Saturday, 3 December 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Tag #2

I am not kidding, when I say that THOUSANDS of people across the globe are waiting each day for Tim Holtz' next tag in his '12 Tags of Christmas'.  There were over 55,000 views within the first 24 hours! This year he has added Inlinkz, which allows people to upload a photo of their tag directly to his site. SOOO fun to see how people interpret his tag and techniques and make it their own. You can see Tim's tag #2 HERE and mine is below:

I love his deer die ... and just happened to have this one already cut from kraft card stock and sitting in my 'Odds & Sods' pile. I added a K&Co 3-d holly/berry sticker instead of a metal star and greenery pipe cleaner, and put some sparkly cut up snowflakes (Martha Stewart Punch) around her neck.

I used a sparkly music printed paper (glued to kraft card stock) instead of his distressed and inked background. I liked that his patterned paper had a Christmas greeting down the right side, so I stamped one (DeNami) on cream card stock, stippled inks  and glued it to the right side of the tag. Glitter glue (2 colours and smeared with my finger) was added along the inked tear line.

I also liked how Tim's Tag #2 had a pine branch in the upper left corner that he inked, so I added one of the K&Co 3-d stickers in the same area.

I used a 'My Favourite Things' die to cut the scalloped border, and added brads as Tim did with his tag. But - I added tiny star brads instead of larger circular ones ... and decided NOT to hammer them with the texture hammer since they are so tiny I didn't want their shape changed by hammering. Also, I didn't want the backs of the brads showing through onto the back of the tag (sorry, Tim) so they were attached to the border only, then the border was attached o the bottom of the tag.

I used a (Stampin' Up) canvas stamp to add the canvas texture to the deer and the word piece ... as I didn't have the sticky-back canvas he used for his deer.

Fibres? I have TONS of them ... from when I used to make tags regularily. So instead of distressing seam binding, I went with some pretty fibres.

I likely won't get into my studio for the next couple of days, as I have lots of drywall dust to vacuum  up. I'll be spending the weekend dusting, vacuuming, washing walls and generally putting things back together. But I will play catch up next week and get right back to these tags.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. wow wow wow!!!!!!!! It is so fantastic art!

  2. Wow! This is so pretty. I like yours even better then I do Tim's. Thanks so much for posting this. I have my half-made tag stalling on the table because I'd lost inspiration but yours brought it right back.

    Thanks for visiting my first tag - boiling the glue does make great glitter snow.

    I see you're from AB, my DH and I were married in Calgary.

  3. A stunning piece of work Karen! Good luck with that clearing up!

  4. Ooh that's lovely. Great colour combinations

  5. Looks absolutely gorgeous Karen...I'm enjoying your Tag journey :)
    Jenny x

  6. Oooooo sieht toll aus. Die Farben passen super miteinander.
    Очень красивый tag. Мне такие цвета очень нравятся.

  7. Wow awesome :D I started by looking at 12 then decided i had to start at the start and see the rest :D. I think only one of mine looks anything like Tims lol...


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