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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags Challenge -March 2015

This s my entry for the March 12 Tags Challenge on Tim Holtz Blog.
I really enjoyed making this Tag. Apart from the fact I love paint it reminded me of a few methods I haven't used for a while or had given up on.

So this is my Entry for Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - March
Like for instance last year at the Clarity Stamp Open Days when I was demonstrating I showed a few ladies a tag I had done with the embossing paste on the Grunge Paste I was demonstrating but I hadn't quite got the results I wanted, so we did some Ad Lib demoes to see what else we could stick to GP. It's a great tip from Tim to let the paste dry before you use the Heat Gun - I wish I had listened BEFORE I embossed my with the Heat Gun, I would have had a much clearer image.

So I wanted to start off the same as Tim and just go off on a tangent when I am ready.

Positioning is a big thing to me as in its the only time I am a bit OCD - I really try to be A Symmetrical but I just can't do it, but its all about balance anyway and drawing your eye to every corner of the tag. So I just added my bit of symmetry  on the bottom.
But when it comes to paint and ink the OCD Symmetry thing goes out the window I am a totally different person when it comes to blending edges.
So like Tim I dragged and dabbed my Tag in the Paint, this works completely different to doing it with ink- mine went a little muddy in areas so I just added more paint and more water till I was happy with it, the good thing with paint is you can always just rub it off with a wet wipe if you are quick enough.
I did a bit of dripping too, I had to add white, I love white in paint and ink and pens and pencils, because I can't leave "white spaces" so I just add my own.
The Tag was pretty wet by the time I had finished playing so I double dipped onto another Tag. I will use that one another time.
Look at the white behind the tree doesn't it look lovely. I Used one of my favourite Clarity Stamps for this the main feature as I don't have the butterfly and I think this is a picture all in itself. So I stamped and spread the Clear Embossing Powder over straight away.
This is it embossed, I love this background and I think the stamp just jumps off the Tag. These Paint colours by Ranger are lovely.
So the random GP - I love G|P as anyone who follows my Blog knows. Anyway I have had this Tim Holtz Stencil for ages and it gets used in my Journal and I thought it would be perfect for this Tag.
I was really enjoying this process just playing along to someone else's game so to speak!

So I will give you some Links here to Products.
Clarity Stamp - Stamp
Tim Holtz Stencil  
Added one of my all time favourite embellishments in the Tim Holtz Range, I always have one pack of these in use, one in stock and one on order! As it should be.
Mmmmmmm see that Gap to the left, I just have to fill that in. !!!!
So my ingredients, back out with the Eye Test Stencil, one of Tim's nibs - I looorrrvvveee these, a bit of torn paper and some Tim Holtz Distress Inks (I buy mine through Clarity Stamp)  
So lets go!
A quick random stencil job using the round blender - these are great too.
Finish off the edges a little to match the colours on the Tag.
Always print one background with an enclosing dark frame !! because it looks so mysterious. This is the Tag done and a nib and the message is? "See the World in all its Glory" You might not know why this is relevant to this Tag but I DO!. XXX
APRIL 12 TAGS OF 2015.  I am quite pleased with it, thanks Tim for the inspiration. Ha Ha like he would ever see this?
 So I hope you like my Tag I look forward to making the next one. The link to Tim's Challenge is here - carry on crafting and thank you for stopping by.
Sam  xx


  1. Brilliant Sam. Wish I was as adventurous as you, I would have lost my nerve early on with that. Remember you with the tags last year, the end results were great. xx

    1. Aw thanks for your lovely comment Lynne. You know if you look at it this way Lynne at worst all you have to do is use the first one you messed up as a "Teaching Tag" on the second one you would know where you went wrong and avoid that situation!! Sometimes? xxx

  2. Hi Sam this is a fantastic tag. Hugs Jackie

  3. Hello Sam from another Sam! This tag is gorgeous! Such wonderful techniques! I'm definitely going to have to get my arse in gear and do the 12 Tags! xxSAMxx

  4. Beautiful tag! I love the color combo and the stencil you used!


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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.