12 tags of christmas – day 10…

Tag_2 "day 10" -tim holtz(c) 2008
supplies: craft sheet, perfect pearls/heirloom gold, green patina, scissors (tonic),distress re-inker/vintage photo, distress ink/fired brick, aged mahogany, antique linen, walnut stain, glossy accents, ink blending tool, mini misters, jet black archival ink, heat tool, distress embossing ink, black embossing powder (ranger); plain grungeboard basics, flourish mask, snaps, trinket pins (tim holtz idea-ology); stamps/reindeer U2-1375, grunge alpha V3-1221, (stampers anonymous); holiday flowers (prima); cropadile (wermemory); tag, foam tape, paint brush, ribbon, sheet music, charms


step 1: prepare your own pearlized mist by starting with a mini mister.  add 1 DROPPER FULL of distress reinker. (*so here are some things to know: i prefer to use distress reinker for this because these inks are reactive with water and will maintain their color integrity when mixed with water.  in other words, one DROPPER full will give you the same intensity of color even though we are adding 3/4 water.  using regular dye reinkers will require lots more ink since they will just water down.)


step 2: add one stick scoop of perfect pearls to mini mister.  (*perfect pearls is a pigment powder with a built in binder.  unlike "others" it does not have to be sealed after use.  the binder in perfect pearls is activated with any type of moisture like water, perfect medium, etc.)


step 3: fill the rest of the mister with water and replace cap.  shake very well to emulsify the contents – this is very important! (*the coolest thing about creating your own pearlized mists is that you can store them in the mini misters too.  this mixture will not clog the mister ever.  how cool is this?)


step 4: remove mask from package and place on to tag – be sure to rub the mask on to tag with your hand. don’t forget to work on your non-stick craft sheet so the mask doesn’t stick to anything else. (*for more info on prepping your masks and other uses, check out my video below.)


step 5: shake mister and mist contents over masked tag.


step 6: repeat until entire tag is covered with ink.  (*notice how the inks bead up over the mask.)


step 7: while ink is wet, lightly blot the mask with a paper towel to remove excess ink from around the mask.  (*since paper is porous, the longer the ink sits on the paper, the more it will absorb into the paper and under your mask.  whatever you do – DO NOT heat the masks – they will melt!)


step 8: once ink is blotted off of mask carefully remove the mask by gently peeling it off of the tag. (*if you’re trying this technique on other surfaces besides a tag, be careful with the surface you choose.  handmade papers and papers with a coating like glossy cardstock do not work as well with masks since the mask will sometimes stick to those coatings and surfaces.)


step 9: with mask removed, dry inked tag with heat tool.


step 10: i like to colorize my masked area.  ink entire tag with aged mahogany distress ink using ink blending tool.  (*this will not lift off the perfect pearls at all!)


step 11: repeat with fired brick distress ink using ink blending tool. (*i like to use multiple tones often.)


step 12: make a cup with your fingers and spritz water from mini mister into your hand.


step 13: flick water droplets on to tag and let set for at least 10 seconds. blot off with paper towel. (*the distress ink is reactive with water and will create a faux bleach look. remember this technique from tag #7?)


step 14: dry tag with heat tool.


step 15: stamp a plain sheet of grungeboard with reindeer stamp using distress embossing ink.


step 16: cover stamped image with black embossing powder and remove excess powder.


step 17: heat black embossing powder with heat tool.  (*notice that the grungeboard will curl when heated, do not worry as this is flexible and will flatten out again.)


step 18: cut out embossed image with sharp scissors.


step 19: continue to cut  with scissors around detailed areas. (*remember this is grungeboard and totally flexible so even the detailed areas are easy to cut.)


step 20: mist water on to craft sheet with mini mister.


step 21: dip a dry brush into green patina perfect pearls and scoop up some powder.


step 22: work brush into water on craft sheet mixing the perfect pearls with water – we want the consistency of paint. (*again, these perfect pearls are activated with moisture so by mixing them with water we are creating our own metallic paints!  cool or what?)


step 23: brush paint mixture over embossed stamped grungeboard reindeer.


step 24: blot off excess perfect pearls paint with a cloth – the embossing will resist the perfect pearls.


step 25: allow grungeboard to dry.


step 26: ink edges of grungeboard with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 27: tear strip of music paper and ink with antique linen distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 28: adhere to tag with glossy accents.


step 29: apply glossy accents to back of grungeboard reindeer and adhere to tag over music.


step 30: attach crown charm to reindeer with glossy accents. (*again this was just something i picked up in my travels.  just check your local craft or bead shop for charms.)


step 31: stamp grunge alpha on to tag with archival ink. (*i just stamped the letter rows i needed to use on a scrap tag.)


step 32: cut out the letters you need.  i cut out "WISH".


step 33: round the corners slightly with your scissors. (*this is another one of my favorite stamps because i can use it as a cool background, or stamp and cut out to create my own letter tiles!)


step 34: ink edges of letter tiles with antique linen distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 35: cut foam tape with scissors and adhere to back of letters to create dimensional letter tiles.


step 36: stack up prima flowers.


step 37: place the stack on the tag and punch a hole through them with a cropadile.


step 38: insert the back of the snap through the hole in the back of the tag.


step 39: place flower stack over nub that sticks out and press top piece of snap to "snap" together!  (*yes, these are snaps – use them to snap ribbon, photos, papers, etc. fun!)


step 40: attach star charm to trinket pin and secure through ribbon.


*in the details: i just like the look of the snap in the center of the flower – different, timeless, and unexpected.  i also love the shimmer the perfect pearls add to this tag with the pearl mist as well as the painted pearls.

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541 Comments to “12 tags of christmas – day 10…”

  1. Very good article. I definitely appreciate this site.
    Keep writing!

  2. MichelleG says:

    I bow to you creative genius! Really! I’ve learned so much watching you create these tags and I’m soooo looking forward to trying these techniques myself! I’m a lucky girl too….a FABULOUS store near me is going to have classes helping us re-create these tags the week after Christmas!!!! I can’t wait!

  3. CindyJ says:

    Well,Tim – you certainly are the enabler, aren’t you?? LOL! I’ve been eyeing Perfect Pearls for years, but was never sure what to do with them. And I’m using lots of my “stuff” in ways I NEVER would have thought of and having SO MUCH FUN doing it.
    Oh … and I don’t know how I ever lived without my craft sheet! Worth every penny. Thank you!

  4. 2amscrapper says:

    I’m learning so much but I need to get my hands on some of these products. I want it all!

  5. Candy says:

    Yet another beautiful tag! Love all the different techniques … things we could use on so many other projects (she says thinking outside the box)! This Christmas stamp set is on back order where I live but as soon as it comes in, I’m gonna be using the heck out of it! I already have all the Santa sets and I LOVE them! Your stamps sets are awesome!! Great detail, rubber and they give GREAT prints!

  6. kellyvincanada says:

    way cool stamp, way cool technique. it’s all good. life is good. have a great day.

  7. donelle Macey says:

    So cool yet easy enough to replicate and substitute our own supplies.

  8. Ami D says:

    You are showing us so many things that we need to get out there and try! At least for me. Thanks for your creativity!!!

  9. Renee Shlachter says:

    I love the simplicity of this tag. There’s just the right amount of sparkle to catch the eye. Ever since you posted the mini mister/perfect pearls technique last year, I’ve been using it. I just love the effect the water droplets add. Ah yes, you’ve done it again, you enabler, you!
    Thank you,
    Renee S.

  10. I learn so much from every tag you post. Things I can use in tags, ATCs and in my larger art pieces. Thank you so much for sharing and for all the detail you include in showing your how-tos.
    Peace & Love,

  11. Clinen says:

    give me give me give me =) /clinen

  12. BeckyL says:

    That’s beautiful. Glad I’ve been checking in. Thank you so much!

  13. Pat says:

    Sure wish there was a store near by that carried all of your stuff…..s-i-g-h
    I just love the reindeer stamp set along with the santa one with just the cool Santa head, nothing behind it. All the supplies and what you do with it……it just amazes me how you can keep putting out such wonderful tags! You can tell that you really love what you do. It shows in everything you you do………thanks for sharing and thanks for another awe some tag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Each day, your tag is wonderful and fresh, but today, your give-away is beyond belief. Everything to get started doing it Tim’s way.

  15. i am sooooooooo loving the masks . . . and the perfect pearls . . . and the snaps and trinkets . . . and, well you get the picture *smiles*. Only 2 more tags to go tim! xoxo sherry

  16. JennyLilac says:

    I love love love your layering of mists, inks, powders, etc. The shimmering mist comes out so beautifully – I made some with a brown ink and a copperish powder that was just perfect. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas! (I wish there were another 12 days to come still.)

  17. Kathy says:

    Thanks for showing me what to do with perfect pearls. Bought some a while back but wasn’t sure what to do with them. Love the wash of color and the deer. Looks like there’s a lot of us that will be going through withdrawal when your 12 days are over!

  18. Janet Wilson says:

    Thanks for the ideas for using the perfect pearls – & another wonderful tag

  19. Teresa says:

    Tags rule! Love this one!

  20. Laura B. says:

    Another great tag! Maybe today will be my lucky day.

  21. Lena says:

    Love the mini mister and perfect pearls, I use them to make journaling spots in the right colour, easy and fast! And I can store them without risk for leaking. Thanks aigain for all lovely ideas and tecniques!! Love it!! I hope the 12 days will never end!!!

  22. Carol says:

    Beautiful!Love the shimmer.Cant wait to try this one too! Thanks, Tim!

  23. Barbara says:

    Another gorgeous technique to try and looking forward to trying this. I really hate to see these end.

  24. Samantha says:

    I couldn’t imagine what those mini misters were for before December. Now they are on my list for Santa…this is actually getting me into the Christmas spirit. And the mask is just fab. Also on my list, though I might not make it to Christmas without it.
    You are amaz!ng T!m! (And don’t stop on the 12th…too many of us will go into withdrawal!)

  25. Candace H says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I’m going to be so sad after Tag #12, but then I’ll just have to go back and really study and learn the techniques!

  26. Love the mask effect (mine just arrived today!) and the stamp, embossing + perfect pearls… how elegant! These 12 days are the best gift a crafter wants! Thank you for sharing, you deserve your success!

  27. Cheryl Birkey says:

    Wow. Seeing that mini mister in action is cool. I had not had any experience with it before this 12 days of Christmas tag making. It’s awesome.

  28. Sher B. says:

    wow! those sure don’t look like the dear that i see bouncing around here! thanks for another great tag! sher b.

  29. JessicaChallis says:

    Very cute tag! I havent seen the pearl poweders before, they look interesting to use. Cant wait to see tomorrow tag!

  30. Theresa Lee says:

    This is a great tag! It’s still has that vintage look about it, and I love the perfect pearls techniques that you use. I believe alot of us are going to be going through withdrawals in the next 2 days, when the 12 tags are, sniff sniff, gone…

  31. Wow again a fabulous tag. This is again gorgeous. Thank you again for your inspiration!!

  32. Heather says:

    I am so sad that we are almost at the end. Once again, great job!!

  33. Fryne says:

    I feel overwhelmed by your creativity! You’re my hero of the last 10 days ;P

  34. Astra says:

    Ooooh, I love this Deer King!

  35. Alis in Wnderlnd says:

    LOVE these! Everyday I look forward to seeing what you’ve made.

  36. Alis in Wnderlnd says:

    LOVE these! Everyday I look forward to seeing what you’ve made.

  37. Alis in Wnderlnd says:

    LOVE these! Everyday I look forward to seeing what you’ve made.

  38. Annette says:

    OMG another wonderful tag. I wish you could come round to mine – and we could play nicely together – mixing and spritzing and creating beautiful art together.

  39. Tamara says:

    inspired again!

  40. Marcia says:

    This is a very elegant tag!!!
    I love this technique….
    I haveuse now for my perfect pearls!!!!!

  41. Dale Paulson says:

    What a great tag!! I am anxious to try all these techniques. I have had some of the products and now is a great time to try them out. Thanks,

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