12 Tags of 2016 – April Challenge

Since I won last month’s 12 Tags of 2016 challenge, I am determined to participate each month. So here is my tag for the Tim Holtz, 12 Tags of 2016 – April Challenge.


I decided to reverse Tim’s techniques a bit and make the tag a mosaic and the bird a textured piece. The bird was a total happy accident and I love how it turned out. I like the mosaic in the background.

First off, I don’t have the Distress Paper Mosaic kit, wish I did but I don’t, so I had to make do with what I had.


I applied a very thin layer of Texture Paste on a piece of Sizzix Paper Leather. This is a nice durable surface that worked well for this tag. I let it air-dry completely then die cut it with the Tag and Bookplate die.


I die cut the bird out of My Mind’s Eye Necessitites Light Wood printed paper using the Sizzix Bird Silhouette die. Next, I embossed the paper using the Crackle Texture Fade leaving the head un-embossed.


Then I followed Tim’s technique of applying white, Picket Fence, Distress Paint. I let this dry before applying the Adirondack Color Wash in Espresso {I didn’t have any Distress Stain}. I sprayed it on my Craft Sheet, sprayed some water and dragged the die cut bird through it. I finished with a light touch of Tea Dye, Distress Stain using a Blending Tool.


For the mosaic, I wanted to use paper that resembled a ceramic pattern but also had a nice variation in colors without being too busy. I found the perfect paper in my Basic Grey stash. The colors flow from blue/grey to yellows to orange. I cut the pieces and started dry-fitting them on the tag. After I was happy with how they looked, I adhered them to the tag. Once the glue was dried, I applied Tea Dye, Distress Ink to soften the bright white of the “grout”. Next, I used Glossy Accents on top of each paper piece to create a shiny, ceramic finish, being careful not to let it spread onto the “grout” background. I let this dry overnight.


I die cut a little ticket out of some Paper Leather scraps, scrunched and stained it then adhered some letters from my stash. These actually pierce through the Paper Leather so I used the back side of my Stampers Secret Weapon so I wouldn’t damage my desk. I liked how the Paper Leather could take the piercing without tearing. I glued this finished ticket to the top of my Tag.


I love how this bird turned out. The Crackle Texture Fade created feather shapes and the white Picket Fence Distress Paint resisted the Stain. As a final touch to the bird, I used a tiny black brad for the eye.

To finish the tag, I attached the Ruler Ribbon to the bottom. I used Crinkle Ribbon, scrunched and dragged through Marmalade and Tea Dye Distress Inks to finish the top. I had so much fun with this technique that I will probably get the Distress Mosaic Kit and create more art. I love how this looks.


Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die – Tag & Bookplates by Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz Distress Paper Mosaic Kit

Ranger Texture Paste, 4-Ounce

Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets 8-1/2-Inch by 11-Inch White, 10 Sheets

Tim Holtz Sizzix – Bigz Die Bird Silhouette

Sizzix Tim Holtz Checkerboard Textured Fades Embossing

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint Bottle, 1-Ounce, Picket Fence

Ranger TCW-TIM-29632 Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Dye Spray, Espresso, 2-Ounce

Ranger 15-Inch-by-18-Inch Inkssentials Craft Sheet

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye

Mini Ink Blending Tool-1″ Round

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents Precision Tip, 2-Ounce

Sizzix Thinlits Dies by Echo Park, Documented, 6-Pack

Sizzix 659880 Stamper’s Secret Weapon

Ruler Ribbon by Tim Holtz Idea-ology, 1 yard per pack, 5/8 Inches, Cloth, Multicolored, TH92830

Crinkle Ribbon by Tim Holtz Idea-ology, 5/8 Inch x 10 Yards, Polyester, White, TH93020

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Spiced Marmalade

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About Lynda Kanase

Founder and Chief Designer of i-crafter Creative Products and current Crafter, Maker, Stitcher, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

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