Monday, December 10, 2012

Frosty the Snowman: Inspired by 12 Tags of Christmas

Hi everyone! This week our challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show is to be inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas, or his 12 tags of 2012. Tim has posted his 12 tags of Christmas since 2007, and during this year he has given us tag inspiration every month. That is 72 fabulous tags to be inspired off! You can find links to his tags here.

I have followed Tim's 12 tags of Christmas from the start and there is endless inspiration to be found there. I have so much fun every time I make my version of his tags. So it was hard to choose what to do for my project this week.

I was looking through Tim's tags for a long time and for my tag I was particularly inspired by tag 4 and tag 12 from last year. I wanted to create a frosty tag with glitter and joy and I love the background from tag 12 and the fabulous crackle snowman from tag 4. The manila tag was first covered in Picket Fence Distress Stain, to make it a bit whiter. The Hero Arts Starry Sky stamp was stamped on top with Archival Jet Black. When dry, the tag was covered with a glue stick and tissue paper pressed on top, wrinkling it as I went along. The tissue paper was covered with Rock Candy Distress Stickles (love that it comes in a jar now), and when dry, I swept Brushed Pewter Distress Stain around the edges.

The snowman was die cut from grungeboard and the 'joy' movers & shapers die was positioned on his tummy and die cut in my base tray. A fun way to alter the snowman die cut. The snowman was painted with a thick layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.

The December stamp (a favourite of mine, I used it just a few days ago here), was stamped on the back of one of the papers from Tim's Holidays Past paper stash. The papers have a lovely texture at the back, perfect for stamping.

I made a fringed flower from tissue paper, folding it twice before cutting. You can find a tutorial for this at the end of Tim's tag 12 of 2011. The fringes were a bit long, so I simply trimmed them a bit after rolling the flower up. A bit of Rock Candy distress stickles was smeared on the flower.

When the crackle paint was dry, the snowman was coloured with Broken China and the new Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.  The new metallic stains look very cool on top of Rock Candy Crackle paint.

The tag and tab were die cut from grungeboard and coloured with the Brushed Pewter Stain, very quick. I inked the edges with a bit of Black Soot distress ink.

Here you can see the shine from the Rock Candy Distress Stickles better and the Brushed Pewter Stain around the edges. Love adding tinsel to Christmas tags.

I can't wait to see what everyone will create using Tim's tags as inspiration. Remember that your project doesn't need to be a tag, it just needs to be inspired by a technique Tim uses in his tags. As always, our sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.

Thank you for visiting! Have a lovely week!


Dies: Sizzix: Winter Wonder, Joy movers & shapers, Tiny Tabs & Tags,
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Holidays; Hero Arts: Starry Sky S5448
Ink: Distress Ink: Black Soot; Archival Ink Jet Black
Stain: Distress Stain Broken China, Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence
Paint: Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint
Glitter: Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard, Holidays Past Paper Stash, District Market Terminology tissue wrap; manila tag;
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Strings Solids, Silver Tinsel
Adhesive: Ranger Inkssentials Collage Glue stick; Ranger Glossy Accents; hot glue gun


  1. So frosty! And really Timmy tag!

  2. I love this snow guy and have seen him in all sorts of ways, colors, textures, but yours is beyond awesome! So thick and metallicy looking! It's like he is bubbly mercury hot then cold and solid from the chill of a blizzard...GORGEOUS!!!!

  3. Hi Anna-Karin, your tag is so eye catching, I love the icy frosty colours and your textural snowman is perfect. Love that you have cut JOY from his body to give more interest and the rock candy is yummy. Love your background too along with the added tissue flower and mini tab and tag. Lovely. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

  4. Anna-Karin...your Christmas tag is gorgeous! I so love your text background. That snowman is beyond amazing! I love the frosty cracked mercury glass look that you've achieved on him. The added silver garland tinsel across the bottom really is the perfect embellishment! I also love your little fringed text flower. So cute! Beautiful job! <3 Candy

  5. Hi Anna-Karin ! Your Christmas Tag is awesome ! I love, love your work ! I'm a recent follower of your blog, but I've been so inspired by your technique ! Thank you so much for sharing !!1 :))

  6. I love this tag, especially the wonderful metallic blue colour you have achieved on the snowman and the crackle effect. Fabulous texture! Thanks for the inspiration. I think I'll have to put those metallic stains on my Christmas list now :-) maddy x

  7. ohh my, this tag is fabulous! Love the tissue wrap background, and the snowman is soooo beautiful! Gorge! hugs, Sandra

  8. Oh, oh, oh... slightly lost for words (but never entirely...) - this is completely stunning! The JOY snowman is genius, colour, crackle, cut-out lettering - and the tissue tape is unbelievably gorgeous with those silver highlights and stars - a jaw-droppingly beautiful tag!!
    Alison xx

  9. Gorgeous! I saw your tag in the post and was so inspired! Beautiful texture and design!

  10. Complete gorgeousness! I love the blue color that you chose and the texture you achieved :)

  11. I am in serious L.O.V.E. with this tag!!!! I really love the silver stain and the way the snowman came out...just gorgeous!!! thank you for the inspiration!!

  12. This is absolutely stunning, Anna-Karin! I adore the crackle snowman!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. Definitely wonderful! Love the snowman and flower!

  14. Alles is pragtig op hierdie label! Ek gaan dit die bladwyser opslaan om later te gebruik as inspirasie!


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