12 tags of christmas – day 4…

Tag "day 4" -tim holtz(c) 2008
supplies:  craft sheet, sticky back canvas, matte multi-medium, paint brush, distress ink/black soot, old paper, frayed burlap, fired brick, ink blending tool, mini mister (ranger); numerals, stencil type, long fasteners, washers, texture hammer, sanding grip (tim holtz idea-ology); scissors, paper distresser (tonic); stamps/december J1-1244, definitions K4-1251 (stampers anonymous); prima flowers, dymo, tags, ribbon, film strip, star, stapler, music paper


step 1: determine size of tag or layout you’re working on and size photo on your computer to fit project.  print photo on sticky back canvas – YES you can run sticky back canvas through most printers: laser, toner, ink jet (that’s right! even ink jet works great with this and the inks will not bleed at all on the canvas).  you can print your photo in black and white, sepia of color for this technique.


step 2: cut printed image out using non-stick scissors.


step 3: peel off backing of sticky back.


step 4: place canvas face down (adhesive side up) on craft sheet and place tag in center.


step 5: trim off excess canvas using non-stick scissors.


step 6: punch hole back through tag with hole punch.


step 7: ink the edges of your "canvas" tag with black soot distress ink using ink blending tool. (*i love this look of a photo on canvas.  sticky back is great since it allows you to have a canvas surface on things like tags, cards, scrapbook pages, boxes, and other home decor item – endless possibilities!)


step 8: using dymo label maker, create words for your tag. this can be names, dates, whatever…


step 9: cut words apart with scissors, remove backing and adhere directly to the canvas tag.


step 10: position a piece of film strip (from those old 8mm movies) and secure to tag with staples.


step 11: brush a small amount of multi-medium on to back of star.


step 12: press down to adhere to tag. (*multi-medium can be used as an adhesive for all types of objects – this is a fast drying medium with excellent adhesive qualities.)


step 13: stamp december stamp on to another tag or piece of cardstock.


step 14: cut out image.


step 15: ink image with old paper distress ink using ink blending tool. (*you can also use darker colors of distress ink on the edges.)


step 16: drag paper distresser along the edges to create a tattered look.


step 17: for added dimension, bend and curl up corners.


step 18: secure to tag using stapler.


step 19: gather the following supplies for this next step since working quickly is key: numerals "2" and "5", multi-medium, paint brush, music paper torn into strips. (*as much as i like using the numerals as-is, this techinque achieves cool results!)


step 20: working on your craft sheet, brush a layer of multi-medium on to one of the numerals.


step 21: while medium is wet, press pieces of vintage papers over the multi-medium forming paper around curved edges with your finger.


step 22: apply more multi-medium and continue to add more papers until entire numeral is covered.  brush a light layer over the top of the entire piece. (*working on a non-stick craft sheet is key for this step!)


step 23: repeat above steps for the other numeral.


step 24: allow pieces to dry or dry with heat tool.


step 25: trim off excess paper with scissors or craft knife around numeral.


step 26: use your fingers to get into any tight areas and form paper around the back of the numeral.


step 27: using sanding grip, sand and scuff over the numerals to remove some of the paper and expose the metal for grungy distressed look. (*i use the sanding grip because it allows me to sand just the top surface and not rip off all of the paper.)


step 28: ink over the numerals with frayed burlap distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 29: ink over numerals again with fired brick distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 30: mist over numerals with water form mini mister and blot with cloth. (*notice how the inks only adhere to the edges where you sanded since the metal and multi-medium resists the distress ink – cool effect!)


step 31: secure to tag with long fasteners.


step 32: stamp prima flowers with black soot distress ink using definitions stamp.


step 33: place long fastener through washer. (*this will keep the brad from going through the center of the flowers.)


step 34: insert fastener through flowers and holly and secure to tag.


step 35: using bump tip of texture hammer, place tag on hammer mat and tap the head of the brad with the hammer to create dents in the brad and give it a time worn look – love the hammer here’s a video on how to use it – so cool!)


step 36: adhere stencil type to tag with multi-medium and let dry.


*in the details – look how great the tattered numerals with the torn papers, and the stamped flowers with the texture hammered brad add to this tag!

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547 Comments to “12 tags of christmas – day 4…”

  1. These tags are outstanding!
    I love the vintage look and sometime I
    do try to duplicate it. I need tons of practice!
    Thanks Tim!!

  2. Krista says:

    Great tag…..love the canvas stuff , will have to get me some…can’t wait to see what you have next…

  3. Elaine Allen says:

    Ok Tim –
    I just got a mental picture of what it must look like inside your brain. I imagine all these miniature Tims brainstorming and running around inside saying “how about we try this” or “let’s just tweak this a bit”. And of course all the little Tims are wearing little Santa hats that have lightbulbs going off above them. Boy is it busy in there!
    Another beautiful and very different tag. I really love the effect with the metal numbers. Thank you so much for all the hours you put into doing these tags. As you can guess by the loads of comments you receive, it is much appreciated by all.
    Have a great day.

  4. Carrie says:

    I love love love your tags!!! I loved your tags last year and you keep amazing me with your talent. Wow! what a gift you have.

  5. MargieH says:

    WOW! Very cool way to use the canvas product…wasn’t sure what/how to use. Thanks! A wonderful creative tag today!!

  6. Marcia Livingston says:

    GREAT tag Tim! The techniques are so simple (once you show us how to do them!), but the overall effect is so stunning! Thanks for another wonderful day of creativity and learning!

  7. sara says:

    This is great. Thank you for in depth tutorials, it’s a huge help!!

  8. Karlynn says:

    YOU ARE THE ONE!!!! Awesome inspiration, i soooo love it!!! Chirstmas is always a fun time of the year and soooo very glad you are doing the 12 tags of Christmas again!!!

  9. Lady Dawn says:

    Wow still more new techniques to try.WooHoo!! I have to find those non stick scissors they look awesome. I just love the look of each and every tag and can’t wait till the next one is posted.

  10. Jennifer Boehme says:

    As always each tag keeps getting better and better. I am sure that all 510 people so far are off to dig thru our stash of family photos and raid out parents and grandparents house for that fabulous photo to use on this tag. I am anyways! Great job Tim keep em coming, before you know it we will be requesting 365 tags and it wont just be a Holiday thing anymore.

  11. Oh I really like this tag…the numbers are wonderful, and I have a ton of vintage photo’s I would like to incorporate into my art and this is a great way to do it!
    As always thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Angel says:

    Love, love, love it again!!!! Another awesome tag. I love the look of the canvas. I will definitely be picking up some of this stuff. Thanks again for all you do. Your talent is amazing!

  13. Donna Scanlon says:

    Wow! This is a very different tag. I love the incorporation of the photo. I have just the photo in mind for the tag I will make, my husband as a toddler by the Christmas tree. He has a toy telephone and is calling Santa. There is a wondeful expression on his face.
    I love what you did with the 25 too. Thanks again Tim!

  14. carla says:

    I have to say that I really really appreciate all the time and effort you put into doing these tags, from all the details, to all of the GREAT AWESOME PICTURES that you take, the writing to tell us exactly what you do….just amazes me. Not to mention the end result of each tag which are beautfiul. Thanks Tim…Im sure you hear people telling you thanks all the time, but Im gonna say it again…THANKS!

  15. Lisa Steger says:

    Another beautiful creation! You have been inspiring me and my two daughters to sit down each evening and create something for the holiday. I am happy to spend the time with my girls and am in awe of what they show me at the end of the evening. Thanks, Tim!

  16. Cyndy Boren says:

    great tag and I just love the technique you used on the numbers! Each one of your tags gets better and better!
    thanks for being you Tim! You are most talanted!

  17. Tamara says:

    I just keeps getting better and better. I love the look of photos on canvas too, and this is such a great way to use a photo on a tag. Thanks for your tips and techniques!

  18. rebecca says:

    I’ve said it before (and I’m sure I’ll say it again) – this is my new favorite. I love how you used the sticky canvas to cover the tag. How inventive!! And I need to get the bumpy hammer. AWESOME!!
    I hope I find YOU in my stocking…I’d give anything to spend some creative time with you. We would make quick use of everything in my studio!!
    Have a great day!

  19. Lisa G says:

    I love love love this one! It just gets beter every day! I have to have the sticky canvas! So much fun!

  20. Amanda says:

    Oh, I am just loving all of these tags!!! Love the vintage feel of this one 🙂 Thanks so much…I look forward to a new tag everyday!

  21. Luly Miranda says:

    Tim I am so excited to try this! I have a great vintage photo black and white of my mom and her 2 brothers in front of a white Christmas tree.
    Thanks so much for this great idea!

  22. danielle t says:

    Yum, Yum, Yum….how do you do it again and again and again? Love your artistic genius and how you challenge us to step out of the box. I’d love to win!

  23. Candy says:

    Good morning, Tim! To me, this tag is the epitomy of the traditional Christmas. Who among us hasn’t sat breathlessly on Santa’s lap and told him our deepest wishes for Christmas presents? How cool would it be to dig into our own childhood photos of sitting on Santa’s lap with a brother or sister, make this tag and attach it to the gift we give to them? Imagine the memories that would come flowing back and the conversations of Christmases past that would all stem from this precious tag. Good memories!!
    Thanks Tim!

  24. mary bartolotta says:

    I wish you a Merry Christmas,
    I wish you a Merry Christmas,
    I wish you a Merry Christmas,
    won’t you pick me today ?!
    thanks for all the georgeous tags and wonderful ideas…now if only Santa would put some money in my stocking so I could buy all the supplies I need!!
    Happy Holiday Crafting !

  25. Leslie says:

    Once again you amaze us! I LOVE the idea of covering the metal numbers with music paper! What a great tag. Can’t wait for the weekend to try some of these ideas.

  26. Hi Tim! I’ve been following your blog, trying to use at least one of your techniques each day, then posting the results on my own blog! I love doing this, and want to thank you again for your spirit, your creativity, and most of all, your generosity.

  27. Erin Stevenson says:

    Now I’m going to have to dig out those old photos of me and my brother with Santa from way back when. I’m so excited to try this and all the other techniques. I’m supposed to be resting (I’ve been home sick from work) but I’m sorely tempted to break out my stuff and give it a whirl! That’d be good to chase a cold away, right? 🙂

  28. Christina says:

    Tim, gotta say, my boyfriend has become a huge fan of yours. He said something to the effect of “well I know to look at what he’s using on the tags, check your stuff and buy you what you don’t have already”
    Apparently you’re making his shopping easy!

  29. Dana K says:

    So cool Tim. Between you tags and Ali Edwards blog, I’m getting my holiday crafting “fix” every morning. I can’t wait to get out of work and go home and do some creating of my own!

  30. Beckie says:

    I can think of some pretty funny (and potentially embarrassing?) family photos that would work great for this one! LOL

  31. 2amscrapper says:

    I’m lovin’ this one. Gonna make it when I get home from work. Thanks,Tim for another great idea.

  32. hanna says:

    love that message on the tag and love the idea of printing on the sticky back canvas. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  33. Tim, every time I think that you’ve out done yourself you go and outdo yourself again!! Great tag~~~~they’re all great.
    Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.
    Carolyn M.

  34. Sandra from NC says:

    WOW – I love that hammer!! It gives the brad a totally cool effect! And stamping on those primas!!! It changes their appearance so much! I’ve been eying those since early Nov. I really need to pick some up! I love poinsettias and those are perfect! Thanks so much. I came early this morning after catching up on days 1-3 last night :).

  35. Lori says:

    Vintage photos are the best! Keep up the good work – we all love these tags!

  36. Nabel says:

    An other splendid project.I love them all!
    I know what i’m doing this weekend….Tags à la Tim Holtz. C’est certain!
    Bravo pour ton travail unique!!!

  37. Laura says:

    Just the purfect tag to use the picture I have of DH and his brother (crying) on Santa’s lap when they were 4 and 2 years old. Thanks for the inspiration and the tips. Laura D.

  38. Cee says:

    I’ll keep it simple…..you are TAG-RIFFIC!!

  39. I love all your creations and appreciate all the details of how you make them.
    These prizes are fantastic. It’s almost like…oh yeah it IS Christmas!! Yahoo!

  40. Jenn says:

    You have such amazing ideas and I love that these technicques can be applied in so many ways to different themes. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Lourdes says:

    When I go to flea markets or garage sales I always look for the photographs or letters. Just something about the untold story in them that I love!. Another beautiful tag!

  42. susan says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us!

  43. Gretchen says:

    Wow, amazing! I love this technique and cant wait to try it. How great, Tim Holtz AND Claudine Helmuth!! What could be better?? Not much in my book. Thank you for all you do and share!

  44. Kim DeRonde says:

    Ooo, oooo, I wanna win!!
    I love this tag. All the little details that make it outstanding!! So fun!!
    – Kim

  45. Marica says:

    Oh my Goodness, I love today’s tag…we have 4 teenage kids (blended family) and every year I have been buying them each an ornament…they are always somewhat similar, but unique…
    anyway….been looking and looking this year to no avail…but then I saw this tag and knew that this would be the ornaments for this year…
    I have to try to hurry and find everything and order it so it will be here and I can make them all, but this is definately the one!
    Can’t wait!
    Thanks t!m…absolutely perfect!
    So kind of you to share so much out of your holiday season with the rest of us!

  46. Kim Atkins says:

    All I can say is these techniques are so Cool! Love the canvas and the calendar stamps. The altered numbers are great. You so kind to take the time to share these wonderful pieces of art.
    Kim, NJ

  47. Suzanne S. says:

    Great techniques. Thanks for the ideas.

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