I may have mentioned it before, but I love cool techniques!  So when I stumbled across Tim Holtz and his videos, books, online tutorials and his blog, I flipped.

If you’re at all familiar with him then you know what I mean.  He’s the guy who came up with the  foil tape embossing photo frame idea that I mentioned last week.  He’s a master at creative techniques in rubber stamping, paper crafts and beyond.

Anyhow, this year, every day for the first 12 days of December, he posted tutorials on his blog for making his “12 Tags of Christmas.”  I decided to follow along and made nine of them, but made cards instead.  Silly me, I didn’t take pictures of all of them, but here are the one’s I’ve got:

christmas card snowman with distress crackle paint

You can find his tutorials here, if you want to check them out. This one turned out to be my favorite.  In fact, I didn’t give it to anyone but am keeping it for me!

christmas card snowman close up

It’s based on Tim’s day seven tag, where you will find his recipe for making the faux snow.  What a fun mess!

Meh, this one with the stockings came out ok.  Did it on day nine.

christmas card peaceful log cabin

More fun with alcohol ink on the ornaments.

christmas cardwith alcohol ink ornaments

Interestingly enough, the day four design, upon which the below card was based, was one of my least favorite of Tim’s tags, but I was quite pleased with this card once I finally finished it.

I spent an entire day on this one (what WAS I thinking?) The words at the top finally came out great, but take it from me – ANY kind of ink will bleed terribly when stamped on satin ribbon. Save yourself some headaches and try twill tape instead, works great!

Christmas card oh come let us adore him

I think the friends I sent it to really liked it, as they emailed me this photo of the card in a frame, and said they plan to take it out every year.

It was a lot more work making cards, rather than just tags.  I’m not sure if I’ll do it this way again.

Here are just a few of the products I used to make these tags/cards:

Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink 
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Faded jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Pine Needles Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Dusty Concord Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Cranberry
Ranger 1/2-Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Denim
Adirondack Alcohol Ink .5 Ounce – Stream
Ink Blending Tool & 2 Foams 
Tim Holtz™ Distress Crackle Paint Picket Fence  
Zing Embossing Powder – Metallic Gold
Darice Lame Cord 1 Ply 25 Yards Gold
Inkadinkado 7-Piece Snowflakes A-Plenty Clear Stamp
Christmas Silhouettes Clear Stamps 5 pc Set Inkadinkado
Swirls Clear Stamp Set  (Autumn Leaves)
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point
Printmaster – Platinum Version 18  (For the image in “O Come Let Us Adore Him”)

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