Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 – August

While creating my version of Tim’s tag for this month I also took pictures of the steps. So now I can not only show you the finished tag but also how is was created.

You can see the inspirational tag by Tim Holtz here. I chose my own color combination and the stamps that I liked. Here is my tag:

Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 – August

Step 1. I started by making my own “washi tape”. So I cut the strips of simple clear scotch tape and adhered them to some sheets from a dictionary. When you pull those strips off they take a layer of paper with them.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 1

Step 2. I glued my custom tape on a standard manila tag with liquid glue. After that I used black Ranger Archival Ink to stamp some images and patterns. This ink dries on scotch tape permanently.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 2

Step 3. I added white texture paste using Tim Holtz stencils: Rays and Bubble. Then I waited till it dried completely.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 3

Step 4. To color my background I chose two colors of distress ink: Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade. I squished the ink pads on my non-stick sheet and spritzed the ink with water.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 4

Step 5. The next step was a little messy so I didn’t take it on camera. I turned my tag front side down and put it into the ink pressing it down. It required misting some water on the tag too to get the ink moving. I used my heat tool to speed up drying. Texture paste absorbed the color while scotch tape resisted ink and water.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 5

Step 6. I took Bubble stencil again and used ink applicator tool to add Vintage Photo ink on some areas of the tag.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 6

Step 7. Now I put clear embossing ink on the edges of the tag directly from the ink pad. Then I spritzed Distress Embossing Powder over it and heat embossed.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 7

Step 8. I stapled a trim of Ideaology Film Strip Ribbon on the tag. I love how realistic it looks.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 8

Step 9. I also cut some Crinkle Ribbon and colored it with Vintage Photo and Mowed Lawn distress ink by adding water. When it was dry I tied it on the tag.

August Tag Tutorial - Step 9

Step 10. For the decoration I created my own clock element. I used a stamp on cardstock and cut it out. Then I adhered acrylic circle on it using Glossy Accents.

Tim Holtz Tag August 2014 – Details

Step 11. I had some words printed on my computer. So I cut the paper, toned it with distress ink and glued down on the tag.

Tim Holtz Tag August 2014 – Texture


I enjoyed creating this tag. I hope that you will like it too.

Irene McBeatle

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10 Thoughts on “Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 – August

  1. I love you tag! My favorite part is the way you made your own “tissue tape”. What a great idea.

  2. lovely colours, your tag ‘re gorgeous

  3. Your tag is awesome!! Your background is inspiring!! Thanks so much for the tutorial.
    Congrats on your win!!!

  4. Congratulations! Your tag is beautiful and I love the homemade washi tape.

  5. i so love your tag and the step by steps! i have to say thank you for the ‘creating your own tape’ technique. i really must try that sometime!

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