Sunday, February 2, 2014

February Tim Tag

Last month I had almost everything Tim used in his January tag tutorial.  This month the only thing I had was the distress inks.  Not a problem - it just added to the challenge.  :)  You can check out Tim's tutorial here.

I have many of Tim's layering stencils - not the heart one, though, so I cut one using my Silhouette and a background I found in their online store.  While looking for a background, I found this cute lightbulb-with-heart illustration in the store, as well.  I printed it to a PDF file, pulled it into Photoshop, inverted the image and printed a negative to make a rubber stamp.  I used my Teresa Collins stamp maker to make the custom stamp.  (This is a fun little UV light box that turns special polymer packets into stamps.)  I'll be able to use the stamp again to make Valentine cards.

I substituted Ranger Antiquities Embossing Cement for the embossing powder Tim used on the large stamp.  I looked around my studio for white chalk but didn't have any.  But what I did find was Plaster-of-Paris powder, so I smeared some of that on my embossed image with my finger.

The sentiment I printed on vellum paper, cut out and stapled to the tag.  The arrow is from the TH Love Struck die and is cut from some foil-tape-covered card stock I had left over from last month's tag.  The paper lace at the bottom was leftover from another project and cut with the TH Vintage Lace Strip Die.  Cording used for the bow was from Michael's.

Lots of substitutions and it took extra time with making the stencil and the rubber stamp, but it is always fun to try new things and to see what you can accomplish with what you have on hand.  I call it 'Macgyver' art.

As always, thanks for stopping! 


  1. Hello Cathy, what a wonderful take on Tims Tag. love the light bulb. Karen.x

  2. Hi Cathy, I must admit that when I saw Tim's tag this month I was left feeling a bit uninspred - like you, I only have the inks, so I am going to have to do a lot of creative thinking. I'm really impressed with your work around - I was planning on dusting off my Craft Robo to make a stencil - But I must admit I wasn't going to be so adventurous as to make my own stamp too! Great tag, ingeniously executed - feeling a bit more inspired now - thank you. Hugs MMx

  3. I love your improvisations Cathy. Gorgeous tag with a fab sentiment. How cool to make your own stamp and it worked beautifully!

  4. I love your take on the February tag! Good job.

  5. Wow what an incredible interpretation of Tim's tag and with so many amazing substitutions, love your own stamp and fabulous hearts background. Thanks for taking the time to look at my Blogworthy post, I do appreciate your visit and lovely comment. Enjoy the rest of the day and have a lovely weekend.
    hugs Brenda xx

  6. I love your take on Tim's tag. The lightbulb with the heart is a wonderfulidea.
    Happy Valentine'sDay.

  7. What a brilliant idea with the picture of the bulb and the statement! I like this tag very much :)

  8. hello cathy,
    I work for photocentric who actually supply the teresa collins kit to retail shops and i was wondering if we could share your blog post on our face book page to show other customers what can be made using the kit. I think your design is very good and really highlights what a great stamp the kit can make. If you could email me
    Charlene Slaven


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