12 tags of 2014 – july…

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i’m lovin’ summertime!  the time to get out and enjoy a little sunshine, take a vacation, or just enjoy the longer days to take time to dream.  i’m always saying that inspiration is everywhere, many times it’s simply a matter of changing your perspective of a technique, and use what you already know in a different way.  in fact, a couple of today’s techniques were shared a few years ago here on the blog during the original 12 tags of christmas (back in 2008 with the faux snow, and 2010 with embossing plastic).  well this month’s 12 tags of 2014 is inspired by summer with a trip to the beach to smell the fresh sea air, feel the sand between your toes, and catch a glimpse of an underwater world.  not to worry if you don’t have the chance to get to the beach anytime soon, at least we can let our creativity take us there right?  paradise found…t!m

supplies:

  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, shrink plastic, grungboard, kraft core,
  • dies: sand & sea, mini movers die/sand & sea, spring greenery
  • texture fades: bubbles
  • embellishments: word band,
  • trimmings: linen ribbon, jute string
  • distress ink: gathered twigs/salty ocean/evergreen bough
  • distress markers: frayed burlap/pumice stone
  • distress stain: weathered wood/pumice stone
  • distress paint: peacock feathers/tumbled glass/salty ocean/rusty hinge/crushed olive/wild honey
  • distress crackle paint: rock candy
  • distress embossing powder: antique linen/black soot
  • distress glitter: antique linen
  • mediums: utee/clear
  • adheisves: glossy accents
  • tools: distress marker spritzer, mister, mini blending tool, heat tool, craft sheet, tiny attacher, sanding grip, vagabond machine, scissors, paper distresser, craft stick, palette knife

DSC00345step 1: first let’s start with our accent pieces by die cutting a large seahorse and two mini sand dollars from grungeboard. *i chose to use both the bigz and mini versions of these dies simply for scale.

DSC00346step 2: paint the seahorse with various colors of distress paint using mini blending tool. *i find this tool really convenient for dabbing various colors of paint to a surface (remember the blending foam is washable after use too).

DSC00347step 3: once paint is dry, sand and scuff the edges to reveal the grungeboard.

DSC00348step 4: ink the edges with distress ink using ink blending tool.

DSC00349step 5: apply a medium layer of clear rock candy distress crackle paint to the entire surface and set aside to dry and crackle.

DSC00381step 6: once paint has crackled, apply distress stain over surface allowing stain to seep into the cracks.

DSC00382step 7: dry the stain into the cracks using a heat tool. *i think this step is important to heat dry vs. allowing to air dry.

DSC00363step 8: apply distress paint to one sand dollar to create a wet layer of paint.

DSC00364step 9: shake distress embossing powder and sprinkle over the wet paint (do not cover the entire surface).

DSC00365step 10: heat emboss to melt embossing powders and create a cool gritty texture.

DSC00368step 11: on the second sand dollar, cut out along the score lines for the starfish.

DSC00369step 12: apply distress paint to the starfish to create a wet layer of paint.

DSC00370step 13: shake distress embossing powder and sprinkle over the wet paint (do not cover the entire surface).

DSC00371step 14: heat emboss to melt embossing powders and create a cool gritty texture.

DSC00372*here’s an up close look of the textured effect distress embossing powders create – cool huh?

DSC00373step 15: sand and ink the edges of both shapes.

DSC00383step 16: using a distress marker, outline the scored star on the sand dollar to create a shadow.

DSC00350step 17: now let’s work on creating a cool layered distress background for our tag by applying distress paint to craft sheet, and mist paint with water.

DSC00351step 18: swipe tag through wet paint and dry with a heat tool.

DSC00352step 19: apply distress stain to craft sheet and mist stain with water.

DSC00353step 20: swipe painted tag through stain and dry with heat tool.

DSC00356step 21: apply various shades of distress ink to painted and stained tag using ink blending tool.

DSC00357step 22: spritz drops of water over inked tag.

DSC00358step 23: dry water droplets on tag with heat tool.

DSC00360step 24: distress edges of tag with paper distresser and ink with distress ink using blending tool.

DSC00361step 25: lightly spritz distress marker over the tag for effect and dry with heat tool.

DSC00362*check out this awesome grunged layered tag – oh how i love all things distress!

DSC00378step 26: die cut a few pieces of the spring greenery die from kraft core.

DSC00379step 27: ink the edges of die cut pieces with distress ink.

DSC00377step 28: die cut a piece of clear shrink plastic (or other plastics will work) using the #8 tag die.

DSC00376step 29: emboss the top portion of the die cut tag using the bubbles texture fade. *the cool thing about shrink plastic is it “stresses” the plastic when embossed creating a white halo around the design.  other plastics do this as well so try what you have.

DSC00380step 30: cut off the “un-embossed” bottom area of the clear tag with tonic scissors (the new big shears are great for this).

DSC00384*it’s time to start putting this tag together so gather your tag, bubble layer, and die cut pieces.

DSC00386step 31: layer the clear bubble layer over the tag background, and secure using the tiny attacher (which will be hidden by the seahorse).

DSC00387step 32: adhere seahorse to the background using glossy accents or dimension adhesive. *creative confession…okay, i could resist spritzing a little gold krylon metallic paint pen and black paint pen on the seahorse using the distress marker spritzer – i love that thing…

DSC00388step 33: adhere the greenery to the background using glossy accents. *tip: leave the top areas loose to add dimension to your finished tag.

DSC00389step 34: secure the bottom area of the bubble background with the tiny attacher (which will be hidden by the sand dollar).

*so are you ready to mix things up a little?  we’re going to make our own unique “sand” for this tag.  if you’ve ever tried to glue actual sand to a project you know it doesn’t turn out so great, however this trick will create dimension, textured “sand” that can adhere to any type of surface.

note: i don’t have a measured recipe for this, i just wing it to get the look that i like – you should too…

DSC00390step 35: gather all of these ingredients together since once you start making this you have to use it right away: glossy accents, distress glitter, distress embossing powder, clear utee, disposable mixing cup, craft stick, palette knife.

DSC00391step 36: pour clear utee into a small disposable cup covering the bottom area.

DSC00392step 37: pour a thin layer of distress embossing powder over the clear utee.

DSC00393step 38: add just a sprinkle of black distress embossing powder for contrast.

DSC00394step 39: pour a thin layer of distress glitter covering the entire layer.

DSC00395step 40: add a good squeeze of glossy accents to the mixture.  i suggest starting with less since you can always add more glossy accents.  if you get the sand too wet, you’ll need to add more powder to get the right consistency.

DSC00396step 41: begin mixing all of the ingredients with a craft stick.  be sure to scrape the stick along the edge of the cup so you can continue to mix the wet glossy accents into the powder – we’re going for a crumbly “wet sand” consistency.

DSC00397step 42: apply a thin layer of glossy accents to the area of the tag you want to adhere the “sand” mixture to.

DSC00398step 43: using a palette knife, spread the sand mixture on to the tag.

DSC00399step 44: add elements to the sand by adhering them with glossy accents.

DSC00400step 45: using the palette knife to add finishing texture to the sand and set it aside to dry completely.  *note: keep in mind some of the sand will fall off or become too brittle when dry, however you can always adhere areas back with glossy accents if needed.

DSC00406step 46: cut a piece of linen ribbon and begin pulling the sides apart to create a wide mesh.

DSC00426step 47: tie through the top of the tag and fray the ends to create a cool fish net look – smudge with distress ink.

DSC00401step 48: apply distress paint over a word band covering the recessed words entirely.

DSC00404step 49: wait just a minute for the paint to begin to set and then wipe away excess paint using your fingers allowing paint to remain in the recessed areas.

DSC00436step 50: tie the word band around the tag using a piece of jute string.

DSC00435*the details: i just love the finished textured look of this tag between the crackled seahorse, the embossed plastic bubble layer, the paper and grungeboard elements, and of course the “sand”.  this technique can be used on a burlap panel, the cover of a mini book, or in a shadowbox or configuration – endless possibilities…

congrats to the winners from the june 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. Miyake
2. Olga Helge
3. Kathy Stacy
4. Pam DeCheliis
5. Shirley-bee
6. Anneke
7. Terry
8. Marjut
9. Matilde
10. Lisa S
11. Bobbie
12. Janes World

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206 Comments to “12 tags of 2014 – july…”

  1. Sara j says:

    What a fabulous sand pile you’ve created!!! And the bubbles are just perfect. Another fantastic tag….just perfect for summer.

  2. barbara lassiter says:

    Love the sea and sand and starfish and sand dollars….all the items on your tag. This is a cool tag but it would also be a cool wall hanging on canvas. Thanks for the “recipe” for the sand!

  3. Caitlin C. says:

    So creative! I love the plastic bubble background! I look forward to the first of every month so I can see something new you’ve created.

  4. Jennifer S. says:

    What a fun summery tag! I love the technique to create sand! Brilliant!

  5. ruby t says:

    Wow. I feel like I am at the beach! Great techniques, especially the “sand”. Need to get the new dies. Thanks for the best tutorials.

  6. Linda Bell says:

    Tim, you my friend are amazing. This tag blows me away. I for sure am going to try it but I need that embossing folder and die. I will be getting it. Thanks for the great tag!

  7. Dolly says:

    Another beautiful tag. Love the colors. And thanks for the great technique of making sand. I see a beach holiday in the future, with an album covered in sand.

  8. Shari T. says:

    Fabulous July Tag, Tim!! I think your shrink plastic bubble background is my favorite part of this month’s tag! That’s very clever, indeed!!
    Congrats to all of the June Tag winners!! WAY TO GO!! XOXO-Shari

  9. donna russell says:

    great tag!! Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Sue McRae says:

    What a fabulous underwater scene! Love all the texture and those bubbles are so fun!

  11. butterfly says:

    What a fantastic summer tag – wow, so many amazing techniques!! Congrats to all the winners – and a specially big yay to my pals!!
    Alison xx

  12. Sharon P. says:

    The tag is wonderful! Love the bubbles and sand!

  13. Maureen Chandler says:

    Fabulous tag – as always! Thanks so much Tim!!!

  14. Marie says:

    I LOVE this die set! I have so many pictures at the beach. A few weeks back I picked up the linen ribbon. Can’t wait to use it somewhere

  15. Hetty says:

    Such a beautiful Summer tag, Tim, whith great elements.

  16. kathy wade says:

    Please do a tag class at next year’s SSS Create event! Pretty please? 🙂 We promise we won’t freak our freak.

  17. Barbara Albrecht says:

    OOOOOOO….LOVE this month’s tag!! So many different techniques…what fun!!!

  18. Barbara L says:

    I love every bit of this tag. I so miss the ocean and sand and cool breezes. Must get these dies!! Thanks, Tim. Enjoy a bit of home time.

  19. Pam B says:

    Great tag! Love the sand, and all the textures and dimension!

  20. Amazing idea for sand! Love it!

  21. I think this might be my favorite tag of yours, ever. Wow! So many very, very cool techniques on here. That sand is awesome!

  22. Lisa H says:

    Love, Love, Love this tag!! The Sand & Sea dies are ordered and will soon be on the way. =)

  23. Sara Baumann says:

    I think this is my favorite tag ever!! I love all of the techniques you used, especially the “sand”!!

  24. Anita O says:

    SOOOOO, so cool – living in Florida, this is such a perfect tag/techniques!!

  25. Avra says:

    I LOVE all of the “beach-y” elements of this tag! Especially the bubbles! I think I need to add that folder to my collection!

  26. chelle says:

    oh my goodness! love love love! that sand is awesome! all the details come together wonderfully!

  27. Kim G says:

    I probably say this every time but BEST TAG EVER! I love that sand technique!

  28. I love it, Tim! But darn… Don’t have these dies in hand yet! Lol I guess I will have to change that 🙂 it’s fabulous!

  29. Cheri says:

    This is a perfect tag for someone (like me) who lives the Jimmy Buffett tropical lifestyle – I have to have all the sea die cuts!

  30. Beautiful! This really gets me excited about making a tag. Love the Sand and Sea dies.

  31. Gloria L. says:

    Don’t have any of these dies – off to improvise!

  32. Shannon R. says:

    I love this tag. It certainly reflects summer in FL! Thanks for sharing.

  33. SusanK says:

    Gotta get to the beach! Gorgeous tag…can’t wait to play along!

  34. April W says:

    I can’t wait to try all these wonderful techniques! I love the textures on your tag. Great job as always!

  35. Kendra says:

    The sand is inspired! What a fun tag.

  36. Carol Watson says:

    Totally love the sand! The tag is fantastic, but the sand finishes it. Your the best.

  37. Shanna says:

    OMG I am thrilled to have a way to make sand!!!!

  38. Kat says:

    Thud…. Wow…. Amazing! And here I thought that background tag you made was too beautiful to cover up! Love this tag, that sand and both of those Sizzix dies….Sigh… So creatively happy! Thanks for the inspiration Tim – now I need to play with some faux sand!

  39. Dolly says:

    Congrats to the winners!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this months tag. I love just the background alone!! So cool and it just got better as you went! Awesome folder for this tag too! TFS Tim…UBER inspiring!

  40. Love love love!!!! Your creative confession had me in stitches! The sand is brilliant! Can’t wait to get started!

  41. SusanHnSC says:

    I love this one! Love anything be achy themed and these dies are just what I need!

  42. Deb L says:

    Wow! I love every little detail!

  43. Yvonne Blair says:

    OMG…brilliant!!! Love this one so much….Ok..on my list to do. Thanks for inspiring us!!! You always Rock it Tim!!! Hugs.

  44. Becky H. says:

    This tag is one I will be doing. So many wonderful ideas with this one. The color is great. I live in a beach city. Guess Ill start to work on my list of needs and first dig in that back drawer for some shrink plastic I think I have. Have a great summer everyone.

  45. Terry says:

    Oh this tag is over the top fabulous! Love the cooling effect and living here in the high desert, much needed! I am so thrilled to be among the June winners and thank you very much! So exciting!

  46. Lottie says:

    It’s funny but each month I think “ohh yes this one is my favorite tag so far” but this one ‘IS’ my favorite tag ‘EVER’ !!! (so far). Love sea horses to start with but the amazing textures and colours just scream sea. Love it. Hugs Lottie x

  47. jenn shurkus says:

    love the addition of the distress glitter to the sand mixture 😉 we didn’t have that “back in the day” this is awesome!

  48. Cant wait to try this! Thank you!!

  49. Genevieve says:

    Fantastic tag, looooove it! Well done Tim!

    Congrats to all the winners, your tags are great and prizes are well deserved!

  50. patty williams says:

    oops

    PS.. a BIG congrats to the winners !

    ( and thanks for the much easier security codes)

    patty in akron ♥

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