Sunday, January 26, 2014

First Tim Holtz Tag for 2014

I participated in the Tim Holtz Tag Challenge last year and really enjoyed learning and trying the different techniques Tim demonstrated each month.  I had hoped to complete all 12 but didn't get the last two done.  At some point, I want to go back and try the techniques for those two months since they looked very interesting.  Meanwhile, though, it is time to jump into this year's tags.  You can see Tim's tag and tutorial here.

I didn't have the watch die but I do have the Clock die and the Steampunk embossing folder, so I used those.  I liked the idea this rubber stamp conveyed:  "Learn to pause...or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."  Lately I have been taking the time to do the things I enjoy, spend time with friends and family and, generally, just finding the joy in my everyday life.  For this reason, I 'shattered' the clock, leaving some of the pieces laying below it.  I replaced the missing gears with a picture I took of the sunrise a few years back.  If I hadn't taken time to pause that day, I would have missed the beauty all around me.  I took many beautiful photos that morning from the road along our place and in our back yard, with the sun glowing through the lilac bushes.

I stamped the saying (Tim Holtz stamp) on a tag that I had created and rejected for a previous project; then cut it out by hand.

I used a #10 tag for the project since the clock is rather large.  The background is stained using Broken China and Pumice Stone Distress Stains.  I then added some stenciling with a TH layering stencil and a little more color around the edges with Vintage Photo DS.  After the inking was done, I spritzed the whole thing with a little water to age and distress.  The rub-ons are a 7 Gypsies product that I had on hand and felt worked nicely with the theme.  The little word banners along the side are TH Chit Chat stickers stained on the edges with Vintage Photo.  I basically followed Tim's instructions for covering the clock with foil tape, cutting and aging with Black Soot paint.

The frayed ribbon and charm are also TH products.  I was able to make the whole tag with things I had on hand.  This does not mean that I was particularly ingenious at putting together things that worked - it means I have collected a lot of Tim Holtz product.  But I have to admit, it was kind of fun to be able to just grab what I needed and run with it.  I didn't think I had the foil tape so took some aluminum foil down to my studio (I think this would work just fine for the technique) but discovered the tape in my box of tricks.

I'm happy with the way it all came together!
As always, thanks for stopping.  Leave me a comment and I will make sure I stop by and check out your January Tag.  I love seeing all of the different interpretations!


  1. Hi Cathy, great take on Tim's tag, the clock works really well. I love your sunrise photo and its relationship to your quote. Your chit chat stickers look great too. MMx

  2. I really like the look of the sunset in the clock! Taking time to do what I love most is hard for me to do. I find myself making time for everyone else but I am trying to change that this for me. Lovely tag! =^_^=

  3. Your tag is beautiful. I would love to try out some of Tim's projects, but I have no idea where to start. Any ideas?? Kaz x

    1. Thanks, Karen. If you go to Tim Holtz' blog, at the top there is a button that will take you to all his free videos. He demonstrates lots of techniques and how to use his products. I have to say my favorite products are the Distress Stains and Inks - I never create a paper project without using them. Some of the other items you can use substitutes, but there is nothing quite like the Distress Inks and Stains.

  4. Love it Cathy - Using the clock as a frame is genius and I love the sunset photo you have used.

  5. Really like the effect you achieved of looking like clock is moving too fast and losing its parts - great compliment to the saying you used. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Looking forward to seeing more of your tags.

  6. LOVE your take on Tim's tag, Cathy...The sunset in your little clock is a beautiful touch...Jan x


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