12 tags of 2013 – may…


greetings from new jersey!  that’s right, i’m still in new jersey posting this month’s tag direct from ranger headquarters where i’m working away on new product development for the upcoming cha-summer show in july.  even though i’ve been out of the studio for the past two weeks, the 12 tags of 2013 must go on, so i’ve been a busy guy.  i’m excited to share this new technique using one of my latest idea-ology products (remnant rubs) and combing them with the wonders of distress.  these versatile rubons can be used on so many surfaces including paper, photos, wood, metal, plastic, glass, even canvas and burlap perfect for mixed media projects.  today’s technique showcases one of my favorite features of these rubs, the random collage of imagery – see for yourself just how creatively versatile these rubs are.  here we go…

supplies: remnant rubs, distress stain/picked raspberry/broken china/wild honey/evergreen bough, distress ink/rusty hinge/walnut stain, archival ink/jet black, alcohol ink/lake mist, ink tool, heat tool, craft sheet, 1/8″ wonder tape, #8 manila tags, sanding grip, crinkle ribbon, enameled tags, film strip ribbon, word bands, mini fasteners, texture hammer, craft pick, scissors, stamps/classic favorites

DSC05906step 1: begin with remnant rub sheet and manila tag

DSC05908step 2: place one sheet over tag and rub in small, various areas of the sheet only – don’t overdo this step.

DSC05921step 3: immediately rip off the remnant rub sheet to transfer parts of the images, and repeat as needed (the more random and faster you rip the better).

DSC05922step 4: sand off excess rubs from the edges using a sanding grip.

DSC05923step 5: apply various colors of distress stains to craft sheet my pressing down and gently squeezing the bottles of stain.

DSC05924step 6: swipe tag through distress stains to apply colors to the tag.

DSC05925step 7: this is the effect you should have – the rubs resist the inks! (don’t worry if you haven’t covered the entire tag with color at this point).  lightly mist inks with water to begin blending colors.

DSC05926step 8: start drying the tag with a heat tool since the rubs are somewhat heat stable as well.

DSC05927step 9: stop drying for a moment and spritz the inked tag with water to react the inks and create a mottled effect, then finish drying with heat tool.

DSC05928step 10: blot excess stain from remnant rubs with a towel.

DSC05929step 11: ink the edges of the tag with various colors of distress ink using an ink blending tool.

DSC05931step 12:  stamp images with archival ink over the rubs.

DSC05932step 13: for images you would like to appear in the background, wipe away the wet archival ink from the top of the rubs using a towel.

DSC05933step 14: continue stamping with other various images using archival ink.

DSC05934step 15: for images you would like to appear layered, dry them with a heat tool on top of the rubs.

DSC05935*note: next we’re going to use the new enameled tags to create a custom embellishments.

DSC05936step 16: apply lake mist alcohol ink to felt and ink over the enameled tag until desired look is achieved.

DSC05937*note: see what a little layering with alcohol inks can do?

DSC05942step 17: cut our words or elements from remnant rubs.

DSC05943step 18: place on to enameled tag and rub with craft stick.

DSC05945step 19: continue adding various words and elements until desired look is achieved.  (i love the look of filling a tag with rubs).

DSC05946step 20: cut a piece of film strip ribbon.

DSC05947step 21: add strips of 1/8″ wonder tape to the back edges of the ribbon as shown.

DSC05948step 22: adhere film strip ribbon to the side of the tag and place enameled tag for placement and pierce hole with craft pick.

DSC05949step 23: secure enameled tag using mini fastener.

DSC05950step 24: secure word band to tag using long fasteners and tap with texture hammer to dent tops of brads.

DSC05951step 25: color crinkle ribbon with various colors of distress stain to coordinate with the tag.  mist with water, crinkle, dry with heat tool, and tie on to tag.

DSC05956the details: the contrasting effect of the rubs in combination with the stamped imagery is so cool.

DSC05957the details: adding simple embellishments when using this technique accents the effect of the resisted rubs.

cool technique right?  i love the looks you get by using the rubs as specific imagery, or simply for random background effects which makes them a very useful creative tool.  i think once you try this technique for yourself, you’ll be amazed at the simplicity of creating this complex looking effect.  i can’t wait to see what creations you share this month using this new remnant rub resist technique – have fun…t!m

congrats to the winners from the april 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. Cora Hoekstra
2. Emma
3. Cheryl
4. Pascale B
5. Desiree de Monye
6. Anke Kramer
7. Theresa Miers
8. Diana
9. Sandra Mouwen
10. Tincan Crafter
11. butterfly
12. Redanne

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147 Comments to “12 tags of 2013 – may…”

  1. Wow what a bucketload of new techniques, this is really gonna take my thinking cap and challenge me thats for sure!!! Thanks for another wonderful tag and challenge.

  2. bonnie kurz says:

    LOve the rubons, great resist action!

  3. Beverly Sager says:

    So pretty, and what a cool new technique – will definitely have to try!

  4. marileew says:

    Wonderful tag. Love the remnants and the resist effect. And the enamel tags. Can hardly wait to try this one.

  5. I love this tag. It will give the opportunity to do more of the things I learned at the workshop you did in CT.

  6. Cathy Osborne says:

    Amazing the way the rubons add such “texture” and depth to the tag. I love it.

  7. Winnie says:

    Congratulations to all the lucky winners for April. Love your Mona Tag for May, can’t wait to get my fingers inky again trying this one!

  8. Julie Heyer says:

    You amaze me with your creative talent Tim! Great tag!

  9. Lisa Byers says:

    wow I love the effect the rub ons have on the tag. thanks for sharing!!!
    I need to get me some of those remnant rubs.

  10. barbara lassiter says:

    I love the contrast created with the rubs and the archival ink and I loved the way you created the enamel tag! Mona is still “looking good”!!!!!!

  11. Fabulous tag, tim. love the way the stains work. love using them on the ribbon. thanks once more for a ton of inspiration

  12. Michele says:

    Ooohhh, I LOVE this tag – it’s definitely a ‘keeper’..thanks for sharing xx

  13. Kim R says:

    Love this tag. Would like to try the rub ons!

  14. WOW! I love those rich colors given buy the stains but I am surprised by the white left from under the rub-ons! I was wondering how you got that effect- and there is no cutting out! Wonderful technique! And you used one of my all time favorite stamps!

  15. Brandy says:

    How cool that the rubons resist ink! I went and bought me some after work today so I can give this a try! Congrats to the winners!

  16. Cheryl says:

    Wow! Awesome tag this month! Love the technique with the rub-ons – can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  17. Cathy in Canada says:

    Ooooooo…………..great tag!

  18. Maureen Chandler says:

    What a wonderful tag – thanks for all the steps and of course, the fabulous products!!!

  19. Chimerastone says:

    I was wondering when you are going the remnant rubs, I have Number, Elements but not yet Words. The brace imperfection word tag was used on April tag. Glad this is another creative tag which used most of the materials I have already. I can substitute a few items here and there.

  20. Kelly Karas says:

    Love the AI on the enamel tag with the remnant rubs.

  21. Love love love this Tim~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial, can’t wait to give it a shot 🙂

  22. Barbara Albrecht says:

    Congratulations to the April tag winners!!!

    LOVE May’s tag!!! I actually have everything to make this tag…YIPPEE!!!

  23. Nita says:

    Love it. Going to the store tomorrow to see if I can find the rub ons and the enamel tags.

  24. Carol Watson says:

    Great tag, tim, can’t wait to use the new rub ons. It’s also fun to see all the winner’s tags from last month.

  25. cheiron says:

    Love the look of the remnant rubs and these colors! Can’t wait to try it.

  26. Laura says:

    This is really pretty! I love the bright colors and the rub-on resist technique, which isn’t something I’ve ever tried. Happy May!

  27. Angele says:

    Love this new idea – really adds a new dimension to the journey!

  28. Connie Pruitt says:

    Love it!

  29. Anna-Karin says:

    Fabulous tag! Love the rubs and the wonderful colours! I hope the rubs I ordered gets here in time.

  30. Karen Rice says:

    Awesome–you never fail to delight with a variety of techniques and tools!

  31. Tim, thanks for thinking of those of us who sign in on the 1st, hoping that you’ve posted that Tag. What an inspiration for May. Love the mixed media use of the rub-ons and the way they resist inks. Can’t wait to make my ATC for the month 😉

  32. Sheri K says:

    AWESOME! What a cool tag–and the rubs are so cool! Thanks for creating such a colorful and fun tag! Great inspiration.

  33. michelle guest says:

    New technique to try… Thanks Tim!

  34. Cindy says:

    LOVE everything about this tag. I’ve not seen the rubbings or enamel tags (reminds me of my granny’s washpot – so cute) in my LSS, so I may just have to order these online!

  35. Mr Linky isn`t functioning so I can`t place my new tag. Or am I doing something wrong

  36. Tona says:

    Love this tag. I just purchased some of your rub-ons a couple of weeks ago so I’m all set 🙂

  37. Nan Robkin says:

    Better and better, Tim! Your product ideas keep me broke but happy! Please keep them coming!

  38. Kelly Long says:

    LOVE the May Tag Tim! How cool are the New Enamel Tags and Rub-On’s!!!!

  39. Aniva J says:

    Love the technique! Can’t wait to try it ^_^

  40. Jan Castle says:

    Cool tag Tim!!! Thanks for the step by step!

  41. Helen says:

    I love the rub on technique Tim it looks fab….one problem no rub ons ……oh no I feel a shop coming on! Why fight it?? 😉

  42. butterfly says:

    What an absolutely fabulous inspiration tag!! Can’t wait to play… and thank you so much for the thrill of seeing my name in the winners list. I’m doing a lot of happy dancing!
    Alison x

  43. Eileen says:

    Love this technique! A wonderful new use for rub-ons.

  44. Kathi R says:

    Wow. I love this tag!

    Thanks for sharing so many techniques and tips!

  45. Tracy BOLLINGER says:

    Amazing, I love the technique! The use of the filmstrip is cute too?

  46. Kathy Eddy says:

    Congrats to the lucky winners! I have almost everything needed for this month’s so have to give it a go early. Love it!

  47. Johanne L. says:

    Love the rub-ons. Your tage is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing,

  48. nice- lots of inspiration here

  49. karenajo says:

    Love the new ‘rubs’ and the tag you created with them ! So cool and love the colors you used !

  50. Margaret in NY says:

    You never cease to amaze me….traveling for two weeks and still have the May tag on the 1st!!! Love the look of this technique and can’t wait to try it!

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