12 tags of 2016 – november…

2016tagthe changing of the seasons showcase a colorful transformation of warm earthy hues.  these rich tones of reds, yellows, and rust layered over a background of cool shades of blues, greens, and violet create a vibrant contrast.  combine this colorful combination with unique resist of visual imagery and textured dimension and you have the makings of mixed-media menagerie.  have fun exploring the limitless creative possibilities of this month’s 12 tags technique remix…t!m



  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, distress watercolor cardstock, textured surfaces/corrugate/cork
  • inks: distress spray stain/asst. colors, distress ink/walnut stain, distress archival ink/black soot, distress markers/asst. colors; distress paint/black soot
  • adhesives: black foam tape, distress collage medium
  • embellishments: remnant rubs/special delivery, adornments/silverware, tiny fasteners
  • tools: misti, remnant rub tool, mini ink blending tool, distress waterbrush/detailer, distress splatter brush, distress sprayer, paper distresser, scissors, heat tool, vagabond
  • stamps: cms133 autumn blueprint
  • dies: 3/4″ alphanumeric thinlits


1– follow the technique linked above to create the remnant rub resist.  note: remember to leave an open area in the center of the background for your stamped image.

2– color the background using distress stain or spray stain to create a fluid blend of color.  add water to lighten and mottle the inks to create a droplet effect.

3– distress the edges of the tag using a paper distress and distress ink using a mini ink blending tool.


6– follow the technique linked above for dimensional coloring.  i used several colors of distress markers scribbled on my craft sheet to watercolor the leaf to create a blend of earthy colors.

7– die cut a word from textured cork using the alphanumeric thinlits.  the individual letters and numbers allow you to customize your project.  layer the cork over corrugate and secure them with tiny fasteners.

detail2– adhere the layered textures to the tag and splatter the entire surface with black paint using a distress splatter brush to create subtle speckles.

detail1– the details: embellish with the unexpected… with thanksgiving a few weeks away, the word “gather” and a fork seemed perfect to me.

congrats to the winners from the october 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. Susan Herrington
2. Juli Riedel
3. Ana Santos
4. Lisa F
5. Monika Gulyas
6. Bubu Scrap
7. Anne Kristine
8. Susan Janicula
9. Elina Stromberg
10. Megan
11. Jeri Parks
12. Mel Hareld

*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: 10NOVEMBERTH1

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46 Comments to “12 tags of 2016 – november…”

  1. Emily Shroom says:

    Another two techniques and a gorgeous autumnal tag for inspiration!

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  3. I forgot how much I love these tags. Perfect.

  4. diana says:

    okay.. i’ve probably said it before but THIS is my favourite set of techniques. i am hoping today is the day i get to create my tag for the month…now about that Misti.. i had not heard of it so thank you for letting me know about it ! i absolutely LOVE your version of it!!!

  5. I love using the Distress Markers so much! I’m never disappointed when a project comes up where I *have* to use them! Another fun month of tag making! Can’t wait to see what December brings!

  6. Great tag! And that Misti is beautiful, I’m not a fan of the pink either. I wish mine looked like that!

  7. Lisa Leavitt says:

    I literally avoided the MISTI because too bright pink too, I keep looking at them over the last couple years though – just for me, can’t do the pink … hopefully they will make the brown an option

  8. Love this months tag…can’t wait to get started…. But I am WOWED over your special Misti…..LOVE….loVe….lOvE……….I need one….I really am not a fan of my pink one…PRETTY PLEASE!!!!

  9. What a fabulous fall project!! Love your new brown Misti and own the pink one myself.

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  11. Sandy3179 says:

    I love my Mini-MISTI!

  12. Helena Cuttino says:

    I was doing a double take on your Misti, I just thought it was the coloring on my computer! I too have a Misti and love it, also it seems like as soon as I line up my project to stamp, my hand wobbles, so the Misti is perfect in that way and multiple stamping as well.

  13. Juli Riedel says:

    Ok, I’m just dying with laughter over the Brown Misti! I might try to paint mine a different color now! LOL! I bought one and haven’t used it yet but now I will! This is a great tag!

  14. Lois Skiathitis says:

    Gorgeous tag! How very nice to have your own custom colored misti. TFS!

  15. Cindy says:

    Great tag. It’s funny you should say that about the Misti. I haven’t purchased one yet because I don’t want one that’s pink either. 🙂

  16. Great tag. I always mean to enter one but I never have all the supplies so I figure it would not work out so I give up before I try. (Insert big sigh here)

  17. cheiron says:

    I need a BROWN MISTI!!! Pink is not my color either. Love this technique, especially the rub on resist, always so fun to do. Can’t wait to try out this month’s tag 🙂

  18. Wow, already a participant on day 2!!! Seriously Tim, you’ve got some great friends… A brown Misti?!! Love that… I want mine to be brown too! Lol! Love my Misti. Gorgeous tag, and oh all the colors. Can’t wait to play and use my tiny silverware… Love that! Congrats to all the lucky winners too! I hope you are Mario have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  19. Eveline van Heijst says:

    I love your customizes Misties! What great friends you have.
    Love the tag.

  20. bernath says:


  21. WilmaB says:

    Beautiful tag with warm colors! LOL I can imagine that you didn’t like the pink misti. Yours looks so much better 😉

  22. Nancy G says:

    Got to say the fork was the finishing touch:)

  23. Inge Bekaert says:

    Hello tim

    Love the autumncolors too and got inspired by them just as you 😉

    And I’m a convinced misti tool user after seeing the results over and over again when I saw Jennifer creating… so I finally got my hands on one here in Belgium and it’s indeed awesome 🙂 mine is a pink one though… maybe they should bring them out in some more colors !! Not everyone is a pink one..

    greetings from belgium

  24. Joanne Kirkbright says:

    As always, heaps of inspiration. How appropriate that you get special treatment with a customised Misti hehehe. Like you & many others, I haven’t bought it because of the pink either – can Iliana Myska consider making stickers to cover the pink.

  25. Seriously; U should get together w a template for this set of Misti boards & come out w these under the Tim Holtz brand!!!
    I’m SURE I won’t be the only one buying it!!!
    Do Ur friend a favor and get these made for manufacturing/selling !!!!

  26. Gorgeous! Looks like a lot of fun!

  27. debbiep says:

    Love your brown misti…I didn’t care about the color but could not afford the price at the time so my husband made one for me. Seriously, I don’t know how to stamp without it now. Oh, love your tag too!

  28. SusanK says:

    Soooo cool fall tag! LOVE the custom brown Misti!!!! Am not a lover of pink in anything and will go out of my way to not buy pink stuff. Hint hint to the creator!!!

  29. Mary GW says:

    Fabulous tag… I love my Misti so much it could be any color of the rainbow and it would still make me happy!!

  30. Angele van Leeuwen says:

    Besides all the great techniques you show us I love the way you’re thinking in combining gather and fork!!!

  31. Gloria Westerman says:

    Great technique…love your tag…I too am not a fan of the color and the price…brown looks great..tfs…

  32. Barb says:

    LOVE the brown Misti. Are they going to be part of your line? I hope so, not a fan of the pink one either and it looks so handy.

  33. DollyH says:

    Great tag. And I don’t like pink so I hope they start producing more misti’s in braun.

  34. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    So beautiful. Love your use of the alpha dies! The fall feeling is definitely felt. Love that fork too!

  35. Dia says:

    Misti? Brown not pink? Sign me up please! No pink here.

  36. Gretchen says:

    Love it!! (And I love love love the brown misti!! I am not a fan of the pink. This would be the one to get!!)

  37. Marcie Lovett says:

    The tag turned out beautifully. Even better is that custom Misti! When I saw it, I thought “Oh, now there’s a TH Misti.” Definitely fits the TH aesthetic. Maybe Iliana would consider selling it to everyone….

  38. Rosann says:

    I LOVE IT … yummy fall colors in that background and the cork and corrugated just make in warm cozy fall !

  39. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Oh, for Heaven’s sakes! I just saw my name on the “winner’s list”! (Freddie! You crack me UP!) Congratulations to all the folks that won for the cool October Tag! It sure was a lot of fun to make!

  40. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    A BROWN MISTI?!?!? That’s EXACTLY why I haven’t purchased one, yet! I just can’t deal with the “pink” of it! Ive even gotten the Husband talked into trying to make me one, out in his shop! Ha! That was SO cool of them to do that for you!!!

  41. Dolly says:

    😀 I am so glad you have a MISTI Tim…they really are the BOMB and I am glad you got a custom one to boot because you deserve it! 😀

  42. Michele says:

    Or maybe it should be called a Mr. Misti!

  43. I can’t wait to play along with this Remix Tim. Seriously love the autumn colors and theme. And that fork … really?!? Just the perfect touch to a tag as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday. Now … I just have to save up some money for a MISTI. Ive been thinking about getting one. It would be so nice for multiple stamping projects. Congrats to all the winners!

  44. Michele says:

    Omigosh, I’m loving your special Misti! When I first saw it, I was like I wonder where Tim got one that’s not pink…maybe he modified it somehow. It’s good to know the right people!! Enjoy your Masculine Misti!!

  45. Hetty says:

    Great tag and yes, the misti is a wonderful tool! I have to change to pink color though!

  46. Bonnie says:

    Fantastic tag – and I have to say that I am super jealous of your BROWN MISTI. I love the idea of it and have to admit that I am not a fan of the bright pink either – if they sold your brown one, I would be on board for that – or if they make a gray/silver one. Or a teal/cobalt/turquoise one…

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