12 tags of christmas – day 5…

Tag_2 “day 5” -tim holtz(c) 2008
supplies: craft sheet, adirondack paint dabbers/pitch black, juniper, red pepper, lettuce, gold, distress ink/walnut stain, ink blending tool, mini mister, glossy accents, distress stickles/antique linen, clear embossing powder, distress embossing ink, cut n’ dry foam, heat tool, metallic mixative/gold (ranger); grungeboard/seasonal, elements swirls, sanding grip (tim holtz idea-ology); glue dots dot n go (glue dots); scissors (tonic); stamps/script P3-1378, scrollwork P5-1374 (stampers anonymous); rub ons (hambly); metal corners, home pro setter (american tag); snowflake embossing folder (provo craft); big shot express (sizzix); beaded trim, ribbon, tiny bells, tag


step 1: shake pitch black paint dabber and paint tag with dabber.


step 2: blend paint with a piece of cut n’ dry foam to paint and cover tag.  let dry.


step 3: stamp scrollwork stamp with distress embossing ink twice.


step 4: stamp script with distress embossing ink filling in the space on the tag. (*i prefer to use distress embossing ink for all of my embossing since it provides the best detail – and it smells so GOOD – seriously!)


step 5: cover images with clear embossing powder.  remove excess – put back into jar.


step 6: heat emboss with heat tool until powder melts and becomes shiny.  let cool.


step 7: paint over entire embossed tag with juniper paint dabber.


step 8: blend paint with cut n’ dry foam making sure to cover the images.


step 9: repeat until entire tag is covered with paint.  let dry to the touch until it’s tacky. (*do not let paint dry completely before moving on to next step!)


step 10: spray a cloth with water from a mini mister.


step 11: wipe over painted tag with damp cloth to remove paint from the top of embossed designs. (*paints will not stick to the embossing completely and creates a shabby chic effect revealing our black base color. how cool is that?)


step 12: continue to wipe the tag with cloth – the harder you wipe the more of the background you will reveal.

*BONUS VIDEO STEP: learn how to emboss grungeboard using cuttlebug embossing folders and the new bigshot express! for another video using grungeboard click here!


step 13: paint embossed grungeboard deer with red pepper paint dabber.  let dry.


step 14: using sanding grip, sand over the embossed/raised areas of the grungeboard. (*grungeboard is designed to be sanded and the importance of using a sanding grip for this step is that the grip will remain FLAT allowing you to sand only the raised areas.  using a piece of sandpaper with your finger will sand off too much of the paint in the recessed areas.)


step 15: ink sanded grungeboard piece with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool.  be sure to ink entire piece.


step 16: mist a cloth with water again from mini mister.


step 17: wipe over inked grungeboard to remove the distress ink from the painted area. (*the paint dabbers will resist distress inks – yet another cool resist technique!)


step 18: paint grungeboard snowflakes with gold metallic paint dabber.  let dry.


step 19: cover painted pieces with antique linen distress stickles.


step 20: spread out distress stickles using your finger.  let dry.


step 21: apply craft glue dots from dot n go on to your non-stick craft sheet.


step 22: using your finger, roll the glue dots into little glue strips.


step 23: apply these to the thin detailed areas on the back of the grungeboard reindeer. (*this will allow you to create dimension and not have to cut little pieces of foam tape or thicker glue dots – pretty tricky huh?)


step 24: repeat for all areas of grungeboard that require adhesive.  for larger areas, simply add a few more for dimension – apply to tag to create a raised effect. (*remember the grungeboard is totally flexible and pliable so it can hang off the edges of the tag without any problem!)


step 25: shake gold metallic mixative and apply to craft sheet.


step 26: here’s the cool little brush again!  dip speckle brush into mixative.


step 27: twist brush to create gold metallic speckles on to your tag.  (*love this step!)


step 28: remove small holly from grungeboard sheet and paint with lettuce paint dabber.  let dry.


step 29: scuff edges with sanding grip exposing areas of grungeboard.


step 30: ink sanded piece with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 31: with damp cloth, wipe off inked grungeboard. (*remember the paint resist the distress ink!!!)


step 32: cut grungeboard pieces apart with scissors.


step 33: adhere to neck of reindeer with glossy accents. (*i like using glossy accents for detailed accents.)


step 34: adhere tiny jingle bells with glossy accents.  let dry.


step 35: position metal corner on to bottom corners of tag.


step 36: position corner into home-pro and crimp corner down. (*this tool is so great for punching holes, setting eyelets, nailheads and crimping metal corners.)


step 37: apply glossy accents to the bottom edge on the back of the tag.


step 38: adhere beaded trim to tag and trim off excess trim with scissors. (*i apply a small amount of glossy accents to the edges of the trim to keep it from fraying.)


step 39: cut out rub-on word.


step 40: apply to grungeboard reindeer with craft stick. (*i like the contrast of the white rub-on.)


step 41: remove detailed flourish from grungeboard elements pack and paint with gold metallic paint dabber.  let dry.


step 42: apply glossy accents to back of grungeboard.


step 43: adhere to tag over the reindeer. (*we want this to lay flat across the tag.)


step 44: once distress stickles are dry, ink snowflakes with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool. (*distress stickles are actually “inkable” so you can create an instant tarnished look since distress stickles look like vintage glass glitter.)


step 45: repeat glue dots technique by rolling glue dots to create dimensional snowflakes and adhere to tag.


*in the details: look at how the variety of golds add to this tag using metallic mixatives, gold paint dabber, and distress stickles.  the unique color palette of this tag captures a shabby holiday look.

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101