12 tags of 2013 – july…


we want to take this moment to acknowledge the fallen prescott firefighters “the granite mountain hot shots” in the recent tragedy.  our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families for this very sad loss – we are forever thankful for their service…

i can’t believe this year is already half over.  i had so many ideas spinning in my head, but i continued to be inspired by this theme so i wanted to embrace it.  hope you give this one a try, it’s a pretty cool way to use distress stains in a very different way – here we go…

supplies: craft sheet, mini brayer, distress stains/fired brick/barn door/faded jeans/salty ocean/brushed pewter, distress rock candy crackle paint, distress ink, ink blending tool, heat tool, archival ink/vermillion/jet black, #8 manila tag, stamps: simple sayings/music notes, stencil clip, tissue tape, grungeboard, crinkle ribbon, sanding grip, wire pin, muse token, adornment, old glory die, vagabond, paper distresser, scissors, foam tape

DSC06192step 1: die cut old glory die from grungeboard using a vagabond.  paint a medium layer of rock candy distress crackle paint over pieces and set aside to dry.

DSC06193step 2: once the crackle is completely dry you will notice the porcelain style crackling on the pieces.

DSC06194step 3: begin coloring the design by tapping distress stain over the crackled portions of the color.  allow the stain to seep into the cracks to create the desired intensity of color.

DSC06195step 4: continue coloring using various colors of distress stain.

DSC06196step 5: add a touch of metallic using metallic distress stain to areas also.

DSC06197step 6: heat the stained crackle using a heat tool to “bake” the colors into the crackle.

DSC06200step 7: for an added distressed look, ink over stained piece with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

DSC06202step 8: for the tag background, apply distress stain to a craft sheet by pressing down and squeezing the side of the bottle to dispense stain. (i used 2 tones of a color)

DSC06203step 9: lightly roll a brayer through the fluid stain to cover the roller with droplets of ink.  *note: if you press down too hard when rolling through the ink you will not pick up enough “droplets” for the technique effect.

DSC06204step 10: quickly and lightly roll the inked brayer across the tag in one direction.  check out the great random and mottled inked effect.

DSC06205step 11: dry the inked area with a heat tool.

DSC06209step 12: repeat previous steps with another color combo and ink in another area of the tag.  dry this layer with a heat tool as well.

DSC06210step 13: ink the edges of the tag with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

DSC06218step 14: randomly stamp a background stamp using archival ink using just parts of the stamp by bending the stamp when applying it.

DSC06212step 15: distress the edges of the tag with a paper distresser.

DSC06214step 16: stamp the label from simple sayings set on to a manila scrap.

DSC06216step 17: stamp words inside the label using the simple sayings set and cut to size.

DSC06217step 18: ink the edges with distress ink using ink tool.

DSC06225step 19: add stencil clip to stamped label.

DSC06227step 20: add tissue tape to various areas of the tag.

DSC06226step 21: apply foam tape to the back of all pieces for the tag.

DSC06231step 22: adhere all pieces to tag as shown.

DSC06219step 23: stamp crinkle ribbon with archival ink and dry ink immediately with heat tool.

DSC06221step 24: apply distress stains to various areas of the ribbon leaving some areas plain white.

DSC06222step 25: mist the crinkle ribbon with water to blend colors.

DSC06223step 26: crumple ribbon into a ball and let dry or dry with heat tool.

DSC06224step 27: ink the dry ribbon with distress ink using ink tool.

DSC06229step 28: sand the surface of a muse token with sanding grip to bring out the shine in the metal word.

DSC06230step 29: attach muse token and adornment charm to ribbon with wire pin.

DSC06271the details: check out how cool the flag looks…like glazed porcelain.

what a cool background trick with a brayer huh?  you can use this technique with your favorite color stains, ink sprays, paints, and more.  the more you practice the amount of liquid you get on the brayer and the lighter you roll across the surface, the results are always amazing.  i can’t wait to see what you create this month…t!m

congrats to the winners from the june 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. Hetty- nov
2. Shirl L
3. Mary Elizabeth
4. Dolly
5. froebelsternchen
6. Sue C
7. Amy*
8. Chary Deiling
9. Nunt
10. Donna
11. Ruby C
12. Katy D

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128 Comments to “12 tags of 2013 – july…”

  1. Alves says:

    Muito bom seu trabalho parabéns.

  2. Love all the new lines. Looking forward to purchasing some and taking part in Aug challenge.

  3. July is my fave month of the year with Independence Day my fave holiday, so I’m always excited to see what you’ll come up with for it’s Tag! Being a FF family, we are always touched personally when there is a loss among the ranks of the FF Brotherhood. The Prescott tragedy is one that hit hard as it reminds us how dangerous the job is. I’m very proud of the combined 61 yrs of service the three generations of three of America’s Bravest in our family. It truly is ‘in their blood’!!!

  4. […] loved the patriotic theme of Tim’s July 2013 tag, but since I’m doing it at the end of July and don’t have the Old Glory die, I decided […]

  5. […] can see Tim’s tag in all its glory HERE.  I didn’t have the dies, etc., that he used, but I did try to use similar colours & I […]

  6. I love the background-technique!!! 🙂

  7. Thanks for another inspiring tag that challenges me to try something I might otherwise overlook.

  8. […] dear readers. Time for another tag for 12 Tags of 2013. When I first saw the tag that Tim had demonstrated I had an immediate vision of what I would […]

  9. […] submitted this tag to Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2013 Challenge for […]

  10. […] Click to see Tim’s Take on July’s 12 tagsI  […]

  11. Sandra Hoffmann says:

    Love, Love, Love your dedication tag! Good work Tim. Your stencils are fantastic. Thanks Sandi

  12. […] is time again for another Tim Holtz tag….this month we are using Crackle Paint and Distress […]

  13. chimerastone says:

    Sometimes how fast time flies too, it has been ages since I last used a brayer and ink. I couldn’t help sneaky peek the new products from Summer CHA and there are a few stuff I want and stencils too. Crackle paint is ongoing issue it would better if I gave the drying process more time. Oh vial labels sticker work just as well Simple saying stamps. I wish I had craft studio like yours.

  14. cindy says:

    Hi Tim,
    I had so much fun with these techniques!

  15. I love using rollers to paint backgrounds, so this was fun. Blessings!

  16. […] samples.  I always keep a tag handy when working on other projects because you never know when a Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 tag technique will come into play.  You know what they say…”Have ink will make Tim tags with it […]

  17. Judy B says:

    Love the new technique with the brayer and ink. I am always inspired by your work to try new things. Thanks for sharing.

  18. what a great technique, thanks for sharing.

  19. […] of flattery!  Or at least, getting as close as I can, to duplicating the techniques shared in the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 Challenge for July!  Tim’s tag for July is not only a beautiful tribute to the fallen 19 Hot Shots […]

  20. Love the technique with the brayer. Such a great effect. Thanks for again a wonderful tag to learn from.

  21. […] Tim Holtz 12 tags July gebruikt deze keer een super leuke techniek met distress stains en een roller. De achtergrond van deze Art Journal/Smashbook page is er mee gemaakt. Ik vind het effect helemaal geweldig en ga t zeker vaker gebruiken. […]

  22. Such a cool tribute to the fallen firefighters! TFS!

  23. […] here’s my version of Tim’s July Tag. Please click on the photo for a clearer […]

  24. gail kennaugh says:

    like the back ground on this tag

  25. […] This months Tim Holtz tag has a patriotic theme.  I don’t have several of the items used, so I improvised with some other Tim Holtz products and some salvaged items.  I didn’t have the flag die cut, so I found some stars in my stash in a package of grunge-board  shapes.  I wanted the color to pop a bit more, so I added a coat of gesso before I painted them with the Crackle Paint. […]

  26. As fellow Arizonans, our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the families of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots — true heroes in every sense of the word and a tragic loss for your community. Your July tag is a perfect tribute to them!
    I just today discovered your embossing diffusers — MUST have them & can’t wait to get them — waaay cool!!!

  27. Hi, all, was wonderful meeting u at the Orlando Stampfest! First time posting…probably have to learn how to do this better!

  28. Lisa Brown says:

    Great tag! Love that brayer technique…will have to give it a try!

  29. chimerastone says:

    Happy Independance day to you Tim.
    Another great tag and uses the materials I have already. I will do something different and related to my country Hong Kong I think it was last week they were going to celebrate handover day but celebrations might be cancelled due to typhoon coming and yes I have was been through one classed as 3. I have some grungeboard and the new set smells like new shoes whilst the old: elements smells of inside sole of new shoes.
    I’m was thinking once all the monthly tag are complete just to add them in a smash book for safe keeping.
    Congrats to the winners

  30. Joanne says:

    This tag has meaning and respect oozing from it and I hope mine has also. I felt pride whilst following your techniques this month, thank you.

  31. Would love to see a Tim Holtz event in Prescott to honor the fallen’s families

  32. Merete M says:

    Thanks for another great tag !!!

  33. Maisie Moonshine says:

    Wow you got a great crackle on your stars – I need more practice! MMx

  34. Dorothy C. says:

    Fabulous tag!! Love the brayer technique and what you did with the ribbon.

  35. Gillette Henry says:

    Love the background, really sets the stage for the rest of the AMAZING tag!!

  36. Frankie says:

    Beautiful tag! Love the brayer technique . . . that’s a new one for me. Thanks!

  37. Brandy says:

    Finally found my brayer and working on my tag tonight! Love all of the techniques used!

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