12 tags of 2016 – september…

2016TAGthis month’s tag was inspired by a technique i shared in my online class creative chemistry 103 this summer.  in class we explored various techniques on a “new to ranger” surface called alcohol ink yupo.  this synthetic paper is the ultimate surface for alcohol inks and gives older techniques new possibilities.  one of the techniques was something i’ve done for years, but the color combo i used in class created and entirely new effect that i want to share with you.  pair that with faux distress paint patina and we have a cool industrial grunge combination – after all, art is not what you see, but what you make others see…t!m



  • surfaces: #8 manila tag; alcohol ink yupo/white; black cardstock
  • inks: alcohol inks/pitch black/mushroom; blending solution; distress archival/black soot/hickory smoke; distress ink/walnut stain/vintage photo
  • paint: distress paint/salty ocean/broken china/mermaid lagoon/cracked pistachio/peeled paint/antiqued bronze
  • adhesives: multi-medium/matte; xyron mega runner
  • embellishments: film strip ribbon; pine nibs; mini sprocket gears; adornments/souvenir; loop pins; mini fasteners; long fasteners; vial labels; remnant rubs; alpha parts/framed
  • tools: alcohol ink applicator tool; mini ink blending tool; craft sheet; heat tool; distress sprayer; texture hammer; craft pick; scissors; remnant rub tool
  • stamps: CMS262 evolution
  • misc: sewing machine


1– follow the distress paint patina technique linked above to create a background on the tag using your favorite colors of distress paint.

2– once the background is finished (what a cool faux patina) ink the edges with distress ink to create some contrast.

3– select an alpha part to use, and cut it from the matrix.

4– follow the distress paint patina technique to alter the alpha part and create a worn effect.

5– for the next background, cut a piece of white yupo to fit the tag (approx. 2.75″ x 5″) and gather your alcohol inks and ink applicator tool.

6– apply both colors of alcohol ink to the felt on your ink applicator and wipe the inked tool over one side of the yupo covering it completely with this mixture of color. note: you can use either side of yupo.

7– next select your stamp image and archival ink. i created my own distress archival ink pads using the reinkers for the distress archival mixed-media palette and the archival DIY pad. note: you can download the customer labels here.

8– ink your stamp with both colors of ink since it will affect the way the resist appears.

9– stamp the image over your inked background (you can see the subtle stamped outline in the photo).

10– immediately wipe the stamped image off the yupo using a soft cloth. be sure to continue using clean areas of the cloth to avoid smearing the excess archival ink around.

11– check out this cool resist – hello yupo!


12– for this next resist we are following the technique linked above, but with yupo it is so much easier and more intense.

13– remember to use smaller designed stencils for this since we are doing this over a resisted background.

14– another amazing resist right?

15– adhere your yupo background to the tag (i prefer the mega runner from xyron) and embellish using various elements.

details1– the details: adding various steampunk inspired embellishments really gives this tag an industrial look.

details2– the details: the contrast of the dark alcohol ink background against the colorful patina makes this a perfect technique remix.

congrats to the winners from the august 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. Mona Pendleton
2. Lynn Copas
3. Inksplatters
4. Cathy P.
5. Brita
6. Pat’s Place
7. marianneskortdager
8. Elisabetta
9. Carole Dion
10. Mary M.
11. Sarah
12. Brandy

*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: 10SEPTEMBERTH9

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43 Comments to “12 tags of 2016 – september…”

  1. […] at using the Yupo paper, the alcohol inks and the Archival Inks. (Check out Tim’s technique here.) I just didn’t like the results I was getting. So I went with plan B and tried the […]

  2. Annette Reed says:

    I just want to thank you for this month’s inspiring tag tutorial. I don’t have alot of time or space to craft, but when I saw this I wanted to participate. Your tag led me to create one of my best and most fun projects: an altered clipboard. I used only your products except for a crystal-which was another first for me. I hope you can stop by and give me some feed back. Thanks again.

  3. Thank you Tim for wonderful tutorial and inspiration!

  4. Emily Shroom says:

    Awesome tag but talk about challenging techniques, had fun playing along!

  5. Sue says:

    WOW WOW WOW. I love this technique. I am going to have to get the supplies to give it a go. Thank you so much for sharing this one with us Tim, really is amazing, the results, simply amazing. 🙂
    Victoria, BC

  6. florina says:

    De bien jolies créations sont présentées . pour ma part je me suis bien amusée dans la création du mien 🙂

  7. I’ve always loved my alcohol inks! And I love this new way to use them! Another awesome month!

  8. Anna-Karin says:

    Such a cool tag Tim! Love the fun technique!

  9. Thanks for the amazing inspiration and for the fun challenge! The alcohol ink technique on YUPO paper was QUITE the challenge for me but enjoyed every inky moment 🙂 Hope you have a fun and safe Labor Day!

  10. theresa grdina says:

    I LOVE this technique!! It reminds me of an old photo plate. I can’t wait to try it!!

  11. WilmaB says:

    Awesome tag again.
    Concragts to the lucky winners 🙂

  12. Great tutorial once again. Man, I would love to watch you create in your studio….and maybe play a bit too along side of you! Great techniques once again.

  13. COEngrGirl says:

    This tag is just b@d@ss! Loving everything about it!

  14. stampersuzz says:

    Awesome! I am in love with the Yupo paper and happy to have another inspiration on how to play with it!

  15. Inge Bekaert says:

    I loved this result seeing it in the onlineclass and happy to see it here again.
    No yupo paper and archival inks available here yet, but if I can get my hands on it, I will definitely try this to make “manly” or “ghostly” cards !

    greetings from Belgium

  16. Kriss D says:

    I think this has to be one of the coolest tags you’ve done Tim, this is beyond amazing!

  17. bernath says:

    MAGNIFIQUE ET MERCI TECH +++++++++++++++

  18. Cindy says:

    AWESOME tag!!

  19. Jenel says:

    Awesome technique! My favorite tag of the year!

  20. Bonnie says:

    That is an amazing technique – wonderful tag!

  21. Cindy Schoeneman says:

    This is crazy cool. I like that you think through all aspects of your products and using one to resist the other is so awesome!

  22. Heidi says:

    Cool! You continue to surprise and delight with your cool ideas. Thank you!

  23. LOVE this technique in conjunction with the other two…AWESOME tag! What a way to start September! Congrats to all the winners!!!

  24. Amanda Pink says:

    Fantastic tag for Sept using some of my fave products ! Thanks Tim as always .
    Congratulations to all the winners of last months tag x

  25. Rosann says:

    OMG so worth the wait … WOW its amazing… gonna do this !!

  26. Lucy F. says:

    The alcohol resist technique is amazing. I can’t wait to try it. Great use of the technique and design.

  27. Hetty says:

    Totally awesome tag!

  28. This is an AWESOME Tag, Tim!!! Yupo looks like something Ill need to keep on hand. With its ‘double resist duty’, itll be a lotta FUN!

  29. Anne R says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! Love this September tag, great techniques – love the Yupo!

  30. I love everything about this tag: techniques, colors, stamp set, embellishments, everything! I hate when you do this, cause I need to basically copy what you did! Lol. I want mine to look just as fantastic as yours!

  31. Beulah Bee says:

    I so admire the look of this stamp resist technique on Yupo. Your tag this month is a collection of wonderful elements that work together perfectly and I can even read some thought into the sentiments. “Documented evolution” — that’s you!

  32. Wow! Another inspiring tutorial! Looking forward to giving it a try! Congrats to all! So many fabulous tags! I am so honored and thrilled to have my tag featured! Thank you for making my day! 🙂

  33. Tonya Dull says:

    Amazing techniques! Congrats to the winners!

  34. DollyH says:

    Best tag ever. Love the alcohol ink resist technique on yupo.

  35. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Hot DOG! I know how to do THIS technique!!! Way to mix it up, Mr. Holtz!!! (I’m away from the craft room for a little while, so I’ll be making mine in October… but I’ll get to work on TWO tags, by then…so, double fun, for me!)

  36. Tim, I’ve made my own ink pads, but where did you get the cool labels,,,,

  37. Sue W. says:

    This was my FAVORITE technique from CofC103! I’ve already used it a few times on other projects and my mind is spinning thinking about how I will do this new challenge!

  38. Linda S. says:

    Wow. I love everything about this series and especially this tag. Just fantastic.

  39. Lynda Kanase says:

    This looks awesome. Love how it looks like an old tintype negative. Amazing as always Tim!

  40. Wow! You outdid yourself with this one. I absolutely LOVE this technique!

  41. Amy Gray says:

    This is one of my favorite techniques using Yupo. It is magical! I have to say mine didn’t turn out quite as good as yours did. I need more practice.
    I love how your tag turned out.

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