12 tags of christmas…tag 5

supplies: craft sheet, alcohol inks/cranberry/red pepper/watermelon, ink applicator tool, archival ink/jet black, paint dabber/lettuce, distress ink/pumice stone, ink blending tool, glossy accents, glossy cardstock; grungepaper, tiny attacher, sanding grip; dies/regal crest/tag & bookplate; cms112 seasonal reflections, grid-blocks; clearly heavy transparency; pearls



step 1: die cut a #8 tag from white glossy cardstock and a piece of clearly heavy transparency (from hambly studios).  *note: you can use clear packaging for this step too, but i like the thickness of the clearly heavy from hambly – great for books too.

step 2: remove the clear protective film from both sides of the transparency.

step 3: apply a piece of felt to the ink applicator too.

step 4: apply several colors of adirondack alcohol ink (red pepper, watermelon, cranberry).

step 5: begin tapping the inked tool on to one side only of the clear tag.

step 6: continue inking until the tag is completely covered and allow the tag to dry for 10 seconds before adding more ink.  note: to build the intensity of the color, reapply as many layers of ink as you wish.  as long as the first layer is allowed to dry, additional layers will create intensity.  allow the tag to dry completely – do not heat.

step 7: mount seasonal reflections stamp on to grid-block and ink with jet black archival ink.  stamp image on to the inked side of the tag.

step 8: immediately blot the wet stamped ink with a soft cloth – DO NOT wipe, just blot.

step 9: once you’ve blotted most of the ink, begin lightly wiping the remainder of the ink away always working on a clean area of the cloth – this removes the stamped image and lcohol ink like magic!

step 10: repeat for the next stamping directly below the first one, and follow previous instructions to remove image.

step 11: stamp a third time and repeat previous instructions to remove image.  *note: if things do go right, simply all of the ink off the tag using blending solution…no worries.

step 12: place your tag over your white cardstock and check it out!  cool huh?  *note: the more layers of alcohol ink you apply to the tag, the more “marbling” you get in the tag – i like it though, very distressed.

step 13: apply a small amount of glossy accents to the inked side of the tag.

step 14: place over white tag to adhere.

step 15: cut two pieces of grungepaper 3″x4″.

step 16: paint one side of both pieces with paint dabber (lettuce).  *note: for those that need to have the “backs” of things finished, you might want to paint both sides of the grunge – i did not…

step 17: stack both pieces on to this die.

step 18: yep!  the branch on the regal crest die is perfect for this.

step 19: die cut the branches and keep them in the grunge.

step 20: place on a piece of chipboard and sand with sanding grip.

step 21: remove grunge pieces and cut each one in half.

step 22: ink the edges with distress ink (pumice stone) using ink blending tool.

step 23: using your fingers, curl the ends of each leaf.

step 24: place two opposite branches on the tag as shown.

step 25: secure the top end with a tiny attacher. *note: i don’t feel the need to glue the entire branch to the tag, but if you wanted it more secure you could.

step 26: place the second layer of branches over the top, but slightly off-set them as shown.

setp 27: secure with tiny attacher as well.

step 28: tie a bow from ribbon.

step 29: adhere the bow to the top of the wreath. (loving my glue gun for things like this)

step 30: snip some flat back pearls and embellish the wreath – we’re done in record time!

the details: using this die for a mistletoe wreath and adding the little pearls is perfect.

the details: i love the ghosting effect this alcohol ink resist technique does…magic every time.

since we’re done with that tag already, how about another idea? i wanted to do this technique on fragments of course.  so here’s a bonus tag for you!!!

additional supplies: fragment charms; metal foil tape; mini scallop and pinking die; craft knife, craft pick; wire; foam tape; CMS114, CMS117 stamps

step 1: select a couple of fragment charms.

step 2: ink one side of each fragment charm with different colors of alcohol ink and let dry.

step 3: following previous steps, create resist technique with archival ink.

step 4: now for the bonus part, cut a piece of metal foil tape a little larger than your fragment, and remove the paper backing.

step 5: adhere the inked side directly to the sticky side of the foil tape – no glue needed!

step 6: place fragment on a cutting mat (my cutting mat is glass so i’m NOT cutting through my craft sheet like it looks like) and cut of excess tape using craft knife.  *note: scissors don’t work well for this and could tear the tape.

step 7: use a craft pick to pierce the holes back through the foil tape.

step 8: smooth the edges of the metal foil tape using a bone folder.

step 9: die cut a piece of metal foil tape using mini scallop & pinking die.

step 10: snip off some of the scallop edge and use to wrap around the top of each fragment charm, smooth edges to bone folder, and pierce hole to create an ornament. 

check out the reflection through the fragment from the foil tape!

step 11: add a thin piece of wire through the hole and curl the end with pliers.

step 12: apply a piece of foam tape to the back of each fragment charm.

step 13: stamp the silhouette deer following the distress to distress reflections stamping technique i shared in the video earlier in this post.  ink the background with distress ink (iced spruce, tumbled glass) using an ink blending tool.

step 14: mount the background on to black cardstock (i think this makes the image seem more dimensional).

step 15: stamp mini “merry christmas” in archival ink. *note: this is one of my favorite holiday mini sets since it has such mini verses and useful elements.

step 16: stamp mini snowflakes with distress ink (iced spruce).

step 17: adhere both fragment charm ornaments to the background.

step 18: fold wire around the back.

step 19: adhere to kraft tag.

the details: i think these fragment ornaments are so vintage looking, i really do!

so you might be asking yourself, will this technique only work with reflections stamps?  the answer…nope!  you can really use any bold design for this, but keep in mind that whatever design you use will end up backwards, that’s why reflections stamps are all words or music.  here is one of my favorite stamp sets (tiny textures) to use for this technique and just great backgrounds in general.  check these out…


well my advice for this technique is practice makes perfect – so if at first it doesn’t work, try, try it again.  it’s so fun to do on anything non-porous like plastic, metal, or glass and you can see the effects are pretty neat.  now what about that wreath out of the regal crest die?  i think creativity is all about perspective.  hopefully these tags are challenging you to see things a little different too.  just be sure to have fun…t!m

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  8. Seline says:

    The bright, bold colors of this tag are beautiful and express the joyful spirit of the season! Love the reflections stamps, they were a fantastic idea.

  9. Michelle L. says:

    Love, love, love, love the ornaments made from the fragments!! Awesome. I cannot wait to try this technique. I think I have my holiday cards inspiration today. Thank you.

  10. Stephanie Patterson says:

    I wish I had had some free time this weekend. These tags are really inspiring me but I’ve been to busy!
    LOVE! This technique. What a great idea to have backwards stamps. I would have never thought of that. Beautiful tag as always, but I especially like the little ornaments! Gorgeous.

  11. kellystar says:

    Love the bonus tag with the fragment! I am LOVING seeing everyone’s tags. It’s like a trip around the world.

  12. Teresa says:

    Thanks for the foil tip on the back of the ornaments!!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Another great inspiration, this will take some thought as I do not have that UM set.
    Will think of something.
    Thanks again.

  14. sherry chaisson says:

    I’ve used this techniques a lot since I first saw it..and it never gets old! I really love this tag..the reflections stamp is awesome. Please tell Mr. Stampers anonymous to never doubt t!m Holtz!!

  15. Carrie says:

    Love this tag! We just did alcohol inks in my art journal class last night so I am ready. Thanks for all your hard work, I so look forward to checking your blog every morning

  16. craftlyn~ says:

    Tim, you rocked this tag with the alcohol ink techniques…….love it and thanks for the bonus tags and ideas with the fragments…
    Great start to the week!

  17. Kathy Gielow says:

    Besides the beauty of this tag, I am learning so much technique and for this I greatly thank you. The 12 tags is an amazing, bonding experience.

  18. Jennifer Chedgey says:

    I have a strand of what appear to be tiny Christmas lights…..I now know where I can use them, thank you yet again tim!

  19. Lisa Vice says:

    These tags are sooooo cool. I will have to try this later (after work). Thanks so much Mr Tim!!!!

  20. Amanda says:

    Beautiful tag, and even better fabulous lesson – at least for me. Love, love, love it!

  21. Cathy says:

    How gorgeous! That red is stunning!! Another fantastic tag!!

  22. Veronica Goff says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! Love the techniques you used in creating this tag. Way to go Tim! Ronnie

  23. Talvi says:

    Love this tag! So brigt and simple!

  24. Jan says:

    I love the color of this tag and the techniques. This is almost like 24 tags of Christmas! You continually outdo yourself! I also think Mario needs to have a recipe section on the blog and share the recipes of those wonderful looking creations we have been seeing BTS! You guys are terrific!

  25. Marie says:

    Got to say the fragment ornament technique goes way beyond the tag! These would look great dangling on garland or even the tree! Thanks!

  26. Carol L says:

    Twofer day! I love both tags, but I’m really loving what you do with those facets and fragments! Everything is wonderful holiday eye candy!

  27. Melissa Minor says:

    I can’t WAIT to try these techniques. For some reason, I’ve always been afraid of this type of technique, but here goes nothin’! I haven’t even had my coffee yet!

  28. Dawn Galland says:

    Love it! Love it! Can’t wait till I get a chance to play and make these tags. Your instructions make them so simple to create. My gifts will be wrapped in brown craft paper this year so these will look great on top of them.

  29. Karen Conner says:

    Ive been saving the clear plastic from stuff & now I know what to do with it! Am trying this technique ASAP!
    Love the multi use of the dies too.

  30. Stephanie says:

    Great tag today Tim…definitely my fav so far!! 🙂

  31. Lisa Russell says:

    I love the reversed stamp design and the ornaments you made! What a clever design!

  32. What a terrific tag. I love that you went with red for this one. I can’t wait to give it a try even though I will have to do some subbing for things I don’t have.

  33. Crafty mop says:

    Fab fab fab not seen this before but will be giving it a go today…..i just love that reindeer tag ……….I don’t have any backwards stamps but here’s to making it work …..fantastic creAtivity going on this week …..loving it x

  34. Robyn W says:

    t!m you realise my wish list is growing with every tag….thank you for the inspiration again ….after all of the tags over the years you just keep ’em coming for us

  35. Julie Maples says:

    Get outta here! My favorite yet! Don’t know how you outdo yourself time after time! Love them!

  36. Elizabeth H says:

    Love this resist technique. Can’t wait to find a few moments to try it out.

  37. Martina hart says:

    Love it. Especially the fragments one. Thanks Tim for your continuing generosity.

  38. Pam L says:

    Very cool technique today! Can’t wait to try it out, and on the fragments too!

  39. Fab tag to start the week!!!

  40. Sharon Grant says:

    Am having so much fun doing your tags, but one question? Seriously, how do you keep your hands so clean…do you have a secret hand cleaner to take off the ink?
    Glad to have a chance to use the reflections stamp and love that you used RED!!!!

  41. Mary R. says:

    Each tag is better than the last! You and Mario are amazing!

  42. Just amazing what you come up with. I agree that you have astounded us this year with techniques! I am loving each and every day. Thank you!

  43. christine ranson says:

    Another amazing tag full of techniques I can’t wait to try!! My Christmas wishlist is getting bigger and bigger lol. I love all the uses you have for things I’ve seen in stores and thought to myself “now how would I use that?!?!” Great work!!!!

  44. I would never have thought about doing a resist technique like that! thank you so much!

  45. Siv says:

    Wow, what a great technique! I especially liked it on the fragment tags.
    Hugs from Norway!

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