12 tags of christmas – day 8…

Tag2 "day 8" -tim holtz(c) 2008
supplies: craft sheet, distress inks/aged mahogany, pine needles, walnut stain, distress metallic crackle paint/brushed pewter, adirondack alcohol inks/red pepper, cranberry, lettuce, meadow, ink applicator tool, distress embossing ink, queen’s gold embossing powder, jet black archival ink, heat tool, glossy accents, adirondack metallic paint dabber/gold (ranger); seasonal grungeboard (tim holtz idea-ology); stamps/holiday memories V4-1191, merry christmas K3-1188 (stampers anonymous); metallic rub-ons (glitz design); dot n go (glue dots); ribbon, tag


step 1: remove 2 ornaments from seasonal grungeboard sheet.


step 2: attach glue dots to back of grungeboard pieces.


step 3: press down on to non-stick craft sheet. (*this will hold the pieces in pace allowing us to paint them without moving all over the place. – remember this trick from yesterday?)


step 4: shake distress metallic crackle paint – very well.


step 5: unscrew brush cap and begin painting a medium coat of paint on to grungeboard.


step 6: continue until both pieces are painted with distress metallic crackle paint.  let dry and crackle. (*this will take between 30 minutes to an hour.  metallic crackle paint takes a little longer to crackle than the regular crackle paint and this paint CANNOT be heated to speed up the drying time.)


step 7: once the pieces are completely crackled, remove from craft sheet and trim off any excess paint from grungeboard.  you can most often just peel the excess paint away with your fingers.  check it out!  the distress metallic crackle paint, crackles differently than regular crackle too – it creates more of a "crazing effect" to resemble vintage mercury glass.  i love this stuff and now we’ve created a metallic surface!


step 8: and you know what we can do to a metallic surface right?  alcohol inks of course!  attach a piece of felt to your ink applicator tool. (this can be the same handle as your ink blending tool, but we’re using felt instead of blending foam.) press nib of cranberry alcohol ink bottle directly into felt and squeeze bottle for about 2 seconds to dispense ink into the felt.  repeat with red pepper alcohol ink directly next to cranberry ink. (*i prefer to use to tones of color for more depth.)


step 9: stamp inked tool on to metallic crackled grungeboard be sure to work on the non-stick craft sheet. (*the slick metallic surface allows the alcohol inks to blend.)


step 10: repeat until entire grungeboard piece is inked.  notice how the color just pops on the metallic surface and how the ink accents the cracks!


step 11: remove felt and attach a clean piece.  ink with lettuce and meadow alcohol inks and ink the smaller grungeboard piece. (*the alcohol inks will dry within seconds.  to lighten the color you can use blending solution if needed.)


step 12: stamp holiday memories stamp on to tag with jet black archival ink. stamp until entire tag is covered with images. let dry. (*i like to break up my larger stamps and not always start them directly in the center – it’s just more random that way.  also, it’s important to stamp in a permanent ink for this step.)


step 13: stamp merry christmas stamp with distress embossing ink.


step 14: apply queens gold embossing powder over image and remove excess powder.


step 15: heat emboss the image until powder melts and creates a raised metallic image.


step 16: ink areas of tag with aged mahogany distress ink using ink blending tool. (*notice how the embossed image with resist the distress inks so you can ink as much as you want over the top.)


step 17: ink remaining areas of the tag with pine needles distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 18: ink edges of tag with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 19: drag gold metallic paint dabber along edges of the tag to accent.


step 20: adhere both grungeboard ornaments to tag with glossy accents. let dry.


step 21: with scissors, cut out metallic rub-ons. (*these rub-ons are a shimmery metallic that go on with ease!  i love the design of glitz and the fact that you get gold and silver on the same sheet.  pretty cool!)


step 22: apply rub-ons with craft stick around ornaments. (*i prefer to add my rub-ons after i adhere the ornaments so i know the areas i want to fill in.)


step 23: tie bows from ribbon and adhere to tops of grungeboard ornaments with glossy accents.  let dry.


*in the details: look at how nostalgic and vintage this grungeboard looks!  it went from plain grungeboard, to metallic pewter, and then to colorful "faux mercury glass ornaments".  also, take a look at those metallic rub-ons – love it!

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2,382 Comments to “12 tags of christmas – day 8…”

  1. Lee says:

    Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Ie. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the issue solved soon. Thanks

  2. Debra Jones says:

    Gorgeous tag! Love the crackled ornaments!!!

  3. HeatherinAZ says:

    I have got to find some time in the pre-holiday madness to make some of these. They are all absolutely gorgeous.

  4. Louella says:

    OMG, I love that! Its rich! and Deep! Louella

  5. Toni says:

    So far this is my favorite. I just love the metalic crackle paints. That is what I am getting my daughter for christmas…….she is hooked on the crackle and grungeboard.

  6. Agnes says:

    This tag has a lovely traditional feel to it – love the crackled baubles…

  7. I love the whimsy look of the reindeer! It is too cool!! Everyday I don’t think you could get any more creative and then you do!! Thanks for the inspiration

  8. Laura C says:

    Another fantastic technique and tag!! I just wish I had more time to play this season. As always, THANK YOU for sharing and for your inspiration!

  9. Sue Shotwell says:

    I especially like the “icicle” effect with the dabber. Thanks for sharing all your ideas and techniques. Merry Christmas!
    Sue in VA

  10. Cyndi - Dreams Unltd says:

    Love your tags and I’m so happy you’re doing more this year! Would sure love to win some of these products so I can try them! I’m making Christmas cards using some of these tag techniques!

  11. Kim Jones says:

    Wow the tag is awesome but also how many people are commenting on it also. Is this a record number of people for you Tim. Thanks for creating so much excitement.

  12. Debby says:

    Oh wow~~~~ This one is fantastic!!!

  13. All I want for Christmas is some metallic crackle paint (sung to the tune of “all I want for Xmas”).

  14. paula says:

    You have amazing talent and creativity. What an inspiration you are! Happy holidays.

  15. Karen says:

    Well good night nellie! Who would have thought that the crackle paint would “make” that card. I love the “old world” look to it. Thanks for sharing the technique. You, again, have inspired me to go into my stamp room and “play”!

  16. Sabrina says:

    That is a Beautiful tag!!! Found your blog from Ali Edward’s Blog. Pick Me!!!!

  17. Sara says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…but do I really need to tell you that?

  18. Tara Sroka says:

    I love vintage santa. I just want to use the key to unlock the tag into Santa Tim land. Thank you for such a creative tag! I love it!

  19. Kathy says:

    That metallic crackle paint is WONDERFUL! I love the look.. thanks for using it in a project. It always helps to see exactly what a product will do!

  20. Sarah says:

    Ooooh, that is beautiful!! Thanks so much for the daily does of holiday inspiration!!

  21. Chris Gambell says:

    It just keeps getting better. I love the crackle finish. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful tricks with us. I rush to my computer every day before going off to work to see the latest cration.

  22. nancy says:

    I’m learning so many techniques-I love that! Thanks again Tim!

  23. Nuhad Pirani says:


  24. Wendy Allen says:

    The hardware is such a great added touch. Again, you out did yourself 🙂

  25. Betty Baker says:

    It isn’t hard to tell Santa Claus what I want for Christmas – Tim Holtz products!! This tag #8 is traditionally nostalgic with an updated twist.

  26. Sandi N. says:

    2355 Comments…Holy Cow! That is very many tags. It is adding more Merry to our Christmases!

  27. Lainey says:

    Ooooh…loving this one! That metallic crackle paint looks like so much fun to play with! Thanks, Tim!

  28. johnnal says:

    gonna play with this idea. Thanks for all the fun holiday inspiration.

  29. Brenda says:

    Just when I think you MUST be running out of fabulous ideas, you come up with THIS!! This has got to be my favourite so far – I just love the vintage feel of the ‘cracked’ ornaments. Stunning!!!

  30. Laura says:

    i like the more simplistic look fo this one- not to say the techniques aren’t super- they are- it’s just neat!! 🙂

  31. Dawnie T says:

    too cool for christmas school. Fabo new products and wonderful ideas.
    You rock
    Dawnie ‘down under’

  32. Patti Martin says:

    I’m loving each of the tags. Awesome inspiration to drool over…
    Pattie’s passion
    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!!

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