12 tags of 2015 – september…

TAG-MAINexploring the use of color and texture is one of my favorite things to do.  by combining these elements in various ways it allows the imagination to run wild with possibility.  alcohol inks have a unique ability to blend into vibrant colorful backgrounds on slick surfaces, and although the techniques can vary, the end results are always amazing.  today we’ll take it one step further by adding transparent layers of texture and imagery to immerse yourself in an artistic wonderland…t!m


  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, alcohol ink cardstock, frosted, #8 black tag
  • stamp: watercolor CMS217, gridblocks
  • layering stencil:THS032 flourish
  • embellishments: trimmings/black & cream, word band/observations, long fasteners, wire
  • alcohol inks: wild plum, sunset orange, sunshine yellow, citrus, lettuce, mermaid, purple twilight, gold mixative, blending solution
  • distress spray stain: pumice stone, hickory smoke
  • distress marker: black soot
  • archival ink: jet black
  • tools: heat tool, distress marker spritzer, scissors, craft pick, palette knife, craft sheet, mini ink blending tool, distress sprayer
  • adhesives: glossy accents
  • mediums: texture paste/transparent gloss

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 1: for this tag, i’m using a manila tag as my base and alcohol ink cardstock as my background.  alcohol ink cardstock is a coated paper and works completely different than glossy photo paper.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 2: gather your favorite colors of adirondack alcohol inks, metallic mixative, and blending solution.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 3: shake the metallic mixative and scribble a small amount in the center of your craft sheet.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 4: shake and scribble several colors of alcohol inks directly over the mixative.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 5: shake blending solution over ink mixture.  note: this step is important so the paper can glide across the inks and blend the colors.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 6: place the alcohol ink cardstock gloss-side down and swipe through the inks.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 7: flip the paper over so you can see the colors and determine whatever areas you want to ink next.

8step 8: swipe the paper a second time through the remaining ink on your craft sheet.  note: if you want to add more colors or blending solution, do that before the second swipe.

9step 9: look at this colorful blending background with that float of metallic – love it.  now set this aside to dry for about a minute.

10step 10: while i have all my inks out i created several backgrounds – you get a different result every time (oh and don’t worry about the white space).

11step 11: create a background on a manila tag by spraying it with distress spray stain, mist with water, and dry with a heat tool.

12step 12: choose your favorite background and trim it to 3” x 5.5” to layer over the tag.

13step 13: select the stamps you want to use on your background.

14step 14: when using multiple images, i like to place the stamps over my background to get the composition i want.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 15: then i place a gridlock directly over all of the stamps, press the block down and lift up adhering the stamps to the block – easy!

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 16: ink the stamps and stamp the entire group of images with archival ink on to your background.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 17: dry the archival ink using a heat tool.  note: i prefer stamping with archival ink over alcohol inks since archival is oil based and won’t react with the inks.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 18: place a layering stencil over the stamped background.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 19: apply gloss transparent texture paste through stencil using a palette knife.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 20: carefully lift the stencil and allow the paste to dry on the background (it will dry clear).  immediately clean the texture paste off your stencil and palette knife with water.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 21: stamp the same butterflies on to a sheet of idea-ology frosted.  note: there is no front or back to frosted so you can stamp on either side.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 22: dry the image with a heat tool – LET COOL.  note: frosted is heat stable, but still be careful not to melt the plastic with too much heat.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 23: cut out the stamped images using scissors.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 24: warm the frosted using a heat tool until it becomes pliable.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 25: while frosted is warm carefully pick it up to bend and shape the wings – BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF. 

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 26: the frosted will cool almost immediately and hold the shape you’ve given it.  note: if you don’t like it, simply reheat it and reshape it.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 27: repeat the previous steps for all three butterflies.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 28: once the texture paste is completely dry it will be transparent and smooth.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 29: to highlight the texture, lightly rub over the textured areas with archival ink using an ink blending tool.  note: do not use too much ink, we’re just trying to highlight the texture.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 30: ink the edges of the background with archival ink using an ink blending tool.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 31: adhere the background to the tag and frosted butterflies to the background using glossy accents.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 32: to create a backdrop for a word band, tear a strip from a #8 black tag.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 33: attach four long fasteners into each corner.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 34: wrap thin wire around each end of the word band leaving excess wire.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 35: wrap the ends of the wire around each fastener to secure the band.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 36: adhere the embellished strip to the tag using glossy accents.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comstep 37: spritz the background using a black soot distress marker using the distress marker spritzer.

12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.comthe details: i really love this colorful blended background using alcohol inks layered with the transparent texture paste.  the dimensional frosted butterflies also provide a slight contrast when layered over the glossy surface.

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12 tags of 2015: September | www.timholtz.com

congrats to the winners from the august 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. Autumn Clark 
  2. Vintage Plaid 
  3. anja    
  4. Rosie Schirrmeister   
  5. Pat Gent     
  6. Carol    
  7. Tanja  
  8. Marty F     
  9. Jen Shurkus  
  10. Stephanie Rodgers     
  11. Deborah  
  12. Kharen\’s Khreations

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88 Comments to “12 tags of 2015 – september…”

  1. […] stands for Tuesday over at Elizabeths’s blog but first I will show you my tag for Tim’s 12 tags of 2015 – September.  I am still hanging on to the end of the year but honestly I sometimes find it too much of a […]

  2. Kirsten B. says:

    I’m a little behind on my 2015 tags. Step #15 is genius! Thanks, Tim!

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  5. Karen P says:

    My embossing paste is still wet so I hope its okay for me to enter. I will re-photograph my tag tomorrow so that I have a good visual record just for me.
    Thank you so much for sharing, for encouraging and for teaching I greatly appreciate it and I also had a load of inky fun! Thank you so much Tim & Mario xx

  6. Chris says:

    Once again, great techniques, but a bit of a struggle for me to find alternatives – but I did it!!!

  7. Merete Mjøen says:

    Gorgeous tag!

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  9. LOVED making this tag! My favorite part? The transparent modeling paste! So many possibilities for texture without color!!

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  13. Lisa S says:

    You never cease to amaze me, this is brilliant. Gorgeous too!

  14. […] This is my first Tim Holtz tag and it was really fun. Here is the link to this month’s tag (Here). His card featured two products that I was not able to find here: Frosted Film and Texture Paste. […]

  15. Rk says:

    Oops I meant I will have to “make” this tag soon 🙂

  16. Rk says:

    This has got to be my favorite tag of 2015 ( so far)!! I love the bright colors and I always love butterflies in all art forms including taking pics of them!! I will have to ale this tag soon. I love the last pic of the tag shown on background paper ( which I judg happen to own). Txs for inspiring me always!!

  17. I hope this comment posts, I have such difficulty leaving them. Fabulous tag Tim and such fun playing with the amazing alcohol inks. Thanks so much I really enjoyed making my card version this month x

  18. This was such fun to make Tim……the inks are such gorgeous colours x

  19. Mary Werner says:

    This is a great example of mixed media meshing perfectly with paper crafting. I hope to make several things that are a spin off for decorations for my mini tree. Love your books! Would also love to see a tab up on top that links to some designers that use your ideas for mixed media. I love to see examples to give my own muse ideas.

  20. butterfly says:

    Thanks for yet another amazing crafty adventure… had to go round a different way, but happy with where I got to in the end!!
    Alison x

  21. Inge Bekaert says:

    long time since I used my alcohol inks !
    A tag like yours reminds me to get them out again 🙂

    I thought the dimension was because of an embossing folder, so I was surprised to see it was embossing paste. Love it that it is OVER the stamped butterflies.

    Thanks for sharing and reminding me to use my stuff !
    greetings from Belgium

  22. Eva says:

    Really pretty tag! And great that yoiu used the alcohol inks!

  23. butterfly says:

    Wow – that’s some full-on colour… maybe I should step outside my comfort zone for once! Cracking tag – full of techniques I’m really curious to try.
    Alison xx

  24. Michelle says:

    WOW!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

  25. Absolutely beautiful I just love it!!!

    And the ones it inspired are beautiful as well – I always enjoy seeing what new creation you come up with each month and what it inspires in others.

    Thanks for sharing.

  26. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    Beautiful use of various textures. Glad to see you use the frosted film. I have a roll and a pack with no place to go. Now I can see how I can use it in this fab way. Thanks Tim!

  27. Wilma Fox says:

    Once again creative genius at work, love the colours, love the butterflies in fact love it all, thank you for sharing with us mortals. Have missed you and your updates, best to you both.

  28. Gigi B. says:

    This is a beautiful tag. I love the texture paste and learning about the alcohol ink card stock. That I must try.

  29. Genevieve Payne says:

    Transparent Texture Paste! Pure Genius!!!! Love, Love, Love this tag and that Flourish Stencil is TO DIE FOR!!!

  30. Linda S. says:

    I love playing with alcohol inks. I can’t wait to to try recreating this tag. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Patty Pearson says:

    I absolutely love this tag! Butterflies are my favorite and this tag is beautiful. I really liked all the different layers you used on this tag. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  32. Beautifully made as always! Such an inspiration.

  33. Marilyn says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This is great! You have a great talent. And it is great that you share it with us. This is a wonderful tag!!!

  34. SusanK says:

    Loads of color and texture! Can’t wait to get back home to my art space and play!

  35. cheryl c says:

    FYI, the 2nd entry for our postings says, “blog does not exist”. But, Tim, this creation is stunning. Of course, I’m a sucker for butterflies but this technique is BEAUTIFUL. love it. love it. love it.

  36. Shirley in Queen Creek says:

    I really, really love this card Tim! So good to see you posting again.
    Best to you and Mario.

  37. Annamarie says:

    This is beautiful and I actually do not have to buy anything new to do this project, so I love it even more. Thank you Tim

  38. Rosie says:

    A wonderful and vibant tag.
    I say “Thank you” for let me winning the August challenge.

  39. ionabunny says:

    Gorgeous. Love the vibrant colours and the textures. Must get some translucent paste. Hugz

  40. Gloria L. says:

    Love, love, love!

  41. Marcie Lovett says:

    I’m always inspired by your posts, Tim. It’s all about the background.

  42. Noreen says:

    I love the beautiful bright colors and the way you added the butterflies.

  43. Emilie Boyd says:

    These inks are glorious to look at . Beautiful tag.

  44. Anita B says:

    Very happy to see you do a tag with alcohol inks!

  45. Gavi S says:

    This is i think my fav tag of the month yet…and how apropos bc it’s my bday month! 😉

  46. Linda Polaretzki says:

    Beautiful – can’t wait to make it.

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