Friday, August 30, 2013

August 12 Tags of 2013

Well it seems I have finished my tags in the nick of time, it's still August!
This month's Tags of 2013 technique by Tim Holtz is masking.  I've masked before but I thought I'd give it a whirl using these me of the  inspiration Tim provided.

I've never actually made a tag based on the techniques/inspiration that Tim has provided with his "12 tags of" series.  Although I've tried lots of the stamping techniques he has taught, own a ton of his products,  yes I do mean a ton, I'm not exaggerating here!  I've even taken his Creative Chemistry class...I've just never submitted any of my samples onto his blog so I'm felling a bit intimidated here!

I started by using the technique of swiping my tag through two stains which are placed side by side on the craft sheet.  He used Brushed Corderoy and Pumice Stone, I substituted Weathered Wood for Pumice Stone since its like the one color of stain I don't own, of course!   You can really see the contrast nicely on the balloon tag.

I used his Travel theme as inspiration for this tag, I stamped and masked several balloons from a Hampton Arts hot air balloon set.  I used three different shades of Archival Inks for interest...after I masked the balloons and stamped and masked the Post Card sentiment (Glitz), I stamped another Glitz stamp of the map on the bottom of the tag in Archival Ink in The shade of Sepia.  I also stamped over the large masked balloon with a Inspired By Stamping cancelled postage stamp.  I then stamped over the large balloon image with the flying birds in embossing ink and melted black embossing powder.  I like how it gave the tag a little dimension. I topped it with some black twine, some woven ribbon and a long Seven Gypsies safety pin.  The edges were inked with Distress Ink in Weathered wood, the brushed Corderoy and Gathered Twigs (after I distressed the edges with the distressing tool)

Next tag was actually the one I began first.  I used the same stain combo to begin with but stamped it all with Stampers Anonymous stamps.  The only stamps I made masks for we're the little girl and the old fashioned camera.  

The little girl was stamped with Distress Paint in Spin Sugar and Brushed Corderoy for her hair and face.  I just applied the paint directly onto the stamp.  The dress did not have enough contrast so I used my Distress Markers in Worn Lipstick to stamp the dress again.  I like the shadows it created.  

I used the film strip stamp twice on the bottom in black Archival Ink and staggered them, I then carefully partially inked the distinguished gentlemen (I don't know what their named, that's what I like to call them!) in Sepia Archival ink and placed them within the blank spaces of the film strip.

I then stamped the Sentiment "The world of reality has it's limitations, but the world of imagination is boundless". I thought it was perfect to pair that with these photo stamps, the photograph is often steeped in reality yet when you get creative with your photos the limits are erased.  Well I used a embossing powder called...... Which was probably too chunky for my stamp so I got a lot of blurred words. My only hope seemed to cover the words with some chit chat stickers and hope that you all could make out the somewhat clearer words...I love the look!  Another example of a mistake turned around for creativity sake!  I won't bore you with any more details of this tag, just ask if you have any questions about the rest of the products I used.

Ok so I know this is pretty wordy and long but I'm gonna post one final photo

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tags!!!!




  1. Thanks for joining us at It's all about the Vintage

  2. Absolutely stunning tags, both of them!
    Thanks for joining It's all about the vintage and beauty :o)