Monday 5 December 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Tag #3

When we got home last night, I booted it right down to the studio so I could catch up with Tim Holtz' 12 Tags Of Christmas.

His Tag #3 had me a little stumped though. I thought about what I wanted to do most of the weekend while cleaning. It helped the cleaning tasks go faster, ha ha.

His tag was done using his large Christmas word collage stamp. Which I don't have.
He made a custom ink pad by stamping the word collage onto Cut & Dry felt using permant ink. Which I don't have.

He stamped his colourful inked words onto his tag and I loved the way he did two at a time. And I liked the look of some of the words being sideways and some being straight up and down. But then he embossed part of his word collage using his coordinating embossing folder.  Which I don't have.

So - I thought I might do a word collage using my (many) Christmas word stamps and emboss each one using a different colour of embossing powder. Good thought, but my green powder clashes with the bright red, and other than gold, silver and rust - I didn't have any other powders.

See Tim's Tag #3 HERE, and this is what I finally came up with. I wish you could see the shimmer and shine in real life - it's SO pretty.

I cut two kraft tags using his tag die then glued them together so it would be nice and thick. I ran the bottom portion through the Big Shot with a Cuttlebug Christmas word embossing folder, and then fiddled around a little to run the top portion through with a Stampin' Up snowflake folder.  LOL - I loved it so much I could have left it as is. But I didn't.  ;-)

I swiped the raised areas, with my Versamark ink pad, sprinkled a couple of embossing powders over different areas and heat embossed it. This step I repeated several times with my own custom powder which is a metallic. I didn't worry too much about perfection with the Versamark - thanks Tim.  I didn't worry to much about going outside the lines with that bright red embossing powder - thanks Tim.  I just thoroughly enjoyed the process and am SO pleased with the finished tag.

Tim tied a jingle bell  - which I don't have - to the top of his tag with twine, so I added a K&Co 3-d poinsettia sticker. And I added the twine with Martha Stewart seam binding to the top of the tag.

He used his greenery die - which I don't have - to create a little cluster on the bottom right corner of the tag. So I added (yet another) K&Co 3-d Christmas Sticker. I added silver glitter glue highlights to the poinsettia and cluster, as the metallic embossing powder has a fair bit of silver in it and it really seemed to tie it all together.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. This caught my eye on Tim's blog and I had to stop by for a closer look. It's fabulous. Wonderful job of using his inspiration and making it your own. I really like the texture and your amazing embossing job!

  2. Karen,this turned out amazing.Love the look and texture.
    Jayne x

  3. your is much better then from Tim Holtz!
    Wow- your work is so fantastic

  4. Karen it is gorgerous!! Very good job! Love the background of this tag!

  5. I have to say your tag is much better than his, I love the metallic look and the embossing :)
    Jenny x

  6. WOW your tag is gorgeous. I love all the different inspired ideas we get from one tag, especially when we don't have the things he specifically uses. The variagated embossing powders make this tag look so cool. Thanks for explaining what you did.

  7. Am loving your tags, you're much like me. Use what you have and put your own spin on things!


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