12 tags of 2016 – may…

2016TAGpeople often ask how i plan these monthly tags?  truth is, i don’t…  each month i look back on tags from previous years, choose two very random techniques that have nothing to do with the other, and try to make them work together.  the outcome is as surprising for me as it is for you since i don’t start the tag until the day before it posts.  this is how i’ve always done the 12 tags series as i enjoy the creative challenge.  what i’ve also discovered through this process is that i don’t always end up with what i might have initially imagined, but it still reflects my personal style and that’s most important.  a word of advice is to allow yourself to play, discover, and experiment with different techniques, but stay true to your style throughout the creative process…



  • surfaces: manila tag
  • inks: distress spray stain/tattered rose/cracked pistachio/antique linen/tarnished brass, distress stain/tumbled glass/scattered straw, distress ink/walnut stain/peeled paint/abandoned coral/broken china, distress archival ink palette
  • mediums: texture paste
  • embellishments: tissue tape/symphony, heart charms, silverware adornments, loop pins, crinkle ribbon, lace trimmings, vial labels, remnant rubs/special delivery
  • stamps & stencils: CMS255 lady rose stamp set, THMST003 mini stencil set 3
  • dies: tiny tattered florals thinlits, vagabond
  • tools: craft sheet, scissors, paper distresser, remnant rub tool, hot glue, heat tool, distress sprayer, palette knife
  • misc: sewing machine


1– follow the technique for the tissue tape resist deciding which images are to be resisted and which images are part of your background.  be sure the images are all stamped in waterproof ink.  i’m using the new distress archival ink mixed media palette.  this is a 4-cell ink pad containing 4 distress colors in the waterproof archival formulation – love it.

2– apply texture paste over various areas of the background and let dry.  i’m really liking the mini stencils for techniques like this since the overall scale of the pattern is smaller and works better on smaller projects like cards and tags.

3– colorize the background with various distress stains.  you can use regular stains or spray stains depending on what you have and the overall effect you want them to achieve.  blend the color with water and dry the tag completely.  the resist from the tissue tape is so cool.

4– when creating a background with fluid stains, don’t overdo it with color to achieve the “perfect look”.  you can always add more color to intensify specific areas.  the trick is to use distress ink and a blending tool to highlight and avoid making a muddy background.

5– for an added splash of metallic i masked the stamped face image and lightly sprayed metallic distress spray stain from a distance.  metallic distress stain is opaque so remember less is more or you will cover everything with metallic.


6– cut the 3 roses using the tiny tattered floral dies.

7– create the roses using the quilling tool that comes with the dies, and die cut a few leaves.  note: be sure to watch the video from the original post (linked above).

8– stain pieces of crinkle ribbon and lace trimming using distress stain and dry them with a heat tool.

9– now all you have to do is embellish the tag.  i inked the roses a bit using distress ink and adhered them over the stamped image using hot glue, added a few of the leaves too.  with a sewing machine i stitched the lace trim on the tag and added a few random areas of stitching just for fun.  i created a heart charm and pinned it to the lace with a loop pin.  i tied a piece of string around a silverware adornment and adhered it to the tag using hot glue to add a touch of nostalgia.  last i finished off the tag with a tiny vial label and remnant rub numbers.

5a– the intensity of the tissue tape resist contrast against the colorful textured background brings focus on select images on your tag.

detail2– creating various sized dimensional flowers using patterned paper is one of my favorite things about the tiny tattered floral dies.  i also love the effect of layering them over the rose stamp on the background.  when you get to see all of the colors and layers up close it’s important to remember it’s all about the details.  so dig into that stash and enjoy the process of letting your creative imagination run wild…t!m

congrats to the winners from the april 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. Zoe Hillman
2. Catherine
3. Barbara
4. Mimi
5. Abzappel
6. Lime Green Flamingo
7. WB Burgoyne
8. Stephanie
9. A Thing For Paper
10. Iriska Vohlídková
11. Deb Riddell
12. Kriss

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44 Comments to “12 tags of 2016 – may…”

  1. Lynn says:

    I blogged my tag last night – then forgot to add it to this blog!! Never mind, I enjoyed doing it and looking at all the others.

  2. […] getting my tag in for the Tim Holtz May 12 Tags of 2016 .  It uses the same crinkle paper technique as the last project posted except that I could just […]

  3. Marchelle says:

    Love all these tags and techniques

  4. Love that tissue tape resist technique! Love the inspiration tag and had such fun working on my version!

  5. Emily Shroom says:

    A great pair of techniques, had fun applying them to my tag, thanks for the inspiration!

  6. What a great remix! Gorgeous tag inspiration Tim!

  7. […] Tim’s May inspiration tag is stunning! You can see it HERE […]

  8. I really enjoyed the mix of this one…I added my card touches as usual. Thanks for your sharing you creativity and giving such inspiration Tim x

  9. Informative blog posted…

  10. […] Each month designer Tim Holtz shares an amazing tag full of mixed media and stamping tips and techniques. For the month of May he’s flashing back to some of his favorite ideas combining them into a whole new tag. Learn a resist technique, how to make paper roses and use texture paste with stencils for a fun collage tag. Visit Tim’s blog for complete instructions. […]

  11. Nancy B says:

    What a pretty tag and I think it would make a great Mother’s Day card too!

  12. Hi! I love the way you used the Lady rose stamp set on your tag. Andcolors and techniques you used .

  13. Hi Tim! I love the way you used the ” Lady rose” stamp set . I needed some ideas. Now I inspired. I love your tag and try the techniques as well.

  14. SteffyC says:

    Beautiful tag! How did I miss the release of the tattered floral die? I must have been sleeping that month ? I went to review the individual techniques and nice refresh on using the embossing powder to create the rust effect. Also a cool idea to resist with the tissue tape. Wow, worth the read, thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Lois Skiathitis says:

    Beautiful tag this month. The step outs are so easy to follow as always. TFS! 😀

  16. Cathy Osborne says:

    Another winner. Lovely colorings, layers, and those roses are fantastic.

  17. Christy says:

    Beautiful as always!!

  18. jennifer farnes says:

    utterly fabulous…so many new techniques and I’m anxious to get started!

  19. tracey metcalfe says:

    another wonderful tag, I just love lady rose, she is so beautiful x

  20. Very nice stamp…I really like the “Lady Rose” stamp set. Thank you for the tutorial!

  21. barbarayaya says:

    Thanks so much Tim! Congrats to all winners, we are ready for another month of pure enjoy! Thanks for Tim for your wonderful inspiration! Barbara

  22. Leslie says:

    Why did you use hot glue instead of glossy accents or multi medium on this tag?

  23. Yvonne Boucher says:

    love the colors you used and that you share your techniques with us!

  24. Catherine says:

    Congrats to all the winners and thank you so much for adding me to the list. Just love this months tag and can’t wait to get started

  25. Marjorie says:

    Once again, a spectacular tag.

  26. hey tim! i was wondering with your archival ink palette should this be stored upside down or right side up?i live in a warm ara and am concerned it will dry out. thanks 🙂

  27. Redanne says:

    The May tag is a real beauty Tim, and your advice is excellent!

  28. Another fabulous remix tag Tim, love that vintage beauty surrounded by the wonderful colours and flowers! And thank you so much for selecting my April tag as one of your winners, over the moon and doing a happy dance here! Deb xo

  29. Hetty says:

    What a great new tag for May, love these techniques
    and the stamps you have used.

  30. Rosann says:

    OMG, OMG, OMG … just keeps getting more amazing… love, love, love ALL the details and embellishments !!! Gotta run be back later off to church … had to see tag FIRST LOL !!
    Look out freeway … here I come …

  31. paula says:

    Congratulations to the April winners – there were some amazing tags! As for the May tag… I love all the layers you created – you always make it seem so effortless!

  32. Pat Healey says:

    As always – fabulous!

  33. Zoe Hillman says:

    Gorgeous tag! Your tissue tape resist was one of my favourite tags of last year and this one is even better! I can’t wait to mix up this month’s techniques. Thanks so much for adding me to the winners list and for bringing us this fabulous inspiration and challenge each month! 😀

  34. pat smith says:

    Thank you for this post. I am going to challenge myself this month and try a few tags. Always been afraid of messing it up, but it is just paper, isn’t it? lol

  35. Dottie In CT says:

    Just incredible! So inspiring! Thanks.

  36. Bonnie says:

    Very pretty romantic feel to this tag – love this new mash up!

  37. Love this one so much when I get to play I wont be straying far from the original! Huge congratulations to all the winners and in particular Zoe, Deb and Barbara!!! YAY ladies – you rocked it! xx

  38. I can’t wait to make this lovely tag….all that aged vintage look…LOVE It!

  39. Donna Russell says:

    This is a wonderful tag. I love the way it turn out

  40. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Oh my GOODNESS! Barbara is there, too!!!! That’s TWO of my favorite artists!!!!

  41. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    What a beautiful tag, for May! It’s certainly going to be a challenge…I think I’m going to begin this morning! Congratulations to all the winners for April!!! (SO happy to see Zoe Hillman topping that list!!!) Have fun everyone!

  42. Linda Talley says:

    What a beautiful, simple, gorgeous tag you have for us this month. It combines technique, color, and the spoon just ties it all together. Wonderful.

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