12 tags of christmas – day 12…

Tag_2 “day 12” -tim holtz(c) 2008
supplies: craft sheet, distress ink/fired brick, peeled paint, antique linen, vintage photo, walnut stain, distress stickles/ fired brick, peeled paint, jet black archival ink, ink blending tool (ranger); sprocket gears, game spinners, sanding grip (tim holtz idea-ology); chipboard clocks, ghost clocks (heidi swapp); craft pick, scratcher, paper distresser, scissors (tonic); stamps/original santa U2-1106, christmas carols P2-1337 (stampers anonymous); rub-ons (hambly); ribbon, tag, bells, scrap paper


step 1: apply jet black archival ink to santa stamp. (*for this tag i am not using the entire image.  do not ink the upper right area of the stamp.)


step 2: notice the areas you have applied archival link to are shiny so you can make sure you didn’t ink were we shouldn’t. (*i prefer using jet black archival ink in all of my techniques what require a permanent ink.  it’s easier to use, more opaque, and crisper detail than any other permanent ink in my opinion.)


step 3: stamp on to tag.


step 4: stamp entire image on to a piece of scrap paper with archival ink.


step 5: cut out the area of image to match what you have stamped. (*in other words, i am cutting out the santa and music, but not the holly and stuff in the upper right where we didn’t ink previously.)


step 6: place cut “mask” over the stamped image on the tag lining everything up.


step 7: ink christmas carol stamp with jet black archival and stamp on right edge of tag overlapping the santa.


step 8: lift off your “mask” to reveal your layered design. (*this is so cool and i think it allows you to get more use out of your stamps.  we started by not inking the entire santa stamp keeping in mind that you don’t always have to use all of an image.  then we stamped over the masked santa allowing us to use the christmas carol stamp which would have otherwise been too big for the tag.)


step 9: ink tag with antique linen distress ink using ink blending tool. (*ink everything but the face of the santa as this will create a highlight effect.)


step 10: ink areas of the tag with fired brick distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 11: ink areas of the tag with peeled paint distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 12: ink edges of the tag with vintage photo distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 13: drag paper distresser along the edges of the tag to create a tattered edge.


step 14: ink distressed edges with walnut stain distress ink using ink blending tool.  (*by pre-distressing the edges of the tag with the paper distresser, the walnut stain is absorbed into the paper and gives it a burnt edge look.)


step 15: using scratcher tool, drag in a linear direction across tag to scratch through ink layers and reveal paper core.  (*what?  you haven’t tried this tool before?  seriously?  okay you’re clearly missing out.  use this to scratch inked paper as well as your scrapbook papers, and yes even photos to create a nostalgic old photo look without using sandpaper that can often peel away the photo emulsion.  the scratch tool is a must have!)


step 16: remove chipboard clock from package to fit tag.


step 17: sand over the edges with sanding grip.


step 18: ink over entire clock with antique linen distress ink using ink blending tool.


step 19: heat set distress ink. (*because the chipboard clocks are glossy, we need to dry the distress ink with a heat tool or it will wipe off.)


step 20: remove backing of chipboard.


step 21: place on to tag and press down. (*wait – did you notice those extra brown scratches on the clock?  i couldn’t resist using my scratch tool on the chipboard clock too.  see…i told you!)


step 22: flip tag over and trim off any excess chipboard with non-stick scissors.


step 23: sand the cut edge with sanding grip to smooth out.


step 24: ink the sanded edge with distress ink.


step 25: remove ghost clock from package – be sure to select the clock that matches the chipboard one. (*how cool is it that the chipboard and ghost clocks match each other???)


step 26: place over clock on tag – do not glue – just hold it in place.


step 27: cut to size of tag with scissors.


step 28: using craft pick, pierce hole in center of clocks going through ghost, chipboard, and tag.


step 29: using craft pick, pierce hole in center of “second” dial of clocks as well.


step 30: remove 1 large, medium, and smallest spinner, and 2 long fasteners from game spinner pack – fasteners are included with game spinner package.


step 31: remove 2 sprocket gears from package.


step 32: place large game spinner over hole in center of chipboard clock.  place smallest sprocket gear over hole in center of “second” dial on chipboard.


step 33: place ghost clock over the top and place medium spinner in center of ghost clock.  place other sprocket gear and smallest spinner over hole in center of “second” dial on ghost.


step 34: insert long fasteners through center of clock and “second” dial going through ghost, chipboard, and tag.


step 35: secure long fasteners in back of tag. (*this is why i LOVE long fasteners.  they can go through so many layers of things.  look, we just went through 3 layers of metal, 1 ghost, 1 chipboard, and the tag with a single fastener and still had enough to open it up in the back.  a must have too.)


step 36: cut out rub-on with scissors.


step 37: apply to bottom of tag. (*have you noticed my love for rub-ons on these tags?  it’s because i like the contract they provide and their design style.)


step 38: embellish with ribbon and bells and secure to tag using glue dots.


step 39: accent holly on santa stamp with peeled paint distress stickles.


step 40: add dots of red on holly with fired brick distress stickles. (*i prefer to apply it over the wet peeled paint stickles so it fuses together when dry.)


*in the details: okay, how cool is this clock?  i love gears and spinners anyway so i just had to find a way to incorporate it into a holiday tag – mission accomplished!

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101