12 tags of 2015 – november…

TAG-MAINthe autumn season always fills my imagination with colorful splendor.  it’s no secret i love any shade of brown, but the rich earthy palette of vibrant reds, warm yellows, and rusty oranges are also a favorite this time of year brings.  i’m excited to share several different techniques on this tag including: dimensional watercolor, paint resist, and distressed foiling.  i hope your mind will be filled with ideas and inspiration to capture the beauty of your own creative imagination…t!m


  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, distress watercolor cardstock, textured surfaces/cork
  • stamps: CMS167, CMS221, grid-blocks
  • embellishments: linen ribbon, adornment/arrow, mini fasteners, foil sheets
  • archival ink: jet black
  • distress markers: carved pumpkin, rusty hinge, wild honey, fossilized amber, crushed olive, peeled paint, forest moss, walnut stain, vintage photo, ground espresso, hickory smoke
  • distress ink: ground espresso, frayed burlap
  • distress spray stain: pumice stone, frayed burlap
  • distress paint: antique linen, flip top caps
  • tools: distress waterbrush/detailer, distress marker spritzer, distress sprayer, mini brayer, mini ink blending tool, craft sheet, remnant rub tool, heat tool, design ruler, scissors
  • adhesives: collage glue stick, black foam tape, multi-medium
  • sizzix: alphanumeric 3/4″, vagabond
  • misc: fun foam, string, removable tape

1step 1: apply a dot of distress paint to craft sheet.

2step 2: roll mini brayer through paint covering the entire roller.

3step 3: apply a light layer of distress paint to background stamp using brayer.

4step 4: stamp image on tag and immediately clean stamp and brayer with water to remove paint. *paint is waterproof once dry.

5step 5: dry stamped image with heat tool.

6step 6: mist tag with water using distress sprayer.

7step 7: spray a couple of colors of distress spray stain on tag.

8step 8: dry inked tag with heat tool.

9step 9: ink edges of tag with distress ink using ink blending tool.

10step 10: slowly squeeze the trigger of the distress sprayer to create water droplets over tag and dry with heat tool.

10a*check out this cool mottled linen effect, the stamped distress paint resists distress ink.

11step 11: ink the outer blueprint lines only with archival ink (not the pumpkin).

12step 12: stamp the image on the tag.

12a*this leaves the area for the pumpkin open so we can reposition the layered image.

13step 13: gather foil sheets and a mini collage glue stick.

14step 14: very lightly drag the collage glue stick along a section of the edge of the tag.

15step 15: immediately press the foil sheet (shiny side up) over the adhesive and rub with your fingers.

16step 16: peel away the sheet to transfer the metallic foil on to the tag – cool.

17step 17: repeat the previous steps all around the tag, then gently rub the foiled edges with your fingers to remove any excess adhesive.

18step 18: stamp the pumpkin blueprint and leaf/stem on to the smooth side of distress watercolor cardstock.

19step 19: gather several colors and tones of distress markers and a detailer waterbrush.

20step 20: start by coloring along the stamped lines with the brush tip of the distress marker.

21step 21: using a waterbrush, pull the color into the open areas.

22step 22: to add layers, scribble additional colors of distress markers on craft sheet and apply them using the waterbrush.

23step 23: color stem and leaf following the previous steps.

24step 24: watercolor the additional stamped stem and leaf and dry all images completely with a heat tool.

25step 25: insert dark color of distress marker into distress marker spritzer to add speckles.

25a*this is the cool effect the distress marker spritzer creates.

26step 26: place watercolor cardstock on a piece of fun foam and outline one section of the pumpkin following the stamped lines using the round tip of the remnant rub tool (or stylus).

27step 27: flip paper over and wet outlined area with water from the waterbrush.

28step 28: using remnant rub tool, deboss the paper into the foam.

29step 29: flip the paper back over onto a hard surface, and outline the same stamped lines as before to define.

30step 30: dry with a heat tool and continue on to the next section following previous steps.

31step 31: once all sections have been completed the back will be debased,and the front image raised/embossed.

32step 32: cut out both colored sections with scissors.

33step 33: ink the cut pieces with distress ink using ink blending tool.

34step 34: cut various pieces of foam tape and insert into debossed areas.

35step 35: adhere layered pumpkin on to tag.

36step 36: select letters from alphanumeric thinlit dies to fit tag and line up along design ruler for spacing.

37step 37: remove ruler and place a piece of repositionable tape or wash tape over letters.

38step 38: place taped letters over cork sheet from textured surfaces and run through die cut machine.

39step 39: carefully remove dies from cork sheet revealing the negative area (you can save the actual cut cork letters for another project).

40step 40: cut cork to size for the tag and ink edges with distress ink using ink tool.

41step 41: remove paper backing from cut cork.

42step 42: adhere cork to the bottom of the tag and secure with mini fasteners.

44step 43: cut a piece of linen ribbon for top of tag.

45step 44: ink the linen ribbon with distress ink using ink blending tool.

45astep 45: tie ribbon through top of tag and pull ribbon edges apart to fray.

43step 46: wrap a piece of string around arrow adornment and adhere to tag with multi-medium.

46detailsthe details: i love the layered, textured, and dimensional look of this tag – the distressed accents of the foil frames the tag perfectly…

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congrats to the winners from the october 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. Creepy Glowbugg
2. Burden Weideveld
3. Sara
4. the crazy chick: No. 31
5. Vampire Diary
6. April
7. Lynn Price
8. Danee
9. Christi C
10. MartyF
11. saracloset
12. Steve\’s Stuff

*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: 10NOVEMBERTH


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78 Comments to “12 tags of 2015 – november…”

  1. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Oh, no! I missed the deadline…

  2. Joi@RR says:

    Just LOVED this months tag Tim. It had many of my favorite things! I truly enjoyed playing with it!!! HAPPY AUTUMN to you and Mario. I am thankful for you both and the inspiration and fun you bring to my life. j.

  3. cheiron says:

    Fabulous tag. SO much fun making these! I love the paint resist backgrounds.

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  5. absolutely love the tag and the gorgeous colours,, Tim you are such a genius with colour and I so love your products…

  6. LOVED the BG technique! After all this time of owning paints and a brayer I got to use them together again! Can’t wait until Tuesday’s reveal for December!

  7. Shari T. says:

    Fabulous November tag, Tim! This is the first chance I’ve had to come by and visit and I’m loving the techniques you’ve shared this month! Love the texture you added to the pumpkin! 🙂 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  9. I really enjoyed putting a Christmas take on this one! I can’t believe that this is the penultimate this year…..wow…thanks for the inspiration Tim x

  10. butterfly says:

    Another brilliant month’s inspiration, thank you. Can’t believe there’s only one more left to go! Congratulations to all the winners.
    Alison x

  11. carmen smith says:

    Exquisite Tim. I love your work!

  12. Theresa Lee says:

    Love it!!! I just ordered the die set, can’t wait to try this tag!!!

  13. Hi! love the tag. and the the technique used to make the tag looking like linen is so cool. I will definitely have to try it.

  14. SHEILA NISSEN says:

    Admire Tim’s work and am so happy to be able now to follow his blog.

  15. Heidi says:

    Thanks for creating this tutorial! I like thinking of the other stamps I want to watercolor and now emboss with this technique. Great inspiration!

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  17. stampersuzz says:

    Fantastic fall tag and the techniques were inspiring as always!

  18. Ashley Luke says:

    Wow this is so cool, it makes me want to go get distress markers like now! Lol. I love the embossed tip. I’m gonna definitely try that. THANKS.

  19. Nancy B says:

    I love all the little details like the arrow wrapped in string and the mini fasteners that look like tiny screws! Although this tag has a vintage masculine vibe, the gold bling adds just the right touch!

  20. Diane says:

    Thanks once again for the inspiration. Can it really be November???

  21. Deb Neerman says:

    Simply gorgeous … love it!

  22. Danee says:

    I am so excited for so many techniques on this tag. I ADORE the background and will be using this look a lot. Love the watercolor paper 3-D effect as well. Having recently fallen re-in love with my Distress Markers I can’t wait to try this technique. Finally the glue stick gold foil is INCREDIBLE. I have a MINC and have a ton of small pieces but also I just bought all the Ranger foil packs so I cannot wait to foil everything. Great tag.

  23. Linda Grady says:

    Your how-to directions are always easy to follow; love the different textures and the speckles on the pumpkin, especially awesome.

  24. Nicole says:

    Love the techniques on this tag! Especially the tag background. Congrats to the winners 🙂

  25. Wilma Fox says:

    Once again pure genius, thank you very much for the most informative tutorial and for sharing. Keep up the good work.

  26. Linda Newcomb says:

    Absolutely love this tag. One of my favorites

  27. Frankie says:

    Gorgeous! So many great techniques in this one — can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks for sharing another beautiful tag!

  28. LaWana Whitley says:

    The ever changing techniques are amazing! Thank you so much for your inspiration!

  29. Joi@RR says:

    Love this one Tim! Love Autumn! j.

  30. Laura says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tag!!!!!! I especially love the gold foil edges, the linen look technique, the way you colored the pumpkin, the air brush technique, all of it. Its my favorite tag so far. Thanks so much

  31. barb baker says:

    nicely done

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