Saturday, December 4, 2010

Making Tags

For some reason this year I have been making lots of tags. I made six different tags a couple weeks ago...
I copied the techniques from videos I have watched made by Tim Holtz and Jennifer McGuire, but the designs are all my own. On all these tags I embossed an stamped image with clear embossing powder and then covered the tag with distress inks. As my husband and many other people know, I love Tim Holtz products, especially his distress inks! I counted all the colors I have...I have 12!!! And I use them all often.

The last couple of days I have been looking on Tim Holtz blog, found at He has been doing a series called his 12 Tags of Christmas. His tags are all AWESOME. His instructions are so detailed and Day three even had two videos! So I got so excited last night and I recruited Peter and Hannah to make tags with me!
Here we are! I got out tons of my supplies, stamps, embossing powder, distress inks, cuttlebug, scrap paper, brads, and lots more and made tags on the dining room table. They both made tags similar to the tags I made above. I taught them how to emboss and put distress ink over it with the blending tool. While they worked, I copied Tim's last two tags, for day 2 and 3. His first tag is a little complex for me, but I might try it later. Here are my tags:
On the second tag I had to change it up a lot because my supplies are so much different than his! I used a cuttlebug embossing folder to make the background (he used a stamp.) I embossed with white on the edges to make it look like snow (He used a speckle stamp and white paint). I used a chipboard bird which was much different than his. But I made a tissue tape flower and added trims and a little stamped tag. I did notice that my tags to start with are much smaller than his, which made it a little more difficult. Here are his tags...
Yes, I know I am not as good as Tim Holtz. But I had a lot of fun and I want to copy more of his tags!


  1. I like you interpretations of Tim's Tags! I love doing them too :)

  2. I love your tags. Your bird tag is my favorite! (my bday is in june :)) a bird tag would be a wonderful gift!!!!! :)MOM

  3. I like yours better anyways... :) See you soon!