Friday, 10 December 2010

Tim Holtz style Christmas Tags

Firstly, apologies for being such a bad blogger last month: Made lots of things, just didn't get time to blog them. I did however raise 60€ for the Téléthon charity by selling my cards last Saturday, despite the terrible weather! Also grateful to have received 2 stamps and some crinkled ribbon from Kristine: Her own creations! The ribbon could not have been better timed as you'll spot below!
So, on to the thing I have been waiting for...Tim Holtz' Christmas Tags. From 1st-12th December Tim gives full instructions for a new tag each day on his blog but, of course, few people have everything he has and that's good as it forces you to be creative. I have been working on several tags at once as they have various drying stages, etc and I've only been able to snatch a few minutes here and there to work on them but I have now finished the first three:
Tag #1 : I don't have the 'Rickety House' or the fence dies so I sketched these on to grungepaper and cut them out by hand. I have tried on all the tags to follow the techniques so used the Cuttlebug 'Distressed Stripes' folder to emboss a second layer of grungepaper and use as instructed on the house. I mixed white flock and glitter together to make the 'snow' and coloured plastic with a yellow permanent pen to line the windows.
My 'tree' is made of wool hardened with glossy accents, white paint dabber and my 'snow' mixture.

Tag #2 : Couldn't follow the technique as I don't have any felt but I went ahead and inked my stamp with different colors of distress (forest moss and walnut stain) and just stamped 3 times without re-inking the stamp to get the impression of lots of trees. I embossed this and then inked and stamped the tag using Tim's Mini Holidays 2 stamps.

Tag #3 : I substituted in a grungeboard bird from the 'Nature' pack and covered this with tissue tape, alcohol inks and Rock Candy Stickles. Loved making the tissue tape flower and I added a fringe and 'nest' of silk paper with the branch from Tim's 'Urban Grunge' stamps and a PaperMania vintage die-cut mounted on grungepaper. With the Rock Candy Distress Stickles used on this tag, I'm also submitting it to Linda's great 'Compendium of Curiosities' challenge #24.

I have a lot of catching up to do but the next three are nearly done so I will be back with the next installment...

Mes premiers trois étiquettes des Noël chez Tim Holtz : Depuis le 1 décembre, toutes les instructions sont sur son blog avec une nouvelle étiquette chaque jour pour les 12 jours. Le but n'est pas à copier mais pour essayer les techniques et prendre l'inspiration de ses modèles.


  1. Fabulous tags. Beautifully created.

  2. Great job on your FIRST Tim tags! Love the way you improvised when you did not have the product - the playing is what it's all about!!!r

  3. ils sont superbes karen !!! gros bisous

  4. Karen, your tags are wonderful!!! I love how you made them your own using the products you had on hand, and you did such a great job on all of them! Your Rock Candy entry is stunning-- the sparkly little bird is fabulous and festive, and the background and flowers are great, too.

    I hope you have a most wonderful holiday!