12 tags of 2014 – november…


there’s nothing better than the warm colors of an autumn pallet.  this time of year showcases nature’s beauty with the changing of the fall foliage into brilliant shades of gold, reds, and rust.  living in the mountains of northern arizona we don’t necessarily get to encounter the same vivid colors i’ve seen in new england, but still fall has a presence here and i love it.  this month i wanted to capture these rich hues with a textured tag to remind you to stop for a moment, look around you, and be present in the “here & now” of this colorful season…t!m


  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, corrugate cardboard
  • layering stencil: speckles
  • distress ink: gathered twigs, walnut stain
  • distress spray stain: tarnished brass, walnut stain
  • distress paint: ripe persimmon, rusty hinge, mustard seed, wild honey, crushed olive, forest moss
  • distress embossing ink
  • embossing powder: sticky
  • foil sheets: vintage
  • adhesive: glue n’ seal
  • trims: crinkle ribbon, naturals black & cream
  • embellishments: remnant rubs, arrow adornments, alpha parts/framed, vial labels
  • tools: craft sheet, heat tool, mister, mini blending tool, tonic shears, paper distresser, vagabond
  • dies: layered leaf set


step 1: begin by selecting your color palette of distress paint.  i chose distress paint for this technique due to their opacity and ability to react with water and layer without turning “muddy”.


step 2: apply various colors of distress paint to a craft sheet by swiping directly over the surface.


step 3: mist the distress paint with water from a mister to create droplets of color.


step 4: swipe a manila tag through the paint to cover the surface and create a base layer.


step 5: dry the base layer of paint with a heat tool.  note: to blend the colors even more before drying trying misting the tag with water.


step 6: tap the dry tag into the remaining droplets of paint to build layers and dry tag completely once desired look is achieved.


step 7: next we’re going to use the layer leaf die set.  this set includes a bigz die and coordinating texture fade to cut and emboss the same design which can be used in so many different ways.


step 8: open the texture fade and swipe walnut stain distress ink around the the raised areas of the leaf as shown.


step 9: place the painted tag into the texture fade opposite of the inked side.


step 10: run the tag through the vagabond to emboss pressing the inked areas into the design to create a drop shadow – cool huh?


step 11: using a mini blending tool, swipe over the inked area to smudge the ink around to show the detail of the design.


step 12: place the speckles layering stencil over the tag.  using a clean piece of blending foam, dab distress embossing ink through the stencil.


step 13: cover inked area with sticky embossing powder and replace excess powder back in the jar.


step 14: heat emboss the sticky embossing powder until it melts clear – do not overheat.


step 15: immediately press the dull silver side of the foil sheet over the embossed area and rub the sheet with your hands to transfer the foil.


step 16: once the foil sheet feels cool to the touch, slowly lift the sheet to remove it – love those speckles of metallic!


step 17: start with a strip of corrugated cardboard from a box.


step 18: begin peeling away the top paper layer on one side of the cardboard to expose the corrugate until desired look is achieved.


step 19: die cut the layered leaf shape through the cardboard.


step 20: ink the cardboard with distress ink using an ink blending tool.


step 21: spritz the cardboard with distress spray stain to create a spotter effect vs. misting the entire piece.


step 22: repeat the previous step using tarnished brass distress spray stain and dry with a heat tool. note: don’t forget to always wipe the nozzles of the spray stains after you’ve used them to avoid clogging.


step 23: apply glue n’ seal to the back of the cardboard using the included brush. (i am so happy ranger has brought back glue n’ seal since it’s my all time favorite paper to paper wet adhesive, and it dries completely matte)


step 24: position the cardboard over the embossed tag lining up the leaf design and press in place to secure.


step 25: cut off the excess cardboard from around the tag.  the new tonic shears have a much longer blade which makes cuts like these so simple to do.


step 26: distress the edges of the tag with a paper distresser and ink with distress ink using an ink blending tool.


step 27: cut a word from the framed alpha parts and nip off deny excess plastic bits.


step 28: cut a piece of naturals trimmings and weave the ribbon behind the alpha part creating a ribbon slide.


step 29: tie the ribbon around the tag securing the ends in a knot.


step 30: embellish the tag with an arrow adornment, vial label, and remnant rubs.


the details: the speckled effect of the foils and distress spray stain combined with the texture of the embossed leaf and corrugated cardboard makes this tag look like weathered woodgrain…


the details: when it comes to embellishing, try to create mini collages with various elements of texture and color…

congrats to the winners from the october 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. Steve’s Stuff
2. KC Creation
3. Lynn Coogan
4. Melody Rupple
5. Elise Kohagura
6. Barbara Washington
7. JBigg
8. Rosann
9. Vic’s Creations
10. Anita Houston
11. Caroline Duncan
12. Laura

*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: 10NOVTH / IE code: timtime)

#8 Manila Tags (SSS|IE)
Vintage Transfer Foil Sheets (IE|SSS)
Layered Leaf (IE|SSS)
Speckles Layering Stencil (SSS|IE)
Remnant Rubs- Botanical (SSS|IE)
Framed Alpha Parts (SSS|IE)
Vial Labels (IE|SSS)
Trimmings Naturals Black & Cream (SSS|IE)
Crinkle Ribbon (SSS|IE)
Arrows Adornments (IE|SSS)
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Walnut Stain Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Distress Embossing Ink (IE|SSS)
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Rusty Hinge Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Wild Honey Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Mustard Seed Distress Paint (SSS|IE)
Crushed Olive Distress Paint (SSS|IE)
Forest Moss Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Tarnished Brass Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Walnut Stain Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Sticky Embossing Powder (SSS|IE)
Matte Glue N Seal (SSS|IE)
Mister Bottle (IE|SSS)
Paper Distresser (ie|SSS)
Tonic Shears (IE|SSS)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (SSS|IE)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Heat Tool (IE|SSS)
Vagabond (IE|SSS)

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93 Comments to “12 tags of 2014 – november…”

  1. […] has been so helpful. Today’s card has been inspired by 2 challenges in particular, Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 and Scrapdeco Christmas card […]

  2. I always enjoy the inspiration that your projects provide me with. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your loved ones. Blessings!

  3. Great techniques and amazing look! You tag is so inspiring!

  4. […] is my take on November’s tag from Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge.  I really loved the Layered Leaf die and matching embossing folder but they were not going to be […]

  5. […] was just falling in love with Tim Holtz’s november tag at the first sight. I knew I need to play around and create such a grunge greatness full of […]

  6. This is so beautiful, I am in awe of this one Tim. So creative!!!

  7. […] tecnica spiegata da Tim Holtz per la tag di novembre è molto simpatica, se non fosse che servono alcuni materiali che non […]

  8. Patty Pearson says:

    Great tag!!! You are so right, Autumn colors are so special.

  9. Roxanne says:

    Oh I just love the color and sparkle in this. Waiting to get this sweet die. thanks for sharing this great technique! 🙂

  10. April W. says:

    Thanks for another fun tag to make. I always enjoy trying the techniques!

  11. i LOVE this tag. The combination of stains and paints really works. It’s also challenging to use “trash” and turn it into something beautiful as in this project.Thanks for the inspiration

  12. Bookworm says:

    Can’t wait to try this out — the texture of the corrugated cardboard is really cool and the paint colors are so vibrant. I’m feeling inspired to try a Christmas version after I make a fall one. 🙂

  13. Ruby C says:

    As usual, simply amazing.

  14. […] My version of this month’s Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 – November. […]

  15. Nancy B says:

    What a great tag and I love the sparkly bits on it!

  16. […] take on November’s 12 Tags of 2014 is less warm hues and more icy blues, but I used all the techniques Tim shared. I love love loved […]

  17. judy says:

    So many cool ideas on just one tag! Thanks! Fall is my favorite time of year,

  18. Lois Skiathitis says:

    Thanks as always for the step out. Love the colors that you have achieved. I fell like I’m looking at the world around me. Your tag is stunning. TFS!!! 😀

  19. Miranda Nullo says:

    Io penso che tu sia semplicemente e magnificamente geniale! E trovo che sia ingiustissimo che tu non venga in Italia per farci un corso!!!

  20. rhonda nickol says:

    In love with this wonderful tag!

  21. Jan in Tucson says:

    Tim, this may be my all-time favorite tag of yours. I love the metallic mixed with the cardboard. FABULOUS!!

  22. Sue McG says:

    Wow – gorgeous and so inspiring! I love the textures, and the combo of shiny (metallic) with grungy. Thank you!

  23. Linda S. says:

    I love this technique. I’d already decided on leaves for my Thanksgiving cards this year. I’m definitely going to try the speckles stencil for adding details.

  24. Love the tag with all of its texture and elements! I especially like how you used the corrugated cardboard. Can’t wait to give this a go – thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Inge Bekaert says:

    hello Tim,

    I love to see all the creations of your designteam in the week, but I admit, I’m happy to see here a creation of yourself !!!

    What a simple technique on the cardboard, but the effect is impressive! When first seeing the tag I wondered : how did he do it ? 🙂

    Colors of the leave are lovely autumn colors and the metal leaf adds that bit of extra on the raised parts.

    a tickling one to try myself !!

    greetings from belgium

  26. Just gorgeous, I love it simple and gorgeous.

  27. Brandy says:

    You always find the coolest ways to use dies and inks. I love it!

  28. Tim … I’m floored! I think this is my favorite tag ever. Gorgeous colors and that corrugated cardboard with the sparkle of foil just make me smile. Another amazing inspiration piece!!

  29. Yayyyyy!!!…. thank you for picking my altered altoids tin as one of the winners for October!!! 😀 I sure had fun with the October techniques and I just adore the new Ranger Texture Paste!! Congrats to all the winners! Your November tag is stunning!! The layered and rustic look is amazing together for a wonderful Autumn creation. Can’t wait to try this out! Your creations never cease to amaze me… thanks for sharing all the great ideas. 🙂 I chuckled a bit when you wrote about the Glue n Seal being back and how it’s your fave…. when I had heard it was being discontinued, I bought all I could find to hoard it up. LOL I didn’t want to go without…. 😀

  30. Ann Black says:

    I love the leaf… I love the leaf…. I love the leaf…. I love the tag…. I love the tag…. Awesome… Awesome…. Awesome… Thanks,

  31. Brenda Shrader says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! the Layered Leaf set!!!!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!!! Great tag!!!!

  32. Bonnie says:

    Love the Fall leaf theme – that tag embodies the season perfect. I love the colours you used.

  33. Carmen Lucero says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Autumn colors are the best!

  34. Cathy Osborne says:

    Another winner. Amazingly beautiful.

  35. Darlyne Wagner says:

    This tag knocks me out! All that texture and coolness. Love it all.

  36. Redanne says:

    Huge congratulations to all the winners for their beautiful tags!

    I love the November tag, it is beautiful, looking forward to this one – a lot…

  37. Angele says:

    This really gives you a fall feeling!
    Love the way you used the texture fade with the ink and the foil drops, really a great effect.
    Good luck to anybody who’s going to try and uploads the result!

  38. Maureen Chandler says:

    This is an amazing tag – I just love it. Thanks so much for explaining all the steps to achieve this wonderful piece of art!

  39. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Beautiful tag!

  40. Eva R. says:

    I can’t believe another months has gone by. Gorgeous tag!

  41. Nancy F says:

    Love love love this!!!!! Fall is my favorite time of year and the colors on this tag are amazing. Thanks for the techniques! Can not wait to try them out

  42. Sheri K says:

    Wow–this is so cool with the shiny metal showing through. Your design is awesome-thanks for the inspiration!

  43. Nimue says:

    This is really great. I love it a lot.

  44. Patricia M. says:

    Just lovely. I like best that you have transformed lowly cardboard into a piece of art. Even beyond just the surface fall theme, the tag makes me think of how paper is made and why all us paper hoarders should appreciate trees.

  45. […] and dirty that I totally forgot to take pictures!  You can see Tim’s Tutorial for the tag HERE.  I used a Mini Blending Tool to spread some of the color onto the embossed leaf on the […]

  46. Lisa H says:

    I love this tag!!

  47. Tona says:

    Oooh, another great one! Can’t wait to try out some of these techniques.

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