12 tags of christmas…day 12


supplies: (ranger) craft sheet, distress ink/fired brick/walnut stain/frayed burlap/vintage photo, distress crackle paint/rock candy, ink blending tool, archival ink/jet black, glossy accents, #8 tag; (idea-ology) grungeboard, corners, trimmings, seasonal paper stash, sanding grip, texture hammer, tiny attacher; (stampers anonymous) calendar stamps; (sizzix alterations) base tray, carved ornaments, joy movers and shapers, gingerbread, winter wonder; (tonic) scissors, paper distresser; (misc) wire, adhesive, pine, paint brush

(step 1): ink a piece of grungeboard with fired brick distress ink by rubbing direct to paper.

(step 2): pour a puddle of rock candy distress crackle paint on craft sheet.

(step 3): load paint brush with crackle paint.

(step 4): brush a thick layer over the inked grunge.  *the crackle will begin to mix with the distress ink and since distress inks are reactive with water, the crackle actually becomes that color. 

*set aside to dry – make sure you have a thick layer.  you can see how the distress inks move around inside the crackle paint creating darker more conentrated color areas.

*this is why it's important to pour the crackle on your craft sheet and use a separate brush.  the color would have contaminated your entire bottle of rock candy.

*once crackle has dried and cracked – check it out! by mixing the rock candy crackle with the inks this creates a much more intense glazing effect.

now we're ready for a little die cutting action – video style…


(step 5): once ornament is cut, ink the edges with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool. *isn't that joy word so cool inside there?

(step 6): tie a bow around the top of the ornament.

(step 7): twist a piece of silver wire together.

(step 8): bend into a hook and slide behind ribbon on to ornament.

(step 9): place a tag over the area of background paper to add to your tag and trace around tag. *i used my seasonal paper stash.

(step 10): cut paper to size of tag.  *you could die cut this tag shape also if you have the tag & bookplates die.

(step 11): adhere paper to tag.

(step 12): place tag on scrap paper and sand edges with sanding grip to distress the edges.

(step 13): stamp december stamp on scrap tag with archival ink and let dry.

(step 14): cut out calendar.

(step 15): tatter the edges with a paper distresser.

(step 16): ink the calendar with frayed burlap distress ink using ink blending tool.

(step 17): ink edges of calendar with vintage photo distress ink using ink blending tool.

(step 18): apply glossy accents to back of ornament.

(step 19): adhere to tag – hold in place to dry.

(step 20): sand metal corners with sanding grip to expose the metal and give it a little shine.

*sanding removes some of the antiquing and reveals the base metal color.

(step 21): secure corners to tag with texture hammer. (*see how to steps for this on tag #8)

(step 22): attach calendar to tag with tiny attacher.

*in the details: the look of vintage crackled glass for this ornament using the rock candy distress crackle paint creates a holiday shine like no other.  the addition of a scrap of pine and some pine cones accent the december calendar perfectly.  i love the simplicity of this tag too…

of course since it's the last tag i thought why stop now??? so check out this other video…


(gingerbread): ink the edges of the cork/grungeboard gingerbread with vintage photo distress ink using ink blending tool. perfect!

(gingerbread): remove backing from sticky back canvas and attach canvas "frosting" to the gingerbread.

*attach gift card to gingerbread and adhere gingerbread to tag to embellish.  what a great way to give a gift card don't you think? gotta love that base tray

(snowman): brush on multi-medium all over grunge snowman.

(snowman): pour glass glitter over snowman and let dry.

*attach to tag and add some baubles for a little wintery sparkle.  i love the idea of being able to put a word inside the snowman body – all about the base tray



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3,950 Comments to “12 tags of christmas…day 12”

  1. Sherika says:

    Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!

  2. Bernadette Oakes says:

    what great tags, makes me want to buy more stuff to make them – money for Christmas please.

  3. dona says:

    Great job! Your work is amazing. Have a glorious holiday!

  4. Ying Pang says:

    I enjoy your 12 tag of christmas very much, this is the greatest and prettiest christmas present from you to the crafters around the world……
    I can see from what you see….we can found the love of christmas at our home…with the love and sharing, that will be a meaningful holidays
    Merry Christmas to you!!

  5. Lisa Fritzler says:

    Hi Tim. I love all of the videos and posts that you put on your blog. The Christmas tags are wonderful and they really put me into the spirit of Christmas!
    Again. I love the videos and I look forward to more in the new year.

  6. Kim R says:

    These tags were awesome. It gave me such inspiration this year! LOVE everything you do. Want to buy everything, EVERYTHING and make my own.

  7. Julia Driver says:

    oh so many ideas and so little time. What a truly amazing collection of imagination. Very Merry Christmas and safe Happy New Year to you and yours.

  8. Cindy says:

    I love the tags – and all your great ideas ! thanks for sharing !!

  9. Kendra Utt says:

    Thanks a bunch I love watching your videos, you are truly talented!

  10. Carla M says:

    Hey Tim…Think you need a Leinenkugel after all that work. Well deserved break…don’t you think? You never cease to amaze us with your clever ideas. Hugs from WI! Thanks, Carla

  11. Nan Robkin says:

    Tim, I am continually amazed, impressed and delighted by your creativity and inventiveness. My wish list for dies is so long now that it will take all year to fulfill it! And of course, by then I’ll have another long list of the new goodies! Keep ’em coming!
    Warm wishes, Nan Robkin

  12. Coleen Peters says:

    A chance to win some the Tim Holtz goodies?
    I get inspired by you everytime that I watch a video, or demo like these tags! Thanks so much for taking the time to show us these awesome techniques!
    thank you, thank you!

  13. Thanks Tim for sharing your talents with us and Merry Christmas to you and yours. I always learn so much from your tags and love the videos. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome products.

  14. shari says:

    Thank you for the inspiration and sharing with us your talent. Merry Christmas to you and your elves.

  15. Carolyn says:

    Gotta agree with you, the words cut out in the die cuts really do add something. Had a BLAST reading about all 12 of your tags, thank you so much for sharing them all!!!

  16. Karen Davies-Magellan says:

    I know I’ve missed the boat cos your 12 tags has finished but I had to say ……..
    THANK YOU, merci, danke! WOW! WOW! WOW! This was my 1st time to follow your 12 tags for Christmas & I found it so incredibly inspiring that I would get itchy fingers to create something whilst reading your blog – I think you a truely gifted with a remarkably creative & exciting mind _ I LOVE the way you take the so called rules & toss them away so you create your own rules which aren’t rules really!! I love sharing new techniques with other people it almost makes me feel all fuzzy inside & I have a theory that this is one of the reasons you are so generous sharing your passsions.
    Congrats to all the winners! I couldn’t post for the last couple of days as I was rushed to the Emergency Dept at Hospital!!
    Merry Grimble Tim – Have a wonderful time over the holidays Hugz karen :-)x

  17. Eunice says:

    Amazing , each and every one !! Thank you so much ! I am inspired !

  18. Claudia says:

    How wonderful, i love your tags so much, thank you Tim for your ideas. I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year, Claudia

  19. Bobbi says:

    I new to the line, but feel in love right away. Thanks Tim

  20. D Martell says:

    Wow Tim! They are all SO inspiring!! Thank you for the bucket loads of inspiration!

  21. Deb C says:

    Again – wonderful use of lots of different techniques and ideas. I’ve already used some of your ideas through the days’ tags. Thanks – already looking forward to next year!!!!

  22. Deana Hayes says:

    wow, I’m so inspired by every tag, thanks for sharing your visions with us. To you a very Merry Christmas too.

  23. so sad to see the end
    thanks so much guys
    Lillian Mederak.

  24. Jean Ferguson says:

    The weather forecast for Scotland is snow, snow & more snow. For the first time I’m really looking forward to it so that I can spend more time trying out these lovely tags & practising the techniques. The videos are so helpful.
    Thank you Jean

  25. Cyndi - Dreams Unltd says:

    Love these tags, too. I actually have these dies, so can’t wait to try them!

  26. Natalie Cromey says:

    I took a Tim Holtz class at Archivers and fell in love with the cards and techniques. I decided to make all my christmas cards the
    Tim Holtz cards. I love them and so do all the people who received them.

  27. Okienurse says:

    It has been an awesome 12 days of tags and I am impressed with all the creativity that seems to flow freely from you. Thanks for all the crafty goodness you have shared with us!

  28. vanessa mcpherson says:

    You are truly an inspiration and thank you so much for sharing all the great tips! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  29. sonja owens says:

    tim thanks for giving me a present to open up every day. what a joy now i have 12 more days before christmas to make my tags and that will give someone the same joy that i had

  30. Sylvia says:

    I can’t thank you enough for all of the ideas. You’ve not only instructed me in a few wonderful techniques, but you’ve taught me how to see creative ways to use objects I have all around me to make beautiful tags, projects and gifts. I never thought I was creative until this season!!!

  31. Nathalie Ouellet says:

    You are magnificient Tim, such a blessing to us scrapbookers. Keep up the hard work and inspiration.

  32. Barb Ashby says:

    Thanks for all the great, inspiring ideas!!

  33. Lori Hudson says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I know all of the hard work that goes into producing and editing these tags and posts. I love every one and so appreciate you. Already looking forward to next year.

  34. rho says:

    Don’t know how you had time to make a video, but I was laughing at the end! Wonderful and very creative 12 days! I am happy I was able to see them this year! Thank you tim! Merry Christmas to you!

  35. Sharon Meredith says:

    This is my first “12 tags of Christmas”. As a new papercrafter, I have learned many new tips and techniques just by watching your daily blogs. Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!

  36. chantal says:

    i have leard a lot these last dags.
    chantal from holland

  37. Linda Sather says:

    Tim….I can only repeat all the other comments by saying WOW, WONDERFUL,and GREAT..You are truly very talented and enjoyed every day and learned so much. Thanks again for sharing and Merry Merry Christmas.

  38. Suzanne C says:

    What a huge amount of creativity you have and thank you for sharing! We are truly blessed.
    Merry Christmas to you and your crew.

  39. wow!
    I’ve picked up so many tips, tricks, hints and tips from you Mr Holtz.
    thankyou so much for taking the time to share so much

  40. Cindy says:

    I have so enjoyed checking in every day to see these beautiful creations, every one of them an inspiration. Now it’s time to get busy with my own goodies! Have the merriest Christmas!

  41. Shawn Fyksen says:

    Wish I could have kept up and posted everyday—I sure could use a Vagabond!!! Your tags were all wonderful, but even better were the techniques you demonstrated so well!

  42. Fantastic stuff Tim! You have outdone yourself once again. Looking forward for the next years creative juices

  43. Anna says:

    Hi Tim,
    Oh My Goodness, I’ve never seen sooo many comments on one post!!!!!!!!
    I just wanted to say ‘how much I’ve enjoyed watching you make this gorgeous tags’ and what a creative mind you have!
    I can’t believe as I visit around my friends blogspots how many participated in your tag making session and I’d love to join in next time.
    Please give me a holler in your spare time. lol
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  44. Marilyn says:

    Thank you so much for your 12 days it will give me a years of inspiration. This is my first year following your blog and I’m just so amazed. Thank you!

  45. Oh, I am so excited about the prizes that I can hardly type this comment!! Tim, Mario and Michelle you have outdone yourselves this year! The tags were just icing on the cake, or should I say, Gingerbread Man!! Happy Holidays to the most creative people I know!

  46. wow, love the tags and love the videos….my mind is just racing 🙂 cant wait to have some time to sit down and play!! merry christmas Tim!!

  47. Clara says:

    Thank U Tim !
    I wish a Merry Xmas to you and to all of us that are learning so much from you !

  48. EYEcArt says:

    Thanks for always cheering me up and for keeping a crafty smile on my face!!! Bless you for all your hard work throughout the yr, NOT just at Christmas time. Love you, love your talents, Luv ALL of your products. I think Ranger, Stampers Anonymous, Sizzix, Advantus, need to clone you, T!m…because one of you in the world just isn’t enough!!!!!!!!! Please relax for a while now, won’t you?
    PS–I posted everyday, but depending on what account I was logged in at, you will see different names. Hope that isn’t a problem. I’ve never won on your blog in all the yrs of posting.

  49. yvonne says:

    Great job!

  50. For all that you have done for us, for the work behind the scenes, for the creativity and the talent, I want to wish to you and Mario my biggest “Happy Holidays”!!!!!
    Debbie from Italy

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