Sunday, July 14, 2013

12 tags of 2013 - July

July's tag with Tim Holtz is an American independence-themed one, so my interpretation is somewhat different of the original.

I don't have any size 8 manila tags, so last time I cut my tag from heavy watercolor paper. However, the brayer technique used this month required a smooth surface, as my first try ended up really blotchy because of the surface structure of the watercolor paper. I cut my final tag from Fabriano Tecnico 6 240 g/m2 technical drawing paper, which has a surface structure very similar to that of the manila tags, as far as I could determine.

I don't really own that many stains, actually just 2 - Vintage Photo and Antiqued Bronze. I made some tests with using my Distress reinkers, and I ended up doing the front side of my tag with Vintage Photo stain and Tattered Rose reinker (forgot to take a photo before I started distressing the edges):

Just like last time, what became the back of my tag was the first try. Antiqued Bronze with the Tattered Rose. This was too light combination in my opinion. I ended up blotting the leftovers of the Vintage Photo stain from my craft mat here:

As my diecuts I used the wings from the Heart Wings - Bigz die and the middle sized gear from the Gadget Gears -Bigz die, all cut from Tim's grunge board. First I gessoed all the diecuts white, since I used clear crackle paint and didn't want the grey of the grunge board to be my underlining color. After the clear crackle paint had dried, I stained the wings with the Antiqued Bronze and the cog with both, Vintage Photo and Antiqued Bronze. I shaded the edges with diverse brown DIs.

Then the fun part! Diverse stamping on the background with Archival Coffee and the Visible Image Grunge polka dot -pattern in Rusty Hinge Distress ink. The edges are distressed in Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

I used black and white polka dot -washitape and then ripped a banner from French Industrial 12x12 leftovers that were laying on my table and distressed it with Rusty Hinge. The "flight" is a Chitchat-sticker distressed with Walnut Stain. I tried some charms to the top of the tag like Tim did in his original, but the background in itself is so busy it didn't really look good.


  1. Your tag is gorgeous!!! I love the color and composition. The background is very well done - so many layers.