Wednesday, 5 February 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - February

Hello again

Another month has passed and it's February, which means it's time to create another tag for
Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge. For me, February is always such a special month, celebrating love, relationships and the birthday of a very special person. This year, Valentine, or the 14th is so much more as it marks my and my hubby's 10th wedding anniversary.  I really wanted to capture the essence of this event on my tag and as such my tag looks nothing like Tim's.  I'd dare to say there is a little bit more "me" in this one.

You can have a look at Tim's tag below or hop over to his blog by clicking on the photo for a step by step tutorial to create it just the way he did. (Naturally he could not but help to use the brand new heart stencil, released on CHA2014. How did I just know it even before he published his proposed materials or finished tag? Mm mm intuition or logic?)

I loved the techniques and especially the chalkboard effect Tim used, but I did not have any of his new goodies in my stash. Sometimes I think that every now and then we make the mistake of thinking that we just have to buy all the new stuff and can't possibly live without it. However, not having it all, can also stretch our imagination, take us out of our comfort zone and feed our creativity. Saying that I am very pleased to be the owner of the new Eye Chart stencil. Yes, I am a confessed scrap-a-shop-aholic.  Surely, you can relate, can't you? Come on now, be honest, I'm not telling your significant other...

So here is my take on this month's challenge:

How To:

  1. For this month's tag, I did not even had to create a background, as I've just used one of the tags I previously used to mop up some of the leftover spray-ink on my craft sheet. It's a great way to make the most of your products and keep wastage to a minimum. Tags can always be used later, rather than merely wiping it off with a cloth, never to be seen again.
  2. Since I had no heart stencil to start with, I had to create my own by using a very small random heart punch  in my collection. I carefully punched 5 hearts out of a piece of leftover transparency.
  3. Instead of using distress ink and clear embossing powder, I decided to use my Distress Embossing pad directly on the stencil, onto my tag.
  4. I then used red embossing powder to create the embossed hearts on the bottom.  I carefully repeated this process, altering the position of the heats in each row. It did not work exactly as I anticipated, but it has a distressed feel, so I just highlighted the edges with my Fired Brick Distress Marker.
  5. The Eye Chart stencil was used to fill in the blank space above the hearts.
  6. To create a border, I used an X-cut border punch and covered it in Black Diamond Ice Stickles.
  7. I then cut a rosette, using the Tim Holtz Alterations die and again covered it with Black Diamond Ice Stickles.
  8. I also rediscovered some cardstock hearts, which I bought quite some time ago. I think it was Cre8tive, but I can be wrong, as I disposed of the packaging when I stored it with similar tags shapes. I covered two in Black Diamond Ice Stickles and the other in red WOW glitter. I added about 3 different layers of glitter to get a nice thick solid look.
  9. I then stamped Angle Wings on a piece of acetate with Staz On Black. Once dry, I fussy cut it and glittered the backing with Ice Stickels.
  10. While I waited for the glitter to dry I added a heart shaped eyelet at the top.
  11. I then glittered a piece of organza ribbon and waited till it dried before attaching it to my tag.
  12. I then added our wedding date with some rub-on letters from my stash. (also purchased a very long time ago)
  13.  I proceeded to create the foil words for my tag, using a texture plate I bought during my visit to South Africa in 2013. 
  14. To do this, put the texture plate face up on your multipurpose platform of your Big Shot or A plate.
  15. Put the foil colour side upwards on top of your texture plate and cover with embossing rubber and spacer plate. Finally add one cutting plate and roll through the machine. (Please note I played with different texture plates to make sure I get the words that best fit my tag)

  16. Using you Tim Holtz sander, carefully sand the embossed surface of your foil to reveal the silver words and cut.
  17. Since my words are all in Afrikaans, I decided to translate them for your purposes:
  18. EK LIEF JOU - I Love you
  19. JY's MYNE - You are mine
  20. Troudag -Wedding day
  21. When my embellishment pieces were finally dry I assembled it together and added a few feathers and charms. (Big thank you for the inspiration AngelaVenableArt, just loved your January Tag
  22. Finally I printed mini tags to add to finish it off.

Product List
Tags (3.5" x 5.5"): Kaszazz; News Agent
Ink: Staz On ink, Ranger Distress Ink -  Black Soot  
Stencil: - Tim Holtz Eye Chart
Texture Plate: Creaticca Studio (
Craft Metal: 
Creaticca Studio
Sanding Grip: Tim Holtz
Tim Holtz Alterations
Border Punch: X-cut

Embossing Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Embossing powder: KaszazzIce Stickles - Ranger
Stamps:  Kaszazz
Glitter: WOW
Organza Ribbon:Kaszazz
Cardstock hearts: Cre8tiv
Rub on letters


  1. Your tag came out awesome! I absolutely LOVE it!! I am still trying to finish up some projects so I can do one, too. This is so beautiful! :)

    1. Hi Angela,

      Thank you - can't wait to see what you will come up with this month :)

  2. I love the way your tag turned out. The colors are deep and rich and your little tags are awesome!

    1. Thanks Theresa, your tag is pretty awesome too. :)

  3. Beautiful! SO much better than the original :-)

    1. Hi there

      Thank you so much for stopping by and a huge compliment!

  4. Nice tag!! I love the little helps U've added : saving leftover ink on the craftsheet, and the colored metal/foil tip. it never teally occurred to me before just how much ink can get wasted. THANKS!!

    1. No worries Larimore, glad you found it helpful ;) Thank you for stopping by.

  5. This is a very creative take on tim's tag. love all the ellements you used on yours.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Thanks Hetty, much appreciated. Hope you had a good valentines as well. I went diving in Bali with my hubby. Now back to reality...

  6. Gorgeous tag Anguree, I love your take on Tim's tag! Carole xox

  7. I like you used the wings and the feathers.