it’s day 10 – and almost the end…

Tag10 "shabby snowman" – tim holtz 2007
craft sheet (ranger)
adirondack paint dabbers: snow cap, pitch black, pool, cloudy blue (ranger)
clear embossing powder (ranger)
clear embossing ink (ranger)
mini mister (ranger)
stickles (ranger)
heat tool (ranger)
cut n’ dry foam (ranger)
stamp set (stampers anonymous)
tag and embellishments


step 1: paint entire tag with pitch black paint dabber and let dry. (*tip: if you want to start with black cardstock, that would work too).


step 2: ink snowman portion of stamp and stamp with clear embossing ink near bottom of tag.


step 3: quickly ink snowflake stamp and stamp with clear embossing ink near top of tag.


step 4: cover both images with regular clear embossing powder.  shake off excess and place back into jar. (*tip: you have anywhere from 5-10 minutes to get the embossing powder on to the images as embossing ink has a much longer open time, especially on paint.).


step 5: heat images with heat tool to emboss until images are raised and turn shiny. let cool. (*tip: do not over-emboss)


step 6: paint over entire tag – including embossed images – with three colors of paint dabbers.  we are working with snow cap, pool, and cloudy blue to create a wintry look.


step 7: dab a little of each color on to a portion of the tag (*tip: it doesn’t matter if you work light to dark to not as paint dabbers do NOT contaminate each other – this bottle only dispenses paint.  simply wipe off dabber top to remove any other colors)


step 8: using a piece of cut n’ dry foam or ink blending foam, pounce on the painted section to blend the colors. (*tip: it’s important that you pounce or dab on the paint and not wipe as we are trying to cover the images with paint).


step 9: repeat above steps until entire tag is covered. (*tip: if you need to blend areas again, simply repaint over them.  we want to make sure the entire tag is covered in paint).


step 10: once painted tag is dry, mist a cloth or paper towel with water and lightly wipe over the embossed images to remove the paint and create a shabby chic image. (*tip: the paint dabber will wipe off of the embossing powder to reveal your images. the reason i prefer this technique over simply embossing in black is that the paint makes a milky wash over the embossing.  the images appear black becasue that was our base coat.  you can remove as much or as little of the top layer of paint so your image can fade in and out in areas – umlimited possibilities!)


step 11: apply stickles to your finger and rub over background to add a bit of sparkle and embellish tag.


step 12: edge tag with white paint dabber by lightly swiping it along the edges of the tag.

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1,748 Comments to “it’s day 10 – and almost the end…”

  1. Kayce says:

    Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, fantastic blog!

  2. Kimberly says:

    I love this one – I think it is the pretties one yet! I think it is all the blues – just love it.

  3. Kar says:

    wowsers.. I love this tag!!

  4. dee brake says:

    I have been loving these tags from the beginning, i will be sad when they are all done.
    i love the snow, the santa, the noel, oh… you know i love every one
    to share such a talented gift, is such a wonderful deed
    sharing a little christmas spirit is just what we all need.
    i love the tags, oh yes i do, i wish i had them for myself.
    although i would never give them away, id keep them to display on my shelf

  5. txscrapaddict says:

    I love the hammer. Helps to pound on something once in a while to relieve stress.

  6. Craftyjoy says:

    Thankyou Tim for sharing your amazing techniques with us it’s been great I am going to be so busy trying them all I have loads of your stuff already but now need the crackle paints and grunge board not forgetting that fabby hammer. Congratulations to all the lucky winners
    lol Joy xxx

  7. Sarah Fawcett says:

    This is another fab tag. I thought at first seeing you paint it all black, “What the???”
    But then wow you waved your talent wand and wow magic.

  8. Yvonne says:

    Another beautiful tag! Is this really almost the end? *sigh* That’s sad….
    I hope you’ll post more techniques here and there and not leave us pining away for more after this is over, ok?

  9. Lorena says:

    Hello Tim, I love your work thank you for showing your work with us. I will like to know were can I get the mini mister bottles I look at a store by me, but they do not have them. If there is a web-site please let me know. Have a nice day.

  10. Karen B. says:

    You are awesome. Thank you so much for showing me how to use your products. I can’t wait till this weekend to make tags!
    Karen B.

  11. T!M,
    I’m inspired and challenged. I can feel my horizons expanding. Thanks for the techniques. I’m coveting your tools!

  12. Sandra Poole says:

    What a unique look you created with the black base & blue over-lay. I love your
    “shabby snowman”! Thanks for sharing all
    your wonderful tag techniques. Merry
    Christmas & Peace-Sandy

  13. Shelly Schmidt says:

    I just found your blog- I am so thrilled- I have tons of your products, and do not really know how to use them- I am dying to use them- I am thrilled with the tag tutorials- I think I can, I think I can!!! I cannot wait to give it a go!!! Thanks for your talent- love these tags!
    Shelly Schmidt

  14. Cathy says:

    OK…I had pretty much quit with the stamping and have just been using papers and altering things, BUT I think that now I am ready to try stamping again. All the tags are GREAT and the ideas are wonderful because I’m not always sure what to do with everything. Thanks!!

  15. Jackie says:

    Hi Tim, Thanks so much for sharing your
    talent with us, it is really wonderful.
    Thanks for all the exitement of winning
    products, my favorite products I might add. Jackie

  16. ~Kathryn~ says:

    the blues are definitely my favourites – i’m sad that these will be ending in just a few days -i hope you do something like this again next year !!!

  17. Bev says:

    WOW…I am amazed everyday at your fabulous creative mind. And inspired to work on my own tags. I love the layering on the wreath…can see that applied to other ideas.
    THANKS for sharing your creative spirit so generously.

  18. lilian says:

    i do have a versamark, but i have not gotten around to using it! thanks for the tips and thank you for the chance to win. 🙂

  19. Helen Lubin says:

    These tags are absolutely gorgeous…can’t wait to get my supplies in the mail and try these techniques. Love it! – Helen Lubin

  20. Jill R. says:

    Tim every year I have a different theme for the Holidays and this year it is Snowmen! Oh how great it would be to add this set to my collection and creat awesome scrap pages for my book! Your talents are amazing! Thanks for sharing

  21. jen says:

    Ooh – I think is my favorite so far. Love the stickles!
    Thanks for sharing your fab techniques with us!!

  22. Halle G says:

    How on Earth do you come up with all these techniques!?! I was totally blown away that you started with the dark as I went through the tutorial. Thank you for the daily inspiration.

  23. Jinny Boyce says:

    Tim, this is the most beautiful tag so far! I adore wreathes and doves. So much inspiration – love the technique.

  24. Taryn says:

    Oooh, love the blue and the resist technique! Thank you Tim!!

  25. Linda Peterson says:

    This is my favorite tag so far. It is beautiful. Thanks again for showing another technique.

  26. Mandiannie says:

    Ok, There’s probably not much of a chance that I’ll win your wonderful giveaway, but I have to say I’m loving all the ideas that I’ve gotten from your tags.

  27. Jeana says:

    Darn ice storm, I’ve missed 3 days of tags 🙁 Will these stay on your blog for awhile? I hope so, such great ideas!!!

  28. Gwen Kwok says:

    Waht a wonderful way to contrast colors and get some sparkle too! A great resist project! Can’t we have 365 days of tags?!

  29. Sandy Lubonski says:

    I really don’t want this to end. This tag is I think my favorite. Off to try making it. Thanks for sharing with us. Oh and please more ideas. PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!

  30. Cheryl B says:

    I have just discovered your site and I have goosebumps…I have always loved the distressing technique but what you have done is truely art. Thank you for sharing the techniques…I can’t wait to try them. The tags would make a beautiful addition to both my scrapbook pages and the christmas tree.
    Happy Holidays!

  31. Everyday I am in awe of your techniques. You make it all look so easy. Tks so much for that.
    Pick me, pick me

  32. Tammy says:

    My first time here- WOW… I am so excited. What a fabulous idea and beautiful tag. Now I have to see all your others. Thanks for sharing!! Happy Holidays. Tammy

  33. Pat Smith says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these techniques, I always feel more confident when I see how products can be used. I am a mixed media artist and I find that your paints and inks work very well for me. I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas
    Pat s

  34. Kathy Carr says:

    Once again, I’m speechless. Thanks Tim!

  35. Monika/buzsy says:

    yummy… another blue tag… love the snowflakes, but the snowman looks a bit evil… that smile… TFS!

  36. lynn whelan says:

    I have to go back and check out this technique. My computer was down all day and I didn’t get my morning blog check in. Looks like another cool technique. I love the resist techniques because I have never really tried them before, and it’s SO fun to try something new! thanks as always Tim!

  37. Rebecca V. says:

    I never heard of these products! Love them all. Now I have to find a store that carries them! Thanks, Tim

  38. Cathy A. says:

    Oh my gosh! I love this technique! Who would’ve thought to paint the tag with pitch black paint?? Oh . . . well, YOU would! Thanks for sharing this one!

  39. Dorien says:

    All I want for Christmas is…Yes, try out your wonderful technics and make these gorgeous tags! Thanks for sharing Tim, see you next time in the Netherlands!

  40. Teresa Abajo says:

    Simply awesome! I love that you can make glitter look arty.

  41. nat says:

    Oh I gotta try this- this looks fab again!!! Tim, you can’t just stop at the 13th! I love hte everyday exciteness of looking what you did!

  42. Mary B says:

    Thanks, Tim, for posting these directions. I saw you demo this at Carson in July and a different method with inks and snow cap embossed white snowflakes in November. Love your techniques and I’ll be looking for you in March at the Carson Stamp Convention.

  43. Jean says:

    Ooooooooh how I love this blue tag. Thank you for showing us how to produce this result – just gorgeous! Am off to see what supplies I have here to try it out. I cant just run down to the shop to buy what I need either – that would be half a day’s drive away at least LOL!!
    Cheers, Jean from Down Under

  44. Koren says:

    bring on the paint dabbers! so loving them and all the techniques. have to say it’s really giving me the itch to take another Tim class. :-}

  45. Debbie Emmons says:

    “In the meadow we can build a snowman!” Wait a minute—I can do that in the comfort of my own craft room, without getting cold or wet!
    Love the technique, how fun is that?!
    I never get tired of watching your videos. It is quite obvious you love your job-it shows in your enthusiasm and your smile. A smile speaks a thousand words.
    Debbie-Kuna, Idaho

  46. Catherine says:

    I think I already made a comment but can’t remember for sure so to be safe am doing a second one. I know if I have done two one will be eliminated from the drawing.
    Love the tag, technique, everything!

  47. Robyn Sharp says:

    Love it…i think i’m too late to be entered for the drawing…but who cares…I had to tell you that the blues are amazing, and this is a BRAND new technique that I have never done…LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.

  48. Diane Moser says:

    This is one sweet tag. Im feeling lucky, Im visualizing myself winning this prize package. Diane

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