Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 2013 Tag based on Tim Holtz tags of 2013

Here is my August 2013 Tag based on the Tim Holtz tags of 2013 august tutorial.

I used old paper, and brushed corduroy distress stain for the background of the tag.
Here are the masks I used. I did the clouds first, then the balloon, then the sun and the compass. Then I stamped the background images over all the masks. I used fruit punch stickles on the jewelry embellishment.

 It was a fun technique to try out!

Here are the stamps I used since some people have asked. I just gathered up some stamps I have and used them together. I kind of planned as I found some stamps that would go with the balloon. I colored on the stamps with a set of Tombow pens I have, the set colors are called "Grunge".

I used the Tim Holtz balloon stamp and stamped it with Ranger black archival ink. For the rest of the stamps I colored on them with the pen ink and then stamped them.

Background: Stampabilities, Tapestry Pattern stamp. About 4" X 5 ". You can't see it very well on the stamp.

 Sun stamp: Inkadinkado, 95276. It's about 2 1/2" square. I think I got it at Hobby Lobby. I only colored the circle part of the stamp and didn't ink the square part.

Background: I used the above Tim Holz stamp for the sun rays. Love this stamp. It has smaller gunge patterns!

Here's the cloud stamp. I don't use the Acrylic stamps very much as they don't take the water based ink very well, but that's ok if you use them on purpose for that reason. Since I used distress ink for the clouds, there wasn't good ink coverage, and some blobs, which is great for a cloud. You have to try it first to control the mess. The acrylic stamp just kind of smears the water-based ink around on the paper. This is sometimes what you want. If not, you have to find a different ink that works better with acrylic stamps.

 I used the above top left 1" stamp for the background. I colored it with ink pens in different colors and stamped it many times around. I thought it could be wind. These are from Inkadinkado. They are acrylic so you have to be careful which kind of ink you use with them.

I used the "D" stamp for the compass and the word discover. I only colored with pens on the compass and the word discover, and didn't put any ink on the rest of the stamp. They are from TPC Studio, Alpha Picture. These are the good kind of rubber stamps.

I'm not a great stamper...I'm learning from all of you. I also am not that particular about the whole process. I like the mistakes. I think mistakes are interesting. I'm finicky about weird things like composition sometimes, but most of the time I'm just trying to learn how stuff works! Actually I spend most of my time trying to find where I put things!

The sun stamp is a favorite! It's still for sale at a few places online. Here, and Here, and Here.


  1. What a beautiful tag!! That is the best use of the balloon stamp I've seen in a long time and love your masking. I am also envious of your propeller embellishment. Awesome work!

    1. Thanks! The propeller I got at Michaels in the bead section. In a pack called "bead landing", "found objects", there are a few different kind of propellers that are awesome!

  2. Fantastic tag, really beautiful images and I love your composition. That sun/moon stamp is stunning - especially like the way you've coloured it. Great background stamps too - think this is my favourite! MMx

  3. Really beautiful tag. What stamp did you use for the back ground

  4. Fabulous Tag, love all the stamped images.
    Janet x

  5. Great tag! The composition and colors you used were awesome!

  6. Whay a lovely tag. The tiny sun is so pretty.
    xx Monique


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