Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tim Holtz Tag for September

I was incredibly lucky to find a few minutes to rub together on Sunday to make this tag.  The design and style really spoke to me and I had to try it myself.  I honestly think I was meant to make this tag anyway, because I had just bought the foil tape on Saturday.  Kismet, I tell ya!

Happy Birthday - TH September Tag!

So, here are a few details about my creation.  I really didn't have much of what Tim used on his project, which is totally fine.  And don't tell... *shhhhhh*... the foil tape was bought at the hardware store.  I purchased a roll of aluminum foil duct sealing tape for about $8 at Home Depot.  The bonus to this option is certainly the amount you'll have on hand for multiple projects (great value).  It has a paper backing that will also be perfect for die-cutting.  The downside is the width of the foil tape.  You won't be able to cut or cover larger items without a seam.  Did that stop me from buying it?  No way!  I love a good deal.

I also didn't have the darker alcohol inks.  If I had been thinking logically, I would have grabbed some of my Copic Various refills in browns and gave that a go, instead of the Stream / Eggplant version here.  But, lesson learned and I'll try that the next time for a different tone of metal patina.

Overall, I loved the project.  It adorned my Dad's birthday gift perfectly.  And it was simple enough to make again, so it's a cool little technique I plan to tuck away for the future.

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Just My Type by My Favorite Things

Ink: Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress inks by Ranger

Paper: Kraft tag, Black Heritage and Solar White cardstock by

Patterned paper: torn pages from an old Romeo / Juliet (while I hate defacing books, this was in the recycle bin at the kids' school and would have been tossed because it was already missing pages... consider it a mercy rescue)

Other: Washers, brads, gears, paper clip, tiny attacher and pin by Tim Holtz, texture hammer, clear embossing powder by Ranger, twine, twill tape by May Arts, Foil tape by Nashua (Home Depot purchase), Stream and Eggplant alcohol inks by Ranger, sanding block, retractable pen, piercing tool, felt applicator and handle by Ranger, Sookwang and dimensional tape.


  1. I love your tag and the color is just awesome! It reminds me of a well-worn, well-loved pair of Levi's!! Rivets and all!! =D

  2. I was wondering about using the foil tape one day when I was looking downstairs at my furnace. (like I do that so often!) But great idea .. I'm just wondering if they have it in different widths .. guess a trip to Home Depot is in order...

  3. Great tag! I love the color and I, too, was thinking of faded jeans. The Duct tape is a wonderful substitute. I'm going to work on making the tag look less industrial and more like jeans. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. I'm glad you didn't think of the copics until later as I love the look these colours give your tag. The tag looks great tied to the bag ready fro giving.

  5. Hi Debra - I did notice that Home Depot had different widths of Foil tape. I had originally purchased a wider version, but when I got it home I realized there was print on the "finished" side of the foil (through the entire roll!). How could they? Didn't they know I was using it for crafting?! Haha!

  6. This looks great! I love the color! fantastic!