Thursday, February 16, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - February

When Tim Holtz announced that he wasn't going to continue with the 12 Tags of Christmas anymore, my heart broke just a bit. Even though I know it had to be so much work for him and I know that it was difficult for people to follow along at such a busy time of year, I loved that tradition and will truly miss it. However, I am very excited to be starting a new tradition! I am thrilled that we'll get a little 12 Tags fix each month - why not spread it around a bit?? So, I dried my tears and got to work....

I think the honeycomb paper that Tim used is incredible, but I didn't have any. In addition to that, I have used that cupid set so much, I thought you all might be just a little sick of seeing it on my blog! PLUS, I had just received a lovely package from Inspiration Emporium with the new Remnants stamps from Stampers Anonymous. What's a girl to do? I decided to try not just making my own honeycomb, but making it out of the balloon portion of the stamp. And it worked!! The basket portion of the image was stamped on a piece of packaging with Staz-on.

Here is another angle where you can see how much the balloon pops out from the tag. So cool! I took a couple pics while I was making it, so if anyone wants a little tute, please let me know in the comments. :-)

My background was also an experiment. I have the Valentine's embossing folder, but I don't have the matching stamp. To get the same look, I cut my tag from an old file folder using the Tag and Bookplates die from Sizzix, and embossed it. Then, I took a Snow Cap Paint Dabber and swiped across the raised portion. I wanted a more muted color so the balloon would stand out, so I inked it with Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap, and a little Black Soot Distress Ink. Next, I wiped off the raised portion with a baby wipe - perfect resist! I love the weathered look of this!

Finally, I added a little sparkle by stamping the air mail label and covering the edges with Fired Brick Distress Stickles (trust me, it's really sparkly - I hate photographing glitter!). The label is attached to the tag with an Idea-ology Mini Paper Clip. Ever since Tim showed us how to use metal foil with the Vintage Lace die, I have been addicted to it. After I cut my lace and punched out the bits, I covered it with Pitch Black Dabber Paint, let it dry, and then buffed it off with a tissue. Oh...it looks so dang cool!!

Everything I used to create my tag can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Make sure you use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% off your entire order!

UPDATE! You can find the full tutorial here.

Supplies:

Sizzix Tag and Bookplates Die
Sizzix Vintage Lace Die
Sizzix Valentine Background Texture Fade
Stampers Anonymous Remnants Stamp Set
Adirondack Paint Dabbers - Snow Cap, Pitch Black
Ranger Distress Ink - Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot
Fired Brick Distress Stickles
Idea-ology Mini Paper Clip

I'm also linking to this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes challenge. Who can resist such an easy theme? ;-) Thanks so much for stopping by!!

83 comments:

  1. Oh Shelly, this is gorgeous!! Love the stamp and the background technique is really cool. I don't have all the Tim stuff I want, only one set of stamps and 4 impression plates so now I can do something more with them. I too love that lace punched out of the metal, that I do have but now the die. Boy is my Wish list getting bigger everyday! Thanks for sharing and yes I'd love a tutorial!

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  2. This is truly beautiful Shelly ... The balloon looks amazing and such a gorgeous colour! Thanks for joining the team at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week !

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  3. FAB! Love the honeycomb and the tag hanging off the side!

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  4. You are such a smarty pants! This is great! I know how frustrating trying to capture glitter is in a photo. But, it still looks great!
    xo

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  5. And I'm in! LOVE it. Won't gush as I already did on FB, but you KNOW I'm gushing.

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  6. Well, I have to give you credit where credit is due! Made your own HC paper, Wow! This is amazing and I do love your take on Tim's tag! It killed me to use that Cupid again, but I did!

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  7. Shelly that balloon is fabulous - it really pops right off that tag like it's going to fly away!

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  8. Love the balloon - how did you do it if you didn't have honeycomb paper? please share!

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  9. Holy cow WOW!!! Love that balloon!!! I love how you curved the basket as well! I too am making my own honeycomb, but yours rocks!!!

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  10. Good golly, Miss Molly! What have you created?!?!? Really, you created your own honeycomb paper? I've read instructions but couldn't follow them...no pics. Please, pretty please, create a tut for those of us who are visually impaired when it comes to this kind of thing???!?!?? Awesome tag!

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  11. I am totally in love with the hot air balloon! And to do your own HC paper is absolutely amazing. Would love the tutorial, please and thank you! penci@stx.rr.com

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  12. Your honeycomb balloon is fabulous! It is good to see something besides hearts and cupids. I think this could also go in a valentine steampunk direction with the honeycomb balloon and wouldn't that be a different look for valentines. Please, please share a tutorial I really want to know how to make my own honeycomb paper designs, I am a visual learner and need step by step and photos, if possible. Thankyou for sharing. I too am shedding tears over the loss of 12 tags of christmas, but I know it was a huge exhausting task for Tim. I will have to adjust. Change is good, so I've heard.
    Jacquelene L.

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  13. That balloon is so cool it really shouldn't be allowed. =P Love the contrast of that gorgeous red against the muted background. Just an amazing tag all around!

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  14. Your tag is amazing...beautiful colors and the balloon is just gorgeous...great way to start off the new tradition. A tutorial is ALWAYS appreciated.

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  15. Absolutely breath-taking, seriously. Love it, love it.

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  16. Yes,I would love to know how you did the balloon--beautiful!!!

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  17. Thank you for the offer of a tutorial...I would love one!!! I watched your blog as closely as Tim's for the 12 tags. It was double the fun!!!
    Betty Mae

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  18. I would love to receive a tutorial on this. That balloon is amazing. So much depth to it. Stunning. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

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  19. LOVE, LOVE the balloon...need that stamp. And...YES...please share the tutorial on how to make the balloon...please!!!!

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  20. This tag is so cool! Please share a tutorial on how you did the balloon, I am dying to know!

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  21. WoWzA, your tag is da bomb! Love it to bits ... and would appreciate seeing a tut on how you created your honeycomb! TFS!!

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  22. WOW so gorgeous!!!!!!
    Greetz Patricia

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  23. this tag is amazing ! I love your vintage look ! TFS

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  24. Hi Shelly, what a fun take on Tim's tag.
    Absolutely fabulous.

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  25. Wow, this is fabulous - I haven't got the paper either but hope to improvise something at the weekend!!

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  26. Simply gorgeous!
    Yes... please share the tut!
    Hugs and creativity
    Manu

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  27. shelly, thanks so much for sharing. I get so encouraged by seeing your awesome art. I need a tut on this and on all your creations. I love how I see other artists learning from you and from each other and of course from TIM.
    Thanks again. Rock on!!
    Love, Liz
    Liz Walters
    Prescott, AZ

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  28. Super cool, love that you gave the balloon such dimension! What a great way to make it yourself!

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  29. Wow, the 'honeycomb' balloon is fabulous! Love the background embossing too, great colour you've got there!!

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  30. Me encanta como te a quedado!!! esta muy bonito y el globo te quedo perfecto... FELICIDADES!!!

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  31. You are incredibly awesome! I check your blog every day just to see what fabulous eye candy you've created. A tutorial on the honeycomb style balloon? Can everyone say YES YES YES YES YES. And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Suz

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  32. Another perfect project from you! Your tag turned out really fantastic. I always appreciate the innovation and creativity you put into these challenges.

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  33. This is stunning. What hit me is that you were not deterred that you didn't have the honeycomb and set out to create your own. I would definitely be interested in a tutorial as I work with hot air balloon stamps quite often.
    Incredible tag.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  34. You can always have your own Girly Tim Tag PJ Christmas party! Love the faded greys and vibrant balloon...and absolutely perfect distressing all made with the Shelly touch...Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah.

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  35. Would love a tutorial ....you are so creative I would love to learn from you.

    thanks,
    Sherly

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  36. Shelly, your hot air balloon is fantastic, girl. I love it even more than the honeycomb stuff! Leave it to YOU to come up with such a cool idea! :) I love the colors in your tag. They work so well with the vintage red of your hot air balloon. As usual...your rock! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  37. Your balloon is beyond fabulous! A tutorial for creating the honeycomb affect would be oh, so wonderful. Thank you for always sharing your creativity with us. Bonnie

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  38. WOW! This is gorgeous. Love that you used a hot air balloon. And that background is beautifully created. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

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  39. I just love what you did here! The way you did the air balloon is absolute genius.

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  40. Shelly, love the balloon. Just bought some of that expensive honeycomb paper last night, but I would actually LOVE a tute on how to make my own! Please!

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  41. Honestly, I think I like your tag better than Tims!!
    I LOVE what you did and a perfect way to show that you don't need all the [allbeit cool] new tools/papers to create something fabulous!

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  42. Shelly!! You did it again! Totally rockin that balloon! I need those stamps!! Love, love, love xxx
    kazx

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  43. Hello Shelly,

    yes ... I would love a tutorial too !

    I love how your imagination starts whirling around when you don't have the right product... love the creations that come out of the dark then !
    I love pop-ups and tactile stuff, so this balloon i s a favorite of me ! Immediately adds so much texture and fun to the project.

    The "metal" lace strips finishes the tag perfectly : great combination with the tagbackground and airship.
    Thanks for sharing !

    greetings from belgium
    Inge

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  44. Yes, please do a a tutorial! This is lovely! I saw this stamp set on todays deal of the day and liked it but now I think I may go back and buy it! Beautiful tag!!
    Kate

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  45. lOVE YOUR TAG- please Do a tutorial

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  46. A tutorial?? YES! Just love this tag. Gorgeous. THANKS.

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  47. I really do love your creativity! Please, i want a tutorial for that baloon - it's super! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  48. Awesome tag...The balloon is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  49. Wow what a great tag Shelly, love the background and the special balloon!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  50. wowowowoowowowo...in luv! YES YES>>>please tell me how to make my OWN honeycomb ...I NEED TO LEARN THIS>.just bought this set too! tyvm ..u could tell us all in the ATT group pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee xo

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  51. Awesome Shelly, the balloon looks amazing. x

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  52. I was just looking at this stamp set tonight at my LSS and seeing what you've done with it is totally amazing. Just love this tag and yes, please, I would be interested in a tutorial on how to make my own honeycomb balloon. This is so much more my style

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  53. I wish I had seen your coupon code earlier. I just placed an order with Inspiration Emporium. But having seen your beautiful tags, I now feel another order coming on! Thank you for sharing, your Balloon tag is one of the nicest I have seen. I love how you came up with your own honeypop paper effect. :-)

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  54. Oh this is awesome Shelly!!!! Shoot! I just ordered some of Tim's dies from IE and forgot to put stamptramp for a discount! Will have to remember that next time!

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  55. Amazing tag Shelly, a tutorial for the honeycomb would be amazing please. Love the colours, the contrast is just perfect. Judith xx

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  56. Love the tag! Please do show the photos of how the honeycomb balloon was made. I also like that you used weathered wood, one of my favorite distress ink colors.

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  57. Toot! Toot! We need a tute!! Your tag is amazing and that balloon, well it's just fabulous!!

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  58. this tag is really beautifull. You have a good idea with the balloon. It's so amazing. I'd would like to have your ideas. hugs from france

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  59. Holy guacamole!!! Your tag is super! Yes, please do a tut on how you did your balloon...so cool! Tfs!

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  60. Can you share how you made the paper? WOW, this is exceptional!!!!

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  61. Beautiful tag, Shelly, Especially the balloon. Very clever.

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  62. Yow-za! Gorgeous tag! I would LOVE the honeycomb tute, please!

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  63. stunning. i really mean it. i think i might just be your newest follower!

    Visiting from Tim's 2012 Tags
    Kristina
    www.pearlgateway.com

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  64. What a clever girl you are! Of course we would all love a "tute" of making honeycomb paper. I loved how your card turned out. You are always so original and inspiring! Thanks!

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  65. I am glad you dried your tears and rolled your sleeves up .......what a fantastic tag .......that balloon is just wonderful ...turned out really well . Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next month x

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  66. I have just been looking at the entries for the tag 2012 and yours really stood out. It is really fantastic. Well done, I hope you win!

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  67. THIS IS AWESOME!! I think you'll be one of the winners!! Well in my picks anyway!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  68. Your tag is awesome Shelly! It looks like you stamped the balloon on each piece of tissue paper? Oy! I thought it took a long time making mine! And, the plastic packaging for the basket is pure genius! Love it!

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  69. Gorgeos tag, the balloon is great!! Congrats on winning.

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  70. I'm so glad to see you're one of the winners! Yours was my favorite tag posted for February! Can't wait to see your version for March's mosaics!

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  71. Congrats on your win for the February Tag, yours is just too cool and a lot of work with that balloon paper! It's beautiful!

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  72. I said you would win with this fabulous tag!! Congratulations - you did win, hooray......

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  73. Congrats on winning! Your tag is gorgeous! I love your ballon and it's much better than the ready-made paper version!

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  74. Such a beautiful tag! I love your balloon and that you made your own honeycomb paper. That is soooo cool.

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  75. Wow. Awesome tag! I love your balloon and that you made your own honeycomb paper. It is amazing.

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  76. This is amazing, Shelly, would love to know how you made it :)

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  77. with all these comments did we get a tutorial becaude i just loveeeeeee it

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  78. with all these comments did we get a tutorial because i just loveeeeeee the balloon

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  79. What am amazing tag. I would love the tutorial for the balloon also please. Came across this image on Pinterest and am excited to read more on your blog.

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  80. I came across your tag on Pinterest and loved it. I would very much like the tutorial please . I am excited to look at the rest of your blob. Thank you.

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