12 tags of 2016 – july…

2016TAGhappy summer! i hope you’re enjoying the sunshine, long days, and warm nights. summertime also means taking time to escape on an adventurous vacation. this tag would be perfect to use in your travel journal, art journal, or scrapbook pages as you document the memoirs of your journey. even if you’re not traveling this summer, take your own artful expedition into your creative imagination and enjoy this month’s technique remix…



  • surfaces: #8 kraft tag, distress watercolor cardstock, black cardstock
  • inks: distress markers, distress ink/walnut stain, distress mixed-media palette archival ink
  • mediums: distress micro glaze, mini collage glue stick, distress collage medium/matte, xyron
  • embellishments: adornments/arrows/souvenir, star fasteners, loop pin, jute string
  • stamps: CMS230 schoolhouse blueprints
  • dies: thinlit adventure words: block, thinlits handwritten journey, vagabond
  • tools: design ruler, craft knife, craft pick, scissors, paper distresser, waterbrush/detailer/flat, distress marker spritzer, mini ink blending tool, craft sheet, heat tool
  • misc: sewing machine


1– cut the distress watercolor cardstock approx. 2 7/8″ x 5 1/2″, stamp the image with waterproof ink, and watercolor following the steps from the july tag linked above.

2– when applying distress micro glaze be sure to rub it into the surface with your finger, and only apply it to the areas you want to seal and create a resist.

3– wash over the entire surface with a wash of ink either using distress ink and a waterbrush, or spray inks. the more fluid the top layer of ink is, the more it will pool up around the micro glazed areas.

4– once the background is dry with a heat tool, distress micro glaze will take additional layers of inks and mediums. lightly spritz dark speckles using the distress marker spritzer for a vintage effect, and ink the edges with distress ink and a mini blending tool.


5– a tip when placing the word dies on the tag is adhere them with a this tape like washi or tissue tape. this will keep them from moving around when you die cut them and allows for easy removal.

6– be sure to work on a cutting mat, use a sharp blade, and leave enough area of solid tag from your die cut letters to avoid tearing when sliding the background through later.

7– ink the edges with distress ink using a mini blending tool. also be sure to ink the cut slits since they will become edges as well.

8– carefully slide the watercolor background through the tag and adhere to the base tag with a glue stick. when die cutting detailed pieces like the handwritten word, run the cardstock through a xyron to apply adhesive to it before die cutting. this makes adhering the detailed element much easier and mess-free.

9– if you like to use multiple fasteners on a project to embellish and spacing them evenly is important, try using a design ruler and tonic craft pick which allows you to pierce through the ruler. click here to check out a quick video about the many features of the design ruler.

details– the details of this tag are really cool with the watercolor background appearing through the die cut words and layered with the written die cut word in black cardstock. i’m also a fan of adding a sewn edge to various areas (it’s easier than you might think), and then of course finishing with some metal accents. who knew combining two simple techniques could create such a dimensional masterpiece..t!m

congrats to the winners from the june 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. Stefania
2. Discover the Silver Lining
3. Sunnylee
4. Rita Wright
5. Sarascloset
6. Ellie Knol
7. SewPaperPaint
8. Gitte
9. Suzz’s Stamping Spot
10. Curly Moon Crafts
11. Lisa A Mares
12. Tzong Rong

*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: 10JULYTH7

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34 Comments to “12 tags of 2016 – july…”

  1. Dean says:

    Hi everyone! All of the tags look amazing this month. I wanted to throw out a little disclaimer about the fact that my tag is appearing twice. I tried cropping the image and next thing you know….bam..it’s up there twice! Completely unintentional just a little confusion with editing with inlinkz (which I don’t think you can once something is published) Sorry for hogging up the extra space! Good Luck everyone.

  2. cheiron says:

    Another great tag! I forgot how much I love this technique!!!

  3. […] I finally got round to making one of Tim holtz’s tags of 2016 in the same month as it was posted so I can enter it on his page for July. […]

  4. […] Butterflies are beautiful. Here is my version of Tim’s Tag for July 2016.  I chose to use butterflies and flowers for my tag using Tim’s techinques.  You can check them out here on Tim’s blog. […]

  5. Emily Shroom says:

    Two fun techniques and a great tag for inspiration!

  6. Holly C. Fictum says:

    Thanks for the inspiration Tim… You make me feel so good about doing my art ! I still have a tag you made at the Mall of America and gave to me. Back then I had no idea how much you would come to inspire me in the future. Thank you again… SO MUCH!

  7. Forgot how much I love the Micro Glaze! It’s just so great to use and see how, and where, the color(s) come out!

  8. Mimi says:

    Missed both techniques last year (I know… what was I doing???)… excited to try both of these. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration!

  9. cheiron says:

    Wonderful tag! I love the mix of stamps and dies. Can’t wait to make this one 🙂

  10. Linda S. says:

    Summer travel is the best and I love how your tag captures the feel of a spontaneous adventure.

  11. Cecilia H says:

    Great tags. Love these products.

  12. Donna Russell says:

    awesome tag thanks for sharing

  13. Sara Emily says:

    Thank yo for the inspiration, as always, and thank you for picking my Biskit tag as one of this month’s winners!! What a thrill! I was so excited, I almost forgot to e-mail! Headed over right now! I’ve been to all the winner’s blogs except one I couldn’t reach–what awesome creativity! Congrats to all the winners!

  14. Amante del Papel says:

    I love both techniques

  15. Alicia Gnam says:

    Love the tag! Thanks Tim for also posting the review of the techniques. 🙂 Happy 4th to you and Mario!

  16. Gloria L. says:

    Really nice!

  17. Tona says:

    Yet another fabulous tag!

  18. Linda Newcomb says:

    Always look forward to seeing your tags!

  19. Rosann says:

    Wow ! Another cool tag… fun thinlit !

    Congrats to all winners !

  20. Love this month’s tag and techniques!

  21. Amy says:

    You always bring Americana into our hearts and mind. I thank you for that. As a veteran I appreciate your sentiment with yet an Americana feel, subtle … And true. Thank you.

  22. Amy says:

    This is fabulous. Tim, you always bring inspiring Americana into our lives.
    Though its July, and the World is in a sensitive place, you touched on our lives and values well. As an American Verteran, I thank you.

  23. Violet says:

    Wonderful tag and clear instructions once again.

  24. stampersuzz says:

    Cool tag! Love the watercolored globe and I have never masked my image with glaze and looking forward to playing with this technique. Thank you for selecting my tag from last month! Congrats to all the other winners!

  25. Helen says:

    weve had long days of cold rain here in England but love your July tag!

  26. OMG, Tim this is perfect for a Baby shower with the title of “Adventure”. Love it!!!!!!

  27. Ellie Knol says:

    I am SO glad to be in the list of winners!! HAPPY happy day!!

  28. Amanda Pink says:

    Fabulous Tag for July! Thanks Tim . Looking forward to joining in the the creative fun .
    Congrats to all the June winners .

  29. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    SUPER Tag!!! This one has REALLY got a special place in my heart as I am about to have one more opportunity do do that very thing…EXPLORE THE WORLD!!! I am going to REALLY enjoy everything about making AND getting to look at my creation, every day afterward! Congratulations to all the talented Winners from the June Tag of 2016!

  30. Autumn says:

    Thanks so much for selecting my tag, Tim! What a marvelous list of winners this month, so many sweet bloggy friends. Thanks for another fantastic tag this month, so cool!

  31. Angèle says:

    Another “WORLD” tag – love it!
    Makes me want to start on my Holiday album!!!

  32. Fabulous tag and mixture of techniques! LOVE the colors in the globe! Congrats to all the winners!

  33. paula says:

    Love the travel theme! The blueprint stamps are the best for watercoloring too!

  34. Hetty says:

    Awesome new tag, love the look and feel of it. Thanks , Tim.
    Congratulations to the winners.

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