12 tags of 2016 – march…

2016TAGwith spring right around the corner, i was inspired to brighten things up this month by re-mixing two techniques that had completely different color palettes when originally featured.  the result once again proves techniques can be adapted to meet our creative necessities.  the contrast between grungy and colorful layers provide an artful harmony all it’s own, and the perfect opportunity to showcase the new distress crayons…



  • surfaces: manila tags, corrugate cardboard, patterned paper
  • inks: distress ink/ground espresso, distress spray stain/picket fence/ground espresso/tarnished brass
  • crayons: distress crayons/set #1/set #3
  • mediums: distress collage medium/matte, white gesso
  • embellishments: quote bands, texture surfaces/burlap, linen ribbon
  • adhesives: collage clue stick
  • tools: bigz/butterfly duo, thinlit/mixed media #2, collage medium brushes, heat tool, vagabond, tiny attacher, tonic scissors, mini ink blending tool, craft sheet
  • misc: foil sheets


1– the butterfly duo bigz die created the perfect springtime silhouette shapes stacked to fit a #8 tag…coincidence?  be sure to alter this layer following the steps of the tutorial.


2– i positioned two of the mixed media #2 thinlits on the tag hanging off the top and bottom edge.

3– the fact that there is no “outer edge blade” allows you to cut the negative design anywhere including off the edge like i did here.   the shape didn’t completely cut around the reinforcer of the tag which was to my benefit so i just snipped around it as needed using scissors.

5– adhere the die cut tag to a background tag then apply a thin layer of gesso over the surface and wipe away excess with a baby wipe to reveal some of the background through the die cut openings.

7– the new distress crayons blend beautifully over coated surfaces like gesso or collage medium.  simply scribble various colors of distress crayons directly on the surface.

8– smudge the colors by rubbing with your fingers to blend and shade – apply more crayon as needed.

9– once the desired look is achieved simply allow the crayons to dry for about a minute.  (notice i left some of the white gesso showing through the die cuts).

10– adhere the corrugate layer over the background and accent the edges by swiping a collage glue stick along the edges, cover with craft foil, let dry for about 5 minutes, then remove the foil sheet for a cool distressed metallic accent.

11– distress crayons are also great on metal embellishments.  try coloring over recessed areas and rub the color in with your fingers – simple as that.

12– to attach the quote band cut a strip of textured surfaces burlap, slide under the quote band, remove the paper backing, adhere to the tag and secure the ends with a tiny attacher.

13– i absolutely love the contrast between the grunged corrugate layer and the colorful patterned background created from die cuts – mixed media perfection.  as you can imagine the possibilities for this technique combo is truly endless.  have fun exploring your creative options as you take part in this month’s technique remix…t!m

congrats to the winners from the february 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. Everyday Expressions
2. My Funny Valentine
3. Kathy Schweinfurth
4. Inky and Quirky
5. Fisher’s Cards and Crafts
6. Katy D
7. The Craft Shack
8. Janet’s Gems
9. Majorie Towers
10. KellySCreativeDreams
11. With Glue and Glitter
12. Destiny

*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: 10MARCHTH

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62 Comments to “12 tags of 2016 – march…”

  1. Note: something went wrong when I tried to crop the image of my tag, from my blog. It came out looking like a fun house mirror image. 🙁

  2. Christy says:

    I recently purchased the crayons and I can’t wait to use them!!

  3. […] inspiriert habe ich mich an die Arbeit gemacht und meinen März-Beitrag für 12 Tags of 2016 gewerkelt. Irgendwie haben die Techniken richtig Spaß gemacht und es ist eine Karte und ein Tag […]

  4. Love the mix you’ve used this month, Tim! I haven’t played along for a while but I’m looking forward to trying this one out 🙂 Thanks for the constant inspiration!

  5. Great tag! Love the remix!

  6. […] Tim’s March 16 tag is a remix of the techniques he used in his Nov 14 (textured surfaces) and Aug 15 (dimensional dies) tags. You can see Tim’s tag HERE. […]

  7. Violet says:

    Lovely tag – as always!

  8. This is the first year I’m making tags, I have made cards for about 10 years now, so it was time for somthing new.
    I have alredy learnt so much, so thank you so much Tim for tanken the time every month to teach os all these wonderful technics.
    A very happy spring to Mario and you.

  9. Karen Christmann says:

    Wow, love all the techniques on this tag, can’t wait to play with the new distress crayons!

  10. Tona says:

    Love it!!!

  11. Maureen Chandler says:

    Love this tag and HAVE to have that wonderful die – thanks so much Tim!!

  12. Gigi B. says:

    Very colorful project and I love the dies.

  13. pat smith says:

    Whar a fun project. I will have to try that.

  14. I love the colors on this tag, so beautiful.
    And even though I have the Gelatos in so many different colors I so want the Distress Crayons aswell. ♥

  15. […] March and time for a new tag from Tim Holtz Challenge. And this time it’s Textured Surfaces and Dimensional Dies it’s all about. It […]

  16. I love this tag! So pretty. Love the colors and all of the textures and dimension. Thank you so much for the how-to. My wish list just grew again.

  17. Gloria L. says:

    I, too, like the contrast!

  18. Barb says:

    Love this tag! Can’t wait to try making one, it’s so spring like. Hope my crayons arrive soon!

  19. Oh wow, do I love the layers here. So much to enjoy. Another fantastic tag, Tim! Thanks for the inspiration once again.

  20. tracey metcalfe says:

    a gorgeous tag – just yummy …didnt manage to play last month but do hope to catch that one up and look forward to playing along with this one too x thanks for the continued inspiration x trace x

  21. Yvonne says:

    pretty cool! love the new crayons!

  22. Jan Francis says:

    VERY COOL Tim! Love the grunginess with the bright colors.

  23. stampersuzz says:

    Beautiful tag! Love the crayons and the the new dies behind the beautiful butterflies!

  24. Awesome!! Loving the grung look of this tag contrasted with the springy colors on the dyed manila tag!

  25. Bridget Gillings says:

    Hi Tim, this tag is beautiful, love the fresh and vibrant colours behind the butterfly die cuts. Thanks for the inspiration. Take care. Bx

  26. YAY! Fab idea to include the Distress Crayons in the background. Love the drama of this one. Jenny x

  27. Great tag! I SO want them new mixed media thinlits dies!!!

  28. You have my mind reeling with ideas by combining these two like you did…so COOL!!! I love your outcome! So fun Tim and so inspiring! Congrats to all the winners as well!

  29. Whoot! Love this tag! Just got my dies today. Thanks t!m

  30. Lucy says:

    Thank you for picking me for February. I will do my best to learn how to make a Tim tag.

    But I sure do need those crayons. I really like how they work. I’m ordering tonight

  31. Angele van Leeuwen says:

    Love the contrast and the bright accent colors – giving it a ‘new’ edge but still your style!

  32. Dolly says:

    it’s beautiful Tim,I would have a very hard time covering up that BG you did with the textured surface though! 😀

  33. Donna says:

    Oh my I’m beyond ecstatic with my tag being picked,the biggest thanks to Tim and Mario, you guys really are the best…..which of course you already know! LOVE this month’s tag,you are so generous with your inspiration.xxx

  34. Wilma Blom says:

    Great mix, just love it!!

  35. Redanne says:

    Love this months tag Tim, looking forward to cracking open my crayons now! x

  36. Absolutely gorgeous, Tim!

  37. Lisa Gledhill says:

    Wow cant wait to get the Crayons . Thanks for the inspiration tags ..Love them

  38. Love these challenges!!! Applying the months together is really getting our craft on!! Way to go, Tim (&Mario)!!!

  39. chelle says:

    love this!!!! can’t wait to play along!!

  40. WOW! I absolutely LOVE the contrast between dark grunge and the pop of colors! The corrugated technique is one of my absolute favorites! And those crayons are absolutely DELICIOUS! Cant wait to try this one!

  41. Sue W. says:

    What a gorgeous tag for March! This one will be fun to do!

  42. Christina Webber says:

    Hello there! I absolutely love your tag! However, I can’t find the part explaining how you made the corrugated cardboard look so cool. It appears as if you used embossing powders? My apologies if this is something I’m supposed to figure out on my own; I’m completely new to all of this 🙂

    Many thanks for all of the instructions and details you provided!!

    I so wish I could get my hands on the awesome mixed media dies you’ve designed. Our Hobby Lobby only carries one, and I literally mean ONE of them. I wasn’t aware of this particular die, but I LOVE it!

    Thank you for your time and I wish you tons of happy crafting!!

  43. Zoe Hillman says:

    Such a clever remix. LOVE the crayons. Thanks for the creative inspiration.

  44. Rosann says:

    Another AMAZING TAG… OMG… never would have thought of combining these two looks. Love those mixed media thinlits ( my must have list keeps getting longer ) !! And that crayon work… swooooon 🙂

  45. paula says:

    Great tag remix – love the contrast of the bright background and the grunge cardboard.

  46. diana says:

    what a stunner of a tag!!! so excited to try this one too!! and I think I have everything for it!!
    congrats to all the winners!!

  47. Shirley in Queen Creek says:

    I really love this 2016 tag for March! Beautiful! Thanks Tim!

  48. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Here it IS! Hot dog! I have been ready to get started! I always love the tags, but I just seem to have a soft spot for these March Tags! As always, it’s another beautiful piece and the perfect opportunity to leatn something new! Congratulations to the February Tag Winners…there were SO many beautiful entries!!!

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