Tuesday, April 30, 2013

12 tags of 2013 April

Today I am sharing my version of Tim Holtz April tag for 12 Tags of 2013. I've been waiting to the last minute, because I was hoping my distress paints would arrive, but they seem to be having a rest in some postal Bermuda Triangle, when they should really be on my desk.

Instead of using the Distress Paints, I used my Adirondack dabbers. I had a tag on my desk that I had covered with Coarse Molding Paste and decided to use that tag since it already had a really cool texture. I used both watered-down dabber paint and some dry brushing to create the background, with a bit of crackle stamping and some black paint around the edges. Because of the Coarse Molding Paste, the background has extra texture and also a rough feel to it, similar to rusted metal.

I was happy to see that Tim used Clearly for Art Modeling Film on his tag, since that has been a favourite product of mine ever since it came out. I used it for a dimensional hot air balloon on my post yesterday. Instead of using the dragonfly, which I have already used together with the modeling film once, I used both the large and the small version of the Blueprint light bulb stamp instead. The base part was coloured on the back with silver alcohol ink. I heated them and shaped them as light bulbs.

The Idea-ology pieces were distressed with the Adirondack paints too.

Here's a close-up of the background texture, with a bit of crackle stamping.

I used the Word Play die to cut a number from grungeboard and painted it black, before giving it the same treatment as Tim gave his plastic number. I added a bit of dry-brushing too.

More background texture, I was having fun with my paints.

Thank you for looking!!


Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Industrial Blueprint, Mini Blueprints 3, Ultimate Grunge
Dies: Sizzix: Word Play
Surfaces: Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art Modeling Film
Paint: Ranger Adirondack: Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Juniper, Lettuce, Pitch Black, Gold, Copper
Alcohol ink: Ranger Adirondack Silver
Stain: Distress Stain Tarnished Brass
Medium: Golden Coarse Molding Paste
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Spinners, Gears, Time Pieces, Crinkle Ribbon, Word Bands, Paper Strings Solids, tissue tape


  1. Sharing your pain on the Metallic Paints front (mine must be in the same triangle!) but you haven't let that stop you create a superb tag for this month. Hugs, Jenny x

  2. This tag is crazy cool! I absolutely love all the texture and the dimensional bulbs just add to the overall appeal. TFS!

  3. Thisnis a fab tag and i lovethe light bulbs! Gorgeous hugsvtrace x

  4. I love the blend and streaks of colour you have on the background. I don't think it could have been any better! The dimensional light bulbs and the little notes and marks are all so interesting on it. TH could have done no better himself! Great work!!!

  5. Wow, what a beautiful take on the tag, Anna-Karin - the acetate bulb looks so cool, and the colours are wonderful!
    Alison xx

  6. How gorgeous! The light bulb was a wonderful idea and I love how your grunge # came out.

  7. Just awesome! I love all the wonderful elements!


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