july technique challenge…

Tag1"july technique challenge" – tim holtz(c) 2008
supplies: non-stick craft sheet, adirondack color wash, big & bossy pad, clear embossing powder, heat tool, jet black archival ink (ranger); stamps (stampers anonymous); craft iron (clover); #8 tag (american tag); plain newsprint; embellishments (tim holtz idea-ology)


step 1: stamp various images on tag with big & bossy clear embossing ink and emboss with clear embossing powder. *tip: i prefer using bolder images for this technique.


step 2: spray various colors of adirondack color wash over embossed tag.  use as many colors as you like and blend by misting water over colors if necessary. *tip: adirondack color wash works great for this technique because it is a sprayable textile dye and the colors remain vibrant!


step 3: place wet tag between plain newsprint and iron with a craft iron on the highest heat setting. continue ironing over the newsprint until your stamped image appears in the newsprint.  this step is re-melting the embossing powder and and absorbing it into the newsprint. *tip: a craft iron is about twice the temperature of a normal household iron and can re-melt the embossing powder – you can use a household iron but you might have to iron a bit longer, and be sure not to use it on clothes again….as if.


step 4: while paper is still very hot, CAREFULLY start removing the top layer of newsprint from the tag.  if paper sticks, simply reheat the area with the iron until it easily peels back.


step 5: when your finished ironing, all of the embossing powder should be removed from the images leaving them flat and matte. if you still see embossing powder, place a clean piece of newsprint of the tag and iron again remelting the remaining powders and absorbing them into the clean newsprint. *tip: check out how cool the newsprint you ironed on is???


step 6: stamp various images on to solid colored areas of the tag using jet black archival ink. you want to be sure to stamp with a very dark permanent black ink for the best contrast from your "faux bleached" images.


step 7: embellish tags using your favorite embellishments. (pinch me now, i’m in heaven with my idea-ology stuff!) *tip: use the sprocket gears and game spinners over the clock parts – coincidence they fit? i think not.


step 8: here’s another variation of this technique using some nature themed images. (hey wait a minute…are those some of my new stamps???)


okay, so there you have it – something different to try with pretty cool results.  i use adirondack color wash on natural fabrics too including silk, cotton, etc. remember it’s very intense stuff!  this technique is also great to use just about any theme of stamp so go crazy!  and speaking of crazy, i thought i might as well give these 2 tags away along with a few of my "component" stamps from stampers anonymous.  just post a comment on today’s blog post – anything, just let me know you’re reading the blog and hopefully enjoying the challenges…the winner will be chosen on tuesday morning – good luck…t!m

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785 Comments to “july technique challenge…”

  1. Thank-you for your insight on this most serious problem. I am thinking of coming to this country to retire and teach as a volunteer. I wish the world powers to give proper attention to the real need here! Of course my teaching here is not the solution either. It’s what I know. Maybe if we ship in oil, other’s would pay attention as they should without it. Sad how greed is the motivator for most nations. Many thanks for your careful report helping others understand better.

  2. Ashley says:

    Can this be done with the alcohol inks as well?

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  4. rudy says:

    Where can I find these tags?

  5. Belinda says:

    Hi Tim,
    I really, really like all of your challenges. I collect them all ! Can you please tell me where’s the June challenge ?

  6. Belinda says:

    Hi Tim,
    I really, really like all of your challenges. I collect them all ! Can you please tell me where’s the June challenge ?

  7. Vianna says:

    Your work is always inspirational. Thanks you.

  8. Leah T. says:

    I so love your site and your products. I can’t wait until my broken shoulder is better so I can start using your great items. Love the binder i ordered for acrylic stamps.

  9. EJ says:

    Thanks for the demo it’s great

  10. Monica Löfstedt says:

    alws something new to learn here.
    Very beautiful and many nice colors!

  11. mitra says:

    love the alternative to smelly bleach. thank god (and tim). LOL
    this is one i will definitely try and hopefully post on my other stamp groups.

  12. Sherry Letchford says:

    I love these new tags…have got to get some of these new stamps…..thanks so much for all the inspiration you give us Tim…you are the best

  13. alison saner says:

    wow very cool Tim!

  14. Monika says:

    I love your technique…it is sooo amazing..wonderful..thans for sharing 🙂 I am new looking for your Site trough Jenn Travis, I come from Indonesia. Monika

  15. Kathy Eddy says:

    Wow, I am always in awe of the wonderful techniques and prizes you keep sharing. Kathy Eddy

  16. fiona says:

    wow that looks cool. Heidi Swapp linked me here, so glad she did!

  17. Thank you, I hope that I can realise a same

  18. Selena says:

    Hope I’m not to late to try to win again!
    I have to comment on the glad to be home and wanting some playtime for myself feelings. I thought I was going to get to play outside in my studio after our 4th spent in Cottonwood, (awesome fireworks!)but alas it is time to clean out the house of all the clutter that has amassed (sp) this year. I CAN NOT function unless things are in order. Not that you could tell that with how things have not been in order for a while around here! LOL
    Wishing you happy studio time.

  19. Thomas R Lewis says:

    Tim,you are absolutely amazing! Such a clever technique.When ever I need inspiring, We can always count on you. Love the new line of stamps.Great work!!!!!!

  20. Chandra says:

    Thanks again for an awesome lesson! Your work is amazing and I love your challenges!

  21. Gloria says:

    Love the technique and the stamps! Tim, you are the Stamping King!

  22. Sam Matthew says:

    Hi Tim, love you color wash technique, the tags look absolutely fabulous. Who would have thought that you re-melt the embossing powder? Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with us. I look forward to your next technique.

  23. Amy says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the colors they look amazing and remelting. . .who knew, besides you! Thanks for sharing all these amazing techniques.

  24. Julie Corfield says:

    Yesss!!! Thanks for this prompt Tim – just going to dig out my Adirondak colorwashes and play…ooh and those new stamps are awesome too – I feel a purchase coming on!

  25. Bev says:

    Fabulous technique. Thanks.

  26. Sandra says:

    The colours are so stunning. Thanks for sharing this great technique!

  27. shauna says:

    Reading the blog and going to try this with embossing powder tonight 🙂

  28. Christi says:

    OMG, I have discovered heaven and it is those Stampers Annonymous stamps!! Is there anything more amazing in the whole freaking UNIVERSE?? I think not….LOVE what you did with them!!!

  29. This technique is really BEAUTIFUL, Tim!!! THANK YOU for sharing!!!!!

  30. Betty says:

    I love distressing, but I confess things all start to look the same after a while. I love how this technique keeps the feel of distressing but with vibrant colors. I can’t wait to try it!

  31. Jeannette says:

    Hi Tim,
    I absolutely love this technique. But then again everything from your hand looks great. Hopefully I can do it as well as you can …..
    Lots of love from the Netherlands

  32. Rio says:

    Wow! *jaw drops* I love the batik look too! 🙂

  33. Caryl K says:

    Hey Tim….are words good enough to express my feeling about any of your awesome work. Love this technique and will be playing with it this weekend.
    Keep creating and when you going to visit us Downunder? Hugs

  34. Jeffrey says:

    Thanx Tim – AWSOME technique … but now I can’t use the bleach fumes as my airhead excuse.

  35. Tertia Jacobs says:

    Only ssw this today, hope I am not too late or too far away!
    Tertia – South Africa

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