Wednesday, August 28, 2013

12 tags of 2013 August

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my versions of Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2013 August. I love masking techniques and how much dimension you can get on a flat surface with these techniques. I made two tags.
12 tags of 2013 August - Layers of ink
For the first tag, I used London images from the Paris to London set, which I hadn't inked up yet. The background was done with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. Big Ben, the man, the car and the crown on top of the car were all masked. I don't have Tim's masking sheets, instead I used Eclipse tape.

The flag was perfect for stamping with markers, since it looks really good stamped in red and blue.
For the rest of the background stamping I used a shipping stamp, partly because I travelled by boat twice to go and visit London. It was inked with Barn Door, Faded Jeans and Black Soot distress markers. I also used a postage stamp. 'London' was first inked with Frayed Burlap and then I dragged a Black Soot marker around the edges before stamping, which is a fun technique to do with these types of bold stamps. I also added a game spinner.

The tiny tag was die cut from mat board, inked and a Chit Chat sticker was adhered on top.

12 tags of 2013 August - Layers of ink
On the second tag, I travelled to Paris. The background was done with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. The Eiffel Tower and the hot-air balloon were masked and a Paris text stamp, a fleur-de-lie, a postage stamp and Bon Voyage were stamped on top, with Barn Door, Faded Jeans and Black Soot Distress Markers.

The background was inked with Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain and Fired Brick. After removing the mask, I added some ink between the ropes of the balloon, so that it would look more natural, another option would have been to have masked the basket and the balloon separately. I love the look of the masked flag and how it stands out from the background. The tag was die cut from mat board and inked. I also added a little clothes hanger.

The Eiffel Tower really looks dimensional and not as if it is part of the same one layer tag. A metallic fleur-de-lie finished the tag.

Here are both tags together.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Happy stamping!


Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles cream mat board 6 x 13; manila tags
Dies: Sizzix: Tiny Tabs & Tags
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Paris to London, Paris Memoir, French Marketplace, Travel Ways, Mini Ornates, Tiny Things
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick
Stain: Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Brushed Pewter, Frayed Burlap
Markers: Distress Markers: Barn Door, Faded Jeans, Black Soot
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Spinner, Long Fasteners, Jump Rings, Adornments, Chit Chat stickers, Trinket Pins, Hanger Clips
Masking tape: Judikins Eclipse art masking tape


  1. These tags are so prety. love the look of them. eautiful design. Thanks for showing Anneke.

  2. Lovely tags, the colors are so nicely done.

  3. These are awesome! I have this set and it's great. Love how you did your masking and the little tags! :)

  4. Hi Anna, I'm amazed to see, how perfectly you have used Tim's this month's technique, and still this tag is unique in its own way! fantastic !

  5. Beautiful tags , I love them both although I may favour the Paris one as France is my second home :-)


  6. Whaaaaoooooooo ! Your tags are better than the original version of Tim ( and I loooooove Tim all the time ) Bravo !

  7. Totally AWESOME Anna-Karin! Love the dimension you achieved! Fabulous layouts and such fun elements.

  8. These tags are both absolutely fantastic, I love every detail: the choice of the theme, the colors, the stamps! really super! Barbarayaya

  9. BEAUTIFUL tags Anna-Karin... love them

  10. Anna-Karin, I can't tell you how much I love your take on TH's July Tag. Wondeful use of his stamps. I adore the color on the Paris tag with the fleur-de-lis stamped in red. Great composition. But I really am bowled over by the London tag. The Union Jack just pops. Fabulous! -- Mary Elizabeth

  11. Your tags are wonderful! I love them both!

  12. Really beautiful creations! Love all details and colours you used!

  13. Wow, beautiful tag, love it!
    xx Monique

  14. beautifully really rocked this month's tag challenge!!

  15. Stunning, thanks for sharing!

  16. So stunning in fact that today I went out and specifically bought the London and Paris sets of stamps so I can have a play too!


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