12 tags of 2016 – november…

2016tagthe changing of the seasons showcase a colorful transformation of warm earthy hues.  these rich tones of reds, yellows, and rust layered over a background of cool shades of blues, greens, and violet create a vibrant contrast.  combine this colorful combination with unique resist of visual imagery and textured dimension and you have the makings of mixed-media menagerie.  have fun exploring the limitless creative possibilities of this month’s 12 tags technique remix…t!m



  • surfaces: #8 manila tag, distress watercolor cardstock, textured surfaces/corrugate/cork
  • inks: distress spray stain/asst. colors, distress ink/walnut stain, distress archival ink/black soot, distress markers/asst. colors; distress paint/black soot
  • adhesives: black foam tape, distress collage medium
  • embellishments: remnant rubs/special delivery, adornments/silverware, tiny fasteners
  • tools: misti, remnant rub tool, mini ink blending tool, distress waterbrush/detailer, distress splatter brush, distress sprayer, paper distresser, scissors, heat tool, vagabond
  • stamps: cms133 autumn blueprint
  • dies: 3/4″ alphanumeric thinlits


1– follow the technique linked above to create the remnant rub resist.  note: remember to leave an open area in the center of the background for your stamped image.

2– color the background using distress stain or spray stain to create a fluid blend of color.  add water to lighten and mottle the inks to create a droplet effect.

3– distress the edges of the tag using a paper distress and distress ink using a mini ink blending tool.


6– follow the technique linked above for dimensional coloring.  i used several colors of distress markers scribbled on my craft sheet to watercolor the leaf to create a blend of earthy colors.

7– die cut a word from textured cork using the alphanumeric thinlits.  the individual letters and numbers allow you to customize your project.  layer the cork over corrugate and secure them with tiny fasteners.

detail2– adhere the layered textures to the tag and splatter the entire surface with black paint using a distress splatter brush to create subtle speckles.

detail1– the details: embellish with the unexpected… with thanksgiving a few weeks away, the word “gather” and a fork seemed perfect to me.

congrats to the winners from the october 12 tags of 2016.  if you see your name (and it links to your tag), please email mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize…

1. Susan Herrington
2. Juli Riedel
3. Ana Santos
4. Lisa F
5. Monika Gulyas
6. Bubu Scrap
7. Anne Kristine
8. Susan Janicula
9. Elina Stromberg
10. Megan
11. Jeri Parks
12. Mel Hareld

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