12 tags of 2014 – december…

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happy holidays!  it’s hard to believe that this is the last month of 2014 already?  12 months and 12 tags – how did you do this year? did you take time to create each and every month?  these tags are one of the best creative outlets for me since i try to just play and make whatever comes to mind.  of course this particular month caught me off guard with the whole 30 days in november thing, but i cranked up the christmas tunes and got to work.  i really love how this tag turned out and if you scroll to the bottom of the post, you’ll see that i ended up making two using different palettes.  just goes to show that creativity is all about perspective not only with what you look at, but how you see it.  i know it’s a busy time of year for everyone, but don’t forget the importance of adding a little festive creativity to your to-do list, you’ll be glad you did…t!m

supplies:

  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, grungeboard, frosted, kraft core cardstock, distress specialty stamping paper
  • distress ink: walnut stain
  • distress spray stain: iced spruce, faded jeans, brushed pewter, bundled sage
  • distress paint: frayed burlap, picket fence
  • distress glitter: rock candy
  • archival ink: watering can
  • embellishments: pine twine, snowflake adornment, crinkle ribbon, jump ring, industrious stickers/frames & trims, bell
  • adhesives: glue n’ seal, glossy accents, collage glue stick
  • tools: craft sheet, mister, heat tool, scissors, mini blending tool, sanding grip, vagabond, sewing machine
  • stamps: CMS207 christmas nostalgia
  • dies: holiday words: block, holiday words: script, holiday greens, prancing deer, tag & bookplate
  • texture fade: snowfall

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step 1: paint a manila tag with picket fence distress paint and let it dry.  this will prime the tag and make our next technique work.

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step 2: spray the tag with only a few sprays of distress spray stain.

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step 3: spray over that with metallic distress spray stain and mist with water to blend.

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step 4: hold the tag upright allowing the colors to fade down the tag.

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step 5: begin drying the stains with a heat tool.

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step 6: while you’re drying the inks, tiny “bubbles” will start to open up in the inks revealing the white base coat of paint.  *note: to add more of this effect spritz little water droplets and continue to dry.

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once your tag is dry, this is the cool wintery effect we’ve achieved with distress paint and distress spray stains – neat huh?

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step 7: stamp the sparkles background with archival ink on the background.

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step 8: dry the stamped image with a heat tool to avoid the ink smudging.

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step 9: die cut the prancing deer from a piece of grungeboard.  a tip i have is if you’re cutting a cool silhouette shape from a die, cut your base piece to size so you’ll end up with a usable frame.  *note: for this particular tag i think grungeboard is important due to it’s flexibility.

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step 10: paint the grungeboard with distress paint, blend colors with your fingers and let dry.

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step 11: sand and scuff the edges with a sanding grip to expose the grunge.

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step 12: ink the entire piece with distress ink using a mini ink blending tool.  the paint resists most of the distress ink, but the sanded areas are more porous and appear much darker.

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if you like the effects of glitter, but heavy handed like i am, you’re gonna love this next gadget idea i’m sharing with you.  gather up the following supplies: glue n’ seal, rock candy distress glitter, and a tea infuser.  if you don’t know what a tea infuser is, it’s that cool little spoon with a spring loaded handle, holes in the spoon, and used for making tea.  you can buy them at pier one, or find a vintage one like i have on eBay or etsy.  wait until to see how it works!!! *note for the purpose of this tutorial i’m just calling it a spoon.

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step 13: squeeze the handles together on the spoon to open it and scoop up some glitter.  note: when you buy one of these, make sure you get the one with small holes and not the large ones.

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step 14: release the handle and the spoon closes with the glitter inside.  you would think the glitter would just pour out, but it doesn’t at all.  now set your spoon on the lid of the glitter.

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step 15: paint a light layer of glue n’ seal or you can use any other wet adhesive for this, but work quickly and cover everything while the adhesive is still wet.

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step 16: place the piece on some scrap paper, pick up your glitter spoon and just “tap” the top of the handle with your finger to lightly sprinkle glitter and allow it to fall on your project.  so easy to control just a light dusting of sparkle.

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step 17: now place the spoon back over the open jar of glitter, squeeze the handles together again to dump the remaining glitter back into the jar.  (have you noticed i’ve not touched the glitter with my hands at all – brilliant huh?)

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step 18: die cut the word “winter” with one of the thinlit holiday words: script in white cardstock.  tip: when using detailed thinlits place a piece of waxed paper between your die and the cardstock so the paper releases from the die much easier.

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step 19: once you die cut the word, set it aside for later, i just throw away the waxed paper part.

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step 20: cut a piece of kraft core cardstock slightly wider than the tag and sand it using a sanding grip to expose some of the kraft.

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step 21: die cut the word “wishes” with one of the thinlit holiday words: block in kraft core cardstock.  a cool thing about these new thinlits is they come in both block and script with the same word assortment so you can mix and match your words in either fonts.

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step 22:  another thing i like about the block font is you can use the positive and negative.  for this tag, i’m using the negative cutout, but i still save the die cut letters for a future project.  note: if you want a cool organizing tip for your thin dies like i’m using, check out paula cheney’s post on her blog here…it’s genius.

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step 23: tear off the bottom edge of cardstock as shown.

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step 24: place the strip of cardstock across the tag and place the deer on top for placement and positioning of the word.  note: you can see i’ve not glittered the deer at this point (hey, i just figure it out as i go, i told you i don’t have it all planned).

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step 25: remove the deer and adhere the paper strip to the tag, trim off the excess cardstock from each edge.

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next we’re going to use a new product called “frosted” which are plastic sheets with a frost finish (not to be confused with frosted film which was adhesive backed).  these sheets are thicker than the film, perfect for a cool frosted effect, but not adhesive backed.

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they work great over photos, patterned paper, and backgrounds for a soft diffused look.

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step 26: since we’re layering this over the tag, cut the frosted into a tag shape using the tag & bookplate die, or just cut it with your scissors to the size of your base tag, and punch a hole through the top.

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step 27: place the frosted tag into the snowfall texture fade and emboss it.

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check out what happens to frosted when it’s embossed – it gets even “frostier”!

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step 28: place the frosted tag over your background tag making sure the bumps are raised on the frosted.

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step 29: there are a few ways to attach frosted like thin double-stick tape, or possibly using a tiny attacher, but for this i decided to sew it all around the tag.  it’s much easier than you think and looks very neat.

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step 30: cut a small piece of pine twine with your tonic scissors.

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step 31: slide a little bell on it that you can get from any craft store.

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step 32: since pine twine is actually wire, just form it into a wreath to wrap around the neck of the deer – so simple.

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step 33: secure the back of the pine twine with a dab of hot glue and apply foam tape to the back of the deer making sure not to tape the very bottom of the legs (you’ll see why later).

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step 34: position the deer on the tag, remove the backing of the tape, and secure into position.

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step 35: apply a small amount of glossy accents to the back of the word “winter” and adhere it over the word “wishes”.  i love the contrast of the word on top and beneath the frosted.

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step 36: spray a piece of distress specialty stamping paper with green distress spray stain.

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step 37: while the ink is still wet, mist over with metallic distress spray stain.

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step 38: dry the cardstock with a heat tool.

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the coating of the specialty stamping paper is unique and creates this cool blending effect without the use of any water.

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step 39: die cut the paper with a couple of the holiday greens thinlits dies.

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step 40: tap over the cut pieces with brown distress ink using an ink blending tool to provide shading.

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step 41: cut the pieces into smaller pieces with your scissors – you can be random with this.

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step 42: start adhering the cut pieces to the base of the tag behind the deer hooves (this is why we didn’t tape them in place).

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step 43: continue gluing pieces until you’re happy with the look.

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step 44: now to cover the cut paper ends, we’re using a strip of industrious stickers.

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step 45: apply glossy accents along the back of the sticker since we’re not adhering it to a flat surface, the glue is needed.

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step 46: adhere the trim also sliding it behind the deer, and hold in place for a minute or so to dry.

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step 47: mist a piece of crinkle ribbon with any color distress stain, and metallic distress stain.

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step 48: crinkle the ribbon into a ball and dry with a heat tool to create a metallic ribbon – so easy.

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step 49: apply picket fence distress paint to snowflake adornment and jump ring using your fingers.

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step 50: attach the ribbon through the top of the tag and secure the charm with the jump ring…that’s it!

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the details: i love the winter effect of the greenery cut from the specialty paper and inked with the distress spray stains.  i also think the shimmery glittered deer adds the perfect touch to this tag.

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the details: i can’t wait for you to use frosted and see how cool and subtle the effect is for yourself.  it really adds depth to this background.

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the details: i mentioned i liked this tag so much, i made a second one using a different color palette (and “seasons” instead of “winter”).  it’s cool to see how altering the colors turn this wintery tag into a woodlands tag – endless creative possibilities…

congrats to the winners from the november 12 tags of 2014.  if you see your name (and it links to your tag), please email mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize…
1. Georgie C.
2. Bumblebees and Butterflies
3. igirlzoe
4. Yvonne Blair
5. Sally Miller
6. Claudine Criner
7. Kim
8. Taylor Made
9. saracloset
10. Nonnie’s Musings
11. Brita
12. Sara Jansen

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can
click the links below to purchase online…
(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

GREAT NEWS! both of these online stores are offering a discount of 10% off your purchase – use the following codes with your order:
(SSS code: DEC2014TH / IE code: timtime)

CMS207 Christmas Nostalgia (IE|SSS)
Holiday Words: Script Thinlits (IE|SSS)
Holiday Words: Block Thinlits (IE|SSS)
click here (IE|SSS)
Prancing Deer (SSS|IE)
Tag & Bookplates (IE|SSS)
Snowfall & Falling Trees Texture Fades (SSS|IE)
#8 Manila Tags (IE|SSS)
Grungeboard (SSS|IE)
Frosted (IE|SSS)
Distress Specialty Stamping Paper (SSS|IE)
Kraft-Core (IE|SSS)
Industrious Stickers Frames & Trims (IE|SSS)
Crinkle Ribbon (SSS|IE)
Pine Twine (IE|SSS)
Snowflakes Adornments (IE|SSS)
Jump Rings (IE|SSS)
Walnut Stain Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Watering Can Archival Ink (IE|SSS)
Ice Spruce Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Faded Jeans Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Brushed Pewter Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Picket Fence Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
click here (IE|SSS)
Rock Candy Distress Glitter (SSS|IE)
Matte Glue N Seal (IE|SSS)
Glossy Accents (IE|SSS)
Collage Glue Stick (IE|SSS)
Sanding Grip (SSS|IE)
Mister Bottle (IE|SSS)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (IE|SSS)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Heat Tool (IE|SSS)
Tonic Scissors (IE|SSS)
Vagabond (IE|SSS)


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169 Comments to “12 tags of 2014 – december…”

  1. Oh, how gorgeous these are!

  2. Nancy Osborn says:

    O M G… O M G… You found the “cure” for what I refer to as “crafters herpes”… aka GLITTER sticking to everything! LOL Ya know, once you unleash the glitter you can’t get rid of it! This is pure and simple GENIUS!!! Seriously, I’m in total glitter awww right now! LOL!! Beautifully done tag, as always!! THANK YOU TIM!! ♡♡♡

  3. Karrie says:

    I adore your tags and the step by step photos & instructions. I just might get in the holiday spirit with this one! 🙂

  4. Gorgeous! Can’t wait to give all your techniques a try! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

  5. Lois Skiathitis says:

    Stunning and oh so festive. Thanks for the step outs. Greatly appreciated. Happy Holidays. TFS!!! 😀

  6. Kelsey says:

    Love the look of this one! I have the Distress Stain Sprays and think they are a very cool product, particularly the shimmer when the metallic colours are used over the other colours.

  7. Maureen sala says:

    Wonderful snowy, winters tag. This is actually one I can easily replicate. Happy holidays

    Maureen

  8. OH MY GOSH! Love everything about this one! Both of them are just gorgeous! That Prancing Deer die is one of my fav things from this Winter! Thanks for the great tip about the ‘spoon’ – I’m definitely going to try that! Happy December!

  9. Linda E says:

    Love the tag, Tim !!! I especially love this reindeer, so gorgeous!!

  10. Cathy Osborne says:

    Amazing, creative, absolutely beautiful. I love the background process, so pretty – like a Starry Night.

  11. amy in Texas says:

    Another amazing tag! Love that you do this each month.

  12. Christine Ravenscroft says:

    Makes me wish for a snowy white christmas, but that will never happen here :(.
    Thanks for another year of crafty goodness.

  13. Sheri K says:

    Gorgeous–love this and the glittered deer is awesome! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us Tim! I also enjoyed seeing photo’s of your holiday decorations, were still a work in progress here, but getting there!

  14. Sheila B says:

    this is just beautiful! Bet it looks even better in person:)

  15. Kristen says:

    Love the dimension on this tag!

  16. marci piraro says:

    Both tags are beautiful! I really like them.

  17. Linda Grady says:

    Absolutely love this tag; want to make a card similar to this. Love, love the frosted paper; a must-have. And the tea fuser – oh my; definitely a must have!! Great tutorial, Tim; really like how each step comes with a pic and the how-to before moving on to the next one; makes it easy to follow along.

  18. Violet says:

    What a lovely tag. I really like your glitter idea using the tea infused. Brilliant is right.

  19. Carmen Lucero says:

    Such a fabulous tag! I’m so making this!

    Hugs,
    Carmen

  20. Mary Jo Cove says:

    Love it!!!! Especially the use of the tea infuser. Genius!!!

  21. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Wow!!! Both tags are stunning!

  22. Sharon Young says:

    Happy December! Such a festive tag. Thanks for so many techniques and tips with this one. Who knew a tea infuser could be used to dispense glitter. Congrats to all the winners and thanks for your inspired projects.

  23. Becky says:

    Thanks for the tip about putting waxed paper for detailed thinlits dies! I had some that were giving me issues and now I have the script holiday words so I am ready to cut! 🙂 Both tags are great!

  24. stampersuzz says:

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to play with a few of the different ideas!

  25. Hetty says:

    Wonderful winter tag. Thanks for all year teachings!
    Congratulations to all the winners.

  26. Helena Cuttino says:

    Great tag, I will have to do this and it’s early enough for me to add a couple of supplies that I do not have.

  27. Cathy Homan says:

    Great tag!!!! I love all the tips you give. The loose tea ball spoon idea is awesome. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  28. Sue W. says:

    What a perfect ending to 2014! Gonna have to see what I can come up with on this one since I don’t have a lot of what you used. Should be interesting!!

  29. Anette says:

    thank you so much for another year of endless inspiration! I wish you and Mario the best Christmas ever 🙂

  30. So inspiring. I especially love it because I just got the prancing deer. I was thrilled you included it on this tag.

  31. Annie says:

    Love this tag……….might just play along. Genius idea to use the tea leaf strainer/spoon for the glitter.

    TFS and best wishes to you and Mario, all the gang x
    Hugs Annie

  32. Maureen Reiss says:

    Wow!!! This tag is sooooo Gorgeous!!

  33. Sue McRae says:

    Very festive tag! Love that cool “snowy” background technique!

  34. Jennifer S. says:

    Fabulous! Love all the sparkle!

  35. Mary Pendergrass says:

    What a wonderful winter tag. Absolutely love it.

  36. Marie says:

    Love these! Awesome creativity! Just got some glitter. Can’t wait to start playing with it.

  37. Paula Collins says:

    Oh Tim your costing me a fortune! But I love you anyway. I just bought the Christmas stencil and the script words. Now I need that frosted paper! I am devoting a room just for Tim Holtz stuff! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  38. Cathy in Canada says:

    Gorgeous tags! Love them both! A great way to end 2014! Thanks for all your creativity and ideas Tim!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!

  39. Both of the December tags are absolutely gorgeous and look so fun to create!!! Hard to believe December is here already…. but it is…. so I hope you enjoy the holidays!! Congratulations to all the November winners… beautiful creations!

  40. Barbara Albrecht says:

    Another amazingly creative tag, Tim…or should I say TWO amazingly creative tags?!?! Thank you for continuing to make a tag a month…so enjoy learning from you!! Wishing you, Mario and all your families a Blessed Christmas!!

  41. KONNIE WREN says:

    ok…you have to STOP! Everytime that I think that I have as much Tim Holtz as I need, you show me that I need more! My paycheck CANNOT keep up with you! Gorgeous tag!

  42. nonnie says:

    Gorgeous tags – and I love the two colorways! Shows so well what a difference the color can make! And thank you for picking my name – being a winner is so much fun! Just brings a huge smile on a cold (5 below) day….Happy Holidays to All!

  43. Rosann says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous, love the prancing deer … he’s so lifelike, both color palettes are beautiful ; the technique on the greenery just fabulous… they look real as well … you ROCKED IT Tim !!!

  44. Deb L says:

    Love both of them! You have so many great ideas Tim!

  45. Leslie Anderson says:

    Love the tea strainer tip and both color schemes….awesome tag. Unable to get discount code to work on SSS and IE and Sizzix are sold out already!!! Hoping to find locally before Christmas!

  46. carol says:

    What a great use for the tea strainer. . .so creative!

  47. Kriss says:

    Beautiful Tim, love both color palettes!

  48. paula says:

    amazing tag…love all the tips! I always learn something from you! EVERY single time!

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