Friday, 3 January 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - January

Hello everyone

Welcome to my take on Tim Holtz's first tag challenge for the year. Since it's only the third of January I thought to join in the fun this year and create a tag each month. Being a bit of a rebel, not wanting to copy someone's else's work, my tag  looks nothing like his. I like to use the techniques I learn from artists like him and put my own spin to it, rather than attempting to recreate their work. I do however think that you'd agree that there is little doubt that his work has been the source of my inspiration. Without further ado please see his tag below, or visit his website at, followed by my interpretation with instructions and the products I used:

Anguree's January tag:

  1. Punch a hole in the tag.
  2. Place the top of the tag onto the section of the embossing folder you like and emboss.
  3. Wipe your Distress embossing pad over the embossed images and add embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder and repeat this step if needed.
  4. Spray the top of the tag with black Dylusions Ink and set aside to dry. 
  5. Use a blending tool and blend some Iced Spruce ink on the bottom of the tag.
  6. Using your blending tool sponge Archival Ink through the cracks of your Prima die. 
  7. Ink your Kaszazz Stamp only in the corner where the figure of the man is and stamp on scrap paper, proceeding stamping in the right corner of your tag. Re-ink the stamp and then stamp in dark black over the first image, so it gives a shadow effect.
  8. Distress the edges of the tag and ink with Black Soot Distress ink.

  9. Cut a clean, empty soda can with a PKTool or any suitable pair of scissors. Cut off both the top and bottom. Use gloves to protect your hands and practice caution as the aluminium has very sharp edges.

  10. Put the sheet of aluminum in the embossing folder. (Do not worry if it is not flat, it will flatten during the embossing process. Using the multi-purpose platform, put the embossing folder on tab 1 or 2, then add your rubber embossing mat and texture plate.  It might struggle a little, but it will go through. Repeat this process with the little section of the can that did not fit in the embossing folder by turning it around. Repeat with both embossing folders.
  11. Now use your weathered clock die and cut the clock frame from the embossed aluminium. Then cut your clock hands from the leftover piece. (I only passed it through once but had to break out some sections, so try to send it through twice, but be careful not to move the aluminium.) Note that some sections of the aluminium may crack, but since it's not an expensive resource, you can always emboss another if needed. 
  12. Now apply black liquid pearls to your clock hands and set aside to dry - this may take several hours, depending on the climate where you live.
  13. Place the clock on your tag and decide which half you would like to use. Cut in half when you are satisfied.
  14. Use a circle to cut the inside of the weathered clock.
  15. Use a blending tool to apply distress ink black suit over the embossed circle. It will just colour lightly. Now use black Archival Ink and wipe over the raised images. Dry with a heatgun.

  16. Once dry, place the circle and half of the clock on your tag. Once satisfied, stick both the embossed circle and clock on the tag. Turn over the tag and trim excess of the circle with a suitable pair of scissors.

  17. Punch a hole through the aluminium and tag with an appropriate tool such as a Crop-A-Dile.
  18. Cut a paper measure tape from the Tattered Time collection and cut the number 14 and 20 as two separate pieces, allowing enough space on the sides before the other numbers. Join the numbers with double sided tape and place on the tag, but do not stick it as yet.
  19. Stamp your words on black cardstock using embossing ink and emboss with silver embossing powder. Cut the words of your choice.
  20. Add 3D foam to the back of the words and arrange on the tag, with the measure tape before sticking it down.
  21. Add your paperclip and other trinkets.
  22. String the little iron cord through the tag ( I had to colour my original bronze one to silver using Patina Silver Ink)
  23. Add the clock arms with a silver brad once they are completely dry.

Product List
Tag (3.5" x 5.5"):Kaszazz
Cardstock: Sam & Lucy
Patterned Paper: Tim Holtz Tattered Time
Die: Tim Holtz Weathered Clock, Impress 3 in one Nesting Dies
Ink: Ranger Dylusion ink, Distress Ink - Iced Spruce & Black Soot, Patina, Ranger Archival Ink, Ranger Liquid Pearls
Embossing Folders: Tim Holtz Patchwork, Sizzix Clocks
Embossing Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, 
Embossing powder: Silver
Stamps: Kaszazz
Stencils: Prima 
Trinkets: Kaszazz, Scrap Matrix
Stickers: Yuan Fei Lai Printing Co.LTD
3D Foam squares
Empty soda can


  1. Wow!! Great tag. Love the two tone. The embossed circle is fantastic too. Karen.x

  2. Very cool tag Ang. I love the embossing! Heidi x

  3. Love it!!! Your tag came out so good! I love how you used the soda can! I was complaining that I didn't have any foil stuff! What an awesome idea! So cool! - Angela

  4. Your spin on Tim's tag is wonderful Anguree. The embossed can is fabulous. It's nice to read about your process too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment on my tag too :)