Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2013... February

Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge this week is "Something Messy". I've combined my entry with my version of Tim's February tag since I love to get messy with inks, but also wanted to try out my melt pot!

"Izzwizz' version of Tim's February Tag"

The background uses Barn Door & Antiqued Bronze distress stains with plenty of spritzing  for that watery effect, the edges distressed and lightly sponged with Black Soot distress ink.

"Decoupaged Cupid"

The cupid is stamped once onto the tag and three times in black archival onto watercolour paper before colouring with distress markers. I like to use the markers as paint with a detail water brush to give good blending, but the markers' fine tips are great for adding detail to hair and wings. After colouring, parts of the image are cut out and superimposed on the image stamped on the tag. As well as the decoupaged cupid, you can see the background inking quite well in the above closeup.

"Love Tickets"

The ticket is stamped three times onto white card using black archival ink before colouring with distress ink pads and markers and cutting out. I like to tear the two ends of the tickets rather than cutting with scissors to give a more realistic look. The tickets are fixed to the top of the tag with a vintage-looking brad from my stash.

"Heart Charm"

A salvage sticker was cut to fit a heart charm blank and stuck inside. The charm is then filled with UTEE. I allowed the UTEE to colour into a light caramel to let the charm look naturally aged, and didnt worry about bubbles. I think it has more of a look of old resin this way. UTEE will darken more the longer you heat it in a melt pot; if you want it really clear, use it quickly.

"Finished Tag"

Finishing touches include some heart ribbon along the bottom, died with Barn Door distress stain, and some Baker's Twine, coloured with Tattered Rose distress stain to tone the white down to match. The black heart in the background was from a Black Magic Co-ordinations pad and has its edges sanded. I embossed with the barbed wire embossing folder and sanded that too, but the embossing ended up pretty much hidden in the finished tag. Finally, the heart stamp was stamped on the edges of the left and right of the tag.

Now, while I had the melt pot out, I wanted to have a go at making some UTEE embellishments from my own moulds, and this is what I made...

"UTEE embellishments from my own moulds"

Not bad for a first attempt :-)

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Love Struck
Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folder - Barbed Wire
Sizzix Bigz - Tag (thanks Lee!)
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Barn Door, Antiqued Bronze, Tattered Rose
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Barn Door, Black Soot
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Barn Door
Ranger Archival ink pad - Jet Black
UTEE & Melt Pot
Tim Holtz Salvage Stickers - Seasonal
Heart Charm
Heart Ribbon
Baker's Twine
Vintage Brad
cardstock: manilla 300gsm (tag), watercolour (cupid), white 200gsm (tickets)
Adhesives: Glossy Accents, Pinflair

Entered for the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show... Something Messy
Totally Gorjuss - Love
Mark's Finest Papers - Love
Craft Room Challenge - Make Your own Embellishments


  1. You are just amazing. All the embellisment are super.

  2. Fabulous creation, thank you for joining us at Lexis Creations.
    Hugs Julie x

  3. WOW! This is gorgeous Maddy. I love the design, fabulous colours and the UTEE on the heart looks so effective. As always your attention to detail is wonderful
    Your UTEE embellishments look beautiful, I love the shimmery colours.
    I hope you are having a good week
    Hugs Sue

    1. Oh, this tag is just too cute! Love the cupid image and the tickets! Thanks for joining us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

  4. What a cool Valentine tag, Maddy! Love all of it! Your little UTEE pieces from your own molds look super, too! Isn't that fun to do? I also love the heart charm that you did using the salvage sticker in the base. Very cool! Love the twine wrapped around that very vintage tag! Thanks for sharing your very festive tag with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  5. A fabulous tag, Maddy, and your UTEE embellishments look amazing!

  6. Very Tim Holtz looking. Love your embellishments. Thanks for joining speedy Fox and Friends.

  7. Maddy this tag is incredible (give me a shout when you need more tags), and I love your heart charm and the other wee embellishments you made with your UTEE. Looks like you had loads of fun with your melt pot. Lee x

  8. Super work with your UTEE Maddy. I had a little play last week but I wasn't over happy with what I ended up with and not used any of it yet. Great tag anyhow.

    B x

  9. A stunning tag so beautifully embellished and perfect for our challenge. Thank you so much for joining us at Craft Room Challenge and good luck with the draw. Julia xxx

  10. What a gorgeously romantic tag! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations hugs Susan x

  11. Such a gorgeous tag so romantic for this time of year. Love Alison xx

  12. Great tag - your UTEE charm is fab, a melt pot is on my wish list !! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room..Esther xx

  13. I love your tag, the metallic stain looks fabulous with the regular DI. Your UTEE embellishment is stunning and has a wonderful aged look - one of these pots is definitely on my wish list!. Thanks for joining in with our Handmade Embellishments theme at the Craft-Room this fortnight.

    Maria x

  14. Oh WOW didn't you have fun! I love the UTEE embellishment and all the moulded extras you made. It is something to make a day of isn't it? but the results so worth it. thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  15. Gorgeous red! Love your tale and the Cupid! Thank you for playing along with our messy challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  16. what a great tag! and I love your UTEE embellishments- congrats on being one of our Top 3 winners at Craft Room, Debi x

  17. What a lovely card, no wonder it's a challenge winner! Congratulations :)


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