12 tags of 2014 – february…

hard to believe the first month of this year has already flown by.  it was certainly a busy one for me – how about you?  did you remember to “make time” to do something creative??? or…we’re you “too busy” to create a tag last month???  remember it’s never too late to get started on the 12 tags of 2014.  thanks to those of you who uploaded your tags last month, some really amazing and creative ideas.  thanks also to our amazing friends at inlinkz for providing the innovative platform that has opened the doors to creative and interactive sharing on blogs throughout the world…

so are you ready for another tag?  this month’s tag was certainly inspired by one of my favorite new stamps.  i think the message is perfect, a reminder to us all that we need to recognize the people that do in fact, make our lives wonderful.  so whether they are a close friend, family relative, or significant other, be inspired to make something creative for the one’s you love this month…t!m


  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, grungeboard, black cardstock
  • layering stencils: hearts
  • stamps: cms182
  • dies: mini movers & shapers heart die
  • embellishments: industrious stickers borders
  • trimmings: red & cream trimmings
  • distress ink: worn lipstick, barn door, fired brick, walnut stain
  • distress stain: pumice stone, milled lavender, frayed burlap
  • distress embossing ink
  • embossing powder: frosted crystal, super fine detail clear
  • distress glitter: festive berries
  • mediums: glossy accents
  • adheisves: foam tape
  • tools: craft sheet, heat tool, ink blending tool, mister, scissors, paper distresser, chalk

DSC08693step 1: create background wash by swiping various colors of distress stain directly on to craft sheet.

DSC08694step 2: swipe manila tag through distress stain covering entire tag.

DSC08695step 3: mist tag with water from mister to blend and lighten distress stain colors.

DSC08696step 4: dry tag completely with a heat tool *note: it’s important that the tag is completely dry before moving on to the next step.

DSC08697step 5: place layering stencil over tag and secure to craft sheet with tape.

DSC08698step 6: using ink blending tool, begin inking through entire stencil with lightest color of distress ink.

DSC08699step 7: move on to middle color of distress ink, but only ink through various places of the stencil.

DSC08700step 8: finish with the darkest color of distress ink, adding shadow through various places of the stencil.

DSC08701*this is the gradient effect we get through the layering stencil by working from light to dark colors with the ink blending tool – i love how the edges fade out.

DSC08702step 9: remove the layering stencil and immediately cover inked tag with super fine detail clear embossing powder.

DSC08703step 10: remove the excess powder by lightly tapping tag (do not “flick”), the powder will stick to the distress ink (such a cool feature of distress ink).

DSC08704step 11: heat emboss the design using a heat tool until the embossing powder melts clear and shiny.

DSC08705step 12: ink the edges of the embossed tag with a darker color of distress ink using ink blending tool.

DSC08706step 13: tatter the edges of the tag using a paper distresser.

DSC08708step 14: cut a heart from grungeboard or chipboard and ink with red color of distress ink.

DSC08709step 15: apply glossy accents over inked heart and spread out with your finger.

DSC08710step 16: cover heart with distress glitter, tap off excess, and let dry or dry with heat tool.

DSC08712step 17: once glossy accents is dry and glitter is set, ink the edges with distress ink using an ink blending tool to create a vintage tarnished effect (such a cool feature of distress glitter).

DSC08688step 18: stamp image on black cardstock with distress embossing ink and cover with frosted crystal embossing powder.

DSC08689step 19: heat emboss the powder until it becomes matte (do not overheat or powder will become shiny and the technique will not work).

DSC08690step 20: scribble over image with white chalk covering the design.

DSC08692step 21: using your hand (not a towel) wipe over the design to remove excess chalk – the texture of frosted crystal embossing powder grabs on to the chalk.  *note: if you wipe over the image and remove too much chalk, simply reapply chalk and wipe excess off again.

DSC08713step 22: remove accent pieces from industrious stickers.

DSC08715step 23: assemble the tag layering the elements with foam tape for added dimension.

DSC08716step 24: finish the tag by tying a piece of trimmings through the top.

DSC08724the details: i really like the combination of textures on the tag: the soft chalkboard quote, the shiny embossed stencil design, and the chunky distress glittered heart.

many of you have asked for a “12 tags of 2014” image for your blog, so here it is.  please just right click and save this image to use for yourself.  also, if you share your creation on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #12tagsof2014 so we can all share in the inspiration – thanks for participating…


congrats to the winners from the january 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. Shaunery Wharton
2. Karen Garrard
3. Maureen
4. Buttons
5. Vada
6. Hazel H
7. Mary Elizabeth
8. Jan Smith
9. Geraldine
10. Cathy Parlitsis
11. Jamie Cox
12. Sue Fraser

*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:
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129 Comments to “12 tags of 2014 – february…”

  1. […] playing along this month with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014. I’m still taking baby steps when it comes to working with Tim Holtz’s stamps, […]

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  3. amyt2s says:

    Love the chalking!!!

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  8. Ohhh I love how this turned out!!

  9. Karen Morrow says:

    Kia Ora Tim Holtz, we love you here in New Zealand. Thanks for letting Paula Cheney come and visit us at Autumn Escape in Taupo, I am doing all her classes. One day i will get to America to do one your fabulous looking events!! KM

  10. […] Each month on his blog Tim Holtz shares a tutorial for making a tag using lots of different stamping products and techniques, click here to check out the tag for February. […]

  11. Melissa Brooks says:

    Love love love your work!!! You are such a talented man, and am addicted to your products! Just heard you and Ranger are sponsoring Autumn Escape in New Zeeland in April. I travel from Australia to attend because it is so good and now even better with this latest news! Thank you so much!!

  12. […] time to blog about it, so tonight’s the night. You can see Tim’s gorgeous Valentine themed tag HERE & below is mine. I had virtually nothing of what Tim used & I didn’t want to make a […]

  13. Maureen says:

    So glad to participate again this month; I learned so much – thank you Tim!

  14. Vee Cassidy says:

    Greetings from Scotland. I am so happy to have joined in!

  15. Hope you and your team had a blessed Valentine’s Day with your loved ones.

  16. Diann Marie Story says:

    Love your work, always inspired

  17. Antonia says:

    You make it look so easy ! xx

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  19. Love the card. love the colors and technique used. I am inspired to make a card before this day is up.

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  21. […] hope you are able to share the day with people you love, and take time to hop over to Tim’s blog to see his tag and techniques. […]

  22. die amelie says:

    Great design and tag! Thanks for the fab tut!
    Claudia x

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  25. Sara Annau says:

    I loved doing this tag. Deceptively simple!

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  27. Suz Warren says:

    I just LOVE that chalkboard technique!

  28. nice tag you made especially for valentine. Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. Carole Z says:

    Great tutorial and love this tag – just added mine!

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  31. Well I finally took the plunge and had a go. Im quite pleased with the finished result, but with so many amazing artists around here it is quite daunting, but take the plunge I did. I would like to thank anoyone in advance that has a look at my tag. If you cant comment on my page, I would appreciate a note on here, if thats possible. Mo :o)

  32. Lori says:

    I love all the techniques you share with us. It inspires me. Looks like a simple tag, but not with all the details.

  33. Another great tag with super techniques, thanks so much. I had such fun making my interpretation. Roll on March ;0)

  34. Omygosh! I am SO excited over this month’s tag !!! While I will be totally honest here, T!m, that I really do NOT like the chalk/emboss technique. It is VERY difficult for me to do. I’ve gotten LOTS of practice (and a huge trashcan full of rejects to prove this…once again this month…added to that of November’s tag…). That said, I am excited for Valentine’s Day and the chance to play around with not only your idea, but one of my own. I just got done- sans sleep for two nights – and will upload it to my blog tonight. GOD bless my loving, patient, generous FFChiefHubby for putting up with me. AND for letting me shop again and finally giving that Distress Glitter a go on this tag. Ok…I admit…..it IS pretty cool and can be played down w Distress Inks. Although I chose the clear so as to not be bothered by the ‘glitzy’ way I still think glitter itself looks. With some Vintage Photo and Black Soot….the colors took on a muted tone that I like. Yeah, yeah, yeah (hehe)….I give; you’re a genious. Pat yerself on the back, man. 😉 <3 ~Lyla~

  35. Maura says:

    Great challenge for the love month!

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