.  remember if you don’t like the shape of any piece, simply reheat and the surface will flatten out allowing you to reshape it again and again until you’re happy with it.

DSC07212step 15: place the shaped pieces on a cork mat and pierce a hole in the center of each layer using a craft pick.

DSC07218step 16: stack all pieces together using a long fastener and secure in the back until we’re ready to add it to our tag.

DSC07213step 17: create a quick background on a tag using distress stain, spritz with water, and dry with a heat tool.

DSC07220step 18: stamp your verse with distress embossing ink and emboss with super fine detail embossing powder.

DSC07221step 19: place a layering stencil over the tag and ink through various areas with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

DSC07222step 20: distress the edges of the tag with a paper distresser and distress ink.

DSC07224step 21: pierce a hole through the tag where you want to attach the tattered poinsettia.

DSC07225step 22: secure the poinsettia to the tag using the long fastener and adhere the juniper pieces with hot glue.

DSC07226step 23: place the tag on a piece of scrap paper or your craft sheet and splatter the entire surface using picket fence distress paint to create a snowy effect.  SPLATTER BRUSH: i used this cool splatter brush from liquitex – click here for more info.

DSC07227step 24: once the paint is dry, adhere a gem to the center with glossy accents.

DSC07229the details: the dimensional flower is incredible since it will keep it’s shape (even through the mail).  i love the effect the frosted film gives the clearly for art and the archival ink provides the perfect tint of color.

DSC07230the details: combining stencils and stamps for your background creates layers of imagery and interest.

DSC07235the details: of course i couldn’t stop at just one tag.  i used the other half of my frosted clearly for art to create another tag using the holly branch die, a winter wonderland!

DSC07240– another thing i wanted to share is the effect of frosted film over scrapbook paper – the result are just as cool.

DSC07241– remember to cut the frosted film to the size of your surface first.

DSC07242– remove the backing and apply directly to the paper and smooth out with a craft scraper.

DSC07244– check out the cool frosted finish on this paper.  it’s even more incredible in person, very shimmery and frosty not to mention it adds durability to the surface (kind of like laminating the paper).

well that should get your creativity in the holiday spirit.  this technique can also be used year round with flowers, butterfly wings, your favorite papers and more!  i can’t wait to see what you create with this month’s technique and clearly for art with frosted film.  here’s to a season full of festivities and inspiration – happy holidays…t!m

congrats to the winners from the november 12 tags of 2013.
if you see your name (and it links to your tag)
please email mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize…

1. Joanne
2. Sue
3. Dolly
4. Aquarius
5. Dixie Cravens
6. Oxana
7. Barb Cady
8. Rosann aka Rea’
9. Notty
10. Barbarayaya
11. Tara’s Creative Accents
12. Mo Stokes

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202 Comments to “12 tags of 2013 – december…”

  1. Rena says:

    Oh my gosh that poinsettia is gorgeous. I am now on the hunt for the clearly for art modeling plastic so I can try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Dawnll says:

    Beautiful!!! Thank You for the inspiration

  3. Wow! These are beautiful! I must give it a try.

  4. Pam says:

    Amazing! I was so not in the Christmas spirit this year and totally forgot it was even December first until I saw your FB post. I wasn’t even going to put up any decorations. Thank you Tim for putting me in the spirit and making me look forward to tomorrow’s post!

  5. Carol Watson says:

    Love the delicate look of the flower, beautiful card. I have some of the frosted film…must try this one!

  6. Sheila B says:

    This is beautiful i have not tried this product yet:(

  7. Krista Baginsky says:

    Awesome idea. I can’t find the Clearly for Art at any of my local stores, or Wendy’s embossing paste! Any suggestions?

  8. Joanne Hughes says:

    Truly stunning! Can’t wait to do mine, thanks for all of them Tim, Merry Christmas!

  9. Lynne Zickert says:

    Totally LOVE this tag. Need to try that technique!

  10. Kim G says:

    Love it! Thank you so much for all of the inspiration this year!

  11. Terri says:

    I love this look! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks Tim!!

  12. Amy in Texas says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  13. what a nice technique you use for the last tag of this year. I wish my fingers where ready to create again. Missing to make all the great tags.
    Happy holidays Mario and Tim.

  14. Stephanie Rodgers says:

    Boy oh boy … Can’t wait to play with this technique! Enuf said.

  15. Cathy in Canada says:

    Very cool technique! Beautiful too!

  16. Cathy in Canada says:

    Very cool! Beautiful also!

  17. Karen J says:

    Wow….this is the coolest tag ever! Gonna have to get me some of that Clearly for Art and Frosted file! Can’t wait!!!

  18. What you did there with the heat gun was pure magic! Big holiday hugs to Mario and Tim!

  19. MichelleB says:

    Love, love, love that flower! Thanks for inspiring me to try this (and finally open the box of frosted film I’ve been hoarding!).

  20. Gorgeous poinsettia!!! All the ideas for frosted film are wonderful!!

  21. Faye Warriner says:

    Love these ideas, can’t wait to play

  22. Brandy says:

    Beautiful tag and love the new techniques!

  23. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    This tag IS A CLASSIC !! Absolutely love it … love the colors; and that poinsettia is gorgeous… OH YEAH gotta do this one !! I want that fun splatter brush ( already looked up where to get one … hehehe … Tim you keep me in trouble!). I love it !!
    So very excited to be a winner too … THANK YOU !!

  24. Lainie says:

    These are totally drool worthy!

  25. Denise Nawrot says:

    Fabulous! I looked and for once I have all materials needed…yippee! Can’t wait to get started online! Thank you Tim for such a beautiful piece! Merry Christmas!

  26. Jeannie says:

    My favorite tag ever!

  27. corinna says:

    both your tags are goooorrrgguuuusssss, love them, muchly!!! inspiration abounds, thank you. take care, corinna

  28. Sharon Grant says:

    I have used Wendy’s Art Film using your Tattered Flowers die and tutororial on her blog. It is the neat stuff to work with bending and curling with heat. I love your idea of placing the frosted film over the Art Film. I am going to try this for sure!! Pretty tags, both of them!!!

  29. Pam Bray says:

    Gorgeous, so glad I have some here, now going to go make something…TFS

  30. Julie Heyer says:

    Tim, what a wonderful way to end the 2013 year of tags. Beautiful and that splatter brush!! I have to have it!

  31. julie howard says:

    Gorgeous as always, Tim. I love the poinsettia 🙂

  32. Laura Peitz says:

    I love this pointsettia! Off to look for supplies!!!

  33. Sue Irvine says:

    Gorgeous!! Those items are going on my list!! So excited—waiting for the arrival of all my new Tim “stuff” I ordered for my birthday yesterday!!
    You ROCK!!! : )

  34. Mary says:

    Awesome, as always!1

  35. donna russell says:

    wow awesome tag!! I love how it all turn out. Thanks for sharing.

  36. shirley smith says:

    Awesome tags, must give this a try. Enjoy you time off Tim !

  37. Lynn Hardy says:

    This looks like such a fabulous technique! I need to get some frosted film now for sure.

  38. Becky says:

    Frosted Film makes this look magical to me. What a fantastic tag!

  39. Kathy Wittlock says:

    I have the frosted film , thanks for using it… I have been moving the box around with out a clue why I bought it…
    You have inspired me to go up stairs and do something!

  40. Maureen Bosch says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have some of the things you used and really didn’t know what to do with them….lol. Actually I have a lot of stuff I don’t know what to do with it. Im excited to try doing this tag. It is absolutely beautiful.

  41. Anna Ely says:

    Beautiful Tag!!! Now I need to dig out all my toys and play! Need to get some modeling film, it looks like fun!!

  42. barbara lassiter says:

    I really like the looks of the frosted film. How cool is that? Both tags are lovely!

  43. Judy says:


  44. Patricia A Paola says:

    I knew it! The pic your posted yesterday of the “clearly art” product was part of your December 2013 Tag. It is just beautiful! This tag makes me think of my mom who every Holiday Season buys about 16 Poinsetta plants to give away. I will have to share this idea with her, they would make great additions to the plants.

  45. Anna-Karin says:

    Fabulous tag Tim!! Both Modeling Film and Frosted Film are favourites of mine. I used them together on a SSS project last year, loved the effect. The splatter effect is great!

  46. WilmaB says:

    This is so B E A U T I F U L !!! Thanks for sharing.

    Congrats to the lucky winners!

  47. Sharon Young says:

    Wow, the effects with this combo are stunning! Thank You for a wonderful year of inspiration. I have had a blast playing along and have picked up some new techniques along the way. Wishing you, Mario and your team a fabulous Christmas season.

  48. Beautiful tags! Such a great idea to combine Frosted Film with CFA. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  49. Patty says:

    Gorgeous! I love both of these tags!

  50. Dolly says:

    Oh my! Thank you for picking me!!
    I LOVE the tag this month!! I’m going to have to get creative because I don’t have that Die but I’ll think of something!

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