Friday, February 21, 2014

First of 12 Tags for 2014

I created my first EVER Tim Holtz inspired tag!!!!  
 I am so excited to share it with you. 
I own several of the supplies that Tim used in his tag....but there are many that I don't.  I was a bit creative in that department. 
The heart stencil is one that I do not have.  So I created my own with my Silhouette software and a Samantha Walker Silhouette file when I cut out my tag.  (I do have some Ranger tags, but they are smaller than 6 1/4" x 3 1/8".)
I also do not own any distress stains (yet), but I do have all the distress inks (and markers).  So I substituted.  I put the same colors (as the stains Tim used) of distress inks on my craft mat and misted them with water to color my tag, followed by my heat tool to dry the tag completely. 
Then I washi taped my stencil to the mat sandwiching the tag in between...inked up the hearts with a tool and clear heat embossed.  I distressed the edge of the tag with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and my TH distress tool. 
I tried the chalk and matte heat embossing...but I just could not get that right.  I do not have the frosted crystal embossing power that Tim used.  Maybe that is it?  The ones I have just aren't good enough for this technique....possibly?  So, I just used Distress Embossing Ink with some white embossing powder.    The stamp I used is from Tim's Stampers Anonymous set Creative Muse. 
For my chipboard grunge heart, I cut out four hearts (from the same file of Samantha's) from kraft cardstock and glued them together with Glossy Accents.  The heart was inked up with Fire Brick Distress Ink.  Using glossy accents, I applied Spun Sugar Distress Glitter (as I don't own any red glitters yet). 

I also do not own any industrious stickers...I improvised for this too.  I created an arrow in Silhouette and cut it from black cardstock.  To give a metal/industrial look, I added Brushed Pewter Distress Stickles. 
The heart and arrow were added with foam squares, for some dimension and interest.
The lower border was also cut from black cardstock and accented with the same Distress Stickles as the arrow.  Before the Stickles were added, I used some shape scissors to the bottom edge. 
I added twine in place of trimmings. 
Even though I didn't have all the supplies, and I am new to some of the techniques that Tim used, I am very happy with how my tag turned out.  Now what to do with it?


  1. Awesome job! I wish I had all the distress inks and markers... you're a marker fiend, huh?

  2. Wow - love that you made your own stencil! Your take on Tim's tag is great. Thanks for sharing.