ONE DAY ONLY! Pop-up dies on sale at!
Countdown Day 8: Watching live TV (like animals!)

12 Tags of Christmas - Tags 6-7

I did it! I caught up!

I mentioned in my last post that my goal is to replicate Tim's tags as close as possible without doing any shopping. It's not that I'm against shopping (as if!) but I'm trying to create these tags while still paying attention to my other duties and I know that by using things I have around the house, I can be multi-tasking while paint is drying, etc.

One thing I already knew was that I didn't have the foil sheets I would need for Tag #6. I had debated between aluminum foil and some press-on foil (circa a million years ago) but hadn't decided yet.

Instead, I turned my focus to Tag #7, which required another supply I didn't have. Tim posted a wonderful video on how to use his Kraft Glassine paper and by the 6 minute mark I knew I had to have some. And in all seriousness, I will buy it. The next time I am at the store and/or filling an online cart, that Kraft Glassine stuff will be MINE! 

But with regards to today's task of finishing two tags without leaving the house, I was going to have to figure out some way to replicate the look with stuff I own. The first thing I thought was that the cracked appearance of the KG paper resembled sandpaper when you fold it. A ha! Perfect - I would use sandpaper with a combination of gunk and get it to resemble the KG paper.

You will see in the above photo that I combined walnut spray with alcohol ink and Perfect Pearls to create a not-too-shabby patina. Brilliant! This was going to work out well!

Except that it didn't.

First of all, crumpling the sandpaper hurt . . . a lot!

Second of all, with all that gunk all over it, no crease marks showed up when I crumpled it.

Third of all, how was I going to sand sandpaper?

Well obviously with a piece of wood! Off to the garage I went.

Then came another conundrum - should I put sandpaper through my Vagabond? Oh hello no! I wasn't risking it. Better just cut the holly leaves from cardstock and use them as templates to hand cut the sandpaper.

And then, after all of that, I didn't think they were green enough. *sigh* I added some Luminarte paint.

I could have run to the store and back at least three times by the time I had holly leaves that would work.

Next I turned to a much easier replication - making the pearls with wire loops to be the holly berries. I had pearl beads and head pins, but my head pins were coming through my bead holes, so I needed a stopper bead. My tiny beads are in a container on the top shelf of a cabinet. I had to get a stepstool. But like a Christmas miracle, I found something tucked into the back of that cabinet that I did not remember I owned . . . 


I actually started yelling "THAT JUST HAPPENED!!!" to nobody in particular. Tag #6, baybee! I may or may not have started doing an awkward Elaine Bennis dance around the room. (All thumbs and kicking)

I now had everything I needed for Tag #6. I didn't have the particular Texture Fade that Tim used, but I had the Patchwork Texture Fade, and I knew it would look just as cool.


I hated to waste all that pretty leftover paint, so I plopped the leftover glossy cardstock right over the blobs and started shmearing. 

Tim Holtz is my Obi Wan.

Yes, that would make a great t-shirt slogan. You're welcome!

I have no idea what I'll used my colorful blobby cardstock for. (In juvenile observances, doesn't the double-yellow blob look just like buttocks? *snort*)

My faux metal background turned out AWESOME! (Yep, I'm saying so myself, since I didn't invent this technique, so it's not so much a compliment of me as much as a compliment of my ability to follow directions) Here's my finished Tag #6:

The metal wreath was also an invention, but this one worked on the first try. I rummaged through my bin of charms and used Glossy Accents to attach them around a ring of die packaging material:


I didn't care about the mismatched metals because I was painting it anyway. Once the Glossy Accents dried I just followed Tim's instructions for painting, sanding and embossing it.

My Tag #6 thrills me.

My Tag #7 is very "meh" in comparison, but I'm posting it anyway. After the work that went into those stupid sandpaper holly leaves, I'm displaying it with pride!

The pride is in the survival of the process.

Tim's Tag #7 is awesome. But mine . . . not so much. Why does my torn lace look like a used bandage? His looks so nice! 

Below you will find the links to Tim's tags with wonderful instructions and supply lists. 

I think my Tag #7 is a clear illustration that with a little creativity and ingenuity . . .
 . . . plus a little gas and a credit card . . .
you can (and should!) buy the proper supplies!