Welcome back to the craft room and today’s Flashback Friday 12 Tags of 2012 – November post! Let’s flashback to 2012 when Tim Holtz kept our creativity going each month with a new tag tutorial. I have always been a fan of Tim’s and this tag tutorial was no exception. Keep reading to see his tag and my interpretation of it.
12 Tags of 2012 – November
It’s time for another 12 Tags of 2012 from the amazing Tim Holtz!
His Thankful tag is, as always a step past fabulous, and can be seen in the image below. Click on the image below to go to Tim’s blog post for all of the details.
As usual I do not have all of the supplies that Tim used. However, that is the fun part of using someone else’s work as inspiration. Having said that, here is my tag.
I started with the same size manila tag that Tim used. Choosing an image from one of his stamp collections, I stamped it twice before using clear embossing powder. I don’t own any Thanksgiving, or Thankful type stamps, so I chose text stamps that I’ve had for ages. They were stamped with black Archival Ink in the same location as Tim’s example. To add color I used Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, and a bit of Weathered Wood.
After the tag was dry, I used different texture stamps with Weathered Wood Distress Ink to add texture to the tag. Like Tim, I held these stamps in my fingers to give is a more abstract pattern. Finally, with the sharp edge of my scissors I added texture to the edge of the tag. I then went around the tag with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to darken it and pop the colors.
The leaves are cut from a piece of Kraft Core paper with the Tattered Leaves die. I did trim off the bottom of the leaf a bit and added some veins with my embossing stylist. Then with an emery board, I sanded off the green color to reveal the kraft center and enhance the veining.
Under the leaves is a small piece of burlap to add a touch more texture. The Offray ribbon started out ivory in color, however I wanted it to match the tag. To accomplish this, I put some distress ink onto the craft sheet and added some water. After also wetting the piece of ribbon, I drug it through the ink. Rather than use the heat gun to speed the drying time, I laid the ribbon out on my desk and let it air dry.
I don’t own metal charms to add to the tag, and adding a piece of string at the top didn’t look great. So I discarded those ideas from my final tag. It still turned out pretty darn good I think. There are already ideas floating through my mind for Christmas tags using some of these same ideas!
Thank you for joining me for today’s Flashback Friday 12 Tags of 2012 – November post. I recently found this tag while cleaning up my craft space. It still looks amazing, and it did bring back some of those ideas I had all those years ago. Are you a Tim Holtz fan? If so I’d love to know what your favorite technique is that you learned from him. Drop me a note in the comments below. Until then, have a fantastic weekend, and I will see you back in the craft room again real soon!