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…”

  1. Diane says:

    Gorgeous tag this month! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Valentine’s Day too!

  2. Joan says:

    Love your Heart tag, Tim. Thanks for the inspiration, too!

  3. Another lovely tag. I have just posted my version – had so much fun collaging and hunting for little bits and pieces to add.

    Thank you for such a fun challenge, I just wish I had done this for previous years, I have missed out!

  4. Kari T. says:

    I hate to be that girl, but I have to be honest- It is now February 3rd, I’m still waiting for my January color items to arrive. And there is no news on the February color of the month. Trying to be patient. Patience is a virtue. Trying to be patient.

  5. Michelle Salazar says:

    Oh such a lovely tag this month!

  6. Sandy says:

    I love the collage and overlapping. Outlining…what a great idea.

  7. Cathy Osborne says:

    Love the layers and the shadowing on the tag. Gorgeous.

  8. robin parkr r says:

    Love this tag and techniques. ..thanks for sharing.. Robin

  9. Nancy B says:

    I love this pretty and romantic tag! I love to do collage and with your directions, I now feel that I can blend the pieces so much better. I am most impressed with the distress marker. I didn’t think that I needed them but now I feel that I do need some after all!

  10. Patricia B says:


  11. Kelly M. says:

    The collage background is such a great base for all of those embellishments. Very inspiring!! (can’t wait for the new Feb. distress color)

  12. so cool, love the use of different papers the stitching on of the heart and lace, cool arrow with charm!

  13. Leslie Mc says:

    As always, thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Debra says:

    This is your best tag yet! Beautiful!!

  15. Marilyn Beaumont says:

    Love this tag. So vintage valentine. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Robyn says:

    Nice tag- almost no ink!!!- I was looking for the new distress color!

  17. Robyn W. says:

    Love this tag!

  18. Judy Jackson says:

    I love seeing how your brain thinks! It makes it so much easier then to take these ideas and transfer them to other projects –even if it isn’t for a tag! This tag is so pretty.

  19. Amante del Papel says:

    awesome and so lovely

  20. Jessica says:

    Hey Tim, great tag, as always. Very creative. I don’t have all your wonderful supplies to play with. But finances are better now, so maybe soon. Hugs

  21. WilmaB says:

    Love this patchwork tag!! Thank you for the inspiration.
    Congrats to the lucky january winners!

  22. Crafty Saz says:

    Love the tag but can’t wait any longer. Please tell us what the new Distress colour is for Feb. Please

  23. Bobbi Beech says:

    Beautiful tag, can’t wait to try this technique!!

  24. Pinky Borres says:

    This is a very pretty tag. Can’t wait make it.

  25. Elaine Brufatto says:

    Wow, Can’t wait to try something like this myself. Love the tag.

  26. Love this one. Very different, yet so very Tim!
    Thanks for the inspiration

  27. barbara lassiter says:

    sigh! It’s February already! It’s worth it to see your gorgeous tag. The red felt heart is just perfect.

  28. Kathleen Lundman says:

    Thanks so much for this tag’s designs! I learned a few things from your detailed instructions too. Great looking tag!

  29. Bonnie says:

    That is so vintage sweet! I love it! Adorable!

  30. Love your collage tag Tim, can’t wait to try my hand at one. Thanks for another inspiring project and congratulations to the lucky winners for their January tags!

  31. Dodie says:

    Oh my gosh! Pinching myself to see if I am dreaming! Thank you for picking my tag!

  32. Barbara says:


  33. Kelly Karas says:

    Fun techniques, love the distress marker edging the ephemera and smudging it

  34. Kelly Karas says:

    Love the tag. Especially rubbing the distress marker around the ephemera, how cool is that simple step

  35. Diane Quinlan says:

    Tim – I have been a fan since forever. I am a card maker and use your techniques all the time. I love the tags and would love to make tags and then incorporate them into my cards. That will be my goal for 2015. Thanks for all you do!!

  36. Theresa G. says:

    I say this every month……I LOVE this tag the most-est! I didn’t think tracking around each layer would make a difference….but it really did!!

  37. Redanne says:

    Congratulations to all the winners, love the new tag!

  38. Jean Pierce says:

    Love the collage idea!!!! I had time today to play around making the February tag. I used what I had for materials and embellishments and I am happy with the results.
    Keep these ideas coming. Thanks Tim!!!!

  39. Lisa Gledhill says:

    A vintage valentine tag, what would anyone else wont…love it ,its mad

  40. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Very lovely!

  41. Awesome tag! Must give it a try!

  42. Judy says:

    Wow, excited to do the February tab. Thanks Tim.

  43. Sara j says:

    This is one of the best!!!!! I want to make it – like RIGHT NOW!!! Thanks for thinking of us even as you are on the floor in Germany!

  44. Brandy says:

    Very pretty and love all of the layers! Congrats to the lucky winners!

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