12 tags of 2016 – august…

2016TAGthe beginning of this year i made a list randomly choosing 2 different techniques from previous 12 tags to remix together.  some techniques were done months apart while others years apart.  having no clue what i would make of the collaboration, i’m fascinated by the unexpected outcome of creative harmony. this month’s tag is a reminder of embracing the unexpected with the words “what seems ordinary is often the extraordinary”. i hope you are enjoying this process of discovering the ability to see things in new creative ways…



  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, black cardstock, textile surfaces, textured surfaces, grungepaper, ephemera
  • inks: distress stain/stormy sky, distress ink/walnut stain/brushed corduroy
  • paint: distress paint/antique linen/black soot
  • mediums: multi-medium/matte
  • embellishments: mirrored star, small talk stickers, remnant rubs, vial labels
  • dies: thinlit wildflowers, frameworks honeycomb, vagabond
  • tools: mini brayer, distress sprayer, paper distresser, mini ink blending tool, craft sheet, heat tool, sanding grip
  • misc: sewing machine


1– i went for a simple color palette of distress stain following the july 2013 technique, and spritzed water to blend the color creating various tones.

2– once the first layer was dried with a heat tool, i applied a couple of shades of brown distress ink using a mini blending tool and then spritzed water again to create droplets.

3– distress the edges of the tag using a paper distress and add a final layer of distress ink to the edges. i really love the effect of this weathered background.


4– select a variety of textures for the inside pieces of the frameworks and cut them out. i used textile surfaces, textured surfaces, and mirrored for this.

5– i die-cut my honeycomb frameworks from grungepaper and painted with a light layer of distress paint. i then sanded the paint and inked it before cutting it into 3 pieces.

6– adhere the frameworks to the tag to create your own pattern.

7– adhere the tiled pieces into the framework as you like.

8– die-cut the wildflowers from black cardstock to create a contrasting silhouette and adhere to the tag.

9– embellish with a few elements like small talk stickers, vial labels, mirrored star, and remnant rubs.

10– the details: i love the effect combining the fluid wash of the brayered stain with the geometric design of frameworks. the combination of both techniques provide the perfect way to incorporate various textures and embellishments. the finishing touch was stitching around the edges, and splattering black paint to highlight the flowers – “extraordinary” indeed… t!m

congrats to the winners from the july 12 tags of 2016.  if you see your name (and it links to your tag), please email mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize…
1. Deb L
2. Julia
3. Karen D
4. Danee K
5. Discover the Wonder
6. Inky splatters
7. Kriss D
8. Ink-a-pink
9. Tonya D
10. Christina S
11. Lynn
12. Mo Stokes

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32 Comments to “12 tags of 2016 – august…”

  1. […] This song has very special meaning to me and it comforts me every time I hear it. I also used Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 for August as inspiration. The August tag featured Brayered Stain and Framework and I used both techniques in […]

  2. DIANA L. says:

    beautiful. Also, so fun to see all the entries

  3. Emily Shroom says:

    Two fun techniques and another awesome tag, thanks for sharing the inspiration!

  4. […] Tims tag for August was a remix of ‘Brayered Stain’ and ‘Frameworks’. You can see Tim’s tag HERE. […]

  5. I had so much fun with this remix Tim – thankyou xx

  6. […] when I discovered his Twelve Tags of 2016, which teaches more of his techniques, while also affording the remotest possibility that he might […]

  7. Thanks for the inspiration and for the fun challenge!

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  10. Congrats to the winners~ AWESOME TAGS~!

  11. Linda Newcomb says:

    Love the honeycomb frames. Can really see a lot of different ways to use it.

  12. barbara lassiter says:

    I love this tag (for my birthday month), especially the sentiment and the different textures. I think I will try this and hang it in my craft room, just for me! 🙂 LOL!

  13. Beth says:

    I think this is my favorite remix!

  14. Cynthia says:

    Love the tag, keep them coming.

  15. pat smith says:

    How fun is this!!! I love the black flowers and grungepaper.

  16. Linda S. says:

    This brayered and distressed backgrounds is one of my favorites.

  17. stampersuzz says:

    Beautiful. This has got my mind buzzing with ideas.

  18. Pinky Borres says:

    Love, love this tag. It’s simple but pretty.

  19. It was like a double Christas today! A tag and CC103… Be still my heart!

  20. Tona says:

    Another fabulous tag! I love all the texture.

  21. Carol says:

    love this tag. . . .awesome textute. . . .you are having a very busy day with Creative Chemistry 103 starting and a new tag of the month.

  22. Violet says:

    Great tag and techniques. I don’t have enough of the products to play along but I’ll be using the techniques for other projects.

  23. Love love love the technique remix tag for August!
    Thanks so much for choosing my tag as one of this months winners. I am absolutely thrilled! Congrats to all the winners! Your tag are fabulous!

  24. Dolly says:

    so cool Tim….as always! TFS 😀

  25. Gorgeous tag Tim, can’t wait to make it, just have to find time to fit it in between by Creative Chemistry 103 homework assignments! Thanks for your sharing your wonderful creativity with us all. Deb xo

  26. Sharon Young says:

    Oh this one speaks to me! And hey it’s my birthday month so I neeeeed to play along right? The background all alone is fabulous but adding the frameworks takes it to another level! Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  27. Cathy says:

    Congrats to all the winners!! Yay for you Julia!! Looking forward to getting to work on this months tag! 🙂

  28. Angèle says:

    What a great combination – really love the colors you used for the brayered stain, the fact that you cut up your frame and all the different dessins in the frame!

  29. WilmaB says:

    Just a beautiful tag again!!!
    Congrats to the lucky winners!!!

  30. Wow!! This Tag is gonna be FUN to at with! Congrats to the AWESOME Tags chosen from JULY!! What a huge collection of talent joining in on the creative chaos!!
    Thanks for inspiring us, Tim!!
    And thanks to Mario for sharing bits!!!

  31. Amanda Pink says:

    Loving the tag for August ! Looking forward to getting creative again – I do love my making my Tim tag’s !
    Thank you so so much for choosing my tag amongst the winners . I really am thrilled to bits. Time to happy dance !! Wahoo!
    Congratulations too to all the other winners too .
    🙂 xxx

  32. I love this remix (my favourite so far…). I can’t wait to make this month’s remix – homework before playtime.

  33. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    What a stunner, Tim!!! I think I’m going to work on this tag right after class!!! I loved looking at all the tags made by the July winners and man, they really ARE all winners!! Congratulations, everyone!

  34. Diana says:

    Holy love! One of my favourite remixes to date. Love the pop of black and anything with grunge paper !

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