Once again I’m doing the monthly Tim tag at nearly the last minute.  Once reason I’ve put it off was that I really wanted to try the new Distress Glitter, but haven’t been able to find any locally.  I finally ordered some online, but it isn’t scheduled to arrive until this coming weekend.

So, I made do with Tim’s technique from October 2012, and colored plain glitter with Red Pepper alcohol ink.  I’m not big into Halloween cards and so decided to do a Christmas card.

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Here’s my desk while working on this project.  It always amazes me how many products are needed for one little card. Stamps, inks, glitter & glue, oh my!

This was my first time playing with Distress Paints, and I really love the way they mix and marble.


I cut the bird branch die out of grunge paper and colored the bird with Barn Door Distress Ink and the branch with Frayed Burlap.  For the snow on the branch I dabbed on white enamel accents and then sprinkled on white flower soft.


The background was stamped with the Hero Arts Music Background in Coffee Archival Ink. That stamp is great for so many different projects, birthday, Christmas, any kind of celebration really.

So that’s what I’ve been up to.  What have you been making lately?

If you’re wondering why I posted a pic of my messy work table, well, it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Woyww is this fun little blog hop we have every week over at Julia’s.  We take a peek at the creative spaces of people from all over the globe.  Join us if you have a few minutes, it’s always a good time. 🙂

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35 thoughts on “WOYWW – October Tim Holtz Tag of 2013 – Christmas Card

    1. Oh no, this is my first try with Distress PAINT. I’ve been using Distress Inks for quite a while.

      Thanks for dropping in, Sharon!

  1. I love that bird on the branch, I think your version is much better, good for you. We don’t do Halloween here in Australia either.

    happy Wednesday
    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 17

  2. Very colorful and textured, Sandy! I love how you made your Tim tag into a fabulous Christmas card!! Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week! Hugs, Darnell #9

  3. Love it.. The white and the pearls look wonderful. If you’re amazed by the amount you need to make one of his follow-along projects…think ‘product loading’…the more he uses, the more you might have to run out and buy. Cynical, yes. realistic, yes. Results…perfect, it’s what you make with what you’ve got, huh! The tags are a wonderful spring point for inspiration and also a great way to get some courage up and try something new.

    1. Oh, you are absolutely right, Julia, it is an excellent marketing strategy! After my first year of doing the 12 Tags of Christmas I figured out that I didn’t have to (or necessarily want to) buy every little thing he used.

      Now I just kinda springboard and go off & do my own thing. 🙂

  4. Gorgeous work … love the pearls, I love the combination of sizes and how the undulate across the bottom edge, and the red bird is fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you both have a good week. Elizabeth x #42

    1. Those pearls on the bottom are “Bling on a Roll.” They come all together like that and you just cut the length you want.

  5. I really like how you adapt Tim’s techniques to your own preferences, which I also prefer. 😀 I LOVE the marbled background with the music stamp. Maybe I’ll try that myself. Thanks for sharing these great techniques!

    1. Thanks, Robin!

      With Distress Inks & Stains you can go back in and pick up the leftover ink on the craft sheet for additional layers of color. But, I found with the Distress Paints that one swipe through is enough, the colors blend to mud fairly quickly after that.

  6. Your Christmas card is amazing! I had trouble finding the glitter in local stores too, had 2 colors the rock candy, and orange. For my tag I used rock candy clear and colored the images black with distress ink. I love the inkying property. Have a few on order online for the holidays. Your background is so pretty it sets the bird off wonderful and all the little touches are great! Winnie#55

    1. I ordered the Pumice Stone (a light silver grey) online, figuring I can color it myself with alcohol inks. I have no intention of purchasing the entire array of colors!

  7. Just love how you used his products. i have to wait to get the paints as they are so expensive. I bought his stencils and love those. your card is terrific. Like the bird. I know what you mean about so many products for one card. It is no wonder people make dozens at a time.
    Monica 33

  8. So you colored that red glitter on the bird? That’s impressive! It is quite a striking card. I finally got some white flower soft myself to try it out as snow. You’ve shown it can really work well. And yes, it is amazing how many products it takes to make one little card. For me, somehow the whole room can get trashed.

    1. Yup, I colored the glitter with alcohol ink. I used about 10 drops for a teaspoon of glitter.

      The secret is to keep stirring even though you think it’s a hopeless clumpy mess. At some point the alcohol will evaporate and you’ll be left with the original texture, but now it’s colored.

      Happy creating!

  9. Your desk looks great and the TAG is just absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and your take on it. Happy late WOYWW, Suzanne

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