Sunday, 2 September 2012


Hi Bloggers 

I've always admired and have drawn inspiration from the one and only Tim Holtz.  I've always loved his ideas and tutorials for the 12 tags of Christmas and  I thought that one day I would like to have a go at them.  Yesterday was that day.

  I got home from my 2nd SatScrap crop at The Rest Hotel in Porthcawl, where I had a great day it must be said, and decided to have a look at Tim's blog and start from the beginning - Well, that's a very good place to start don't you agree?  I took a look at his 12 Tags of Christmas from 2007 and decided to have a go at the 1st tag he gave a tutorial for.  I didn't have the stamps so had to do a variation on the design and this is what I came up with.

My Tag:-

Supplies Used:- 

Kraft Luggage Label - I bought these from The Post Office, they're not Tim's 
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paints Picket Fence and Antiqued Bronze  
Tim Holtz Blending Tool and Foam Pad 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:- Antique Linen, Festive Berries, Broken China, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Tonic Distressing Tool 
Letter E - Papermania Chipboard Letters 
Kanban Bling Black Adhesive Gemstones
Tim Holtz Muse Tokens 
Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower Clear Stamp 
Black Stranded Wool - From Stash 

Tim's Tag:-

I love the effect of the crackle paint and how the inks have blended together forming new colours.

I can't wait to have a go at tag number 2.   I really enjoyed this little project!

Watch this space!

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Enjoy your evening!

Sarah x


  1. Love this Sarah. I love the distressed look but can never seem to pull it off myself - must practice more. Love the effect of the crackle paint and the colours you have used.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  2. Gorgeous tags Sarah!! Very effective and a good take on Tim's tag!! FAB!
    Hope you had a lovely weekend,
    Love Emma xx

  3. Super tags, Sarah! I love the crackle effect! Great inking, too, and your French inspired tag is fab x

  4. Very nice Sarah, love the colours and the crackle effect looks fab. Aud x

  5. The crackle paint is really great and I like the colours.

  6. This is wonderful Sarah. I love the design and the colours and textures are really fabulous. I honestly wouldn't know where to start to be able to produce something like this!

    Hugs Sue

  7. Hi sweetie,
    Wow this is lovely and so creative. If I am honest I think I prefer yours to Tims (and I'm a Tim fan too!)
    Well done you, I can't wait to see the next one.
    Have a great week. Linda x

  8. Hey, Sarah, this is a really cool tag! Love the crackle look, the stamp, and the colors you used! I like yours better than Tim's, too! :^)

  9. ...great work Sarah & what a super idea to go back over the origional 12 Tags from Tim, loVe what you have achieved with the crackle, your giant E is lush! a super textural Tag...Mel :)

  10. Fab tag Sarah - I am definately going to have a go at these at some point.

  11. Wow Sarah I absolutely love your tag!!!. Don't tell Tim but I reckon your tag is much better!!!. Big hugs Clare xxx

  12. Hi Sarah

    A fabulous tag .. .. I would be over the moon if I had produced something as beautiful as this!!!

    Great colours and I love the crackled effect.

    Love Jules xx

  13. Great tag, Sarah! Love the colors and the crackled effect!

  14. I have to agree Sarah, I think your tag looks better then Tim's too. Great job, look forward to seeing tag #2. Helen (Sydney)

  15. Wow Sarah, your tag is fabulous, love the crackling and the Eiffel tower but my fav bit has to be the large letter E, it has so much texture. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  16. Sarah well done what a fabulous tag super work Hugs Elaine

  17. Sarah these are beautiful! You did a wonderful job! Love it!

  18. Hi Sarah , ref how to put the dancer on the stage , I had two images ,the stage and the dancer "minus the white surround you get in digi's " I just placed the dancer on top of the stage image ,then printed as simple as that. I use Serif Craft Artist platinum its so easy the program even removes the white surround from the images for me Big Hugs Elaine

  19. Tim Holtz is a genius & you have emulated his style perfectly (not easy!) - well done you :) x

  20. Wow! I love your take on Tim's tag! The luggage label is the perfect background and I love the colours you chose. Fantastic!

    Hugs, Dawn

  21. Beautifull tag. you did great job it look fantastic.Love the crackling effect.