The August 2012 Tim Holtz tag is a fun one, with some great techniques.  It has a nice, classy look and a very vintage feel.


The first step is to stamp a Tag with a frame using Clear Embossing Ink and then heat emboss with Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder, black.  My frame is from Tim’s Urban Grunge stamp set.  Then you stamp an image inside the frame with Jet Black Archival Ink.  My bird is from the Inkadinkado Birds Galore Clear Stamp set.

Next is dry embossing with the Postcard Embossing Folder and a machine like Sizzix Big Shot.

To create a resist on the raised part of the embossing, on a Craft Sheet mix some Folk Art Acrylic Paint, Teal with Folk Art Acrylic Paint, Wicker White  and apply lightly with a piece of Cut-N-Dry Foam. (I didn’t apply paint to the area inside my frame.)


Cut the bottom of the tag with the On The Edge Brackets Die.  Tim left his tag shaped on the bottom, but I thought mine didn’t look right proportionally, so I added a piece of patterned paper.  Now you can ink the area inside the frame with Antique Linen Distress ink.  Add Vintage Photo outside of the frame and Walnut Stain around the outside edges of the tag.

Once the inking is done, lightly wipe over the tag with a damp towel.  This removes the ink from the painted area, very cool!

Follow Tim’s directions to make paper flowers with the Tattered Pine Cone die.  I love his tip about using the Sanding Grip to sand the edges while the paper is still flat.


Once they were done, I inked my flowers with Wild HoneyBroken China and Worn Lipstick Distress inks.  The leaves and branches were inked with Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough Distress inks.

The pearl centers are from some old, broken jewelry and are glued in with Glossy Accents.

I made my own pearl mist with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mixed with water in a Mini Mister.  After I sprayed the tag and flowers, all the colors seemed way too muted, so I went back over the bird with a black Zig Marker to make it stand out.


To finish the top of the tag, color a piece of Lavish Trimmings with Spun Sugar Distress Stain.  Add some pearl dangles, (from yet more broken jewelry) Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trinket PinsTim Holtz Facets and/or whatever other charms and doo-dads you may have around.


Would you believe this tag was made with only supplies I had on hand?  That may be a testament to too much time shopping in my local craft store, lol.


Happy creating!



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10 thoughts on “Put A Bird On It – August Tag Of 2012

  1. All right, this is definitely one of my favorites. (There are so many of them!) It looks a lot like one of the Christmas tags I got from you. 🙂

      1. It has the glittery roses, an antique script, and a key. Lovely Victorian look. I’ve held on to all of them because I hate to give them away, but that’s a crummy Christmas spirit, so I’ll give some to my daughter for her tree. 🙂

        1. That way you’ll still get to enjoy them, too. Very clever. 😉

          The roses on yours are made in very different way. Using the pine cone die makes it much quicker and easier.

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