12 tags of 2015 – march…

one of my favorite things about creating is the ability to escape the here and now.  it takes your imagination to a place where you are free to explore, imagine, and discover.  this month i wanted to create a tag to encourage your creative mind to wander and play.  whether it’s trying new combinations of color (i used the new abandoned coral and cracked pistachio distress colors along with some other faves); using new imagery (i used one of my favorite new stamp sets “perspective”); or combing random elements (i used an assortment of my fave idea-ology); i hope you allow yourself to embrace imperfection and enjoy the artful mind…t!m

supplies used:

  • surfaces:#8 manila tag, tissue tape
  • distress paint: abandoned coral, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio, broken china, picked raspberry
  • archival ink: jet black
  • embossing powders: fine detail clear, fine detail gold
  • adhesives: multi-medium
  • texture paste: regular opaque
  • tools: craft sheet, heat tool, scissors, mask sheets, palette knife, mister
  • stamps/stencil: CMS213 perspective, THS040 typo, grid-blocks
  • embellishments: loop pins, adornment, mini numeral, word band, pen nib, mini gears, mini fasteners, jute string, crinkle ribbon
  • misc: staz-on black

1step 1: start by creating a quick tissue tape collage by tearing strips of tape and adhering them to a manila tag.  be sure to leave plenty of tag area exposed.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 2: select several of your favorite colors of distress paint.  i wanted this tag to have vibrant opacity over the tape which is why i’m using paint vs. ink for the background.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 3: apply various colors of distress paint to your craft sheet.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 4: mist the paints with water using a mister to activate the water-reactive properties of the paint.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 5: swipe the tag through the paint a couple of times until most of the surface is covered with color.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 6: quickly mist the painted tag with more water to blend the colors and fill in the blank areas of the tag.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 7: dry the paint with a heat tool and blot off any excess paint or water with a towel.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comnote: check out how cool distress paints blend and marble to create one of a kind backgrounds.  the semi-opacity of the paint allows the imagery of the tissue tape to still show through the color – love this!

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 8: stamp the image on the DRY background using jet black archival ink.  immediately cover the stamped image with fine detail clear embossing powder and heat emboss using a heat tool.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comnote: the reason i chose this method vs. using clear embossing ink and black powder is to avoid the chance of having any black “specks” on my background once it was embossed – it still shines beautifully.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 9: stamp the same image on to the “mask” side of the mask sheets using staz-on ink (this is the only ink i have found that will dry on the mask sheet without heating it since mask sheets are not heat stable).

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 10: once the ink is dry, cut the stamped design out on the edge of the image with non-stick scissors.  when using my tonic scissors since they are micro-serrated, simply flip the scissor to the side that cuts a smooth edge to cut.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 11: carefully peel the mask sheet away from the backing and throw away the backing piece.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 12:  place the mask sheet over the stamped image lining it up perfectly and press to adhere (the mask sheets are repositionable adhesive sheets so don’t worry).

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 13: place a layering stencil over the tag and scoop up some texture paste on to a palette knife.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 14: holding the stencil in place, randomly apply texture paste to various areas over the stencil.  be sure to go over some areas of the masked image.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.com

step 15: lift the stencil to remove from the tag and place the stencil in water to clean off the texture paste before it dries.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 16: with the mask still in place and the texture paste wet on the tag, immediately cover the paste with fine detail gold embossing powder (or use any color embossing powder you choose). remove the excess embossing powder and place it back into the jar.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 17: carefully lift the mask off of the image and place it into the water container with the stencil to clean (the adhesive will not wash off of the mask so once it’s clean simply let it air dry).

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comnote: even though the mask sheets come with a storage sheet, i prefer to store my masks on the stamp sheet so i can easily find it to use it again.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 18: allow the texture paste to dry with the embossing powder on it.  the wet paste will act as the adhesive and hold the powder once dry. *DO NOT HEAT the paste while it’s wet or it may bubble up and show white through the powder.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 19: once the paste is dry, heat emboss the powder to achieve an amazing enameled texture.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comnote: this technique can be used with any embossing powder to create any metallic or colored enameled texture.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 20: embellish the tag with your favorite trinkets and findings.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comstep 21: one favorite are these new loop pins used to attach charms without the need for a jump ring.

12 Tags March | www.timholtz.comthe details: i love the combination of color, texture, imagery, and elements of this tag.  the embossed butterfly really pops and the mask effect with the layering stencil creates a great contrast with the embossed gold – have fun with this one!

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congrats to the winners from the february 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.  Angela Radford
2.  Colleen
3.  Jenn DuBell
4.  Vada
5.  Lydia
6.  Ruby Craft
7.  Pamellia
8.  Caroline T.
9.  Beulah Bee
10.  Becky
11.  Rosso Papavero
12.  Tracey

*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: MAR10TH 


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165 Comments to “12 tags of 2015 – march…”

  1. Anne Dwyer says:

    This tag is so pretty and feminine – any word on when the coral will be in OZ? Cant wait to try it – got a lot of girlfriends birthdays coming!!

  2. THAT is beautiful. What a great way to use the stencils and texture paste

  3. Johanna Farrand says:

    This is one of favorite tags love all the colors.

  4. Beautiful tag! The texture paste with emb. powder looks fun. Thanks for the great idea to put the adhesive mask on the plastic storage sheet of the stamps.

  5. Regine says:

    Beautiful, gotta try it

  6. Ann Emery says:

    Tim I love this March tag, I live in Australia and we are just going into Autumn (Fall) the colours are so vibrant and keep the summer feeling going

  7. Debbie says:

    always a joy to see your work…thanks for all the inspiration!!

  8. Susan says:

    Great color combinations…..Love the stencil

  9. Annette Green says:

    Amazingly gorgeous tag!! Love the bright colors, that big beautiful butterfly, and the emboss technique! Fabulous!

  10. Karen mills says:

    Beautiful tag, love the tutorial, will definitely give it a try.

  11. Brandy says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I am loving the fun bright colors!

  12. Love love love butterfly

  13. bethann d says:

    this is so cool, not that everything you make isn’t but this one really hits w me, cant wait to try it

  14. Colleen Dickinson says:

    This one is sure gonna be fun can’t wait to get started Thanks for the great techniques and instructions. Always an inspiration 🙂

  15. Becky says:

    Love this new tag…and can’t wait to get the Perspective stamp set!

  16. Johanne Lacombe says:

    I love every details of your tag. It’s beautiful.

  17. Gorgeous March tag Tim, love the combination of cracked pistachio and abandoned coral with your beautiful butterfly in black! Congrats to the lucky winners for February and thanks for the 12 tags of 2015 button to share on our blogs!

  18. julie howard says:

    Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous tag!! I love the colors. The gold paste letters. The butterfly. All the metal pieces. The paint and the gold paste techniques are really interesting, I’m going to have to try them.

  19. Sheri K says:

    This tag is gorgeous–love the bright colors and layering you have done. Thanks for sharing your awesome talents with us, you inspire us! Hopefully you can see spring around the corner, I know snow is dumping on you and Mario, is he STILL wearing his shorts in the snow??!

  20. Laura F. says:

    The color combo of distress paint is awesome, rich of life. I know that I will have a lot of problems with the texture paste, I have to think how make it without mask sheets. But I will find a solution.

  21. wow ! how beautiful! I just love the tag. the colors you used are so vibrant. love the technique used on your tag and will try it out. .

  22. Mary P says:

    Can’t wait to try this gorgeous new spring-like tag.

  23. wow! what a pretty tag! I love the bright colors you used. i love the butterfly stamp too. with it snowing today, the tag lets me have a taste of spring. and the technique you used with the paste and gold embossing powder is so cool. cant wait to try the technique.!

  24. Joanne Howard says:

    That is so beautiful I love the butterfly stamp! I like the idea of dragging your tag through the paint. I had only done it with ink,

  25. Linda E says:

    Love the tag, Tim. The colors are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  26. Mary says:

    Beautiful – as always!

  27. Susan says:

    Great job…..love your color combinations….

  28. WilmaB says:

    Great tag and tutorial!
    Congrats to the winners.

  29. I’m gonna go outta my usual 4-cornered box of neutral color shades & stick w these bright colors for this tag- like U did, Tim!!! So bright & lively after so much winter white & drudgery! Im ready for some warmth & COLOR of SPRING!!! 😉

  30. Marzee Carnes says:

    I love the marbled background! This is a great tag!

  31. Donna says:

    I love this tag. The colors are just wonderful. I’m going to start right now!

  32. NGCARDS says:

    The tag looks so much fun, can’t wait to give it a go! xxx

  33. Margarida - Portugal says:

    This is my month and this tag could not be more perfect.

  34. What a SUPER GORGEOUS and artsy carefree tag! Love that you just went! Too cool that someone has already linked up too…lol! Congrats to the winners…I see so many I know!

  35. Diane says:

    Wonderful tag– love the colors! Many, many thanks for the win!

  36. Tim, this is beautiful! I am loving the texture paste!!

  37. Angele van Leeuwen says:

    March 1st already!
    Really spring tag, love these new colors and how you can combine them with the fav’s you already have!
    Thanks for the embossing tip with the stencil (air dry first, then heat) !!

  38. Maureen Chandler says:

    Beautiful tag – thanks so much for all the steps!!

  39. Theresa G. says:

    wow. I cannot believe how beautiful this tag is. I can’t stop looking at it!!! Just gorgeous…….

  40. Love the colours in this tag. I have a feeling there will be some experimenting going on here.

  41. Barb says:

    Anxious to make this…reminds me that Spring really will be here soon. Appreciate your detailed instrucstions.

  42. Deborah Cox says:

    Love it and the techniques! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Cathy in Canada says:

    Thank you for creating such a beautiful tag for my birthday Tim! LOL I love that you do a tag on the first of the month and this one is so my style! Love the colours!

  44. Redanne says:

    Oh, how beautiful….! I am so thrilled to see three of my lovely friends in the winners list too – thank you Tim and Mario!

  45. Lovely colorful and layered tag. Thank you for the tutorial. Anxiously awaiting the NEW DISTRESSED COLOR for the month of MARCH!

  46. This is a REALLY GOOD ONE! I love it!

  47. So pleased to be a winner for february, thank you so much and congrats to the other winners. Off now to have a better look at the tag for March, love the colours and the techniques, Angela x

  48. Debi W says:

    Very nice!!!
    Absolutely love the new colors.
    Now, let’s have fun with the products!

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