12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist – Day 2

Have you been following the amazing tags shared in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s? It’s all part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series.

I’m sharing a tag inspired by Julie Ebersole’s. Her video was an absolute delight to watch – she’s funny and provides great explanations of her steps.


I made some modifications to use what I had on hand. And I learned a lot in making the tag. I made more than one mistake, but I learn the most when I make mistakes. The patterned paper is from last year’s (year before last’s?) My Mind’s Eye holiday release. One of the things I learned is that the Tim Holtz tag die is longer than a 6″ x 6″ pad, so I used 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper, which put some limitation into my choices.  The sky is dry embossed with one of my favorite Sizzix embossing folders.

Happy December!


Tim Holtz November Tags

Since taking the Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class, I am continuing to play with the techniques. For this month’s 12 Tags of 2013, Tim Holtz demonstrated the chalkboard technique we covered in class. I’m sharing two tags using this technique.

NovTag1For the first tag, I stamped the sentiment and fun retro snowflakes onto the tag. The Santa was silver embossed, cut with the matching Sizzix die, and added to the tag with dimensional adhesive. I finished the tag off with tinsel twine, trimmings, and a Christmas Muse Token.


For the second tag, I stamped the blueprint onto the black tag with Versamark, and again on Ranger watercolor paper with Archival ink. I colored the toy soldier with a variety of distress inks, both from the pads and from markers. I prefer to scribble onto my craft sheet and lift the ink off with a water brush, rather than put the ink directly on the paper. I added some Seasonal Chitchat that I distressed around the edges with Black Soot distress ink. For the top and bottom of the tag, I dry embossed red Core’dination cardstock with the Candy Stripes folder to which I’d applied Distress Embossing Ink in the way that Tim shows in this post. I heat set white embossing powder and then distressed it lightly with a sanding block.

Tammy Tutterow Tag CASE

As I get my “sea legs” with the Tim Holtz products, I’ve been looking at the projects of Tammy Tutterow. She has a number of fabulous tutorials on her blog. Today, I’m sharing a CASE of a tag from one such tutorial.


I don’t have all of the same supplies as Tammy, so I improvised. For the sentiment label, I printed a digital label from my computer, stamped one of my favorite Hero Arts sentiments, and distressed it with Vintage Photo ink. (Even though we tend to think of fall as a time of reflection, and spring as a time of renewal, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to think of the autumn season as a time of renewal as well!) I adhered the light-weight vintage paper to Craft-a-Board before die cutting the leaves. I combined a number of different Distress Inks to color the leaves – I’d try one ink, step back, add another depending on whether I thought the leaf needed to be more red, more green, and so forth.

Debby Hughes CASE

With each lesson of the Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class, we received a download of inspiration cards and projects based on the techniques. Today, I’m sharing a card I created based on one that Debby Hughes contributed to the class.


I replaced some of the elements on Debby’s card with supplies I owned. I die cut the leaves from Craft-a-Board and painted them, before adding the Distress Glitter, in a matching color, to a Glossy Accents coating. On the card background, I applied embossing paste through a stencil. I watched several videos on the application of the paste, and honestly, it couldn’t be easier! I used a plastic disposable knife to spread the paste through the stencil.

Supplies: Technique Tuesday Go Outside stamp set (sentiment); Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Leaves Die Set (smaller leaf)

Tim Holtz Style Holiday Tag

I’m still working through the techniques from the Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class – there was a lot of material covered in just one week! I’m relatively new to the “World of Tim Holtz” so there’s quite a learning curve for me.

To continue practicing the techniques, I made a holiday-themed tag working with a Distress Stain tag base. I spent several hours testing color combinations and watching videos. I found the video in this post of Tim’s to be the most useful for creating the type of distress stain background I most liked. In short, the Mini Mister is my friend!


As I don’t own many Tim Holtz Sizzix dies, I worked with some recently-released Savvy dies. The cardinal, cut from Craft-a-Board, was painted with Festive Berries Distress Paint before an application of Glossy Accents and Festive Berries Distress Glitter. I cut the branch and holly from Kraft Core cardstock and lightly sanded them. I stamped the snowflakes (from a discontinued October Afternoon set) with Broken China ink, and embossed with them with Sticky Powder before applying Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


Tim Holtz Chemistry 102 Smudge Stamping

One of the techniques shared in the Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class was smudge stamping with distress inks. The idea being that you stamped once, then stamped a second time and smudged the stamped image. I attempted this technique, but I wasn’t able to smudge the ink.

SmudgeI don’t know if my distress ink pads aren’t juicy enough, or whether I wasn’t smudging the right way. At any rate, trying the technique gave me an opportunity to use  the Tim Holtz Seasons Silhouettes stamp set, which I bought when I first started stamping two years ago.

The trickiest part was using the sentiment stamp, which is a subway art stamp with several sentiments. I put sticky notes on the stamp after I carefully inked the “Believe” sentiment and also put sticky notes on the tag to block out the area in which I wanted to stamp. I finished off with some Vintage Photo around the edges. I think I like the first generation stamped tag the best. I’ll add ribbon, die-cut evergreen pieces, and maybe a bell to finish it off.

Tim Holtz Chemistry 102 Holiday Card

One of my favorite techniques from the Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class was the “chalkboard effect” achieved by rubbing chalk across heat-set Antiquities embossing powder. I created a few more images with the technique and used one on a card.


I based my card on those I’ve seen both from Tammy Tutterow and in the Stampers Anonymous CHA-Summer 2013 Collection Catalog using the caroler stamp image. I dry-embossed the Core’-dinations Cardstock with the Sheet Music embossing folder, and finished it off with additional Tim Holtz products – the Custom Fasteners and Trimmings.

OCC Tim Holtz Chemistry 102: Day Five

Today’s Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class was all about embossing effects. I had my share of “fails,” but in the spirit of working with what you’ve got and moving forward, here are my tags for today.


The image in this first tag was heat-embossed with Distress embossing powder. I unsuccessfully tried to apply Distress embossing powder to die-cut craftboard (I just couldn’t get enough to stick) but embossed this mini blueprint stamp to show the Distress powder’s grunge-y look. To finish off the tag, I added cardstock, which had been dry-embossed with one of the Tim Holtz stencils and then sanded, and one of the Tim Holtz metal word bands (these are brilliant and I will be buying the ones for Christmas, too.


The second tag shows a chalkboard effect using heat-embossed Antiquities Frosted Crystal powder to which I applied chalk. This effect worked best on solid stamped images (again, I tried it on many stamped images that didn’t work). I just popped this tag up against some Echo Park paper to take the photo.

DayFiveTagThreeThis last tag from today’s lesson shows the application of Distress Glitter using Sticky Embossing Powder. I stamped the snowflakes with Distress Inks before applying the sticky powder. You can’t really see how well the snowflakes look in this photo. I die cut the Santa and sleigh with glitter paper. Of the three techniques I tried, I think this one was my favorite. It’s an easy way to add a little bling to your project.

OCC Tim Holtz Chemistry 102: A Few More Tags

Today’s Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class was all about alcohol inks. I don’t have any of the supplies he used, so I decided to work on more tags from things we covered during Days 1-3.

On the first day, he applied Black Soot Distress paint to foil that had been dry-embossed. I loved the look but only got the paint into my hands yesterday

DayOneSpiderWebFor my first tag, I embossed the foil sheet with a Sizzix embossing folder I bought through Stampin’ Up. I added Memory Box ghosts, cut from Craft-a-Board, as suggested by Ellen Hutson. The grunge board is too thick for the thin dies, but the Craft-a-Board cut just fine! I added Rock Candy Dry Glitter with Glossy Accents as the adhesive to the ghosts without coloring them in any way (the glitter isn’t easily visible in the photo). The Memory Box sentiment was heat embossed on a die cut label. I then stamped it with the new Hero Arts chalkboard background stamp to make it more grungey.

For my second tag with this technique, I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder. As you can see, this technique gives a masculine, industrial look. I’m still pondering what to add to the tag.

DayOneBrickHeaded back to the craft table to play some more with the stencils!

OCC Tim Holtz Chemistry 102: Day Three

We explored more distress techniques in today’s Online Card Classes Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class including the application of Distress Stains with a brayer and the application of Distress glitter.

I definitely did not get the brayer technique with one roll! But I allowed myself to play, eventually finding a color combination I like (I don’t own many distress stain colors, and I’m trying to work with what I’ve got!).

Day3Tag1For this first tag, I used Rusty Hinge as a base and added in some Broken China. I applied black Distress Glitter with Glue N’ Seal to some Memory Box die cut shapes which had been cut out of black cardstock.

Day3Tag2For the second tag, my brayer roll application was more random. Next, I applied Vintage Photo distress ink through a stencil for more visual texture. After coloring the Savvy bird die cut with Distress inks, I applied Rock Candy Dry Glitter using Glue N’ Seal. The circle behind the bird was cut from one of my reject tags that I dry embossed with a wood grain texture.

Day3Tag3My final tag was created by adding several different distress ink colors before I stamped with Archival ink. I used Glossy Accents to apply the glitter to these bats. While the Glue N’ Seal was a easier to use to apply the glitter, I actually think I prefer the hold that the Glossy Accents provided. Also, I only have a few dies that work with grungeboard. I’m definitely pushing the limit with the amount of glue and glitter I’m adding to these die cuts cut from cardstock!