it’s day 12 the final one – but have to say it’s sure been fun…

Tag12 "holiday fragments" – tim holtz 2007
craft sheet (ranger)
glossy accents (ranger)
distress inks: aged mahogany, old paper (ranger)
jet black archival ink (ranger)
ink blending tool & foam (ranger)
stamp set (stampers anonymous)
scissors (tonic studios)
fragments (tim holtz idea-ology)
grungeboard (tim holtz idea-ology)
patterned paper (cosmo cricket)
glue dots (glue dots)
tag and embellishments


step 1: believe it or not, for today’s tag, it’s a good idea to plan ahead.  i know i’m not much of a planner or thinker, but when creating a mosaic using the fragments it does help to know how many and what sizes you’ll need before you get started.  i like to lay out whatever fragments i am going to use on my project.  then once i’m happy with the look, i’ll sketch the layout on a piece of paper – nothing fancy here, let’s not get carried away with this thinking thing…


step 2: when creating custom embellishments with fragments you have so many options like i listed above, but on today’s tag i wanted to incorporate 2 things i think most of us have lots of – stamps and scraps of paper. stamp images on various pieces of patterned scrapbook papers using waterproof ink – you do not need to stamp everything, (*tip: you could also stamp and color your images, create inked background papers, or stamp in other colors of ink – but EVERYTHING you use for this step must be waterproof, even the markers – or your images and colors will bleed when we adhere them!).


step 3: to start making our fragments, apply a small amount of glossy accent to one side of the fragment by scribbling it with the applicator tip of the bottle. (*tip: fragments do not have a front or back, top or bottom – anything goes!).


step 4: immediately press the fragment over the area you want for your embellishment.  i like to rotate it a little on the paper to spread the adhesive, but you must work QUICKLY! (*tip: glossy accents has a 5 second drying time on paper when using it as an adhesive – cool huh?  this is why it is important that whatever we use on the paper is waterproof or the colors will become a mess.  you may be asking about "other" dimensional adhesives on the market – my advice, i’ve tried the others and have had the best luck with glossy accents, enough said.).


step 5: repeat the above step until all of your fragments are adhered to the papers. (*tip: be sure to leave a little space between your glued fragments so you can get the scissors in there to cut them out.).


step 6: once all of the fragments are adhered, you’re ready to cut them out.  remember they were dry in 5 seconds.  i prefer to use non-stick scissors to cut them out in case there is extra adhesive on the edges of these. (*tip: my scissors from tonic are detailed, self-sharpening, and non-stick.  i can’t say it enough, they are really great scissors).


step 7: ink the background of the tag by going direct to paper.  rub the old paper distress ink pad on the tag until the background is inked. (*tip: you can use any color for this and for a softer background, use your ink blending tool).


step 8: remove the letters "w-i-s-h" from grungeboard sheets and adhere to craft sheet with glue dots. (*tip: i use this trick whenever i’m inking, painting, or even embossing small pieces of grungeboard or chipboard)


step 9: apply aged mahogany ink directly to them to hit the high textured areas.


step 10: rub over the letters with ink blending tool & foam to soften the color and get it into the recessed areas of the grungeboard.


step 11: using the sketched map from earlier, begin adhering your fragments to the tag using glossy accents once again as your adhesive. (*tip: only use a small amount of glossy accents from this step by placing some only on the back center of the fragment to avoid any oozing out.)


step 12: adhere your grungeboard letters to tag also using glossy accents and embellish tag. (*tip: even though glossy accents is often used for a dimensional effect, i use it as an adhesive for paper, grungeboard, metal, glass, wood, and ribbons – amazing stuff!).

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246 Comments to “it’s day 12 the final one – but have to say it’s sure been fun…”

  1. Peggy says:

    This was a great ending to a wonderful series! I am looking forward to seeing more great tips and techniques on the blogg. Thanks for sharing, Tim!

  2. Mari says:

    Oh Tim! You are really out to break the bank this Christmas! All of your lovely tags, neat products, and inspiration too! Your mind is an amazing place to visit. Thank you, so much, for ALL the tags and ideas.
    Happiest of Holidays!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Tim – your blog has really been an inspiration to me. These tags & techniques are so creative and versatile. I’ve been crafting up a storm and spending all my christmas money on myself buying your products! I can’t wait to see what else you create.
    Happy Holidays!

  4. Manna says:

    The journey has been grand! Thanks for the wonderful gift of your talent. All the tags are gorgeous. I learnt a great deal. The most wonderful 12 days of Christmas for sure! Thanks again!

  5. Julie Q says:

    My next addition to the christmas wish list is Fragments, these are so cool. Love the tag.

  6. Wow! Thanks so much Tim!!! I have loved every minute of this! I’m sad to see it come to an end. I can’t wait to try these on my own.
    Have a wonderful holiday season!!
    Kim in VA

  7. Sandra says:

    Wow – the tag looks wonderful! This looks like such a cool techique and I wish I had all the supplies to do a similar tag!
    Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas – I am so impressed on all the possibilities ink, stamps & co. can have!!! Love your blog and I have directly added it to my favorites 🙂 Wish you a merry, merry christmas and a wonderful start in 2008! Sans

  8. Julie C says:

    What a fab fortnight I’ve just had following you and your ideas Tim…You are my Christmas star!

  9. Pernilla Karlsson says:

    Thanks for the 12 latest day´s!
    So much inspiration in 12 different tags!!
    I wish you a Merry Christmas (God Jul, as we say in Sweden)and I´ll also keep my fingers crossed to win today´s awesome package!!
    / Pernilla

  10. Michelle says:

    I’m so sorry to see these come to an end! LOL Great tag! I love those fragments! Can’t wait till they come to the store! Take care, enjoy the holiday season… and remember to take a little R&R!

  11. Angela Branon says:

    What a gift. Thank you for these 12 tags of Christmas.

  12. Deb Long says:

    Wow! Talk about finishing up with a bang! I love this tag, and the technique is so versatile. And I just happen to have purchased a package of fragment, so off I go!
    Thanks for all these lessons. Have a happy and restful holiday – you certainly deserve it!

  13. TA\ says:

    Another day of fantastic tags but as you have said check back which I do everyday as I always want to see what you are doing in the world of creating. Someday I will get the dvd but unfortunately that will be way down the road as medical takes most of the $$$. But that doesn’t stop me from using what I have and having tutorials like you have posted for me to use in my creations.
    So with this I personally want to wish you and your loved ones, yes even the dog, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Heathly New Year

  14. Cathy Yamashita says:

    Wow, Tim! Thank you so much for 12 days of wonderful inspiration. I’ve saved all the tags & instructions and will be trying everything. I’ll also be on the look out for your “fragments”. What a terrific idea!

  15. ulrika L says:

    Thank you for sharing all those greate techniques of yours! You are truely at great inpiration. Its been the higlight of each morning to chech out the new tag.
    Take a well deserved time of and have a great Christmas holliday.
    Thank You!!
    Ulrika L

  16. What an awesome wish tag…just little old me all the way from South Africa, hoping that I get lucky too!!!

  17. Tracy says:

    those fragments looks wonderful – you can make endless numbers of your own embellishments! thanks again for the wonderful tags and all the step-by-step instructions and photos and all the great tips on how to use all those great products. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store here on your blog

  18. Estivalia says:

    LOVE this one!! Please please, pick me for this giveaway!! 🙂
    (quick comment because it’s early in the morning and I gotta run for an exam, ugh~)

  19. Karen says:

    I love this tag. It’s a great one for those of us without an ounce of god given talent to create. I have enjoyed your series and will be trying many of the techniques. Thanks for an entertaining 12 days

  20. deborah lewis says:

    I love these tags. I’m using my fragments tonight to make a tag for a Christmas layout. I did use your techniques and products taht you did on day 10. I made a few mistakes, but that how you learn or discover something new. My husband was amazed…Did you buy it like that? LOLOL I Would truely like to win on this the last day. So I’m wishing Christmas magic on my post. Merry Christmas Tim and Mario and thanks for all you’ve done. I was here before and I’ll be here after!

  21. those fragments are way to awesome….I am going to need to find me some of them…

  22. Pat says:

    I can’t believe you actually read all these mails – but I’d like to add my thanks anyway – loved the whole series – love your style of work – many thanks

  23. doverdi says:

    I am sad that the twelve days are over (hey, I thought that there were 30 days??) and I have enjoyed all of your awesome tutorials. I love glossy accents as an adhesive! Thanks so much for all the inspiration & for sharing these great tutorials with us. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! Now lets see if Santa gets me anything from my ‘shopping list’. lol

  24. Dawn says:

    You truly are an inspiration Mr Tim.Thankyou for all you’ve shared with this wonderful 12 days of cheer.Thankyou so much, its been a total joy
    Dawnie T

  25. Janet Z says:

    The 12 Days has been sooo much fun and educational too of course that I hate to see it end! Thankyou for all that you’ve shared.
    I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and I’m keeping my fingers crossed to win this awesome package!!

  26. Debbie Ragan says:

    I WISH I may, I WISH I might, just win this WISH tag contest tonight!!! WISHful thinking!!
    Have a wonderful rest of your holiday season. This has been SO fun! Thanks a bunch! Best WISHes always! Debbie

  27. Christine Candora-Hickey says:

    Is it the end already?!?! Ah well, all good things must come to an end….
    I am amazed at the versatility of this stamp. I would never have imagined all that could be done with it.
    Thanks again for sharing all of these wonderful ideas 🙂

  28. Bonnie says:

    Thanks for sharing these with us! You’ve inspired me to try new things! What a fantastic present!
    will check back to see what’s new!

  29. Lauri G says:

    Day 12, how can that be? Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us. I was like getting a Christmas present everyday. Let’s do it again next year, it can be annual event.

  30. Kate says:

    I am so sad that this is the last tag! Your inspiration is amazing…you are a true artist!

  31. Evelyn says:

    I love the mosaic tech you have used. Your new fragments look wonderful and I am looking forward to seeing them in Australia. Have a wonderful Holiday season, I know I will as I have a heap of inspirational tags to look at and new techniques to try out.

  32. Cristina says:

    Oh no, I can’t believe we’re on the last tag :o( I cant choose which is my favourite cos all them are great!! But there is something about this last one that I really love…maybe it’s a bit messy…and I like messy :o) Thanks for Sharing !! Cristina from Ireland.

  33. Kathy McD says:

    What a wonderful journey we have all been on! Thanks so much for showing us how to use those wonderful products of yours. I am totally hooked and cannot wait to fill in my collection of them all….Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  34. Christa says:

    How sad that it’s the last tag. I will miss seeing them every morning but they were all wonderful and gorgeous!!
    Have a very Happy Holidays!!

  35. Amy says:

    Wow this tag is just amazing! I love those little fragments too… I am definitely going to have to hunt some of those down! Also, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to thoroughly explain all of the tools, processes, and techniques that you used to make these tags. Reading about the techniques has made me very excited to try new things! And with all the tips you offered, I feel like I can actually do some of these things. So thank you, thank you!
    Happy Holidays!

  36. Dede says:

    Thanks for all the neat tips and techniques with your tags!

  37. Marit, Norway says:

    I’ve learned so much in just a few minutes in this blog, so I’m totally overwhelmed and hearby pronounce myself as a new addicted fan. Finally my 1 embossing powder will be at use – I have to wait for it to cool down! And the single one will soon have companions…
    I found this wonderful blog yesterday, and it became today before I could leave and it will not be long before I’ll be back!
    You wrote that you read all the comments, so hear’s to you: Merry Christmas! Thanks for so much inspiration!

  38. Jayne says:

    I love the idea of the fragments and what you’ve done with them. Man, now I can save even the smallest pieces of those papers that I love. (My husband will love that! More tiny pieces of paper floating around the house.) Thanks so much for sharing your time and your talent with us. You’ve given me so much inspiration. You take the common and make it extraordinary! I guess that that’s a definition of art.

  39. Joanne says:

    This is such a cool tag – I’ve never seen fragments before but I must have them! It’s been already said hundreds of time before, but you ROCK, thanks for all the inspiration and hard work.
    Have a crafty Christmas and a creative New Year!

  40. Chris says:

    So sorry that this is the last one but you’ve given us so much inspiration and I thank you very much for that. This won’t be goodbye, though. I’ll be sure to check (and comment) on your blog each day.
    Hope you and yours have a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

  41. Lynn Wild, England, UK says:

    Well TIM must stand for Truly Inspirational Man!
    Fabulous Fragments … I NEED them! Thank you soooo much for all your hard work in giving us these wonderful gifts over the last 12 days. Have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy a well earned rest.

  42. Gemma E says:

    Wow another stunner. Sad to see the 12 days of christmas come to an end. Have learnt so much, very easy to follow.
    Merry Christmas

  43. gabby palmer says:

    WISH, what a wonderful tag , just wishing there were 24 days of christmas, and we were going to get 12 more ! have enjoyed every minute of your tag journey , wishing you and yours a merry christmas , thanks once again for all the inspiration x g

  44. Tanja says:

    Tim, these tags are just amazing!!

  45. tracey says:

    Tim, I can’t believe this is now all over – I will still carry on stalking your blog for inspiration though!

  46. Barbara Pandos says:

    My daughters have an advent calendar and everyday they eagerly wait until they can open the little box and get a chocolate. They’re suppose to wait until after dinner (but the box is often empty before then.) Your twelve days have been like that for me, only I get up early every morning for a peak at the gorgeous eye candy you’ve given us.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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