Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tim Holtz Tag & Christmas Teacher Gifts

Rocky Candy, how I love you....let me count the ways..... Well, if I truly did count.....this post would go on and on and on and on and on and on and ON! {And since I'm already a chatty gal, I'd rather just leave room on the post for that chatter!} But, needless to say, I LOVE the stuff, both the Stickles and Distress Crackle Paint alike...thank you Tim Holtz!

Here are some of my tags that I made based on his first inspirational tag from Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas:

I made five total. These three went on top of the blank Stampin' Up! tags I made for my son's teachers' Christmas presents this year.

In addition to the uber fabulous Rock Candy Stickles and Distress Crackle Paint, I loved how I made my snowmen! I do not have Tim's fun snowman stamp, so I punched out three circles, taped them together, layed them on top of Grunge Paper (I didn't even realize it was Grunge Paper and not Grunge Board, until he did a tag later down the line with it.......then I went back and looked and what do ya know!!! :>), traced and cut out my snowmen.

Next, I inked them up with black ink and embossed them twice with clear embossing powder. I inked up the snowflake stamp with Versamark and then pressed it down into the embossed snowman while the embossing powder was still warm. When it cooled down, I removed the stamp and it left a snowflake depression in my snowman (Thank you Claire for showing me that technique! :>). And then I added the white paint, followed the rest of Tim's instructions, and I had SO MUCH FANTASTIC FUN!!!! I felt like an inky, sticky kidlet making these and I think I had a permenant Chesire smile etched into my face! :>

Using assorted Stampin' Up! tag stamps, I made fifty-four tags, eighteen for each teacher. I used my Spica glitter pens to add some sparkle, some crystal Stickles for snow, and threaded each one with coordinating embroidery thread.

To present them, I threaded through each set of tags with a double strand of silver cord, put a signed large Tim snowman tag on top, and tied them off. School let out a week before Christmas this year, so these were practical for the teachers to use on their gifts. Practical, crafty, and fun makes for a great gift in my book and hopefully, in their books as well. These three women have been wonderful assets in our son's life and we are thankful for all of them!

Cardstock: White - Georgia Pacific; Certainly Celery - Stampin' Up!; Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; turquoise & blue - Stash
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue - Stampin' Up!; black - India Ink; Faded Jeans, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Weathered Wood - Tim Holtz Distress Inks for Ranger
Stamps - Stampin' Up! (all except snowflake....$ stamp from stash)
Other: silver ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Grunge Paper & Board, Stickles, Distress Crackle Paint, Spica glitter pens - Copic; Paint Dabber - Adirondack; Versamark ink; clear embossing powder, embroidery floss & fibers - Stash


  1. Wow Karen, love the texture on your Tim Holtz tags. They are all just beautiful, what a wonderful idea,
    Have a very Happy New Year Karen,
    Love Sarita xx

  2. These are awesome tags! I agree with you on the rock candy crackle paint and stickles! I can't decide which one I like better - they are both fabulous in their own way! In fact, I'm rationing mine because my LSS hasn't brought in new stock (lol)!

    Enjoy the last few days of 2009 and have a fantastic 2010 Karen! :)

  3. Those are really nice, I love the texture too. I love giving beautiful tags on presents, especially adding handmade to it!

  4. Oh, goodness! You are ONE sassilicious craftin' babe! LOVE what you've done with the Tim tags! Heavens, those are inkalicious, baby! And THEN, the beloved snowman tags/S/U! CLASSIC with the perfect Karen twist! I love it! Bet the teachers and all who received them did, too! Love it, doll! You're AWESOME!

    {Great fun catching up with you today, m'dear! xoxo- E.}

  5. Dang those tags are gorgeous! I love the bright blue! Rock on.. Super Rock Candy rock on... Love your snowman creation! You get extra points for that one...

    And, the SU tags are adorable!
    Lucky Teachers!!!

  6. Oh Karen... all of your tags are great!! I bet the teachers loved those! I need to remember that for teachers gifts as my son gets older! Something they might actually use! :) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  7. Love the idea for the teacher gifts! I so want to steal it for next year...that is assuming I can actually get my act together in time! ;)

  8. OMG! These are awesome! They're beautiful! I just love love love the colors on there! And the crackle paint is perfect! You've made me want to get mines off my shelf .. it's been sitting there for awhile feeling a tad neglected ... LOL! GORGEOUS work!

  9. Oh these are fantastic what a great gift girl!

  10. OMG Karen these are beautiful! I didn't know much about Tim's tags and now you have me curious! I finally bought some distress crackle paint. I'm just staring at it cuz I'm scared to use it, lol! You need to get over here and help me! We can watch football and create, wouldn't that be cool- yea, in a totally perfect world. Well, my FF team took 3rd place, so $100! I got lucky, I only had an 8-8 record!!!!!!!!! Next year, you and I are winning it all girl. Hey, we need to do a team together, lmk. We can talk on the phone and do a live draft. Sound good?? Happy New Year hun! xOxo

  11. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! LOVE your tags as well! Hope you have a wonderful New Years! ~hugs~

  12. These are all beautiful, Karen! And as a teacher, I can say that I would LOVE a practical gift like this for certain! What SU stamp is that? I don't recognize it! TFS!

  13. Karen, all of these tags are so cute! I am going to have to give these Tim Holtz products a whirl! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  14. You are so clever girl! I LOVE your tags...super fabulous! While perusing my local Michael's I discovered some supplies by Tim Holtz that I want to incorporate into some jewelry, he has some amazing key trinkets...that guy is a genius!

    Happy New Year Sweet Friend...I adore you and I'm looking forward to drooling over your lovely creations in 2010!

    Love and hugs,

  15. Your tags are soooo lovely. Wishing you a blessed 2010!

  16. rock candy baby! Mmmmm hmmmm that's some frosty chilly winter tim goodness right there. And I DO know what you mean when you say you got all messy and downright happy with this project. And the teacher tag gift sets....well, they are just as lucky to have your family in their lives, let me for one say. Happy new year my friend!

  17. how AWESOME these tags are. fun stuff girly!. I hope you have a very happy new year!!!

  18. How pretty!!! Love the impression of the snowflakes in the snowmen!!!

    Happy New Year!

  19. Such sweet tags! What lucky teachers!

  20. WOW you sure were busy!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!!

  21. Hi, Karen! Your tags are so pretty! Love how they turned out! The rock candy stuff sure looks great! :-)


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