12 tags of 2013 – january…


are you ready to start another creative year together?  are you ready to explore new products?  share new techniques?  i definitely am…  in fact, i couldn’t “officially” wait for 2013 to begin to start the 12 tags of 2013.  so consider this a creative jump start of inspiration for the new year!  i truly thank you all for the support you continue to show, and i’m so blessed that i get to do what i love to do for a living.  not a day goes by that i don’t realize and appreciate that all of you make it possible for me to continue to live my dream – thank you once again.  as we all get ready to ring in the new year, set new goals and challenges, i want to make sure and do my part by continuing to share inspiration right here on my blog.  i have a feeling 2013 is going to be another creative year, and i look forward to continue to enjoy the journey with each of you…

supplies: distress stains/metallics, distress ink/iced spruce/stormy sky/rusty hinge/walnut stain, ink blending tool, craft sheet, mister, heat tool, glossy accents, jet black archival ink, 1/8″ wonder tape, #8 manila tag; grungepaper, vial label, crinkle ribbon, film strip ribbon, hinge clip, sprocket gears, mini gears, game spinner, mini fasteners, sanding grip; clock & steampunk texture fade, gadget gears bigz; CMS034, CMS038, CMS120; scissors, paper distresser

step 1: this is something i’ve shared before, and if you’ve yet to try it, i encourage you to.  simply place your embossing folder on a cutting mat, and using a craft knife, cut a slit on the fold leaving about 1/2″ on each end sealed.

step 2: this will allow you to place a #8 tag through the slot to emboss the bottom of the tag.  this is also cool for doing continuous embossing like on a 12″ strip of paper for a scrapbook border and even on ribbon.

step 3: emboss the manila tag using your vagabond or other embossing machine.

step 4: ink the tag with various colors of distress ink using an ink blending tool.

step 5: i prefer to layer colors so as i am inking, i just ink various areas of the tag.

step 6: add depth by using different tones of colors (for this tag i started with iced spruce, and now layered with stormy sky).

step 7: for the final layer, ink around the edges of the tag with a dark color (i used walnut stain) also lightly swipe the blending tool over the embossed design to make it seem more dimensional.

step 8: splatter water droplets on to inked tag using a mister or your fingers, but we want droplets and not mist.

step 9: dry tag with heat tool to create a splatter effect on your tag.

step 10: die cut gadget gears from grungepaper.

step 11: ink gear with metallic distress stains – this is fast.

step 12: use various colors of metallic stains on gears and let dry.

step 13: scuff gears with sanding grip around edges.

step 14: ink scuffed grunge with distress ink using ink blending tool to antique.

step 15: adhere gears over the edge of the tag using glossy accents.  hold in place to dry over embossed surface.

step 16: flip tag over and trim excess grunge up to the edge of the tag.

step 17: repeat previous steps for other gears.

step 18: cut a piece of film strip ribbon and apply 1/8″ wonder tape to each edge. (*this skinny 1/8″ double stick tape is the best way to adhere film strip ribbon if you don’t want to staple through it with the tiny attacher.  using liquid adhesive takes a long time for it to dry and stick.)

step 19: remove red lining from tape.

step 20: slide one end under gear and adhere to tag.  trim excess film strip if needed.

step 21: stamp text on to a piece of manila (i just used a spare tag).

step 22: cut to size, distress edges with paper distresser, and ink edges with distress ink using ink blending tool.

step 23: apply pop-it foam tape to back of stamped text and add a hinge clip to the top.

step 24: secure to the side edge of the tag as shown.

step 25: cut a piece of crinkle ribbon and stamp text with archival ink.

step 26: heat dry image immediately as you stamp to avoid the ink bleeding into the ribbon as it dries.

step 27: continue stamping ribbon, drying each time, until desired look is achieved.

step 28: stain ribbon with distress stain.

step 29: dry ribbon flat – no crinkling this time can you believe it?  well we want to see the image don’t we?

step 30: tie custom ribbon through tag…cool huh.

step 31: stamp finger on to vial label with archival ink and heat dry it.

step 32: adhere to tag over film strip ribbon.

step 33: sometimes i like to combine the sprocket gears with the mini gears.  if you can’t layer them with a fastener, then just adhere them together first with a little glossy accents.

step 34: secure various gears and a game spinner to tag to embellish and that’s it.

the details: that stamped and custom colored crinkle ribbon just adds the perfect touch to this tag.  i can see myself doing this more and more on my projects.

the details: combining an embossing folder, dies cuts, and metal embellishments creates a variety of layers and textures.

i thought the quote on this month’s tag was such a great reminder to ourselves to not only take the time, but think of the impact time has on our lives.  even though sometimes life may seem a little chaotic, just take it all in, cherish it, and most importantly live it to the fullest.  here’s to a new year filled with creativity, love, understanding, and most importantly peace – happy new year everyone…t!m

*winners for the december 2012 tag will be announced in tomorrow’s post since the deadline for submitting isn’t until midnight tonight.

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365 Comments to “12 tags of 2013 – january…”

  1. […] San Francisco 49ers..almost! In my crafting life, I decided this year I would attempt to do the Tim Holtz 12 Tags.  Don’t know if I will make all 12 Months, but I did like the January tag, […]

  2. Howdy says:


    I really like what you did with the blog here!…

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  5. cheiron says:

    Great tag! Love all the fun elements, especially the stamped ribbon. This was definitely a fun one to make.

  6. […] more. So Today I will show you tag that I made using Tim Holtz fabulous tutorial in his blog at 12 tags of 2013- January post.  He has so cool tutorials in every month and I didn´t have time to take part in last year but I […]

  7. […] had just about all the ingredients for January’s Tag, so decided to try and “colour inside the lines” and not deviate from the original. […]

  8. karin says:

    Great tag, I wasn’t sure if I could join in this time but have just managed a left handed attempt!

  9. Shell says:

    Thanks so much for all your in-debt instructions of your simply stunning tag…..it has sure helped me step outside the box!

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    ((¸¸.•´ ..•´ Regards Shell in Alaska♥

  10. Chris says:

    So excited about this year’s tags!

  11. Annie C says:

    So glad you’ll be continuing with the tags for 2013 – enjoyed every single one last year – thanks so much for sharing your creativity and inspiration! Thanks Tim! 🙂

  12. […] Tim Holtz’s tag for this month is so cool, I thought it needed to be made in a more substantial form than just a tag. […]

  13. maria f. says:

    Stamping something “appropriate” on the ribbon = lightbulb moment! Thanks.

  14. loving the tag for jan can’t wait to post my tag!! thanks for sharing and have a fabulous week!!

  15. Erika says:

    Hi Tim thanks for the challenge, really enjoyed getting all inky after CAS Christmas cards.

  16. Sheila Bacon says:

    This has got to be one of my favorite tags that you’ve made…love the time concept, the metallic colors, the browns/blacks…overall appearance. Will have to get the clocks’ embossing folder.

  17. Winnie Hopkins says:

    Tim I love the gears. I have been a little crazy with them lately. Thanks for new inspiration. Keep up the wonderful work.

  18. Sharon says:

    Could someone explain what the difference is between the metallic paints and stains? Other than you can’t stamp on the paints…I was so excited when Michael’s had a 3 pack on clearance but then so bummed it was the wrong product for the project I was working on…the inks didn’t stick to the paint (could be a cool effect on another project) but kind of messed this one up….or did I do something wrong? Info appreciated!

  19. Jane says:

    Great work as always. I wish you would come to Germany!
    Just one question: Will there be a blinky like last year, that we can link in our blogs?

  20. I keep checking back to see all the fabulous variations on a theme. Beautiful tags x

  21. […] on the right track to get the 12 Tags of 2013 completed – I’ve done January.  The original tag by Tim Holtz was not seasonal (other than the ribbon), so I didn’t need to make many changes – just […]

  22. Wendy says:

    You didn’t let us down, T!M!!! Another fabulous start to a new year – LOVE this tag. The sentiment is perfect with all the techniques to match!!! Can’t wait to continue on the tag a month path for 2013!

  23. I look forward to your challenges every month. I learn so much. Thank you, Tim!

  24. Marie says:

    Happy Creative New Year !!!!
    Thank you so much for this tag, can’t wait for february now !!!!
    Lots of love,

  25. BJ says:

    couldn’t resist and made a 2nd tag in a blue colourway this time. Love it when your designs create a starting post for more creativeness. Thanks BJ

  26. […] was easy to create this page following Tim’s steps for the January 2013 Tag.  I used all of his techniques but put my own spin on them.  Like the film strip ribbon for […]

  27. […] month Tim inspired me to make this fun tag based on a catchy 80′s song.  I know it brings back […]

  28. Fantastic tag Tim! TFS!
    Happy new year!
    Alison x

  29. […] Tim has kicked his 12 Tags Challenge of 2013 off with a wonderful Steampunk style tag, that you can see HERE. […]

  30. barb cady says:

    Brilliant tag Tim. I’m looking forward to another year of using your fabulous papers, stamps, dies, folders and inks and all the great stuff you are bringing out at CHA!

  31. Lorraine says:

    Love this tag. I’m definitely going to try and join in this year.

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