Monday, November 12, 2012

Tim-spiration - November Tag

(I borrowed "Tim-spiration" from May Flaum.  Love that title.)

I know.  I disappeared for a month but now I'm back with a vengeance.  :)

Last night I dabbled in inky deliciousness and completed my 12 Tags for 2012 November tag.  Sitting here pretty pleased with myself, I must say.  I was able to stick pretty closely to the techniques he used. 


A few layers for the background:  Stains (Broken China, Walnut, Peeled Paint), followed by some inking with distress inks and flicking water about, then a background stamp. 

Instead of using a dark ink around the distressed edges I used Broken China Stain.  I love the richness of the color along the edges.

My sentiment is quite small so I didn't have to mask off any bits.  I realized I don't have much in the way of bold prints for my sentiments.  Maybe something I should correct.  (Santa, an addition to the list.  Thanks!)

For the embellishments I dug around in my stash.  I didn't have paper string but I did find some paper wire that I've surely had in my stash for over 10 years - never used.  I obediently inked it up then wrapped it around a paintbrush handle to get some nice curlycues.  Punched out some little pine pieces (branches? needles?) from a Martha Stewart punch that has also been gathering dust for eons.  A little Glossy Accents really makes them look like they've been freshly plucked.  The little jingle bells are colored with some blue alcohol ink (which I've recently rediscovered) and the ribbon is dyed with Peeled Paint and Broken China inks.

I didn't iron the heat embossed trees - no craft-dedicated iron in the house.  Other than that I think I did okay. 

Here's Tim's tag.  Thank you again, Mr. Holtz, for the inspiration and the nudge to get the creative juices going again.


  1. Hi Julie
    So pleased for you that you have got back into crafty goodness. I love your tag the colours are great together.

  2. Haha, I'm totally stealing the Tim-spiration thing too! How awesome! =D I love your tag!! The colors are just gorgeous! Ingenious how you used Glossy Accents on the branches punch. I might be stealing that too. I guess that would be Julie-spiration! ;-)

  3. Love your version to bits Julie. Just gorgeous, and I'm in love with your embellies at the top. Hugs, Buttons x

  4. What a beautiful tag!! I love your take on it. Gorgeous colors!

  5. I love the blue and green!!
    His was great, too...I love the font on his
    rubber stamp.
    Hadn't heard of him before.

  6. LOVE this! The colors are wonderful.


  7. Lovely tags! I especially like the curlycues :)

  8. absolutely stunning! your color palette is perfectly merry!!

    sending you lots of hugs for a very blessed Thanksgiving, sweet julie!! xox

  9. This is lovely!! I love the colors!!

  10. Hi Julie, just stopping by to say that on Dec. 3rd I am giving you a "shout out" on your tag for the Handmaking the Holidays blog hop I am participating in on my blog. Waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  11. That's sweet of you. Thanks, Sandee!


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