12 tags of 2013 – october…


the chill of fall is definitely in the air around the studio and that means one thing – candy corn!  well it also means that halloween is coming soon so i wanted to share a fun halloween inspired tag this month.  now i know not everyone is a fan of halloween, but remember the tags are all about the inspiration of a technique so keep that in mind.  i personally love the color palette and decorative elements of this time of year, definitely one of my favorite seasons.  the nostalgic look of tattered sparkling vintage halloween decorations conjures up those childhood memories of carving pumpkins and trick or treating.  so for me, the new distress glitter was perfect for what i had in mind to make.  the colors, texture, and inkability of distress glitter mimics the look of glass glitter or mica, but without the hazards of either.  i absolutely love this new glitter and whether you’re a glitter person or not, you should try this stuff yourself to see how amazing it is to work with.  alright, the sugar from the candy corn is kicking in so let’s get to creating…

supplies: distress glitter/seedless preserves/black soot/mustard seed/spiced marmalade, distress paint/ripe persimmon/crushed olive/seedless preserves/scattered straw, distress ink/seedless preserves/mustard seed/spiced marmalade/black soot/walnut stain, ink blending tool, glossy accents, mister, heat tool, craft sheet, archival ink/jet black, grungeboard, mirrored stars, crinkle ribbon, sizzix bigz/ornate frame, sizzix mini movers/owl & moon/pumpkin/bat, sizzix base tray, sizzix vagabond, stamps/CMS138/CMS155, #8 manila tags

DSC06959step 1: die cut the elements from grungeboard.  *note: since the ornate frame die is so detailed, grungeboard is definitely much easier to use for this than chipboard.

DSC06966step 2: ink all of the die cut pieces with distress ink using an ink blending tool – i use the matching color of ink to glitter.

DSC06967step 3: apply glossy accents to the inked grunge.  although you can use a variety of wet adhesives with this glitter, glossy accents is by far my favorite because of it’s translucency and fast drying time.

DSC06969step 4: using your finger, lightly tap the glossy accents to spread it out.  i prefer this method vs. wiping the glossy accents to keep a nice wet layer of adhesive.

DSC06970step 5: place the grunge on a piece of scrap paper and cover with distress glitter – DO NOT PRESS THE GLITTER DOWN.  one of the tricks to getting the most sparkle from this glitter is to allow it to fall in random positions on the adhesive.  if your press it down to pack it on the surface, you loose some of that effect.

DSC06971step 6:  you can immediately lift up the piece from the pile of glitter and tap it on the sheet to remove the excess, and place all of the remaining glitter back in the jar.

DSC06972step 7: repeat the previous steps for all of the pieces you want to glitter and set them aside to dry.  note: you can also quickly dry the adhesive with a heat tool as distress glitter is heat stable.

DSC06973step 8: for the tag background i’m going to do the distress paint marbling technique using some of the new fall release colors of distress paint (ripe persimmon is a must!).  just swipe various colors of paint on to the craft sheet.

DSC06974step 9: mist the paints with water from a mister.

DSC06975step 10: swipe a manila tag through the paints to cover the surface.

DSC06976step 11: mist the painted tag with water to marbleize the colors and begin drying it with a heat tool.

DSC06977step 12: continue drying the tag and blot off any excess wet paint if needed.

DSC06978step 13: ink the edges of the tag with black soot distress ink using and ink blending too.

DSC06979step 14: mist the inked tag with water from mister and dry with heat tool.  since the black soot distress ink remains black even when you wet it, it becomes very “smoky” looking.

DSC06982step 15: stamp some script or background imagery on a portion of the tag only with archival ink.

DSC06984step 16: stamp the simple sayings word and label frame on a scrap piece of manila tag, cut it out, and ink the edges with distress ink.

DSC06981step 17: my absolute favorite thing about distress glitter is that it is “inkable” with distress ink.  once the glitter is dry, ink the edges of surface of distress glitter with distress ink using an ink blending tool.  distress glitter actually takes on the tint of the distress ink color you use – so amazing!  the glitter on the moon looks like tarnished vintage perfection…

DSC06983step 18: adhere the glittered elements to the tag with glossy accents.

DSC06985step 19: i also added the new mirrored stars to this tag by adhering them with glossy accents.  i like all of the sizes of stars that these have.  one thing to note is that you can colorize these with alcohol inks, but i preferred them to stay silver for this tag.

DSC06986step 20: to colorized a piece of crinkle ribbon to match the background colors of the tag, swipe distress inks on the craft sheet, mist with water, swipe ribbon through it, and dry with heat tool.

DSC06992the details: the vintage look of this inked distress glitter is so wonderful, and layering these over the marbled matte finish of the coordinating distress paints make the elements really stand out.

DSC07003the details: i wanted to show you that you can use other shapes inside the ornate frame and it still looks great.  i can see this layout as a wonderful card for all seasons.

so now it’s time to get your “glitter on” and create some fun projects using the distress glitter.  whether you’re creating decorations for your home, favors or invitations for your halloween party, or just want to make something with a touch of  nostalgic sparkle – do it.  i can’t wait to see what creative ideas you come up with this month using distress glitter.  remember to take time and enjoy…t!m

congrats to the winners from the september 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. PavlaH
2. Fieneke
3. Kayla Turner
4. Marianne H
5. Laurart
6. Janet
7. Lisa F
9. cheiron
10. Terry Lightfoot
11. Christina Sedor
12. KateT

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131 Comments to “12 tags of 2013 – october…”

  1. SusanHnSC says:

    Love these. And I have a question – candy corn – which color is the top and which is the bottom?

  2. Laura Strack says:

    Love that Distress Glitter! Yes ser ee!

  3. Sheri K says:

    I’m so in love with that distress glitter–such a cool tag! I am going to have to make a tag for this month–this is most awesome. I’m also enrolled in Chem 2–can’t wait for next week to begin!

  4. Thanks Tim for yet another awesome tag tutorial!! I Love that you so freely share your amazing talent! You are an inspiration!

  5. Patti says:

    I think this one is my favorite (again). I love the glitter! And I see the possibilities for other holidays… gonna need that frame die…and more glitter…

  6. Nancy B says:

    I love Halloween and I especially love a blingy Halloween! I love the marbled and “smoked” look of the tag too.

  7. Fantastic tags, Tim! Love them both!

  8. very cute-love the owl.

  9. Cathy in Canada says:

    Love the glitter! Just got some and haven’t had much time to play with it–but maybe now I will!

  10. M. C. Sparks says:

    love Halloween…and Tim’s Halloween is great

  11. Annamarie says:

    YEAH, another tag design, what fun. Thank you

  12. The ornate frame die is calling my name … I love it! and the tags of course. xx Michelle

  13. Kay Mitchell says:

    Just absolutely love them – Spooktacular !

  14. Annie says:

    Such fun tags & love the Distress Glitter. Even though I only have one color. Thanks for another great tutorial.
    Annie in DE

  15. Pam says:

    as usual, these tags are awesome!

  16. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Oh how giddy I am … love it , love it … Oh Tim you keep me in trouble !!! I want that owl… so cute !
    I WANT everything. Humm will have to give some thought to this one!
    The colors are yummy … you’ re making me what candy corn too… good thing I’m in a cast, other wise I’d be on the way to buy CANDY right now !!! Glitter is on my list already…

  17. Lisa H says:

    awesome!! I love that glitter.

  18. rhonda nickol says:

    WOW love halloween and my gosh this tag is stunning Tim!

  19. Jean McNulty says:

    Beautiful tags……Love the glitter!!

  20. Cindy Flynn says:

    Love the tag… I’m ready for fall stamping! I just got the owl and moon., I’m ready to start creating!

  21. Wow! Gorgeous tags, the glitter looks great against the painted background.

  22. Di F says:

    Now this is a tag I can get my teeth into! Thanks for the lovely brilliant colors! Great way to begin October.

  23. Cheryl T. says:

    I just love that frame…I really want that die now! The distress glitter looks so good!

  24. Gabby says:

    My fav holiday is Halloween and these tags full of glittery goodness made my day! The mixed paint makes a terrific background and the die cuts are so neat. Thanks, Tim. 🙂

  25. Lori W. says:

    What a great way to kick off my favorite time of year! I’m getting all the glitter colors!! Thanks again, Tim!

  26. Kristen says:

    Bootiful! Love the new glitter.

  27. Wendy Juhl says:

    Tim, this is probably my favorite tag this year. I love the owl and the moon. The tag background is wonderful. That distress glitter really brings it to life. Wendy

  28. Linda J.W. says:

    OMGoodness your TAG is gorgeous as always..I am going to make a tag tonight…thanks for sharing

  29. Cheri says:

    I love the glitz. So many layers to consider. Thanks

  30. Kathi R says:

    Gorgeous tags with lots of glittery goodness!

  31. Ruby C says:

    Perfect for Halloween! Love the colors, sparkle and texture. Can’t wait to see what everone does for this month’s tag!

  32. Noreen says:

    Fun Halloween tags! The owl is so funky spooky.

  33. Alicia Gnam says:

    Awesome tags! Love seeing the glitter and paints into play! Can’t wait to get my fingers all glittered and inky!

  34. Patricia B says:

    I love the Fall and Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays. I love the colors, love the techniques. Can’t wait to get the distress glitter. HMMM, I may have to try making this tag. Thanks for all the inspiration. Love Ya’ all. Patricia

  35. Wonderful tags Tim – love the glitter – I must get some!

  36. Barbara Albrecht says:

    Both tags are super!! Thanks for sharing!! I haven’t tried the Distress glitter….gotta get some…and the new colors of Distress paints!!

    Congratulations to all the lucky winners!!

  37. cheryl c says:

    Hope I can get a background to look as fantastic as yours! I like its murky-lurky look. So now I want to try some of that glitter, and those little mirrored stars are the best! Stars are my thing.

  38. Anna-Karin says:

    Fabulous tag Tim! I love the owl and moon dies (busy using them on a project right now) and of course the distress glitters. I am late with my September tag, the parcel with my stencils seems to be lost in the Bermuda triangle of lost parcels. Hopefully it will find its way here soon!

  39. cheiron says:

    Loving this glitter goodness! More Distress colors to add to my list…Can’t wait to make this tag!

  40. Robin Gasser says:

    Love the tags! I cannot EVER resist Halloween.

  41. Heidi says:

    I love Halloween — and what great tags! Love the marbling technique and I can’t wait to try out the glitter!

  42. Bonnie says:

    You are right, that glitter is perfect! Really like the color palette you chose

  43. butterfly says:

    What a totally scrumptious Halloween tag – amazing!
    Alison x

  44. Gayla C says:

    Another great tag! Love your ideas Tim!

  45. Jo Ann D. says:

    I kept looking at the different colors of glitter and picked out a few color combinations. Then I started putting a few more together…then a few more. Yep…before you know it, I had every freakin’ color! You are such an enabler!!!

  46. Beautiful tags, love the colors and perfect for Halloween! I have a few ideas brewing and can’t wait to put them to use. I just noticed that I’m #11 on the top 12, OMG I’m so excited and thrilled!! Thank you soooo much!! Wow!! It’s a great feeling!! You made my day 🙂 now, off to Starbucks for a treat!

  47. Gail L. says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday!

  48. ruby t says:

    What can I say..except super-fabulous! I am glad that you caught the glitter “bug” as the results are just more and more wonderful. Not too frou-frou.

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