12 tags of 2015 – december

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com

the holidays are in full swing and the studio is buzzing with festive creativity.  i hope the final tag of the year will inspire you to take time during this busy holiday season to give these ideas a try.  we start by transforming plain burlap into a colorful patterned masterpiece, then layer punched paper shapes into yuletide evergreen, and finish everything off with a few findings and a splattering of distress to create a winter wonderland.  here’s wishing you all a creative and magical christmastime…t!m

supplies:

  • surfaces: textured surfaces/burlap, #8 manila tag, kraft core
  • embellishments: jingle brads, chitchat stickers/occasions, crinkle ribbon, mirrored stars
  • distress ink: ground espresso, walnut stain
  • distress spray stain: fired brick
  • distress paint: picket fence
  • alcohol ink: mushroom
  • punches: pine, juniper, laurel
  • die: decorative strip bow tied
  • tools: layering stencil/THS032, distress splatter brush, sanding grip, ink blending tool, craft sheet, tiny attacher, scissors, vagabond
  • adhesives: hot glue, glossy accents
  • misc: pencil, sewing machine, power punch, paper towels

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 1: start by cutting a tag shape from a sheet of textured surfaces burlap and punch a hole through the top using a power punch (or crop a dile).

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 2: place just the burlap tag shape on a paper towel and position layering stencil over the top.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 3: ink over the stencil using distress spray stain – do not use too much stain or it will seep through the stencil.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 4: place a dry paper towel over the stencil to blot off the excess stain before removing the stencil.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 5: lift the stencil off of the background to reveal your patterned burlap and let inks dry or dry with a heat tool.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 6: remove the adhesive backing from the burlap (my favorite thing about textured surfaces is that they are all adhesive backed).

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 7: adhere the “printed” burlap to the manila tag.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 8: ink the edges of the tag with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 9: select several colors of kraft core cardstock for the greenery and bow.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 10: sand the kraft core (on a surface other than your craft sheet) using a sanding grip.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 11: punch one design per color of cardstock. note: if you alternate the punch you can get more punched from a strip.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 12: lightly ink the edges of all punched shapes with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 13: trace a circular shape on the burlap with a pencil.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 14: gently scrunch and crumple the punched shapes to give them dimension.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 15: start at the bottom center of the circle and adhere your pieces with hot glue.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 16: layer each piece by slightly stacking it over the previous one working your way around the circle.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 17: repeat the same process for the other half of the circle changing direction of the shapes.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 18: once you’ve made it to the top of the wreath, leave a gap for the bow.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 19: die cut the smallest bow and center strip from the bow tied die.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 20: ink the edges of cut pieces with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 21: accordion fold the bow on the small areas using your fingers and hold in the center as shown.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 22: secure the center with a single tiny attacher.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 23: once the bow is secure, gently pull the ends of the bow down.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 24: wrap the center strip around the middle of the bow to cover the tiny attacher and glue the ends in the back.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 25: give your paper bow character and shape by indenting the edges with your fingernail.  adhere the bow to the top of the wreath.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 26: cut the ends off a few small jingle brads (i know kinda defeats the purpose right?).

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 27: adhere the bells to areas of the wreath with hot glue.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 28: for a snowy effect, add some white distress paint using the distress splatter brush.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 29: select a festive quote from the seasonal chitchat stickers, cut the quote in sections, and snip one end of each into a flag.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 30: sand the edges of the stickers to reveal the white core.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 31: adhere the stickers to the burlap tag using glossy accents.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 32: proof that i figure things out as i go, i decided to add some stitching to my tag using my sewing machine (at least this way it was definitely more random which i like).

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 33: tint a mirrored star by dripping mushroom alcohol ink over it and blot off the excess with a paper towel.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comstep 34: adhere the perfectly vintaged star to the burlap with hot glue.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.comthe details: hard to believe this tag started as plain burlap and some strips of colored cardstock.  i love the patterned background and the amazing dimension paper punches give this tag.

the 12 tags of 2015 have been packed with techniques all year long.
so if you’re looking for a convenient way to the have creative inspiration at your fingertips, i’ve created a digital download of all 12 months of tutorials with over 80 pages and 400+ photos!
check out my etsy shop to purchase the download (click here).

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12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com

congrats to the winners from the november 12 tags of 2015.  if you see your name (and it links to your tag), please email mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize…

1. Nonnie’s Musings
2. Synnøves Papirverksted
3. Susan Janicula
4. Monika Gulyas
5. Diana Fernandez
6. Anne R
7. Sandra M
8. Patti Dee
9. Sadie
10. Angela Venable
11. Brandy W
12. Margikscrap

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online with a discount of 10% off your purchase – use the following code with your order: 10DECEMBERTH



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92 Comments to “12 tags of 2015 – december”

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  2. Just a gorgeous tag Tim and a wonderful end to an amazing year of inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise so freely with us all and here’s to another wonderful year of Tim tags! Holiday hugs, Deb xo

  3. Lisa Leavitt says:

    DON’T HESITATE TO BUY THOSE PUNCHES! I kept putting it off because I have SOOO many … but gave in and bought the Juniper and Laurel punch … they are fabulous! Easy to use and excellent detail — had to throw this in the comments just in case there are others out there like me thinking they have too many punches … you won’t be sorry on these.

  4. butterfly says:

    What a gorgeous finale to an amazing year of inspiration. Thank you so much for all the hard work that goes in to the 12 Tags, and for sharing your work so generously.

    Wishing you and Mario a wonderful Christmastide and a very happy 2016!
    Alison xx

  5. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Goodness! I just love all the tags folks have made, for the December Tag!!! So much creativity!

  6. Loved everything I learned this year, and now me and burlap get to spend a bit more time together with stencils and mists! Your tag looked fabulous, but to see the results first hand, amazing!

  7. Beautiful Christmas tag! Thanks for the inspirational work you’ve done all year, with your 12 tags of 2015. I hope you’re going to continue with them again in 2016. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone on the “Tim Holtz” team!

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  9. Thanks Tim for another amazing year of creativity, I have really enjoyed making my 12 card versions of your amazing tags! Merry Christmas to you and Mario xx

  10. Marianne H says:

    Wow, this is super cute 🙂 love it 🙂 🙂

  11. Gorgeous!! Love the added stitching at the end. Perfect!

  12. Wilma Blom says:

    It’s just magic!! Thank you so much for the all the inspiration this year!

  13. Nancy B says:

    I love this tag and those greenery punches!

  14. Marilyn says:

    Such an amazing tag! Love the greenery.

  15. Gail Scott says:

    A lovely tag! I am creating one for this month – I do not have all of the products but I will make it work with craft room items – thanks for Sharing Tim and for the challenge – Blessings and Merry Christmas!

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  17. Violet says:

    Another wonderful project. Love it. You really do a great tutorial that any crafter can follow along.

  18. Oohhhh I love this !!!!!!!!!! I have to give this a try.

  19. Frankie says:

    Completely love this tag! Gorgeous!

  20. Redanne says:

    I think this may just be my favourite tag for this year, it is quite sumptuous! I love the burlap and the warm tones you have used. Thank you so much too, for picking me as a winner this month, I was so thrilled and very honoured! Anne x

  21. lorena b. says:

    Love everything burlap, this is no exception! Nice tag T!m!

  22. Judy C says:

    Beautiful Tag! Thank you for sharing your inspiration through the years! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  23. Kathy Andrews says:

    Thank you.

  24. marci piraro says:

    This is a gorgeous tag! One of my favorites. Thank you for the tutorial and all the tips.

  25. Rk says:

    I love the simple yet classic tag! I was in awe right after the the stenciling. The wreath is ingenious.

  26. Joi@RR says:

    So fun Tim. Loved painting on the burlap and it looks lovely – if I do say so myself!!! I had to hurry and do this one because I didn’t want anything to stop my from having ALL 12 completed 🙂 = happy dance!!! Thanks bunches for a fabulous tutorial and Dec tag to finish them all off . j.

  27. Jan Francis says:

    PERFECTION!

  28. Wow, another absolutely gorgeous tag, brimming with detail!! Love it! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  29. Carol Watson says:

    What a beautiful wreath and the flourish stencil is one of my favorites. Fabulous December tag!

  30. Theresa says:

    ok….I say this every month….but THIS tag really is my favorite!!!!

  31. Gael says:

    Love the tag – annoyed that you’ve used product that is discontinued ;-(

  32. Brandy says:

    What a beautiful tag! Very fitting for Christmas! Thank you so much for picking my tag I had a lot of fun making it and loved the technique and effect the linen stamp made!

  33. Tona says:

    This is beyond fabulous!

  34. Sharon Young says:

    What a wonderful transformation of that burlap. Your punched wreath is so realistic looking. Happy December! Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  35. Julie S says:

    Love the burlap background and the bow die is next on my Wish List. 🙂 Great to see all of your tags up there, too. Merry Christmas!

  36. Priscilla says:

    Great Tag, Thanks for all the wonderful inspiring tutorials you do all year.

  37. maureen sala says:

    happy holidays – my friends laugh at my ceramic green xmas tree that lights up and my vintage bulbs – I love them. thanks for sharing all of your 12 tags. love the new techniques and use of materials.

    maureen

  38. Vicki (aka - that crazy chick) says:

    I can’t wait to make this tag! Love this festive inspiration. Better put my thinking toque and jingle bells on…its the most wonderful time of the year.

  39. Cathy Osborne says:

    Enjoyed seeing all twelve tags together. Love the wreath and how you “built” it. Very pretty.

  40. Gloria L. says:

    I love the use of the burlap,,,,,

  41. Linda N. says:

    Absolutely love the way you created the wreath!

  42. Bonnie says:

    I adore the tag – that is a wonderful patterned background!

  43. Wow! Beautiful as usual! I get the Christmas Feeling!

  44. SusanK says:

    What a wonderful array of vintage beauty on the last tag of the year! Your new punches make it so easy to create a full and varied wreath.

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