12 tags of 2014 – june…

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if you love the look of blended watercolor and looking for a different way to create colorful backgrounds, this month’s tag is just the thing.  like many crafters, i have a new love and appreciation for using stencils on my cards and projects.  their unique and often bold shapes allow me to incorporate them by layering with other imagery.  layering with stencils is key in my opinion.  of course there are so many different ways to use layering stencils, but today i wanted to show one of my favorites that is also in my book “a compendium of curiosities vol.III”.  this technique also incorporates the new mini distress inks, but you could use your regular size distress pads too.  i just prefer the convenience of being able to add color to smaller areas with these little guys.  so before we start i want to remind you not to judge the success of this technique until you dry it.  the look and effect of this watercolor monoprint using a stencil often changes when it’s completely dry.  the definition and detail really come to life so hang in there and have fun playing with both color and design – here we go…t!m


  • surfaces: distress watercolor cardstock, #8 manila tag
  • layering stencils: star
  • stamps: cms182
  • dies: stamp & framelits- french flight
  • embellishments: mini gears, game spinners, mini fasteners,
  • trimmings: crinkle ribbon
  • distress ink: mini distress ink pads- assorted
  • archival ink: jet black
  • adheisves: foam tape
  • tools: mini ink blending tool, detailer waterbrush, heat tool, craft sheet, mister, vagabond, magnetic cutting pad

DSC00268step 1: gather various colors of mini distress inks and a layering stencil.

DSC00269step 2: begin tapping or lightly rubbing the distress ink on the back of the layering stencil (since we will be “printing” the design i always get in the habit of inking the back of the stencil – this is really important when working with things that have letters or numbers so they don’t print backwards)

DSC00270step 3: continue inking the stencil until you have color in most areas.

DSC00271step 4: generously mist the inked stencil with water from a mister to react the distress inks.  remember, distress reacts with water so the color will actually become more intense now and blend beautifully.  *note: this is the one step what you will need to play with to find the right amount of water that works for the look you want to achieve.

DSC00272step 5: lift the stencil from the craft sheet and place it on to the smooth side of distress watercolor cardstock.  *note: i found this technique worked on many surfaces including directly on to the tag, but the watercolor cardstock provides more “play” with the colors and water which i prefer.

DSC00273step 6: place the inked layering stencil directly on to the cardstock.

DSC00274step 7: while the stencil is on the cardstock, press down over the entire design using a paper towel to print the color as well as immediately absorb any ink that might seep out inside the stencil openings.

DSC00278step 8: lift the stencil off, set it aside, and immediately dry your print with a heat tool.  *note: as i mentioned in the opening, this step is very important since initially the image appears blurry and washed out at times.  heating the image defines the color and design much more than what you see while it’s wet.

DSC00279check this out…colorful and cool don’t you think?

DSC00280step 9: cut the cardstock to fit the tag, tear the bottom edge if you wish, and adhere to the tag.

DSC00282step 10: ink the edges with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

DSC00283step 11: stamp the butterflies image from the “french flight” framelit set using black archival ink.

DSC00284step 12: stamp the butterflies a second time on the smooth side of a piece of distress watercolor cardstock using archival ink.

DSC00286step 13: stamp the creativity verse on the tag along side of the butterflies using archival ink.

DSC00285step 14: watercolor the butterflies using your mini distress inks by swiping the waterbrush directly across the pad.

DSC00287step 15: continue coloring until desired look is achieved (make sure to color outside the lines for this one), and dry with heat tool.

DSC00288step 16: place stamped images on magnetic platform over a clear cutting pad.  place framelits around the image and die cut.  *note: you can use any stamped image and hand-cut around them if you don’t have this stamp/die set.

DSC00289step 17: die cut all butterflies (see why it’s good to color outside the lines?).

DSC00290step 18: ink the edges of butterflies with distress ink using ink blending tool.

DSC00291step 19: apply a small piece of foam tape on the back of each butterfly behind the body area only.

DSC00292step 20: secure each butterfly to the tag slightly bending the wings to create dimension.

DSC00293step 21: embellish the tag using mini gears, game spinner, and mini fasteners.

DSC00295step 22: apply various colors of mini distress inks to craft sheet.

DSC00296step 23: mist the inks with water from a mister to react the inks.

DSC00297step 24: press 2 cut pieces of crinkle ribbon into the inks until covered. (i cut the ribbons at 8″ and 24″ for my tag)

DSC00298step 25: crinkle the ribbons into a ball and dry with a heat tool.

DSC00299i love how the custom ribbon matches the tag background perfectly…

DSC00301step 26: next we’re going to make what i refer to this as the “paula bow” – start by inserting the short ribbon through the hole in the tag as shown.

DSC00302step 27: take the longer ribbon and secure one end under your thumb as shown.

DSC00303step 28: wrap the remaining ribbon around your fingers until you run out.

DSC00304step 29: slide the loop of ribbon from your fingers and pinch in the center to hold as shown.

DSC00305step 30:place the loop on to the top of the tag and tie the short ribbon around the loops to hold.

DSC00306step 31: tie again to create a knot and trim ends of ribbon if needed. cool right?  thanks to my friend paula cheney for that great bow trick!

DSC00313 3.38.05 PM*the details: i really like the colors in this background, the coordinating ribbon, and of course the dimensional stamped butterflies…

DSC00322well i hope you like this technique, but more importantly i hope you take time to play with this technique.   try different stencils, different colors of inks, and even different surfaces to create these colorful watercolor backgrounds.  i wanted to share a few of my other favorite layering stencils for this technique…

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congrats to the winners from the may 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. S@ndy Diller
2. Danielle Mack
3. Lisa F
4. dj@CardsPaperAndScrapbooks
5. Karen Knight
6. Katy Leitch
7. Katie K
8. Nikki Acton
9. Lottie Luvs Lilac
10. chris
11. Cheiron
12. Donna Buchner

*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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Distress Mini Ink Pad Kit 3 (SSS|IE)


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211 Comments to “12 tags of 2014 – june…”

  1. Patricia Murphy says:

    I’m your oldest fan and I LOVE this technique!

  2. […] been experimenting a lot the past few days with Tim Holtz’s June 2014 Blended Water Color […]

  3. […] that this month I had done neither of the two required techniques before. This month we used stencil monoprinting and embossing paste adorn with heat embossing powder.  I had all the supplies that these […]

  4. […] create the background, I started by using a stencil to create a mono print on the tag (see Tim’s technique here ).  Then I added added the pink hearts with Candied Apple Distress Ink. Last I added the gold […]

  5. […] month the techniques are Mono printing and Embossed Paste! I’ve looked at them both before, tried the mono printing but never […]

  6. […] But, I’m using a tag design from one of Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014-it’s his June tag to be exact.  I tweaked his original design just a bit and took a green-dominant color […]

  7. […] tag was crying out for a “paula bow“. I have to make them in secret as one of our kittens loves them (see June’s […]

  8. […] started out with the June Tag, I love the colours on this tag.  I was able to follow mostly what Tim did on his tag – […]

  9. Marilynn Ellsworth says:

    I just love all of the color! This is a great technique.

  10. lz says:

    How did you adhere the gears? thx

  11. […] is Can’t Put it Down (or away). I’ve been alternating between making cards using the Tim Holtz 12 Months of Tags June technique or using my new Scripty Thanks die from Lawn […]

  12. […] na cały tag znajduje się na blogu Tima – tam też możecie zgłaszać się na tagowe […]

  13. […] had Distress Inks for a year or so and use them more than any other. After referring to his 12 Months of Tags June post several times in the past few weeks. I decided that I had to get the mini versions of the […]

  14. […] in front of me, still covered with ink and I had a VOILA moment.  So, using his handy dandy 12 months of tags June technique, I spritzed some water on the inky stencil and put it ink side down on cardstock. When I pulled the […]

  15. Kathy Stacy says:

    I wanted to thank you for the win and the wonderful prize that was sent so quickly. I will enjoy this “here and there” stamp and die set and rub-on’s thankfully!

  16. […] This is the technique that Tim Holtz featured in his 12 months of tags – June. […]

  17. […] I don’t have any spray inks, I decided to use the technique that Tim Holtz featured in his 12 months of tags – June. The card below is my second attempt because I got very into putting red and blue all over the […]

  18. […] chose to create a card using the technique that he shared HERE on one of his 12 Tags […]

  19. Bobbi says:

    This tag is fabulous!!! I love the colors and techniques, thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

  20. Helen says:

    By the skin of my teeth!!!! I love the stencil technique and that bow looks fab – I will be doing both more often! TFS x

  21. Nonnie says:

    loved this technique – used it to make a beautiful page!

  22. […] Good morning, happy Sunday. Yet again, I’m almost too late with my canvas board version of Tim’s tag. I actually made it a few weeks ago & hoped I’d have time to make another, better version, but I don’t think I will now.  You can see Tim’s gorgeous tag & all the details on how he created it HERE. […]

  23. Chris says:

    Loved this technique, it’s going to be one of my favourites! 🙂

  24. […] totally love the technique for this months Tag and had a basic Idea I wanted to try though far less […]

  25. Kimberly C. says:

    Tim, I enjoyed playing with the monoprint stencil technique. Even, my daughter joined in on the fun and created her own tag. There are so many ways to use the distress inks…I am enjoying experimenting with each technique. Thanks

  26. butterfly says:

    Such a brilliant technique – I’ve been having a ball with it, thank you! Fabulous entries by the look of it, and congratulations to last month’s winners too!
    Alison x

  27. […] surely gotten the best of me lately but, I’m sure happy to be here today, with my tag for Tim Holtz’s June 2014 Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner’s Flaming June […]

  28. Sherry says:

    Phew, just got my tag done in time! Lovely technique which I’ll be using again for sure. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂 ps, love that bow!

  29. Lisa S says:

    I love this technique and thanks for sharing the Paula bow too!

  30. Maureen says:

    What a fun tag to make – love the watercolour effect and the popped up butterflies! Thanks Tim!

  31. […] I also used a Tim Holtz stencil & the technique that he used in his 12 Months of Tags – June post. […]

  32. Jocelyn Cazier says:

    Loving the variations of this month’s “tags”. Love the stencil technique and how many different looks there are for it.

  33. […] Holtz stencils.  I realized I had everything I needed to to try the technique that Tim used on his 12 Months of Tags – June. Well, everything but a water spritzer, but then I remembered the “sea salt texturizing […]

  34. Rachel Fisher says:

    love this technique – will use it lots – thankyou! xx

  35. Rhonda says:

    this is my favorite tag to date! love all the colors and everything! thx!!

  36. Beautiful background technique Tim, thanks so much for sharing it! Love your June tag, very pretty!

  37. […] Thanks to the lovely Lou, I pop in and see what Tim Holtz is up to every now and then with his Tags of 2014. June’s tag is here […]

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