Tim Holtz August Tag

The August Tim Holtz Tag is about masking.  I have to admit I groaned a bit when I first saw it.  “A bit on the tedious side”, I told myself.  I just don’t have the patience to fussy-cut anymore.  But once I got into it, I just couldn’t stop!  Besides the stains used for the background, I don’t own any of the products used to create the tags, so I improvised.


I have a lovely set of stamps called Butterfly Garden by Pink Paislee that I stamped onto a plain acetate sheet with Stazon ink and then cut out.  See Tim’s blog for better instructions.  Because I was stamping on plain acetate (with no sticky side), I stuck the acetate masks down with some reposition-able tape.  The background was done with a couple of different green Distress Stains.


I finally decided to take the plunge and bought a set of Distress Markers, so I have dabbled in coloring the flowers with them.  So far my favorite strata to use them on is the Mixed Media artist paper.  I only have some 90 pound Strathmore on hand, so that is what I’m using here (but of course, as with all my tags now, I will mount this to a piece of chipboard for strength).  I plan to try the pens on some hot press watercolor paper as Tim recommends as soon as I can get my hands on some.  So far I can’t find any in my local arts and crafts stores.  I’m pretty pleased in general with how they are taking to this paper though.  I look forward to using them a lot more in the future!


I used a fine tipped watercolor brush and the Antique Bronze stain to color in the bird cage.


The ball chain was something I found in the garage years ago, I didn’t clean it because it has that lovely tarnished look.  I glued it down with Matt Accents, which Ranger discontinued.  I really think we need to rise up and change their minds about that decision!  I’ll have to give some thought on how to organize that.



As always – thanks so much for stopping by!

About Sam

A lover of crafts and art trapped in the mind of an accountant. My dream is to someday be set free of the cubicle prison. Meanwhile, I craft and I create to set my mind free.
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8 Responses to Tim Holtz August Tag

  1. craftytrog says:

    A lovely interpretation! x

  2. die amelie says:

    A wonderful improvisation! I love the theme of your tag and the watercolouring too! Beautiful!

    die amelie x

  3. Emily says:

    This is gorgeous! Great improv!

  4. Maisie Moonshine says:

    Beautiful! Such a gorgeous tag. Love the stamps you’ve used – you’re one of the lucky few who managed to get Butterfly Garden stamps before they were sold out everywhere! MMx

  5. Ben Roach says:

    Thank you for the lovely visit on my tag! I love what you’ve done, great colors, technique, and love how you embellished. Oh and I ordered 2 more sets of the travel stamps, they are a lot of fun :).

  6. Chary says:

    Your Tag is gorgeous. Love the stamps and colors

  7. whew hew great tag!!! I admit I don’t do enough of his tags. I love it but get frustrated when I dont have the same stuff.

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