Monday, February 1, 2016

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Tim Holtz Tag Revisited

Each Monday's post will be dedicated to Mixed Media. For me that narrows down to three main areas - Art Journals, Tim Holtz, Mini Albums.

I've always wanted to do Tim Holtz's tags but just never made the time or space. Last year, while I was between studios, I attempted the tags for the first time and loved the TWO I made. This year, I have the studio and am back at them. If you missed my January 2016 Tag, you can see it HERE.

One of the other things I want to do on Mondays is to revisit some of his old tags... tags I wanted to make but never did. This week, I've started with his very first tag... 12 Tags of Christmas 2007 - Day 1.

I liked playing with the colors. Tim's version HERE called for using his Crackle Paints. I did not have those so I chose Folk Art colors and a bottle of crackle medium. Here's the thing... Use HIS crackle paints. By using paints and medium separate, you have 3 steps... aka 3 drying times. With Tim's - just ONE step - one drying time. You can bet his crackle paints are on my shopping list now!

I also did not have a Santa stamp. (Another item on my 'buy' list). So I chose the vintage sled from SU Winter Memories, as well as the sentiment.  The 'S' is from Colorbok Monogram grunge board letters.

The tag came out very bland and you can barely see the stamped image. After letting the tag sit for a couple of days, I tried again. When I painted/ crackled the first background, I had enough paint to do a second base - so I did. No wasting paint and I'd have another base for something down the road. Didn't realize 'down the road' would mean 3 days LOL

On the redo I stamped the image in VersaMark then embossed with Midnight Black. I also punched a snowflake using my SU paddle punch. I coated the snowflake in VersaMark then embossed with a custom mix embossing blend.

For the background I used Folk Art Linen. Then I blended SU Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke along with TM Distress Ink - Vintage Photo. The sentiment is stamped on SU Very Vanilla then I toned the color down with the Vintage Photo.

The snowflakes in the background are from a Studio G stamp using Brilliance Moonlight White.


  1. I have always wanted to try a Tim Holtz inspired tag. Great job on yours!

  2. this is cool Kelly - so glad my sailor caught your eye! Big hugs to you Rachel x