12 tags of 2016 – december…

2016tagwell we did it! a whole year of technique remixes reminding us once again that techniques are truly timeless.  i wanted to share my initial post from january when it all started…

“happy 2016!  as we embark on a new year, many of us set new goals, plan new adventures, and like any creative person, seek new ideas (after all it’s those ideas that drive our passion for making things).  so as i sit here in my studio knowing it was the first day of the month when i usually post a new tag, i started looking back through my previous “12 tags”.  it’s hard to believe this will be the 10th year of doing “12 tags” on my blog?!  what started out as a way to share inspiration with “12 tags of christmas” back in 2007, turned into a monthly tag series in 2012, and the rest as they say, is history.   years of step by step photos, instructions, and videos shared on these tutorials reminded me of some favorite techniques that inspired me all over again.

i believe that when it comes to seeking new ideas, sometimes our creative focus is blurred by the products used like a specific stamp, die, embellishment or color of ink vs. the techniques being shared which is most important part of learning things.  as a designer it’s a balance between the excitement of new products and remembering to use what we already have.  so i’ve decided to change things up with the “12 tags of 2016 – technique remix”.

remix /rē’miks/: a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of it.

i’m going to be taking you back into the archives of my blog to explore techniques that might be new discoveries for some, and re-discoveries for others.  each month i will be “remixing” two previous 12 tags techniques to show you an entirely different outcome using the same techniques.  i plan to highlight new ideas i may have, perhaps show a new product that might exist now to achieve a similar effect, or just helpful hints i’ve learned since i originally shared the technique.  my goal is to empower your creative way of thinking and remind you that inspiration is right at your fingertips…”

for our final tag i wanted to create a festive holiday remix!
i hope you’ve enjoyed creating these tags as much as i’ve enjoyed sharing them through the years.  may this magical time of year capture your childlike imagination, and the spirit of the season fill your hearts with creative wonder & hope…t!m



  • surfaces: #8 tag, textile surfaces/burlap, paper stash/tidings, chipboard, kraft core/asst. green
  • ink: distress ink/walnut stain, distress embossing ink, distress spray stain/fired brick
  • paint: distress paint/picket fence
  • embossing powder: princess gold
  • embellishments: wishbone, typed tokens/christmas, vial labels, remnant rubs, adornments/arrows, jingle brads, star fasteners, jute string/christmas, mirrored star
  • stencil: layering stencil/dots
  • tools: mini brayer, heat tool, craft pick, remnant rub tool, sanding grip, mini snips, mini ink blending tool, distress splatter brush, hot glue gun
  • sizzix: shadowpress/christmas, shadowpress station, vagabond, punches/pine/juniper/holly/laurel
  • misc: sewing machine

remix1 1–  follow the steps from the may 2014 tag linked above to create a shadowpress word, but this time using the shadowpress station (shown in the video below) with embossing ink vs. black ink.  cover the embossed word with gold embossing powder as soon as you’ve embossed it through your machine.

2– heat emboss using a heat tool to melt the powder filling the debossed drop-shadow with enamel.  you can try this with various colors of embossing ink for different effects, pretty neat right?

3– select your favorite festive elements and create “tiles” by cutting various sized chipboard pieces to fit each one.

4– sand the edges of each tile and ink with distress ink using a mini blending tool.  secure each embellishment to the tile using a liquid adhesive.

remix2 5– follow the steps from the december 2015 tag linked above to create a patterned burlap background using distress spray stain and a layering stencil.

6– sand pieces of kraft core and punch various holiday greens.

7– ink the edges with distress ink using a mini blending tool and splatter with picket fence distress paint and splatter brush.

8– assemble the tag by adhering the tiles with hot glue.

9– adhere the punched holiday greens with hot glue and finish with jingle brads.

details– the details: the metallic embossed shadowpress adds a classic accent without overpowering the tag.  each trinket captures a bit of holiday magic then finished off with a cluster of festive greenery.

congrats to the winners from the november 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. Anita H
2. Kath Stewart
3. MartyF
4. Jojos Whimsy
5. Criarte
6. Hanifa Scraps
7. Valerie A
8. Melissa S
9. WG Burgoyne
10. Margikscrap
11. Terrie
12. Laurie Y

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies, or click on the links below to purchase online from Simon Says Stamp with a discount of 10% off your purchase – use code: 10DECEMBERTH1

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36 Comments to “12 tags of 2016 – december…”

  1. Tim, thank you so very much for yet another year of amazing inspiration and creativity, your generosity in sharing your skills and ideas with us all is appreciated more than I can ever express. Wishing you and Mario a very happy New Year and here’s hoping that this wonderful tradition will continue in 2017! Hugs, Deb xo

  2. Theresa Petermann says:

    Fun year of techniques to try. Loved making them all. thanks as always for sharing.

  3. Emily Shroom says:

    Two awesome techniques and simply gorgeous Christmas tag! Thanks for the year of great ideas, had so much fun making my tags and love the vintage Christmassy feel for this last one.

  4. Jane Tyrrell says:

    I’ve submitted my final tag. Thanks so much Tim for another fab year of creativity and for all your hard work. I’ve now completed 3 years with you and have loved every single piece. Merry Christmas x

  5. Nancy B says:

    I love that great tag! I had not see the Shadow Press station. I loved learning about that!

  6. The stencil + burlap + Distress Spray was one of my faves from 2015, it’s still one of my faves! I have really enjoyed looking back at previous years, especially considering I have just barely finished my 2nd (straight!) year of doing the 12 Tags!! Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!

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  8. Lorrie S. says:

    Again, thank you for sharing your talents and being such an inspiration. I am new to all of this, having just discovered inks and stamps and mixed media in the spring. It has been wonderful to see all the creativity on your blog; I have so looked forward to each month’s techniques.
    Having said that, I want to wish you and Mario, the best Christmas ever!

  9. Rosann says:

    Congrats to the winners ! Can’t believe I was so excited about the tag yesterday I went immediately to check my supplies… didn’t even comment… I’m slipping hehehe
    This is another amazing tag love the burlap and the Christmas greenery !!! Remembered what you said about the shadowpresses going away … whew… got my Christmas ones… going to go play now !!! 🙂

  10. Deb L says:

    Great way to end the year! Happy Holidays!

  11. stampersuzz says:

    Beautiful! Loved that burlap technique and I think I even have a scrap from last time because it was so much fun. Can’t wait to play!

  12. MartyF says:

    Congrats to all winners and thank you for choosing my tag this month – so thrilled! Thank you for all of the inspiration you give all of us, Tim! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Mario 🙂

  13. Oh…. So happy. Thanks for drawing my name… Whoop whoop. I LOVE this month’s tag… So perfectly Woodsy Christmas!!! Awesome. Congrats to all the winners!!!!

  14. Maureen Chandler says:

    Your tags are always fun and inspirational – thanks for all you share!!

  15. Margik says:

    This month’s tag is one of my favorite… really wonderful! Thanks for the great inspiration and tutorial!
    Thank you for the fabulous prize and congratulations to all the winners!
    Merry Christmas!

  16. I was hoping the May 2014 technique would be in one of the Remix Tags- it was so fun!!
    This is just the PERFECT REMIX Tag, T!m…

  17. JaninTucson says:

    Love the cluster of greens and MERRY Christmas to you and Mario!

  18. Anne R says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    Love this latest tag, look forward to doing this one and also looking forward to next years tags (I hope!). Best wishes to you and Mario!

  19. Sandy Lewis says:

    What a beautiful tag! This year has been wonderfully full of tags, but the December tags are my favorite. I like the idea of combing the techniques. Perhaps I’ll relearn and certainly refresh techniques from a couple of years ago. Merry Christmas!

  20. Lucy F. says:

    About every other month I think I can make the Tim tag. I think I can do this one. I just bought the shadow press station on sale this week which is a good sign.

  21. Thank you for keeping us busy by inspiring us !
    Thanks for putting my name on the winner list too !

  22. Angele van Leeuwen says:

    Super sweet!
    Really love this one, of course Christmas is a wonderful theme but with these techniques it’s really magical!

  23. Tona says:

    Love, love, love this tag! Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  24. Amanda Pink says:

    Fabulous December tag! Tim I can’t believe this is the final one for 2016. Loved creating every one of them. Thank you so much for your endless creativity , inspiration and your generosity in sharing , Wishing you and Mario ta very Merry Christmas . x

  25. Shirley says:

    Each month I have enjoyed your remix of tags. Thank you Tim for all you give to the stamping community. May God bless you and Mario in 2017, with many wonderful adventures to come.

    Love the December 2016 card, as always it is beautiful.

  26. Linda S. says:

    Thanks for another year of tags. Happy 2017 to you and yours, may it be a creative and fulfilling year.

  27. the shadow press (tiles) tag is one of my all time most very favourites, so glad to see it again. looking forward to re-mixing this months techniques.

  28. WilmaB says:

    Love this tag. Thank you so much for all the inspiration this year!
    Wish you and Mario a magical December!!!

  29. Donna Russell says:

    Love this tag!! And the remix is awesome and a great idea. Going back where it all started is a great experience.

  30. Gloria L. says:

    Lookin’ good! Merry December!

  31. Rachel B. says:

    Beautiful tag as always!

  32. Sue W says:

    Beautiful tag! Two of my favorite techniques. Sure hope you will continue the tags in 2017.

  33. kath says:

    loving this month’s tag…thank you so much for a year of fun inspiration…its been a blast…cant wait to see what’s in store for !2 Tags 2017 and so excited to be one of the lucky winners…hugs to you and Mario xxx

  34. Gorgeous tag Tim!! I love the warmth and everything you put into it. Very inspiring. I can’t wait to start mine!

  35. Great tutorial once again. Love the splatter brush. I use an old toothbrush and my finger – very messy.

  36. diana says:

    love it !!!! truly have enjoyed this years journey…I loved looking back at the previous years tags and mixing them up…. thank you so much for doing what you do to keep us all learning and enjoying and remembering the now….

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