12 tags of christmas – day 7…

Tag1 "day 7" -tim holtz(c) 2008
supplies: craft sheet, distress crackle paint/picket fence, distress stickles/fired brick, distress inks/weathered wood, faded jeans, broken china, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, vintage photo, walnut stain, black soot, dusty concord, ink blending tool, adirondack paint dabber/cloudy blue, UTEE ultra thick embossing enamel/clear, white, perfect pearls, glossy accents, mini mister, heat tool (ranger); seasonal grungeboard, sanding grip (tim holtz idea-ology); glue dots dot n go (glue dots); stamp/snow flurries K3-1372 (stampers anonymous), glass glitter, bowl, stick, gloves, ornament strand, ribbon


step 1:  remove snowman from grungeboard seasonal pack.


step 2: attach glue dots to back of grungeboard with dot n go.


step 3: place grungeboard on to craft sheet. (*this will keep the grungeboard in place while painting it so i don’t have to hold it with my finger or stab it with anything.  a great tip when you’re painting smaller things too.)


step 4: shake picket fence distress crackle paint.


step 5: unscrew brush cap and paint a medium layer of paint over grungeboard. let dry and crackle. (*i love this new white crackle paint perfect for wintry things.  distress crackle paint is self leveling so you can paint in any direction. allow paint to dry and crackle on it’s own – usually takes about 30 minutes.)


step 6: remove snowman "pieces" from seasonal grungeboard sheet.


step 7: ink carrot nose with spiced marmalade distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 8: ink twig arms with vintage photo distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 9: ink top hat and coal eyes with black soot distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 10: ink holly with peeled paint distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 11: remove snowflake grungeboard and ink with broken china distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 12: remove grungeboard letters "SNOW" and paint with cloudy blue paint dabber.  let dry.


step 13: sand edges using sanding grip to expose areas of grunge.


step 14: ink with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 15: mist cloth with water from mini mister.


step 16: wipe inked letter with damp cloth to remove distress ink. (*paint dabbers resist distress ink so the ink only stays where we’ve sanded.)


step 17: tap ink blending tool into weathered wood distress ink and ink tag by working in a circular motion starting on your craft sheet.  (*this is important to avoid harsh ink lines – always place tool on your craft sheet and without lifting it off, work in a circular motion pulling the ink from the sheet on to your tag.)


step 18: repeat above step using broken china distress ink.


step 19: repeat above step using faded jeans distress ink.


step 20: repeat above step using dusty concord distress ink. (*notice how distress inks allow you to blend numerous colors on one background.)


step 21: make a cup with your fingers and spritz water into your hand from mini mister.


step 22: flick the water on to your inked tag creating water droplets.


step 23: let water set on tag from at least 10 seconds and then blot with paper towel. (*distress inks are reactive with water.)


step 24: dry tag with heat tool.  (*this technique creates the look of "faux bleach".  cool huh?)


step 25: stamp snow flurries stamp on tag with black soot distress ink.


step 26: once grungeboard snowman has dried and crackled, remove from craft sheet and ink edges with weathered wood distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 27: apply glossy accents to back of grungeboard.


step 28: adhere to tag and slide a piece of ribbon behind head around neck of snowman.


step 29: tie ribbon to create scarf and secure knot with small amount of glossy accents.


step 30: cut holly grungeboard pieces apart.


step 31: adhere all grungeboard elements to snowman with glossy accents.


step 32: gather the following supplies before proceeding: clear UTEE, white UTEE, glass glitter, perfect pearls, glossy accents, bowl, craft stick, gloves.


step 33: combine dry ingredients into bowl. (*to be honest there really isn’t a specific recipe since it depends on the amount of "snow" you want to create.)
here’s a simple guide to follow:
1 part white UTEE
2 parts clear UTEE
1 part glass glitter
1 scoop perfect pearls (use craft stick)


step 34: add glossy accents to dry ingredients. (*again this doesn’t have a specific amount, you just add liquid and stir.  start with about a quarter size amount.)


step 35: stir mixture with craft stick.


step 36: continue to add more glossy accents stirring the mixture constantly until you get a cookie-dough-like consistency. (*glossy accents is a glue so be sure to work on craft sheet.  also, do not let this sit – you must mix it and use it right away.)


step 37: wearing gloves, scoop mixture with your hands and press it on to the bottom of the tag creating a snow mound.  you can build this up as high as you want.  the mixture won’t feel like it’s going to stick but TRUST ME – it sticks to everything it touches.  (*be sure to wear gloves…you’ve been warned!)


step 38: scoop up more snow mixture and rub it across grungeboard accents, the snow will stick into any recessed areas creating a snow drift look.  let dry.  this should only take about 15 minutes. (*and yes…it will stick!)


step 39: accent holly on hat with fired brick distress stickles to create berries.


step 40: attach a strand of ornaments or bead garland to twig hands with glossy accents and let the rest of the strand hang freely.


*in the details: the textures of this tag are incredible.  the dimension of the snow, the crackled grungeboard snowman, and the smooth glass garland adds just the right touch.

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792 Comments to “12 tags of christmas – day 7…”

  1. Fiona says:

    Impressive – but I can categorically state this would cost an arm and a leg to produce in Europe, where I live. This volume of Glossy Accents alone would cost a King’s ransom. I have most of these products, but I use them sparingly. I guess they are a lot cheaper in USA where they originate

  2. Merely a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great style. “Competition is a painful thing, but it produces great results.” by Jerry Flint.

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  4. Louise #3903 says:

    just luv that snowman especially the way you made him “crackle!

  5. I love Snowmen and this one is wonderful. You tag today is just so beautiful. I have learned so much from each and every tag you have given us this year. Thanks for inspiring me to step outside my box and be a little more creative.

  6. Pamela Bennett says:

    Oh I`ve always wanted to try that snow technique but didn`t know how to do it. I`ve heard it being written about on blogs where you made sand with it to go on canvas in a beach scene.Thank you for the sharing another great technique.

  7. Tammy says:

    Kewl! I’ve wanted to know how to make this “snow” – it looks great and seems easy enough. Thanks!

  8. Cat says:

    I love the snow!!! You amaze me with your idea’s. Make’s me wonder now why didn’t I think of that. Love this tag!!!

  9. Great tag again! I especially love the snowman, he’s so sweet!

  10. I love that faux bleach look! So simple, and so effective! Hooray for the snow! Now that kind of snow, I like!! The kind I have to shovel? Not so much!! This is my favorite!! I love it! Thanks Tim!!

  11. Diane O. says:

    Again, another wonderful technique. I wonder how many people didn’t catch the “you have been warned” about wearing gloves when adhering the snow. Thanks once again T!m for the opportunity to win.

  12. Teresa says:

    Can’t wait to see what is coming tomorrow for a new tag. Love the snow on the tag and will have to try that on some books that I am going to make.

  13. Nancy Profitt says:

    I do LOVE crackle paint! and snowmen! What a wonderful combination. Beautiful, beautiful tag.

  14. k says:

    another lovely tag today. not sure about the messy steps at the end. i am hesitant to get too messy but i might try it anyway!

  15. April says:

    All I can say is WOW. This tag is gorgeous. We don’t see any snow in Phoenix (well sometimes when you look up at the mountains you can catch a glimpse of snow), so I can’t wait to try this out. I love how easy your directions are to follow. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with. Do you have any plans for classes here anytime soon? I hope so!
    April πŸ™‚

  16. Barbara says:

    Awesome! That’s my kind of snow!! Great ideas, thanks for sharing your talent!! Have to go make some cards now!!
    Collinsville, OK

  17. Vicky H says:

    The texture is great on this tag Tim. I love the snow especiall since I live in TX wher is doesn’t snow much at all. I will definitely try this one.
    Vicky H

  18. kateincleveland says:

    Oh my goodness, he’s so dang adorable. Love the crackle paint on the grungeboard, love the snow, love ALL the colors of ink used. This one is amazing. THanks for the inspiration and techniques.

  19. Suzanne Morse says:

    Love the snow effect and the snowman looks great can’t wait to do this one. On the 7th Day of Christmas my favorite thing is Christmas Movies what fun each year to watch all of our old favorites.

  20. Barb says:

    Your work is amazing and the creativity is endless. You’ve inspired me to take my creativity to another level.

  21. Rona says:

    Something about the cool blue tones makes this my favourite (with day #2 as #2). Love the snow effect. Is the gloves warning something you’ve learned from experience?

  22. Jacki says:

    Ok, I give up. I’m going to have to place an order so I can make ALL of your tags! With each tag, I have a portion of what I need to complete the tag….problem is, I want to order NOW but there are still 5 more wonderful tags to come! I LOVE these projects and thank you so much for continuing to teach us new things every day!

  23. Terri says:

    Snowmen are my favorite! I love grundgeboard too. I think I am going to have to make a visit to the craft store today to recreate this masterpiece from you! Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. Holly S says:

    Another great tag! I do love snowmen and I love the ring of color around it’s neck!
    Please bottle your imagination and send some my way!
    Thank you for sharing your ideas with all of us!

  25. Sandy says:

    Oh – pick me, pick me… it’s my birthday! Isn’t this tag fabulous? I collect snowmen – and I totally love it!!!

  26. jack frost is a knockout!! this tag snowballed into a really cooool work of art

  27. Sandy says:

    Oh, more cool techniques. I love them all. Every tag is wonderful, and I can’t wait to see what new goodness you post every day. You are a very talented guy, and I appreciate the very detailed, and easy to follow directions.
    Thanks ever so much!

  28. dara says:

    I love the fat little crackle snowman.

  29. Margo Hay says:

    Amazing and awesome is all I can say. I am sooo loving the snow that is the best thing I have seen in a long time. I have have of the supplies so I am off to get the rest tomorrow. Thanks so much for all the inspiration you gives us everyday Tim!!!

  30. Margo Hay says:

    Amazing and awesome is all I can say. I am sooo loving the snow that is the best thing I have seen in a long time. I have have of the supplies so I am off to get the rest tomorrow. Thanks so much for all the inspiration you gives us everyday Tim!!!

  31. anne says:

    Everyday–better and better! I LOVE this snow technique. SO COOL!!

  32. Deb says:

    Today is my Birthday ( really is) and this is the best so far. I think you made this tag just for me as snowmen are my favorite thing!
    So Happy Birthday to me for this great special Snowman

  33. Margo Hay says:

    Amazing and awesome is all I can say. I am sooo loving the snow that is the best thing I have seen in a long time. I have have of the supplies so I am off to get the rest tomorrow. Thanks so much for all the inspiration you gives us everyday Tim!!!

  34. Cherie Intintolo says:

    Love the snowman, Tim! It snowed a little last night so this tag was very fitting for a cold blustery day here in PA. Thanks!

  35. Rita Timmons says:

    WOW! I think this is my favorite so far. I love snowmen… too bad we don’t get any snow in Houston to build real ones!
    Thanks for the inspiration and sharing with us!

  36. Kim D in FL says:

    This Florida stuck person originally from NJ loves anything with SNOW!!! This snowman tag has my heart 100%.
    Kim D in FL

  37. Carolyn King says:

    Wow…I just love the crackle paint on the snowman (and LOVE that you can paint with it in any direction—so getting that!), and that snow! What a work of art! Thanks so much for doing this step by step–I know how much work this is and it is so appreciated!
    Happy Holidays!
    Carolyn King

  38. Susan in NY says:

    The funny thing is that I woke up to see the first snowfall on my front lawn, and then opened your blog to learn how to make snow of my own! Sooo cool… pun intended! ;o) Thanks Tim for sharing this awesome technique!!!

  39. Melanie S. says:

    I love the dimension on this tag, it so fun! Thank you for all these wonderfun inspiration tags. You won’t believe how I just stare at them each morning-it’s the first thing I do when I get up!

  40. llb says:

    I love what you did w/ the UTEE and snow ! And, I love all the great tips – like using water droplets from your hand. Thanks and looking forward to the rest.

  41. Sandy Dowling says:

    Love the texture and dimension!

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