12 Tags of Christmas…{day 1}

supplies: craft sheet, distress inks/faded jeans/broken china/weathered wood/dusty concord, distress crackle paint/rock candy, distress stickles/rock candy/picket fence, distress embossing ink, adirondack paint dabber/snow cap, black embossing powder, heat-it craft tool, archival ink/jet black, mini mister, glossy accents, ink blending tool (ranger); grungeboard/basics plain/elements, tiny attacher (idea-ology); tim holtz scissors (tonic); fabulous flourishes, retro holiday , reindeer flight (stampers anonymous); #8 tag, dymo label maker, ribbon, 24g. wire, double stick tape, foam tape

step 1: apply various colors of distress ink to your craft sheet by rubbing them directly on the sheet.
step 2: mist the inks with water from a mini mister.  be sure to create droplets of water on the ink.
step 3: press the tag into the ink making sure to cover the entire surface with your first layer of color.
step 4: dry the tag with a heat tool.  it will curl when it's wet, but flatten again when dry.
step 5: tap the tag back into the ink and stand it on end to let the inks drip and move around.  repeat this as many times as you wish and then heat the tag to dry it again.
step 6: stamp the snowflakes with jet black archival ink.  we want to use a waterproof ink for this image.
step 7: stamp the fab.flourish with faded jeans distress ink.  we want to use distress ink for this image.
step 8: begin applying rock candy distress crackle paint to the tag.  you'll notice that the flourish stamped in distress starts to bleed a little (this is intentional), that's why we stamped the snowflakes in archival to they stay detailed.
step 9: cover the entire tag with a generous layer of crackle.  think frosting on a cake – i love frosting! set the tag aside to dry. (this is going to take a while to start cracking so let's work on other components of the tag)
step 10: stamp snowman on a piece of plain grungeboard with distress embossing ink.
step 11: pour on black embossing powder over the image and remove excess and place back into jar.
step 12: heat emboss with a heat tool until the powder melts and becomes shiny. *note: grungeboard will curl when you heat it, but it's okay – it's flexible and unlike chipboard, the embossing powder won't soak into the surface and disappear.
step 13: once the image is embossed, let it cool for a minute and apply snow cap paint dabber over the entire image.
step 14: while the paint is still wet, wipe over it with a paper towel to remove the excess paint.  this will color the snowflakes white, and give the embossed image a cool white-wash look perfect for the holidays!
step 15: cut out the snowman from the grungeboard sheet.  i find it easier to chunk it out first.
step 16: begin cutting around the image – a sharp pair of scissors help.  it's okay to leave a bit of a border around it if you want.
step 17: once you've cut around the outside it should look like this.  the next few steps are the reason why i like to work on grungeboard – see for yourself.
step 18: using a hole punch (a crop-a-dile works best to go through grungeboard), punch a hole inside each arm area.
step 19: using the tip of your scissors, begin snipping out the inside areas.  i make small snips at a time and because grungeboard is flexible, you don't have to worry about anything breaking off or tearing.
step 20: finish cutting around all of the openings – yes you could use a craft knife for this part too, but i'm knife challenged.
step 21: apply a generous squirt of rock candy distress stickles over the snowman.
step 22: spread out the distress stickles to make a thin layer over the entire image.
step 23: my favorite part of using distress stickles – you can dry them with a heat tool immediately!  so go for it, dry them.  just be sure to keep the heat tool moving – remember we're drying not embossing.
step 24: remove a flourish from the grungeboard elements pack and paint it with snow cap paint dabber.
step 25: once the paint is dry, apply some rock candy distress stickles and dry them with a heat tool.
step 26: ink the edges of the flourish with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
step 27: cut the flourish in two.
step 28: check the tag to see if it's crackled.  if it's not quite finished at this point you can speed up the process with your heat tool and watch it finish crackling right before your eyes.
step 29: ink over the crackled tag with distress ink using an ink blending tool.  one of the cool things about rock candy distress crackle paint is that it's completely clear so you can add any color into the cracks to accent your background design.
step 30: create a piece of thin wired ribbon by starting with a 2 thin pieces of ribbon, a piece of 24g. wire, and a piece of double stick tape.
step 31: apply a piece of tape to one of the ribbons.
step 32: remove the backing of the tape and press the wire on to the tape.
step 33: line the the second piece of ribbon directly on top of the wire sandwiching it in between the two ribbon.  there you have it, custom wire ribbon! (this is also cool to do with any scrapbook paper or fabric scraps)
step 34: to make a scarf for our snowman, thread the ribbon inside the opening on the right as shown.
step 35: fold the ribbon around crossing the left end over the right.
step 36: slip the left end up underneath the right as shown.
step 37: fold the left down and crumple the ends to create a blustery wind blown look.
step 38: apply a few pieces of foam double stick tape (this can be any color).
step 39: remove the backing of the tape with a craft pick.  neat trick huh?
step 40: apply a small amount of glossy accents to the back of the flourish and adhere to the right and left edges of the tag.
step 41: press the snowman over the grunge flourishes.
step 42: create some words for your tag.  this can be a stamp, scraps of paper, something you print on the computer, or a label from a dymo label maker – i love my dymo!
step 43: attach them to the tag using the tiny attacher.
step 44: apply picket fence distress stickles across the top of the tag and pulling down tapered lines.
step 45: this created your own "distress stickles sickles".  pretty cool.  these are going to take a while to dry, even if you use a heat tool so do these last.  attach a ribbon to the tag and you're done!  whew!
(in the details:) i always like to show a detailed shot of each tag and what i think is the best part of each one.  here i wanted to show you the cool textures the rock candy products create.  the rock candy crackle looks like cracked ice on the background and the rock candy distress stickles look like the snowman has been sprinkled with sparkly snow.  and how cool is that wired ribbon scarf blowing in the wind?  it's in the details…t!m

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533 Comments to “12 Tags of Christmas…{day 1}”

  1. Kim Bosworth, Olive Branch, MS says:

    I love the snowman and frosty effect at the top of the tag!!! Awesome Start to the 12 tags of Christmas!!!!

  2. Sandra says:

    wow! I love this color combo!
    Thanks so much for sharing your talents – I really appreciate all the insight. Tell Mario he is doing a wonderful job – and his efforts are appreciated too!
    Thanks for all the fun and inspiration!

  3. D Spencer says:

    It must be that time of year again, if only it would snooooow here in London it would be complete. love the tag!

  4. wendy myers says:

    Tim, You definetly do not disappoint, if this is the first Tag I can only imagine what the next 11 will be like. I can hardly wait to try the snowman, he is cute all by himself! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Viki says:

    Too Cool!!
    Love it and your step by step is as always fantastic.

  6. Love your tag! I’ve not heard of the Rock Candy products before – more for my wishlist!! I’ve never thought of making my own wired ribbon before either. Great ideas, thanks for the inpsiration and I hope to be making some tags of my own.

  7. Cindy McDannold says:

    Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to learn from you.

  8. Stickles icles….genius! Thanks for doing the 12 days again this year.

  9. Amy in Texas says:

    Wowzer! What a way to start! Fabulous tag, Tim!

  10. Kathy Eddy says:

    Well, I get up this morning and see that you have done it again. Totally blowed away by this fantastic tag. I so love the icy blues for holiday stuff! I gotta find my plain grungeboard now, where did I tuck that? Kathy eddy

  11. Sharon Harris says:

    On the first day of Christmas my true tim gave to me 1 awesome tag with 11 more to see.

  12. Olga says:

    As always AWESOME TAG and GREAT TECHNIQUES ! I am so happy you are doing this for the 3rd year in a row! THANK YOU, TIM! xoxo Olga Miami, FL

  13. Jeanne Robinson says:

    I love your first tag and Rock Candy…so put up the tree, sign the cards and do
    t!m’s tags….a holiday tradition. Thanks so much for doing tags again this year!

  14. Lisa H says:

    Beautiful! I love love love the Rock Candy Distress Stickles and Crackle Paint~ perfect for winter! Thank you again for such great inspiration!

  15. Martine says:

    Fantastic tag Tim. I can’t wait to see the rest.

  16. Heather Wilson says:

    WOW!!! How awesome. I am so excited and plan to make all the tags. I had so much fun following on twitter last night. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  17. Tracy Rizzo says:

    I love the stickle sickles! So cute!Wow these people are up early!!! 🙂

  18. Carol L says:

    It just wouldn’t feel like December without your fabulous 12 days of tags! TFS another amazing creation. WOW, this is a beauty!!!!

  19. Kriss Cramer says:

    Off to a great start! What a wonderful tag. The icicles are the best.

  20. LiLi M. says:

    Whow, I love this tutorial and the result too. Thanks for doing the 12 tags of Christmas again!

  21. Gunn Mandal says:

    Finally the countdown to christmas is started. Your tags is for me something that has become a tradition to follow.
    And This year I am going to try to make all the tags.
    Thanks for this great starter.
    Gunn 🙂

  22. Patricia says:

    That is so cute it reminds me of a snow blizzard. I love it defentaly a gota make tag.

  23. Sharon Sprouse says:

    woo hoo…..just finished this one!! I have been preparing for this all year, got my tags at a show this year, finally got my craft mat, been collecting stamps, stocked up on inks and distressing materials and wouldn’t you know it, none of that really cool rock candy so I think I will throw a fit (like a kid wanting candy…LOL…get it..hehehehesnortsnort) until my LSS gets it for me!!!
    Anyway….thanks for a wonderful first tag, Tim…I really enjoyed using the wire and ribbon trick.

  24. Jeanette - Tettiz says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous!!
    I really like the cracked ice effect the rock candy gives the tag.

  25. sandie says:

    Hi t!m.
    well … what more can i say other than ….
    luv it, luv it, LUV IT !!!!
    thanx for sharing with us.
    cheers sandie from down under

  26. Sharon Rehm says:

    Wow this one is awesome! Gonna get started on it right away. Thanks.

  27. Jacky Scales says:

    The tag is stunning….just love the colours of this one.

  28. JL Thore says:

    Love the crackle paint….can’t wait to try this process.

  29. Johanna Farrand says:

    WOW you finely did a snowman, and I have the stamp. Love the tag. Awesome!

  30. katie squires says:

    Love that you rocked the first take with what else but ROCK CANDY my FAV!!!

  31. Elizabeth says:

    Love – Love – Love – the dripping ice “stickles” – how creative. Thanks for sharing your tremendous ideas again
    Elizabeth DelValle

  32. I found myself getting so excited about the 12 tags last night. It was like Christmas Eve when I was a child. Love the tip for using a hole punch to start cutting out the inside of the snowman.

  33. WOWZA! That tag is amazing! I am loving the crackle, I need to pick myself up some of that!

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