12 tags of christmas – day 12…

Tag_2 "day 12" -tim holtz(c) 2008
supplies: craft sheet, distress ink/fired brick, peeled paint, antique linen, vintage photo, walnut stain, distress stickles/ fired brick, peeled paint, jet black archival ink, ink blending tool (ranger); sprocket gears, game spinners, sanding grip (tim holtz idea-ology); chipboard clocks, ghost clocks (heidi swapp); craft pick, scratcher, paper distresser, scissors (tonic); stamps/original santa U2-1106, christmas carols P2-1337 (stampers anonymous); rub-ons (hambly); ribbon, tag, bells, scrap paper


step 1: apply jet black archival ink to santa stamp. (*for this tag i am not using the entire image.  do not ink the upper right area of the stamp.)


step 2: notice the areas you have applied archival link to are shiny so you can make sure you didn’t ink were we shouldn’t. (*i prefer using jet black archival ink in all of my techniques what require a permanent ink.  it’s easier to use, more opaque, and crisper detail than any other permanent ink in my opinion.)


step 3: stamp on to tag.


step 4: stamp entire image on to a piece of scrap paper with archival ink.


step 5: cut out the area of image to match what you have stamped. (*in other words, i am cutting out the santa and music, but not the holly and stuff in the upper right where we didn’t ink previously.)


step 6: place cut "mask" over the stamped image on the tag lining everything up.


step 7: ink christmas carol stamp with jet black archival and stamp on right edge of tag overlapping the santa.


step 8: lift off your "mask" to reveal your layered design. (*this is so cool and i think it allows you to get more use out of your stamps.  we started by not inking the entire santa stamp keeping in mind that you don’t always have to use all of an image.  then we stamped over the masked santa allowing us to use the christmas carol stamp which would have otherwise been too big for the tag.)


step 9: ink tag with antique linen distress ink using ink blending tool. (*ink everything but the face of the santa as this will create a highlight effect.)


step 10: ink areas of the tag with fired brick distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 11: ink areas of the tag with peeled paint distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 12: ink edges of the tag with vintage photo distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 13: drag paper distresser along the edges of the tag to create a tattered edge.


step 14: ink distressed edges with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool.  (*by pre-distressing the edges of the tag with the paper distresser, the walnut stain is absorbed into the paper and gives it a burnt edge look.)


step 15: using scratcher tool, drag in a linear direction across tag to scratch through ink layers and reveal paper core.  (*what?  you haven’t tried this tool before?  seriously?  okay you’re clearly missing out.  use this to scratch inked paper as well as your scrapbook papers, and yes even photos to create a nostalgic old photo look without using sandpaper that can often peel away the photo emulsion.  the scratch tool is a must have!)


step 16: remove chipboard clock from package to fit tag.


step 17: sand over the edges with sanding grip.


step 18: ink over entire clock with antique linen distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 19: heat set distress ink. (*because the chipboard clocks are glossy, we need to dry the distress ink with a heat tool or it will wipe off.)


step 20: remove backing of chipboard.


step 21: place on to tag and press down. (*wait – did you notice those extra brown scratches on the clock?  i couldn’t resist using my scratch tool on the chipboard clock too.  see…i told you!)


step 22: flip tag over and trim off any excess chipboard with non-stick scissors.


step 23: sand the cut edge with sanding grip to smooth out.


step 24: ink the sanded edge with distress ink.


step 25: remove ghost clock from package – be sure to select the clock that matches the chipboard one. (*how cool is it that the chipboard and ghost clocks match each other???)


step 26: place over clock on tag – do not glue – just hold it in place.


step 27: cut to size of tag with scissors.


step 28: using craft pick, pierce hole in center of clocks going through ghost, chipboard, and tag.


step 29: using craft pick, pierce hole in center of "second" dial of clocks as well.


step 30: remove 1 large, medium, and smallest spinner, and 2 long fasteners from game spinner pack – fasteners are included with game spinner package.


step 31: remove 2 sprocket gears from package.


step 32: place large game spinner over hole in center of chipboard clock.  place smallest sprocket gear over hole in center of "second" dial on chipboard.


step 33: place ghost clock over the top and place medium spinner in center of ghost clock.  place other sprocket gear and smallest spinner over hole in center of "second" dial on ghost.


step 34: insert long fasteners through center of clock and "second" dial going through ghost, chipboard, and tag.


step 35: secure long fasteners in back of tag. (*this is why i LOVE long fasteners.  they can go through so many layers of things.  look, we just went through 3 layers of metal, 1 ghost, 1 chipboard, and the tag with a single fastener and still had enough to open it up in the back.  a must have too.)


step 36: cut out rub-on with scissors.


step 37: apply to bottom of tag. (*have you noticed my love for rub-ons on these tags?  it’s because i like the contract they provide and their design style.)


step 38: embellish with ribbon and bells and secure to tag using glue dots.


step 39: accent holly on santa stamp with peeled paint distress stickles.


step 40: add dots of red on holly with fired brick distress stickles. (*i prefer to apply it over the wet peeled paint stickles so it fuses together when dry.)


*in the details: okay, how cool is this clock?  i love gears and spinners anyway so i just had to find a way to incorporate it into a holiday tag – mission accomplished!

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583 Comments to “12 tags of christmas – day 12…”

  1. Wanda H says:

    Tim, thank you so much for taking all the hours to do this for all of us out here!! There are many fabulous ideas you’ve shown in the past 12 days that I WILL be trying and I’m sure using over and over again. Have a Fabulous Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  2. Jennifer C says:

    Pick me!!!! I loved all your tags.. thanks for sharing your talents with us! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

  3. Cindy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas and talents!! I learned soooooo much over the past 12 days!!
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Misty says:

    thank you once again for such an incredible 12 days! You are amazing and you ended on the perfect note. This tag is stunning and the message with it hits home. I cannot wait to get all 12 tags done! Thank you thank you thank you!

  5. Olive says:

    Hi, Tim. Thaks for a great series of tutorials. I am, like everyone else, sad that it has all come to an end but I’m excited that I can go back over these and experiment for months to come. I have so many ideas floating in my head now I’m fit to burst. Have a happy Christmas and a Creative New Year.Nollaig shona Dhuit.- Olive

  6. Michele says:

    The tag is breathtaking. I am so sad it over but I am looking for this weekend to make my own. Have a wonderful holidays…Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Billie says:

    What a way to end the 12 days of tags. I Love it. Sure hope my local Michaels has the items I need to complete this amazing tag

  8. Febe says:

    TAg # 12, wonderful!
    Love how you pulled the clock togther, then added to it with your gears and pointers and such.
    Great tip on using the scratching tool too! 🙂
    thanks for 12 wonderful art filled days.. .and many more to come as your suggestions and ideas and ways float around my head…so looking forward to trying them all!
    Thanks so much!
    To one and all, good day and good night!
    🙂 Febe

  9. libbyt says:

    wow, you’ve done it again! another beautiful tag. Thanks for all your hard work, and sharing so many fantastic and interesting techniques. i couldn’t wait to log on each night to see what you had come up with, and was always amazed. thanks again.

  10. Mardi says:

    At 8:00 am on the east coast there are over 500 post already! Thank you so much for sharing your techniques with us again! I think there should be 365 Days of Tags!

  11. Debra says:

    Gorgeous tag! Love the Santa, love the clocks, love it all! Thanks for all the techniques and inspiration you’ve given us-wish it didn’t have to end.

  12. Merlene61 says:

    Thank You for 12 days of joy! I have enjoyed all of these fantastic tags. I have tried techniques that were new to me, and have been so pleased with the resulting tags. THANK YOU for sharing your creativity.Merry Christmas!

  13. Diane G says:

    I am now ready to go shopping…not for Christmas presents but for everthing you used to make these tags! lol I don’t have time to “play” right now but after Christmas I will be rolling up my sleeves and I can’t wait!

  14. Carrol says:

    So sad, no more tags until next year.
    Thanks Tim for all your inspiration.

  15. Olive says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these tags.Although I’m sad the tutorials have ended, I know I will be working thruogh these techniques for months to come so I’m happy at the thought and can’t wait to dive back in again and again. Have a Happy Christmas and a Creative New Year! – Olive

  16. Cindy Kelle says:

    I hate to see it come to an end! Love, love LOVE the layered clockworks! Thanks so much for this wonderful Christmas present. It’s like having a TH Workshop in my stocking!

  17. Francine says:

    Wow! Tag 12 is stunning! Love the old time Santa and the whole feeling of the tag.
    Thanks for all your hard work and time in posting the tags. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  18. Wenche says:

    Thank you very mutch for 12 days of wonderfull tags. Thee were all awsome.

  19. Olive says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these tags.Although I’m sad the tutorials have ended, I know I will be working thruogh these techniques for months to come so I’m happy at the thought and can’t wait to dive back in again and again. Have a Happy Christmas and a Creative New Year! – Olive

  20. Sue W. says:

    What a beautiful tag to end the 12 Days of Christmas. I’m sad (again) to see it end. But I’ve learned some really cool new tips, tricks and techniques that I will be applying to my everyday work. Thank you again T!M for taking the time to do this.

  21. Sheryl says:

    Oh Tim, I can not believe that 12 days have sped by. What will I do every morning?There wont be a gift for me on your blog.I was a good girl this year I promise.Can’t you pretend there are 15 days of Christmas or maybe 20? Thank you so much for all the time and the commitment you put into these tags. I am so happy that you would share them with us. Your tags have made very special Christmas cards for friends and family and have been a wonderful addition to my Ali Edwards Christmas Journal. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and can find yourself some time to rest and renew yourself for the year ahead.

  22. ann marie says:

    sad to see it and for the year what great tags. looking forward to recreeating these tags for myself. thanks for the great work.

  23. Vicky H says:

    Tim, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. I loved each and every tag and I can’t wait until Christmas vacation to try them all out! Vicky H

  24. Nancy from Florida says:

    Thanks so much for taking time from your busy holiday schedule to share the tags with us. I can’t wait to make them all! I love how you encourage us to think “outside the box”.

  25. Ami D says:

    Thanks! You saved the best for last!!!
    Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas!!!

  26. Jolene says:

    Merry Christmas Tim. Thank you for the beautiful tags and new techniques.

  27. René says:

    Thank you for sharing your talents with us this week. You have done a lovely job. I hope you have a very happy holiday season.

  28. Jacki says:

    I will be on the hunt for that little scratcher – neat little tool. I’m sad it’s over. I’m thrilled you shared with us! Merry, merry Christmas to you all! See you next year.

  29. Sharon Bennett says:

    All good things must come to an end they say, but I believe this is just a beginning. Thanx again Tim for sharing these beautiful tags. 2 years in a row is a tradition. I am already looking forward to next year. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Sharon

  30. Nancy Dooren says:

    I love to see these twelve great tags!!!! There Christmas Beauties! I love your idea’s!
    Your a great Santa! Giving away great goodies to work with and give us much inspiration with your great idea’s!
    Thank you Tim!!!!
    Nans from the Netherlands.

  31. Kim L. says:

    I’m so happy yet so sad that we’ve now come to the twelfth day. You are amazing and I love, love, love everything you make and do. Please come out with another DVD. MErry Christmas!!!

  32. Deb Franks says:

    Tim, thank you for the fun week you have filled with so much creativity. I like to think of myself as somewhat creative but you top all that I have ever seen. Just to get into your mind for few hours would be amazing. All your efforts are so appreciated.

  33. lkj says:

    They say that all good things must end, some day . . . and so must this. But what a great time we’ve had. I love the clock with the gears – cool! I feel quite inspired to use up some of my stuff, and for the specialty items (timholtz inks, tinholtz stamps, timholtz paints, etc., etc.) my dh knows what to get me for New Years and my birthday. Thank you for all your hard work, tim!

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