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Thursday, December 17, 2015

TIPS & TECHNIQUES: Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tags

Year in, year out, we've been inspired by Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tags … so here we are reblogging it for you!

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12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com

the holidays are in full swing and the studio is buzzing with festive creativity.  i hope the final tag of the year will inspire you to take time during this busy holiday season to give these ideas a try.  we start by transforming plain burlap into a colorful patterned masterpiece, then layer punched paper shapes into yuletide evergreen, and finish everything off with a few findings and a splattering of distress to create a winter wonderland.  here’s wishing you all a creative and magical christmastime…t!m

supplies:


surfaces: textured surfaces/ burlap, #8 manila tag, kraft core
embellishments: jingle brads, chitchat stickers/occasions, crinkle ribbon, mirrored starsdistress ink: ground espresso, walnut stain
distress spray stain: fired brick
distress paint: picket fence
alcohol ink: mushroom
punches: pine, juniper, laurel
die: decorative strip bow tied
tools: layering stencil/THS032, distress splatter brush, sanding grip, ink blending tool, craft sheet, tiny attacher, scissors, vagabond
adhesives: hot glue, glossy accents
misc: pencil, sewing machine, power punch, paper towels


12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 1: start by cutting a tag shape from a sheet of textured surfaces burlap and punch a hole through the top using a power punch (or crop a dile).

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 2: place just the burlap tag shape on a paper towel and position layering stencil over the top.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 3: ink over the stencil using distress spray stain – do not use too much stain or it will seep through the stencil.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 4: place a dry paper towel over the stencil to blot off the excess stain before removing the stencil.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 5: lift the stencil off of the background to reveal your patterned burlap and let inks dry or dry with a heat tool.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 6: remove the adhesive backing from the burlap (my favorite thing about textured surfaces is that they are all adhesive backed).
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 7: adhere the “printed” burlap to the manila tag.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 8: ink the edges of the tag with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 9: select several colors of kraft core cardstock for the greenery and bow.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 10: sand the kraft core (on a surface other than your craft sheet) using a sanding grip.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 11: punch one design per color of cardstock. note: if you alternate the punch you can get more punched from a strip.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 12: lightly ink the edges of all punched shapes with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 13: trace a circular shape on the burlap with a pencil.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 14: gently scrunch and crumple the punched shapes to give them dimension.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 15: start at the bottom center of the circle and adhere your pieces with hot glue.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 16: layer each piece by slightly stacking it over the previous one working your way around the circle.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 17: repeat the same process for the other half of the circle changing direction of the shapes.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 18: once you've made it to the top of the wreath, leave a gap for the bow.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 19: die cut the smallest bow and center strip from the bow tied die.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 20: ink the edges of cut pieces with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 21: accordion fold the bow on the small areas using your fingers and hold in the center as shown.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 22: secure the center with a single tiny attacher
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 23: once the bow is secure, gently pull the ends of the bow down.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 24: wrap the center strip around the middle of the bow to cover the tiny attacher and glue the ends in the back.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 25: give your paper bow character and shape by indenting the edges with your fingernail.  adhere the bow to the top of the wreath.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 26: cut the ends off a few small jingle brads (i know kinda defeats the purpose right?).
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 27: adhere the bells to areas of the wreath with hot glue.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 28: for a snowy effect, add some white distress paint using the distress splatter brush.

12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 29: select a festive quote from the seasonal chitchat stickers, cut the quote in sections and snip one end of each into a flag.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 30: sand the edges of the stickers to reveal the white core.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 31: adhere the stickers to the burlap tag using glossy accents.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 32: proof that i figure things out as i go, i decided to add some stitching to my tag using my sewing machine (at least this way it was definitely more random which i like).
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 33: tint a mirrored star by dripping mushroom alcohol ink over it and blot off the excess with a paper towel.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
step 34: adhere the perfectly vintaged star to the burlap with hot glue.
12 tags of 2015 - December | www.timholtz.com
the details: hard to believe this tag started as plain burlap and some strips of colored cardstock.  i love the patterned background and the amazing dimension paper punches give this tag.
the 12 tags of 2015 have been packed with techniques all year long.
so if you’re looking for a convenient way to the have creative inspiration at your fingertips, i’ve created a digital download of all 12 months of tutorials with over 80 pages and 400+ photos!
check out my etsy shop to purchase the download (click here).







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