Monday, January 10, 2011

I finished my Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas Tags, FINALLY!

I have been working on these off and on since before Christmas and just finished them today.  I had some of his products, but had to improvise on the ones I didn't.  I used SCALand my Cricut Carts for the majority of it.  I explained further under each picture.  Hope you like them.

I started cutting the tags in manilla cardstock on my cricut using TBBM and the hide contour on my Gypsy to get rid of the hole in the tag.  But eventually purchased the Tim Holtz die to cut the rest of the tags out.  So even though they are the same height, they are not the same shape.  On the tag above, I did not have the bird die from TH, so I used the bird off of Gypsy Wanderings and cut out of grunge paper.  I also did not have any of his tissue paper tape, so I cut regular tissue paper into strips, stamped an image on them and grunged them up a bit using Vintage Photo distress ink.   I used this under the rosette above.  I did not have his tree stamp, so I just used another branch stamp that I had for under the bird.

I used Christmas Cards cartridge to cut the mask for the horse and sleigh and followed his directions for the masking technique.  I didn't have the house die, so I welded houses on my gypsy from the Christmas cartridge and made them about 1.5" tall and cut them out of grunge paper, then I followed his steps for decorating the houses.  I did end up purchasing the corner metal pieces because I could not find a suitable likeness in anything I had.  I didn't have a lot of Tim Holtz bling so I created my own.  I got some findings from Hobby Lobby that were perfect for die cutting small shapes and putting the shapes in these findings and with Glossy Accents made a glossy dome over the die cut.  The findings are in the jewelry isle and are from The Jewelry Shop. I also purchased some beads, 26 gauge wire, jump rings, etc and made my own baubles. All I needed was a pair of jewelry cutters and needle nose pliers to make these, plus I could make more sets then what it costs to purchase them already made.



This tag is one of my favorites because of the color.  I used the Seasonal paper from TH Idea-ology collection, that my Micheals now has on the shelf. Surprise, Surprise. Also used handmade bling.

 I didn't have any of the dies I needed for this tag, so I used SCAL and printed the images out that I wanted, traced them, colored them black with a sharpie and scanned them into my computer.  Opened them in SCAL and was able to create a scut file from them.  I cut them on grungepaper and then follow his directions for distressing them.  The ticket was cut from one of the carts I had, but I can't remember which one.  It worked perfect cut out of Kraft paper.  The tissue along the bottom was made using the directions above.

I created the green label using my gypsy and some shapes that I welded together off of carts because I did not have this die from his collection. I cut it from grunge paper.  The 25 was cut from Blackletter or another cart from grunge paper and distressed.  The santa stamp was one I had laying around.

This tag has homemade bling on it and the bird was cut from Gypsy Wanderings, grunge paper and distressed using his rusty distress technique.

Snowman was created using George and a couple other carts and the cut file can be gotten under my cut file tab above.(Enjoy) 

Joyful and the swirls was cut using my cricut carts, the poinsettia was made using his flower dies, following his directions on his blog.

The House and the tree were cut from the cricut carts, along with the ticket.

Rosette was cut using a cut file I made under the file tab above.  Peace on earth was cut from Blackletter on grunge paper.

Tree was cut using SCAL.   I took dictionary paper and stamped a stamp on it using versa mark and embossing in clear embossing power.  I inked the rest of the tag, but where I had stamped and embossed, it resisted the ink.  I really like this technique and I am planning on using a lot in the future.

The Ornament and Joy was cut using scal.

To see the original Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas tags click HERE.  I hope I have inspired you to try these even if you don't have all of his product.



mforquer said...

These are gorgeous!! I love each one!! Great job! Such hard work but it so paid off!
love it

shari said...

Beth, I love your tags! I think it is wonderful how you improvised and found supplies and cuts to use. Great job! Shari (cricutrookie)

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Beth these tags are gorgeous!!! The improvisions are just amazing you took this one all the way home!!! Great work. Thanks for sharing your talent!

Lilygirl said...

You did a super job on these tags Beth!! I love that you were able to improvise!! Wonderful!!