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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Welcome and Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 January

Hello everyone and welcome to 2016! I believe it is going to be an exciting and dynamically creative year. It is January and CHA just finished up their Winter 2016 Convention in Anaheim, California. If you haven't seen the wonderful new products from the most trusted companies in the realm of arts and crafts, Scrapbook Update has released many articles on their website, scrapbookupdate.com. Hop over and also get up-to-date information on trends and news.

January also signals the beginning of the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 design challenge. For those of you who are not familiar with this challenge, you will find all the information of the Tim Holtz website, timholtz.com. So without further adieu, I want to show you my interpretation of the January 2016 tag with photos of all the steps and the final project as well as the tools and products I used.

This tag was created using two different techniques featured on the Tim Holtz website and is a combination of the two from years past, namely November 2013 and January 2014. I will list each step of the process in this post and then the products used.

Step 1: I used a piece of chipboard and cut it into the shape of a size 8 tag. Using a pencil, I then marked off where I wanted my foil and card stock piece to go.

Step 2:  Take a piece of a foil tape sheet and cut a bottom and top to match the shape of the tag. Place the pieces into the ruler embossing folder and run through your machine. I don't have a machine and so I used a rolling pin to emboss the image onto the foil. I know that is a low-tech way to emboss but it worked for this project.

Step 3:  Using Distress Paint in Black Soot, go over the entire embossed surface and then blend out with a blending tool. Rub off any excess paint with a piece of kitchen paper for the desired effect.

Step 4:  Adhere the bottom and top pieces of foil onto the tag. I realize the tag looks gold but that is just the lighting. The foil is actually silver.

Step 5: Place the rubber stamp of your choice onto a piece of black card stock with a white stamp pad. With a white Gelly Roll pen, draw a blueprint design to enhance the stamped image. Yes, the stamp is white but the lighting makes it look yellowish. Sorry.

As part of Step 5, take a cotton bud and smear some of the white ink around to give the image a smudged appearance.

Step 6: Taking a distress tool, go around the bottom and top of the paper to give it a torn, distressed look. You can go as bold or subtle as you wish.

Step 7:  Adhere the stamped image onto the tag.

After adhering the stamped image onto the tag, take some small metal brads and put them onto the corners. You can use a paper piercer or a small whole puncher to make holes first and then put the brads through the paper. If you put the stamped image onto a tag made of chipboard, you will need to put the brads on first before adhering it to the tag.

Step 8:  Stamp another image from the same stamp onto a piece of black card stock and enhance the image using a Gelly Roll pen in white. Then cut the second image out carefully with scissors and adhere it to the first stamped image using foam squares. This gives your piece some dimension.

Step 9: Take a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Band and paint it with Distress Paint in Picket Fence and rub off the excess with kitchen paper and the imprinted words with really pop.

Next, take a piece of black card stock and distress it by carefully tearing the paper around the edges and then adhere the Word Band to the paper strip using metal brads. Place foam squares on the back and then adhere to the tag itself. Doing so will give the tag more dimension. You can add some white stamp ink to the paper before adhering the Word Band to it like I did if you wish.

Step 10: In the final step, I used black ribbon with silver striping, distressed it with Distress Paint in Black Soot and Picket Fence, crumpled it in my hand, and then cut the ribbon in half before tying it through the hole in the top of the tag.

And there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the tag. Creative blessings, Scrappy Mum!

Product List:
Ranger/Tim Holtz:
Idea-ology Word Bands
Alterations Texture Fades Bottle Caps and Rulers Set by Sizzix
Foil Tape Sheets
Distress Paint--Black Soot and Picket Fence
Ink Blending Tool
Visual Artistry Cling Stamps--Steampunk by Stamper's Anonymous
Studio G Pigment Ink in Gesso
Black Card Stock
Gelly Roll Pen in White
Foam Adhesive Squares
Paper Crafting Tape
Small Metal Brads
We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack Distressing Tool