12 tags of 2015 – february…

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.com

i hope your year is off to a great start. thanks to all of you who are participating in the the 12 tags this year. it’s been great seeing all of the creative versatility you are sharing, and i hope the commitment continues throughout the year. the month of february is all about about the things we love, so what better theme for the tag than my simple love of making things. check out this easy way to layer your favorite ephemera to create this patchwork inspired collage – have fun…t!m

supplies used:

  • surfaces: ephemera pack, flash cards, #8 manila tag, tissue tape
  • dies: mini movers heart die, base tray
  • distress paint: picket fence
  • distress marker: black soot
  • adhesives: glue n’ seal/matte
  • tools: craft sheet, heat tool, sanding grip, texture hammer, distress marker spritzer, scissors, vagabond
  • embellishments: adornment arrows, word bands, heart charms, metal corner, crinkle ribbon, industrious stickers
  • misc: lace, wool felt, thin wire

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 1: for me, the easiest way to approach collage starts by gathering up the various elements you want to use including ephemera, papers, photos, etc.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 2: begin laying out the selected pieces to create a patchwork arrangement to cover the size of the tag. don’t worry about the pieces that hang off of the edges of the tag, this is just to give you an idea of how many elements you need.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 3: apply a later of glue n’ seal to your base tag working in sections at a time.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 4: adhere each piece as you go sometimes layering on top of the previous layers, and sometimes tucking the edges behind previous layers.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 5: continue adhering all layers until the tag is covered and let everything dry.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 6: flip the tag over and trim the excess elements hanging off the tag.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 7: add pieces of tissue tape to fill in any open areas of the collage and lightly sand the edges and overlapped layers of the tag to distress.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 8: cover the entire collaged tag with a thin layer of glue n’ seal and let dry.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 9: shake picket fence distress paint and apply a small amount to the craft sheet. using your finger, wipe paint in various areas to create a shabby effect.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 10: once paint has dries, cover tag with another thin layer of glue n’ seal and let dry.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 11: using the brush tip of a distress marker, apply along the edge of each ephemera layer.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 12: using your finger, immediately rub the ink to smudge and create a shadow.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 13: repeat the previous steps for all ephemera layers outlining and shading each edge.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 14: adhere a small industrious sticker frame.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 15: smudge a shadow around the frame with the distress marker and your finger.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 16: create a heart charm.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 17: attach the heart charm to an arrow adornment by wrapping with thin wire.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 18: distress the metal pieces using distress paint and your fingers.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 19: cover the front of a word band with distress paint and let dry for about a minute.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 20: once paint has had a chance to set, wipe away excess with your fingers allowing paint to stay in the recessed areas. also distress the corner and fasteners.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 21: die cut a heart from thick wool felt using a steel rule die like the mini movers and shapers heart.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 22: sew this heart on to the tag using random stitching. also sew on a scrap piece of lace of ribbon trim if needed.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 23: attach a mini corner to the tag using a hammer or pliers.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 24: attach a word band to the tag using fasteners.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 25: adhere the arrow adornment using strong adhesive. *note: i used a hot glue gun.

12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.comstep 26: lightly spritz the tag with a distress marker spritzer for the finishing touch of splatter.

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congrats to the winners from the january 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. ScrappyCamperSisters
  2. Scrap from Bemmel
  3. MadeByCHook
  4. Donna Bowman
  5. Diana Fernandez
  6. Angie Ha
  7. Angela Venable
  8. Kent Mullins
  9. SannaS
  10. Margikscrap
  11. Debbie
  12. Dodie

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127 Comments to “12 tags of 2015 – february…”

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  5. Hi! love your valentine tag! love the layout and how and you layed everything out first so you knew where you wanted everything to go on your tag. a very good idea.

  6. Thanks for another brilliant tutorial Tim, I had so much fun with this! :o)xxx

  7. I love your Tag Tim!! I’m finding myself really drawn to mixtures of Shabby and Vintage lately. Lots of improvising on my part but I had fun playing along!!

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  9. Heather B. says:

    Yeah- I completed my second tag of the year. It feels good to be following through. I will say this tag was challenging for me- I found my color palate got a bit muddy- and I had too improvise different materials for the felt heart—- but I will say I really like that I chose a home pict to represent my focal heart element. Looking forward to seeing what the inspiration will be for March 🙂

  10. Kezzy says:

    Wow really loving this months tag. I always struggle with tags and end up not joining in as it never seems right. This year I have decided to do journal pages (January is late lol) which I hope is allowed. Happy Art 🙂 Kezzy x

  11. Lisa S says:

    Wow, this tag took me on a journey but I loved every minute of it. Thanks Tim!

  12. Ellie Knol says:

    Tim, the backgroundtechnique surely is a very useful and beautiful technique… I’ve used it on a second tag with all black and white images and paper, and the technique blends it all together so well. Thanks for this marvellous idea, LOVE the effect of the sanding and the White picket fence as well… will be needing a new pot of that soon!

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  14. Of course I mean EVERY SINGLE STEP….

  15. I loved everybody single step of this tag!!! Thank you so much T!M!!!

  16. Fab tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. cheiron says:

    Gorgeous tag! I loved making this one, so fun to put together a collage.

  19. Colleen Dickinson says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, I love this tag.

  20. Elise K says:

    This was such a fun tag to make Tim! Thank you as always for your creative inspiration!

  21. Michell Brasfield says:

    I love the challenge each month.

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  24. Pamellia says:

    I had a lot of fun with this one! Great collage background! 🙂

  25. Hoping to be “Blogworthy” soon. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessings!

  26. Nola says:

    Hey Tim –found this challenge while sitting in an airport waiting for a flight late last month – had to step out of my comfort zone a bit – but loved what I came up with – Thanks so much for your wonderful inspirations!

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  28. Trish says:

    Oops. I double posted my tag creation. I was hoping that I had deleted the bad image but I think instead I double posted. Otherwise love the tag inspiration this month. Thank you.

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  30. I enjoyed making this month’s tag. Thanks for the continued inspiration 🙂

  31. Debbie says:

    Even after all these projects and videos over the years, I am still amazed and inspired by your work!!!! I started watching when you were on the Carol Duvall show….

  32. Diane says:

    Excuse the pun, but I love, love love this one !! Had way too much fun making mine !!

    hugs Diane xx

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  34. LOVED making my tag!! And after I saw the heart charm, I had to get my own…but I had actually just bought the arrows at the end of January because I loved them, then I got to use one right away!!

  35. 林慧庭 says:

    great collaged tag, i love it~(^_-)

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  37. One of my favourites ever! Love this!

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  39. Julie Howard says:

    i’m not a big fan of valentine;s day, but oh, i love this tag. Great techniques, i love the shadowing!

  40. I adore this month’s tag, Tim! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  41. MaggieH says:

    Fabulous February Tag Tim as always I have enjoyed your tutorial and the processes that took me to my finished Tag.

  42. Lori Dziuba says:

    I love what you did with the heart charm and heart arrow!!

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