Saturday, 31 May 2014

12 Tags of 2014 May

Hello everyone

It's great to connect with you all again. Hope you have been having fun crafting.  So just before we wave the Month of May goodbye, I would like to share my take on this month's Tag Challenge. Phew, I am glad to be able to share this just before the deadline. Talk about the guilt, of not having it done in time. It drove me mad... I don't know if any of you had this experience before, but I almost felt guilty every morning thinking, I only have a few days left, not being sure if I'd make it this month. Well, all that is gone now and I did keep up to my new year's resolution of participating every month, so far anyway... Usually it's the very first thing I do, but I've been a very crafty lady and had way too much priorities on the list this last couple of weeks.

So below is the tag Tim Created for us this month, and I really loved it. Please hop over to the Tim Holtz Blog, to see how he has gone about to do it.

So here is my version:

I did not have the new embossing folders, so I created my own version by using a combination of chipboard letters and Spellbinders Mixage Media Foil. 

First of all I created my own Embossing template by sticking my chipboard letters on a piece of cardstock. To get an image where the letters were sunken, rather than raised, I reversed the letters by turning them on their backs. The next step was doing the embossing, so by placing my template on a cutting plate, I lied my foil on the colored side facing down on top and then a rubber mat, followed by my texture plate. Wolla, all done. 

 From this point on, it was easy. I simply colored my foil using Archival ink and put some holes in it for the brads and glued on the other embellishments. I also discovered that my trusty Kaszazz tag needs to be a whee big bigger so I added 2 small layers of hessian ribbon and a scrap piece of leather that worked perfectly with the brads at the bottom. 

I also decided to cover my tag with burlap/hessian rather than using pattern paper. Instead of doing patchwork, I stamped with paint on the washi-tape I modge podged onto the burlap. Using embellishments and the stamp created the idea of patchwork sections, rather than doing it the way Tim has.

I loved doing this challenge and hope you all had fun trying this out this month. If you still want to give it a go, definitely do so. It's a great way of using those hoarded little bits that never gets used because we feel sorry for them.

Products: Tag-Kaszazz , Archival Ink-Ranger, Acrylic Paint- Studio Artist, Stamp-Kaszazz , Embellishments - Kaszazz, Finnabair & craft markets ; Ribbon - Scrap Matrix; Foil- Spellbinders, burlap, leather, Helmar glue and red double sided tape.


  1. Great take of May tag! Love the canvas as background and the beautiful idea of "explore" word!

  2. Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog Anguree,your tag is very beautiful too. It was a hard one this month wasn't it but very rewarding when finished : )


  3. Love how you did the "Explore" embossing, will have to try that. Super tag love the hessian/burlap background. Thanks for visiting my tag this month BJ

  4. GREAT TAG!! I will have to try your embossing technique. Thanks for sharing. Karen.x

  5. Such a awesome tag. Love your idea to deboss the word into the metal with precut letters. Definitely will have to try that one out. Thanks for the inspiration!