12 tags of 2015 – january…

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

happy new year!!!  so are you ready to start the year off with new adventures, new inspirations, and new creative resolutions? well the annual 12 tags series is the perfect way to make that happen. if you’ve been part of the fun for the past several years, thanks for sharing the journey, and if you’re new to the blog, welcome. each and every month throughout the year i share a new tag tutorial to get your creativity going. i showcase various techniques with some of my favorite products, ideas for using stamps, dies, and other tools, and take you step by step through the process to put it all together. even if you don’t have the same products i use, hopefully you will be inspired by the ideas i’ve shared and create your own version. it’s a great way to put the products you have to good use, and challenge your creative process…

you have the entire month to finish your tag and upload it right here on the blog to share with others, and if you also post on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #12tagsof2015

oh and did i mention giveaways? each month we select 12 winners at random who have uploaded their tag the previous month, post their names on the blog, and send them a great prize package from one of our sponsors: ranger, idea-ology, sizzix, stampers anonymous, inspiration emporium, and simon says stamp – pretty cool…

why a tag? well because i find it’s a simple surface that’s easy to create on, play on, and try things without worrying about making a masterpiece. remember it’s all about the process and embracing imperfection. you can use tags for a card front, in an art journal, or just display it as is, but you don’t have to create a tag, just make something using the techniques and ideas shared each month.  it’s all about taking time for yourself to do something creative…

this month’s tag was all about the new year! a time to reflect on the past, while aspiring for new and exciting opportunities ahead. my love for numbers took center stage surrounded by words that inspire me as i hope they inspire you too – let the 12 tags of 2015 begin…t!m

supplies used:

  • surfaces: tissue wrap/postale, #8 manila tag
  • distress spray stain: walnut stain, tarnished brass
  • distress paint: tarnished brass, evergreen bough, broken china, pumice stone, picket fence
  • distress marker: block soot
  • distress glitter: tarnished brass
  • adhesives: glossy accents, glue n’ seal
  • tools: craft sheet, scissors, shears, sanding grip, heat tool, distress marker spritzer, mister
  • embellishments: alpha parts/numeric, chitchat stickers, index labels, arrow adornment, mirrored star, crinkle ribbon
  • misc: krylon gold leaf pen, splatter brush

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 1: begin with tissue wrap, manila tag, and glue n’ seal

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 2: apply a wet layer of glue n’ seal to one side of the tag covering completely.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 3: working quickly, lay a piece of tissue wrap over the adhesive and slightly bunch areas of the tissue wrap with your hands to create wrinkles and texture. press flat and let dry or dry with a heat tool.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 4: trim excess tissue wrap from around tag using tonic shears or other non-stick scissors.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 5: to distress, sand and scuff around the edges of the tag to remove some of the tissue wrap.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 6: apply various colors of distress paint to the craft sheet and paint the background of the tag using your fingers.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 7: while paint is still wet, mist with water to react paints and blend colors.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 8: partially dry the painted background with a heat tool.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 9: spray background with a couple of mists of distress spray stain.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 10: while stain is still wet, mist with water to react spray stain and blend color.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 11: blot off excess color with a cloth or paper towel to achieve the desired tone.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 12: dry finished background tag with a heat tool.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 13: cut the “twenty” “one” “5” from alpha parts from sheet, and trim excess plastic barbs.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 14: apply glossy accents to the top surface of the “5”.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 15: spread a thin layer of glossy accents with your finger.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 16: immediately cover the wet adhesive with distress glitter over a piece of scrap paper and remove excess glitter by tapping the edge – do not press down glitter with your hand.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 17: set alpha part aside to allow glittered surface to dry completely.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 18: apply distress paint to surface of “twenty one” alpha parts.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 19: begin drying paint using a heat tool, but use caution and plastic alpha parts can melt. just apply some heat, allow to cool for a minute, and continue drying until most of the paint is dry but not all of it (very important)…

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 20: wipe off the wet paint areas using a dry cloth to create a worn painted finish. *note: the dry painted areas will not wipe off as distress paint it permanent when dry.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 21: just place the alpha parts on the tag for positioning and begin adhering various chitchat stickers on the tag using glossy accents.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 22: continue adhering chitchat stickers until desired look is achieved, then remove the alpha parts.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 23: paint a thin layer of glue n’ seal over the entire tag covering the chitchat stickers and let dry (this is why we adhered the stickers to keep them from sliding around during this step).

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 24: swipe a thin line of black soot distress marker along the edges of the chitchat stickers and immediately smudge the ink with your finger to create a shadowed effect. *note: if you get too much ink on the sticker, simply wipe it off with a damp cloth (this is why we covered the entire surface with glue n’ seal to provide a non-porous finish ove the stickers).

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 25: apply picket fence distress paint to craft sheet and splatter over tag using a splatter brush – let dry.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 26: adhere alpha parts on tag using glossy accents.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 27: i decided to add a few embellishments to the tag with an index label, mirrored star, and arrow adornment.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 28: color a piece of crinkle ribbon with tarnished brass distress spray stain for the perfect metallic ribbon and tie through tag.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comstep 29: for the finishing touch, insert a gold leaf krylon paint pen into a distress marker spritzer and spritz over the entire tag.

12 tags of 2015 - January | www.timholtz.comthe details: i love the sparkly texture of this tag using the distress glitter, metallic distress paint, and gold leaf pen to achieve awesome layers.

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congrats to the winners from the december 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. Scrappallino
2. VivelaVi
3. Create with Joyce
4. that crazy chick
5. Helen Allen
6. Bodils Hobbyblogg
7. Elena B
8. Mae Nazareth
9. JuJu Crafts
10. Monette R
11. Kimberly C
12. Kath S

*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: SSS code: 10JANUARYTH 

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129 Comments to “12 tags of 2015 – january…”

  1. […] BASTANTE bueno, he querido empezarlo con un nuevo reto mensual que empezaba a picarme con ansia: 12 tags of 2015. Es un reto iniciado por Tim Holtz (♥) en el 2012 y al que tengo especial ganas. Pues bien, éste […]

  2. […] Brush glue n seal over the box, working quickly as it dries fast! Cover with tissue wrap and scrunch. Once dry, rub distress paint on with your fingers and spritz with water. You can see the step-by-step technique on Tim Holtz’s Blog. […]

  3. […] So I decided to make a collage with the paper using Tims’s January 2015 Tag as inspiration.  (I liked the crumpled and painted effect he achieved.  You can read his directions here. […]

  4. […] made a tag using various cracked pistachio distress products. I used Tim’s technique from January’s 12 tags of 2015 along with cracked pistachio paint and gathered twigs spray stain to create the […]

  5. Heather B. says:

    I love how the tissue paper and glue n’ seal adds so much more texture to the background. It was a lot of fun creating word poetry too. Looking forward to February 2015 tag.

  6. Anke says:

    Waaaah, how stupid am I? Made a tag and forgot to add it to the link list 🙁
    Well, if anyone is interested in having a look, here’s my link – it was great fun to participate!

  7. Becky says:

    Thanks for the inspiration to start another year of creative adventure!

  8. Marla Harris says:

    I don’t have a youtube channel or blog site. Hope it’s ok to add my tag this way. This is my first challenge tag ever.

  9. Marla Harris says:

    Hope it’s ok to add from here if I dont have a blog or youtube channel

  10. Katy D says:

    This was such a fun tag to make! I love the gold pen and using it in the sprayer! 🙂

  11. Chris says:

    Oooh! I now know I need to buy LOTS more!!

  12. Ron Lillie says:

    This is my first time participating in the “12 Tags” tutorials and it’s been quite an experience! I’ve learned a lot and am so happy with the finished product! Can’t wait to see what February has to offer …

  13. […] this year and getting a lot more done because of it . . . on the first day of 2015, I used Tim Holtz’s Tag of the Month to create a book cover.  I didn’t think things through fully because I wanted to complete it […]

  14. Diane says:

    I decided to join in this year. Im sure it will be interesting! Many thanks!!

  15. Pamellia says:

    Jumping in for the first time. So excited! Such a great tag, Happy New Year! 🙂

  16. 林慧庭 says:

    I like Tim 、handmade~Come from Taiwan, nice to meet you.

  17. […] new year means a new series of Tim Holtz 12 Tags, and I’ve done my January […]

  18. Lisa S says:

    What a fun tag, love yours and had so much fun creating mine!

  19. MaggieH says:

    Great Tag to start 2015 lots of great techniques really enjoyed making it so have just linked mine better late then never…….
    As always thanks for sharing Tim.
    MaggieH

  20. Beautiful tag Tim, I’m going to give it a try this year and make all your tags of 2015. Embrace your imperfections right?! Thanks for all of your wonderful inspiration.

  21. artcuore says:

    Un placer compartir este reto,,, y trabajar con las técnicas y productos de Tim Holtz… Su creatividad y fantasía no tiene límites,,, Saludos a tod@s

  22. Thanks for the inspiration, Love the tag!
    Hugs,
    Julia

  23. Favorite technique with this tag? The tissue paper! Loved it so much I never even waited for my new load of stains, paints, and inks to arrive, just used what I had and made my tag!

  24. […] Qui potete vedere la sua proposta, mentre questa in versione romantica (visto che ci avviciniamo a San Valentino) è la mia: […]

  25. Debbie Peyton says:

    January tag – first time participant!! I’m so excited!!!

  26. cheiron says:

    This tag was SO fun to make! I can’t stop spritzing. What a great way to start off the New Year!

  27. […] It’s time for the start of a new year of  the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015!!! […]

  28. Denice Metz says:

    please let me win something

  29. Happy New Year! Beautiful tag!!! I will try to make my tag using these techniques and post here. ; )

  30. What an amazing tag to start off the New Year – love it !!!!

  31. […] got around to doing the Tim Holtz monthly tags in 2014, and was determined I would do so this […]

  32. Carol K. says:

    Checked out JuJu Crafts, loved her tags. All quite
    different from all the others. Subscribed.

  33. I enjoyed creating my first tag of the year. Thanks as ever for the wonderful inspiration x

  34. Mai-Britt Nielsen says:

    i am not sure i have done this correctly….. why can’t i see my tag ?

  35. Mai-Britt Nielsen says:

    my first tag

  36. Alison Hall says:

    Thanks for the January inspiration, great tag!

  37. […] I decided to tackle Tim’s January tag, to try and get things going, and here’s how it turned out. You can see Tim’s version […]

  38. Brenda Brown says:

    Love this tag Tim and I’ve had great fun playing with your techniques and design xxx

  39. It took my a while to figure out what I wanted to do for this challenge, but I finally did. Hope you like it as much as I do. Happy New Year to you and Mario!

  40. LauraVi says:

    Thank you very much for the new 2015 adventure!! This tag is absolutely a brilliant awesome creation (as usual)! Happy New Year!

    I can’t find the banner 12 tags of 2015 I’M CREATING MY OWN: this time is it not? Thank you!

  41. […] Photo above courtesy of Tim Holtz blog. […]

  42. Gerda says:

    Found it, sorry!

  43. Gerda says:

    Love all the entries ! I uploaded my tag, but it does not show up in the photo’s. What dit I do wrong?

  44. Geraldine says:

    Great tag, and congratulations to the winner from December.

  45. Ruby C says:

    Looking forward to another great year of your wonderful inspiration. Love this tag. Happy New Year!

  46. […] BASTANTE bueno, he querido empezarlo con un nuevo reto mensual que empezaba a picarme con ansia: 12 tags of 2015. Es un reto iniciado por Tim Holtz (♥) en el 2012 y al que tengo especial ganas. Pues bien, éste […]

  47. […] 12 Tags of 2015 is under way with January’s tag posted on Tim Holtz’s blog. I managed to complete all 12 tags last year and was really grateful for the monthly reminder to take time out to create. So HERE WE GO AGAIN… […]

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