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. diana says:

    Great tag and a great start to the new year 2013! 😉

  2. Great tag to start the new year!

  3. Karen Rankin says:

    Love it … New Year’s Resolution to make more time to “try” to be creative.

  4. Wow, stunning tag & I love the stamping on the ribbon. Happy New Year from the UK!!

  5. Dolly says:

    Very cool Tim! and I love the new Logo for the 2013 tags!
    Thanks for sharing another year of fabulous inspiration with us!

  6. Michele M says:

    Great inspiration! Life has a way of showing us what is important from time to time. Cherish those family and friends!! Happy crafting in 2013!

  7. Pat B from Ohio says:

    Great head start for the New Year Tim! One of my goals for this new year is to participate with you each month.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Sheila Bacon says:

    So appreciate the tag and your words of wisdom for the upcoming year. What a way to end 2012 and start 2013. Thank you!!! Look forward, as always, to more of your tags.

  9. Jane Mort says:

    I just love the stamped and stained ribbon! I’m going to make some right now! There’s ALWAYS something new that I want to try after seeing your newest tag! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  10. Di F says:

    Terrific tag! Can’t wait to get into my scrapfty room to try out printing on ribbon!

    Thanks for the head start on the new year … Hopes and prayers y’all are having a safe and wondrous night!!

  11. Cindy Christoffel says:

    What a great “timely” tag!! I love clocks and gears…this is a fabulous tag to start 2013. thank you Tim for sharing your time and talents….

  12. Christine Yoder says:

    What a great way to say goodbye 2012 and hello 2013. Thanks Tim. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  13. Kelsey says:

    Love the ribbon stamped & inked (& not crumpled!!!) Definitely like all the elements on this tag…. bring on 2013!

  14. Anita says:

    Thanks for another year of inspiration! Looking forward to 2013 🙂 PS – love the links to other blogs…its great seeing what others do with your stuff 🙂

  15. Great tag. I love the new crinkle ribbon.

  16. Wanda Kitchen says:

    What a great way to start the new year!
    I really love the sentiment, it’s such a wonderful reminder that the new year is filled with all sorts of great adventures to come!
    Oh, and I really love the tag as well 🙂

  17. Carol Buck says:

    As always I continue to be inspired and amazed. Thank you so much for sharing your vision and encouraging us to explore ours. Here’s to a healthy and creative 2013.

  18. Julie C says:

    Wishing you and Mario a very Happy New Year!

  19. kay (texfolkart) says:

    just love this tag!!!!! Oh to have all the Tim “stuff”!!!

  20. Nurse Ratchet says:

    Fab tag….the Happiest of New Years to you and yours!!

  21. Laura Lavoie says:

    Thanks for the early tag Tim! Great thing to do tomorrow when a lot of us have the day off! I wish you, Mario and the whole crew a happy and healthy new year!

  22. Heather Smith says:

    I was loving the supplies you had set out and your tag did not dissappoint, LOVE IT!! Thank you for your inspiration and creativity in all you do. I hope you have as an amazing year as the two of you are! Happy New Year Tim and M! XO

  23. Tracy MacIntosh says:

    Wonderful inspiration for 2013! Thanks Tim!

  24. Jacque Harman says:

    Oh wow I’m in love!!!!!….that is so stunning well done t!m another masterpiece…

  25. Monica Smith says:

    As soon as i finish stitching my travel journal spine i will devour your post. this journal is so big it has switched to being a “Doings 2013.” people always ask us retirees what we do. Waste of time explaining “i make tags”. So now a chance to learn new techniques and to keep the tags. My the your coming year around the sun bring you success, properity and joy.

  26. Patrice A says:

    What a treat to get the January tag early! You made my day. As always you are such an inspiration. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks Tim!!

  27. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    I’m beyond thrilled that you are going to continue with the 12 tags in 2013. This year, I’m challenging myself to participate each month. No more lurking! LOL Happy New Year, Tim and Mario!

  28. Frederique says:

    Dear tim and mario, happy new year and may it be healthy and prosperous one too. Thank you for sharing and making our journey a creative one…. Love from Holland.

  29. Beth Barnes says:

    Hi Tim, it is already 2013 here in New Zealand – perfect to wake up on New Years Day to this, especially as all I’ve gotplanned is to spend time in my studio. Happy New Year!

  30. amyt2s says:

    wow… more is more!! I love it! Thank you for the new year starter!!

  31. Kathy says:

    Bring it on Tim!! I’m ready for some fun in 2013 with no elections, cliffs, or other bad news. Lets make ’13 a lucky creative year!!!

  32. ColleenF says:

    Love that you are continuing your tags for this year. My goal for this year is to actually try to create a tag. Thanks also for supplying a link for the supplies as we have lost all of our LSS and everything now needs to be ordered online.

  33. Donna Ellis says:

    Thanks for the tip about heat drying the stamped crinkle ribbon so it won’t bleed. That quote is very “timely”, too. Best wished to you and Mario for a very creative 2013!

  34. Anne V says:

    I love the metallic distress stains-so cool on the gears! This tag is a perfect start to the new year!

  35. marjo says:

    Love it rough :)) end the ribbon is awesome!!!

  36. What an amazing piece of inspiration to see the new year in! Thank you, and Happy New Year!

  37. Pam L says:

    Thank you for sharing your creative side with us, and a Happy New Year to you!

  38. Ruby C says:

    Happy New Year! Thanks for the new tag to start off the New Year! I always enjoy seeing how your pieces come together. Thanks Tim!

  39. Cristina says:

    Happy 2013!! I have a feeling this will be a great year – we’re off to a fabulous start! 😉

  40. Suzanne Rowe says:

    Way Kewl! I can’t wait to try out my new Big Shot with the embossing die.

  41. jpscraps says:

    Love the tag! The saying is so true. Thanks so much for continuing to share your creativity!

  42. Holly says:

    I love everything about this tag! The saying says it all!

  43. Alli says:

    Happy 2013 to you & yours & all the blog readers too!

  44. Sue W. says:

    Man do you know how to kick off 2013!! What a cool tag and I LOVE the quote.

  45. Michelle Bermingham says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this Tag!!
    Thanks so much for all of the tags you shared in 2012, am so looking forward to the coming years tags!!
    Can’t wait to see the sneak peaks for CHA also!!
    Happy New Year to Both of You!! 🙂
    Inky Hugs,
    Michelle xxx

  46. Happy New Year Tim and Mario!! Thank you for all of the fun and inspiration through 2012, it’s been a blast! I love your January Tag..clocks and gears make me giddy 🙂 Love, love, love that you stamped the crinkle ribbon…FABULOUS touch! I’ll be partying with the inks and stamps in my craft room tonight!

  47. Nita says:

    Wow. Love it! Can’t wait to make one.

  48. Barbara L says:

    Great idea for using the ribbon. Love the saying; it’s perfect for a new year’s tag or card. Thanks and have fun at CHA.

  49. Amy says:

    Well, it was 2013 somewhere when you posted this awesome tag! Thanks for not making us wait for your creative inspiration. Can’t wait to see what you have in sotre for us this coming year! Wishing a safe and Happy New Year to You, Mario and the rest of the crew too!

  50. Mary P says:

    Love the metal looks, and especially the ribbon. Will have to try this!

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