I am embarking upon a new project this year; those of you who know and love Tim Holtz will be familiar with the '12 Tags' series that he has been doing for several years now. I have always looked at and admired his tags, and have occasionally tried a technique or two, but I've never committed to making a years worth of Tim tags. Well, this year is the year I am going to throw caution (and fear!) to the wind and dive in and try my hand at all of Tim's tags. In the end, they may not look too pretty or look anything like Tim's tags but I am going to embrace the imperfections (as Tim always encourages everyone to do) and give them a try. It's only through our mistakes that we learn so here we go!
Tim's first tag of 2015 is all about numbers and the New Year, here is what Tim said:
this month’s tag was all about the new year! a time to reflect on the past, while aspiring for new and exciting opportunities ahead. my love for numbers took center stage surrounded by words that inspire me as i hope they inspire you too – let the 12 tags of 2015 begin…t!m
Here is the beautiful tag that Tim made for January:
And here is my interpretation of Tim's tag:
As will often be the case throughout the year, I didn't have all the supplies that Tim used, so I had to improvise as I went. I stamped some white tissue paper with some letter and number background stamps and adhered it to the tag and then covered everything with acrylic paint in colours of blue green and taupe. A spray of Gathered Twigs distress stain came next and then I went to work on the numbers and words.
I used the Sizzlits Tim Holtz Idea-ology 'Boardwalk' decorative strip die to cut out the letters for the word 'TWENTY' and also for the numeral '15' that is on the bottom of the tag as pictured above. The dies were then covered with copper glitter glue for the word twenty and with gold paint and Clear Rock Candy distress glitter for the number 15. The large number 15 in the center of the tag was then added, using the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection 'Worn Text' stamp set, with distress Clear Embossing Ink and copper embossing powder. While the embossing powder was still warm, I gently distressed it with a sanding block to knock back the shininess a bit. I didn't have any chit chat stickers, so I typed out some random words and cut them out to use instead.
Tim had used an arrow adornment on his tag and to evoke the same feeling, I decided to use some clock hands I had in my stash and I attached them with a small Tim Holtz Idea-ology custom fastener. I left the hands moveable so that they could be positioned to point at any of the inspirational words or numbers that struck your fancy on that particular day!
I did have a mirrored star (yay!) like Tim used on his tag but didn't have any of the index labels, so I used a Funky Junk label by Cathe Holden under the star instead. Tim had used a Distress Marker in black soot to outline his chit chat stickers but as I don't have that colour, I used a Recollectons Blender Pen dipped in my black soot distress ink and it worked wonderfully! I'd never used the blender pen before but now I will be using it all the time as it can turn any of my distress ink minis into temporary distress ink pens, love it! Finally, I spattered the tag with white acrylic paint and tried to spatter it with some gold metallic paint. The gold metallic was coming out in big blobs (yikes!!) so I ditched it and did a couple of sprays with some Antiqued Bronze distress spray instead. I definitely overdid it with the splatters and sprays but live and learn, right?! The Antiqued Bronze distress spray also got spritzed on a piece of crinkle ribbon to finish off the tag.
So there it is, my first tag of the year inspired by the amazing Tim Holtz. Thanks to Tim for a wonderful inspirational challenge and I can't wait to see what February's tag will be all about. Thanks so much for stopping by, have a creative day everyone!