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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Tm's 12 Tags of 2013: June - Sunday 23rd June

Good Morning Friends,

Hope you have been enjoying a good weekend so far: I'm writing this late at night to schedule for tomorrow - one of those occasions when we've been out, come home and feeling wide awake! We've been to Bristol to see a Scottish National Opera/D"Oyly Cart production of 'The Pirates of Penzance' - it was superb and it was great to see so many children there with their parents, but light opera is a good intro to the more 'serious' works for later!

Thanks for visiting and your comments on Saturday's scrapbook layouts...such memories, especially of all those stables I mucked out and horses groomed in exchange for riding lessons!

Tim's Tags of 2013

It was when I started to make this tag that it hit me that we are half way through the year already, oh goodness! Yes it's time for my take on Tim's tag for June, the year long Tim Holz blog challenge..this is Tim's...

and this is mine...

As I've said before, however busy I am with projects in the craft room I have made sure I set aside a little time this year to make a monthly tag. Following Tim's tutorial as best I can with the materials available (some months more than others) has been a great way to learn and revisit techniques. I really enjoyed making this tag and managed to follow the tut quite faithfully.

 For full details of the techniques Tim used, visit here - but I will give a brief(!!!) break down of what I did...

1. Although I didn't have the dragonfly blueprint stamp that was used, I did have the butterfly so decided to use that instead. I stamped it on watercolour paper, along with the postmark stamp. 

2. Tim used distress makers for his water colour technique but as yet I don't have many colours and mine weren't bright enough, so I  dabbed a few distress ink colours on my craft mat, spritzed with a little water and used a water brush to paint in the inks. I then used watered down black soot ink to create the shadows around the edge. I dried everything with a heat tool between applications. Finally, I dabbed some Picket Fence distress stain on my mat and added this, with a brush to the image to create highlights.

3. I colour washed the postage stamp and word with Fired Brick and then I tore across the bottom of the paper and inked around the edges, first with Antique Linen and then Rusty Hinge, then I used the water brush to draw in the ink from the edges to create the background colour and put this part of the project aside.

4.Now for the tag - first I swiped a distress ink pad(Brushed Corduroy)  across my mat  and then either side applied broken china and wild honey distress paints, then I spritzed water over them to mix. 

5.I took a  large manilla tag and swiped it through the mixture, letting it all mix together when I lifted it up. I misted the tag to blend the colours and dried with a heat tool and then tapped the tag into the remaining mixture again and heat dried.

4. Next I stamped all over randomly with a script stamp and a quote stamp (both Tim Holz stamps) and I had to get the month in somewhere for my records (!) so I faintly stamped 'June' as well!

5. To finish I inked all around the edges with  Rusty Hinge and a little Vintage Photo and glued the image panel over the tag.

Hope I didn't bore you with all that..seriously Tim does it much better and with colour photos! So there it is, my tag for June!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Fab tag Carole, love your use of the techniques and alternatives. You make me feel I must have a play when I have a proper bit of space. xx Flora


  2. Great Tag, and it goes to show you don't need to have all the correct elements, by just using what you have you can make a beautiful one.


  3. A great tag Carole. Where is this year going? Christine xx

  4. I absolutely love the colors you used! the butterfly stamp looks gorgeous against all the writing detail in the background:) I noticed you had a stamp that said June in the bottom right corner, and it made me smile because I thought it was extremely clever:)

  5. Beautiful take on Tim's tag Carole. I love that butterfly stamp and the colours you have chosen. X

  6. Hi Carole,
    superb tag. Love everything about it. Great inking and detailing.
    I suppose those who don't have horses or ponies, don't realize the work that goes into looking after them. I was amazed when visiting my grandchildren how even if the ponies are in the field in the summer they have to poo pick the field so as the ponies and horses don't get infected and ill.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  7. Good evening Carol,
    I really like this "tag" your use of colours, stamps and techniques is brilliant
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xxx

  8. Wonderful tag, you do these so well!xx