12 tags of 2016 – february…

2016TAGwelcome to the second month of the 12 tags of 2016 – technique remix.  thank you for all of the great comments about this year’s 12 tags remix concept.  it’s definitely a great way to see techniques in new ways, and from the record breaking tag submissions (over 250 tags last month) it appears to have inspired many of you too.  the concept behind the “12 tags” is simply an opportunity to share and learn techniques – this isn’t about tags specifically…it’s about creating.  so remember, you don’t need to make a tag to submit, make whatever type of project you like making.  whether you’re a card maker, scrapbooker, mixed media artist, or if you just like making tags (like me), you can utilize these techniques to suit your creative style…



  • surfaces: manila tag
  • inks: distress ink/candied apple/frayed burlap/walnut stain, distress stain/antique linen, distress spray stain/candied apple
  • markers: distress markers/broken china/peeled paint
  • embossing powder: princess gold
  • mediums: texture paste
  • embellishments: adornments/arrows, typed tokens, photobooth, vial labels, small talk stickers, remnant rubs, crinkle ribbon, ephemera/thrift shop
  • adhesives: foam tape, multi-medium/matte
  • tools: mini layering stencils/set #6, distress sprayer, sanding grip, heat tool, scissors, palette knife, mini ink blending tool, remnant rub tool
  • misc: string, paper flowers


1– both of the remix techniques this month use stencils and i’m excited to use the new mini layering stencils i released this year at cha with stampers anonymous.  i love working with my layering stencils, but i found that there were times i wanted/needed the design a smaller scale depending on the project i’m working on.  as you can see, the new mini layering stencils are about 40% smaller than the original ones – the perfect size for tags, cards, pocket pages, etc.

2– instead of working with a plain background like i did in the original tutorial, i stained the tag with distress stain, a spritz of water from the distress sprayer, and dried with a heat tool.

3– following the monoprint technique, i used frayed burlap on the mini lace stencil, and printed horizontally three individual times (reinking each time) to create the background.  next i inked the edges of the tag with walnut stain distress ink using a mini ink blending tool.


4– following the embossed texture past technique, i applied texture paste through the mini valentine words stencil in a few areas to add a metallic texture to the background.

5– next i inked through the mini hearts stencil with candied apple distress (the perfect red) using a mini ink blending tool.

6– tinting photobooth or found relatives with distress markers is easy.  just apply the marker directly to the photo and blend the color using a cotton swab.  for added authenticity, bend fold, and crease various areas of the photo.

7– to embellish the tag i started by adhering the photobooth photo, layered it with an ephemera heart (i just die cut a heart, glued ephemera over it, trimmed off the excess).  next i added an adornment arrow with a typed token tied to it with string, and added a quote from small talk scuffing the edges of the sticker with a sanding grip. finally for a touch of vintage detail i adhered a small vial label folded off the edge accented with a remnant rub.  embellishing is where you can let your creative personality shine so have fun creating your own “12 tags remix” this month…t!m

congrats to the winners from the january 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. Carmen C
2. Amy
3. Sammy Jean
4. Liz Russell
5. Nikki Acton
6. Catherine Cowels
7. Plays Well with Paper
8. Lo Shakerato Alberto
9. K Jacobson
10. ScrappyMum
11. Mo Stokes
12. Sylvia

*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: 10FEBRUARYTH

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73 Comments to “12 tags of 2016 – february…”

  1. Sharon Grovo says:

    I love to use the destress inks for all my tags

  2. […] So this is for 12 Tags of 2016 – February .. I again followed Tims’s Instructions […]

  3. Suzn gehring says:

    February 16 tag

  4. Tracy says:

    All the the tags are gorgeous.

  5. Carol Parker says:

    I adore the inspirational journey you take me on each month, Tim. You are so generous sharing your time and talent with us. Thanks so much. C.xx

  6. Deborah Adams says:

    What great idea to put these two techniques together. I had such fun playing around with this idea. I hope you like looking at my tag and canvas. Thank you for sharing such great new techniques with each and every month and year. <3

  7. erika says:

    a fun re-visiting of these techniques. thanks for the inspiration. p.s. my first tag i actually posted!

  8. DELIA JOHNSON says:

    I love all things Tim

  9. Amanda Pink says:

    Thanks Tim for another fabulous tag full of creative inspiration and of course not forgetting the LOVE x

  10. Karen P says:

    Thank you so much! I loved learning the new techniques and they are techniques that I will use on my current journey where I am learning about all aspects of mixed media. I also plan to incorporate these techniques into the different types of projects I love to create with stamps, inks and paints thank you so much! Karen x

  11. […] this tag I have also used the two technique that is on the February challenge as Tim Holtz, I have used them a lot lately, since they’re easy but gives such a great […]

  12. […] so, hier kommt mein Beitrag zu den Februar Tags von Tim Holtz. […]

  13. This month’s remix was full of new stuff for me. It took me a while and lots of trial tags before I got it right, but I finally got it done. Will be posting it soon. At least this time I am not finishing it up on the last day.

  14. […] Tim’s February 2016 tag as my inspiration, I followed along using the supplies that I […]

  15. […] I loved the techniques Tim used on his latest tag, so I used them to make this birthday card for my son Gordon. You can see Tim’s February Tag inspiration HERE. […]

  16. Julia says:

    I loved combining these techniques!

  17. Suzn gehring says:

    Not sure if I am correctly posting

  18. Suzn gehring says:

    Feb2016 tag

  19. […] spent much of the past two days working on this tag for both Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2016, February and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Spritz and Spray. I love the colors of pink, lavender, and […]

  20. […] month and my rope is a bit threadbare. I definitely needed some art therapy and Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2016 was just the […]

  21. […] not sure I am in love with the concept for February’s tag but I like the inspiration it gave.  Last month, I thought about what it would be like to heat […]

  22. Linda says:

    Every month I see your tags, and think ‘I wish”. I have bought the Manila tags, but every month the list is growing with supplies that I can’t find near me, and couldn’t afford anyway. Our closest craft store is about 30 miles away, and they don’t carry many of your products. They carry another brand that is similar, but the inks don’t work with water the way yours do.

  23. Embossing texture paste was one of my favorite techniques from 2015! I look forward to the first of every month to see what new inspiration I’ll be getting! Oh! And I love the mono-print technique!!

  24. stampersuzz says:

    Beautiful tag as usual! Love the tiny hearts randomly sponged in the background. Need that stencil!

  25. Nancy B says:

    I love this pretty romantic tag! The lace stencil makes it very special.

  26. Emily Shroom says:

    Gorgeous tag and awesome techniques, had fun applying them to my card!

  27. […] am excited to be participating in the February 12 Tags of 2016 hosted by Tim Holtz. First let me begin by sharing my completed card {I made this instead of a tag} […]

  28. One of my favorite colour combos – red, cream and brown. I really like your idea of revisiting techniques!

  29. Tinalala says:

    I live the shadow effect the stencil makes. Smaller tag sized stencils AWESOME!

  30. Can a buy from your webbshop in sweden??

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