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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - Tim Holtz Challenge


Hi there thanks for nipping over t my Blog. 
Last year I was determined to join in with the Tim Holtz 12 Tags Challenge but I failed pretty miserably to keep up. This year again I was determined and so far so good because I have only missed one?!? January ??? Still here I am in February I have a little more tme on my hands at the moment because I am not on the Clarity Challenge because later in the year we will be very busy, also I have stopped my Gelli Plate classes for now because it is logistically impossible to get me and my two kids to 3 different places at the same time so something had to give ?? For now. I will be doing one off Mixed Media / Gelli Plate Classes when I can get them organised. 

I didn't have the Heart Die so I used my Tim Holtz Dress Form Die instead.
Anyway I thought I would have a bit of fun and join in all the Challenges I have been wanting to do for Little while - well I say all, there are 3 I want to do and this is definitely one of them. I absolutely love making Tags - everyone including me loves Tim Holtz work and Products ! So it's a no braver. 

So I thought I would do a mini picture tutorial but I kept changing my mind on the backing layout so I don't have as many pictures as I would like, I think you will get the idea though?

I tried to keep it as close to Tim's Tag as I could so I did the dress form in Black glittery Felt and then made her a little outfit with a Heart to decorate it.  The Felt outfit was a bit too bright so I grunged it up a bit with distress Re-inker and the matching Ink Pad on the edges.  
For the Tag itself I just used a drop of Weathered Wood re-inker on my craft mat spread with a little water and then just rubbed the tag in it to make a base colour.
Then to darken the edges I made a puddle of distress ink  with a drop of  Vintage Photo Re-inker and water and just dragged the edges of the Tag through it, that's how you get the tattered look.
With the Claritystamps - Word chain Love word and Numbers with oval stamp.
 I used the Weathered wood again to stamp them directly all over the Tag randomly this gives you the look of secondary stamping because the background ink is watered down and the stamped ink is pure.
So, the layout, well I do sometimes struggle with this.  You think it would be easy to randomly throw bits of paper onto a Tag but if you don't do it right it doesn't look right.  Once I put the Black and white Bow on the neckline of the Die Cut Dress Form I started to feel my way !!!
Normally I would do my Shading in charcoal pencil but Tim did his with a Black Distress Pen and rubbed it in with his finger, so I thought I would give it a go too.  Except on the Love square because that is just directly on the Tag and I wanted it to look like it had been stuck on. So I needed a deeper shaded area - but I like the subtle look you get with the Distress Marker.
Here look, it does leave a nice shadow, if you flicked the pen out a little you could get rough edges and could get quite a deep look.
I added a die cut house from a Tim Holtz Die it just seemed to fit with the subject, love, families home? Some of the backing papers are cut up Gelli Plate Prints and the Sun Flower is a Claritystamp.  I added an embellishment from the Tim Holtz range and this was placed all over the Tag until it hit me, well it just fits perfect as her head??
See don't you agree?
So this is the finished Tag - I didn't have the White Ink that Tim used on the Tag towards the end but I did have his new White Ink Spray and have sprayed some onto the Tag just tried to catch the edges, Where it was too much I dabbed a bit back off with a Wet Wipe.
  I hope you like my Tag, it would be lovely if you left a comment. 
Bye for now. 
Sam x


  1. Fabulous, love your layers, something I need to practise xx

  2. Great interpretation Sam. Love the dress form and the collaged elements. Nikki xx

  3. Really love how you have layered up the colours on this tag Sam. Thanks for sharing, Susan x

  4. I love your tag. Colours are great. Now I am curious as to why you going to be busy with Clarity later in the year. I have just received my confirmation of retreat booking so really looking forward to that. Hope you managed your other challenges. xxx


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I am proud to be on the Design Team for Claritystamp & for the Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog and the Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog. I have always had an interest in Arts & Crafts and studied for six years and gained certificates in Arts & Crafts, Interior Design, and Soft Furnishings, I even did a Painter & Decorator course. I was originally taught everything I know by my Mam and I now have a passion/obsession for crafts as I develop my techniques. I archived my Goal and have now worked as a demonstrator too.