Saturday, 14 September 2013

Tim's Tags

Hi everyone!

       This is a first for me - Making one of Tim's Tags...I had always seen them before but never did any because I didn't own any of the items! I know I could use other items but I always wanted it to be linked to Tim's original tag in some way - but with my own interpretation.

   This time, for the first time ever, I looked at the instructions and thought - "I have that, got one of those but in a different colour, got some of those, I don't have that but I do have something similar....." and before I knew it I was sitting down and making the tag....and I had a lovely time doing it!

     This tag was based on learning about the new stencils....and luckily mine arrived in the post that day! I only had three (well, you have to start somewhere and three is better than none) so I couldn't do lots of different layers but I decided to give it a go...

I started by using texture paste on the clockwork stencil in opposite corners of the tag. Since the others I own are Burlap and Dot fade, I thought clockwork would provide the most dramatic image for the paste.

       I decided as I had most but not all of the items I would change the colour scheme slightly and I chose autumn colours. I picked up Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Tarnished Brass DS and smooshed them all over the tag very randomly...I decided not to think about it - just go for it. I spritzed with water that had some Mica Powder in and dried it with the heat gun, moving the tag around to blend the colours.

      I then got the Burlap Stencil and in the opposite corners to the clocks, I stencilled Vintage Photo DI. Then I used the Dot stencil and dabbed Vintage Photo DP using a sponge. In the center of the tag I applied Picket Fence DP with a sponge.

         I used some Tim Holtz stamps and stamped the butterflies in one corner using Potting Soil Archival ink and the text was randomly dabbed around the tag with the same archival ink.

     I chose two Chit-Chat stickers that seemed to be appropriate for this isn't perfect, there are a few things I wished hadn't happened, but the most important thing was fun and learning! So I am embracing imperfection! - I really am!...I decided after doing this tag that I would try again - try to make it better...but of course with the second I tried too hard, thought about it too much and it was....terrible!...This tag was far better, it has it's little errors, but if you compare the two, this one is by far the better tag - sometimes imperfection is better

I didn't have the Distress marker to draw around the words so I improvised with a soft lead pencil and smudged it.

    I chose a brad to attach to the top of the card with paper ribbon and raffia.

    A pen nib stained with Espresso alcohol ink was added....Yes, I know the word on the pen is the wrong way up but remember - I am embracing imperfection...and I wanted the pen to face that way!


        I hope you like my first ever Tim Tag....I loved making it!

            Thanks so much for being here - Hope to see you again soon!


I would like to enter this in the following challenges -

12 Tags of 2013 - September
Rogue Redhead Designs - Autumn Colours
Country View Crafts - Layers

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  1. Hi Laura....Love how you are embracing imperfection!!! This is a wonderful take on Tim's tags. Gorgeous
    Dot x

  2. Gorgeous tag Laura, love the colour palette you have chosen and you have certainly managed to use the stencil you have to perfection, really, really like your interpretation of the original, aprticularly love the way the clocks have turned out on the corners!!

  3. Your tag is really beautiful Laura, love the gorgeous colours you have used and your stencilling with the paste is really effective. I know from personal experience that Tim likes people to add their own style and you have certainly done this on yours, it is a brilliant take on Tim's tag. Hugs, Anne x

  4. Your tag is gorgeous, Laura.

    Have a wonderful weekend

  5. Great composition and a beautiful choice of colours here Laura. Hugs, Jenny x

  6. That is gorgeous - I need to drag out my distress inks and play a little too.

  7. Actually Laura, it is perfect,
    Rosie x

  8. Love the tag. Great impression of Tim's tags!
    Love that you used potting soil archival ink. I didn't even know there was a potting soil one, so funny... must get me that one, as a gardener I think I can't do without =).
    xx Monique

  9. WONDERFUL!!! Love the stenciling and the color! Great and beautiful take!

  10. Well I feel the same way I looooove all the tags, but no products but his fab ink pads, this is so exciting to see how you would create one, okay FABULOUSSSSS of course, three stencils is perfect and your right better then none:O). the colors blended together are gorgeous, the fabulous embellishments, I looooooove your first Tim tag, looking forward to seeing more, thanks for sharing it and I hope you have a wonderful weekend..

  11. Stunning! Wonderful visual texture and fabulous color transitions! Thanks for joining us at RRD!

  12. Beautiful tag! Thanks for joining the RRD Rebel Challenge.

  13. great job Laura! Glad you have joined in on the fun and hope to see your work again next month. paula c

  14. Your tag is fantastic, Laura. I love the color !

  15. a gorgeous take on Tim's tag , they are such fun to do x thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts Challenge, hope to see you next month x trace x

  16. Congratulations on your win! I, too, don't have Distress Markers. I did something similar, though, by using a water brush and some black soot and tracing around an element. Not exactly the same, but it worked. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Wow!!! First ever tag and a win at the same time. Laura this is fantastic!!!!!!!! Love your colors. They really do provide a dramatic backdrop for your images. And I really love how the clock faces on the corner turned out. Just gorgeous. Congrats on your win for the Sept Tag. -- Mary Elizabeth

  18. Woohoo! You won with your very first Tim Tag - you clever girl! Hugs, Anne xx

  19. Congrats Laura - talk about making an entrance - well done you!! Nicola x

  20. Hooray for you - winning with your first Tim Tag! Congratulations - a well deserved win - Gorgeous tag! MMx

  21. Huge congrats Laura for winning with your first ever Tim tag x Love the colours and texture.

    Crafty Hugs

    Annie x

  22. Gorgeous tag!! Congrats on your win and first time too!!


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