Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tim's Tags, Day 11 & 12 - I'm Done (Finally)!

After getting back into the groove with my little Tim Holtz rosette tree yesterday, I decided I would buckle down and finish the last two tag from his 12 Tags of Christmas. I didn't think I was going to like this one, but I am in love!

My background started with a script stamp from Artistic Outpost's new French Flight stamp set. Instead of washing over it with Picket Fence Distress stain, I used my Snow Cap Paint Dabber to tone it down. I don't have any of Tim's Tissue, so I made do. Instead of music, I decided to stamp snowflakes from AO's Snowy Woods collection. I used Brushed Pewter Distress Stickles for my dot outline. It seems like every year I find an excuse to use this gorgeous angel rubber stamp from Oxford Impressions. So hard to believe it's a stamp! I lightly colored her with Distress inks so she stood out a bit. My tissue flower was also hand stamped - this time using a music rubber stamp from Artistic Outpost's Ephemeral Backgrounds collection.

I didn't have the Adornments snowflake Tim used, but I DID have the Sizzix Mini Snowflakes dies! I had so much fun cutting the metal-covered paper when I made the lace trim and letters, I thought I would try it with the snowflakes and see what happened. Well...magic happened!

After I cut them, I was trying to figure out how to make them a bit bulkier - more like a charm. I stacked one on top of the other (they're slightly different) and a little light bulb went off - they fit together so well and looked like a really cool charm! After I stacked and glued them, I noticed that the die had created a little raised edge with a depression in the center. Hmmmm....I thought...what if I filled that with Rock Candy Distress Crackle medium (thanks to Tammy Tutterow for planting that little seed in my brain!)? As you can see, it is insanely cool looking! Love my icy little snowflake! It's attached to the tag with an Idea-ology Jump Ring and Charm Clip.

Ok, I will just say that I didn't really want to post this! I am so not a retro kind of girl. I love when other people do it, it's just not my thing. I DO love these stamps from Artistic Outpost's Frosty and Friends stamp set though, and thought they were perfect for this tag.

I didn't have shrink plastic, so I did a different technique for my holly. I cut thin metal using the Sizzix Mini Holly die. I used Adirondack Alcohol ink and dropped it directly onto the metal. When it dried, I inked my leaves with Distress Embossing Ink and then embossed them using Ranger's Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). I love the look of these! Sorry my pic isn't the greatest, but you get the idea. :-) I also inked my jingle bells with Adirondack Alcohol ink - they make perfect holly berries!

In case you didn't know, you still have time to enter Inspiration Emporium's 12 Tags giveaway! Check out this post on the Inspiration Journal blog. We'd love to have you play along! If you need any of the supplies I used, they are listed below and can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Be sure and use my discount code - stamptramp - to save yourself 10%!

Sizzix Mini Holly Die
Sizzix Artful Dwellings Die
Sizzix Mini Snowflake Die
Sizzix Vintage Market Alpha Die
Sizzix Vintage Lace Die
Sizzix Festive Greenery Die
Sizzix Tag and Bookplates Die
Adirondack Paint Dabber - Snow Cap
Ranger Distress Stickles - Brushed Pewter & Rock Candy
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint - Rock Candy
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Bottle and Red Pepper
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black (the ONLY ink I use for photo image rubber stamps!)
Ranger Distress Ink - Winter Limited Edition Collection
Idea-ology Jump Ring & Charm Clip

I'm linking up with Simon Says Stamp and Show a Tim Holtz Tag and Hels' Sunday Stamper - Santa Claus. Take care, everyone!


  1. LOVE the little girl and your sparkly beautiful all is calm tag. The foil on your holly is such a delightful detail! Happy Christmas and a wonderful new year!

  2. Absolutely FABULOUS! Shelly, these are AMAZING!!!

  3. WOW--I am blown away. What a gorgeous creation. Merry Christmas to one of my favorite artists on the planet!!


  5. Oh wow, oh wow! Loooove that top tag!!!! Gorgeous!

  6. I think they are both great!!! Loving that snowflake too!

  7. Shelly, your tags are GORGEOUS... and I am in love with your sweet angel stamp... the first thing I thought when I saw your tag was... I love that paper image... had no idea it was a stamp... awesome...

    Jenny x

  8. Gorgeous! Love everything about this tag but that snowflake is beyond amazing. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  9. Fabulous! I adore that snowflake!!! Merry Christmas!

  10. I have fallen in love with your angel tag. Perfection and as for Santa, he is so jolly I cannot help but smile.

  11. Gorgeous tags Shelly, love your snowflake and images. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. Merry Christmas. Tracy x

  12. These tags are both fantastic, but the angel tag is breathtaking. I am pinning both.

  13. Shelly...your tags are beautiful! I LOVE the metallic snowflakes covered in Rock Candy Stickles!!! They look awesome on your tag. And, I really love the vintage image of the winged little girl. It's perfect for that tag! Thanks for sharing your talent and ideas with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  14. WEll done for getting ther! They are both gorgeous!! Hope you have a very happy Christmas.

  15. You tag is really lovely and the snowflake is a treasure, a real classy invention. Well done.
    Happy Christmas and tanks for all the inspiration on your blog during 2011.
    JoZarty x

  16. Thought I had the wrong post Shelley... certainly no hideousness (is that a word?) on any of these tags... they are all lush! Loving your metal snowflake... so cool (pardon the pun lol) Thanks for joinin in with the Sunday STamper and have a wonderful Christmas x

  17. LOVE them, especially day 12 is a masterpiece!
    I'm also finished, woohooh!

  18. Ditto
    you get the idea...what a fabulous tag...
    Merry Christmas to my favorite artist.

  19. So elegant and beautiful! The snowflakes are wonderful!

  20. i love both tags, they each have great personality. but the "all is clam" tag is just pure stunning sweetness! happy christmas! xo

  21. Love your tags Shelly! I'm still trying to get back to mine!
    Like your idea for Santa ...mine is on a similar line ... LOL !

  22. Wow!! That snowflake is totally gorgeous!!! Wonderful tags, Shelly!! Merry Christmas!!!

  23. Dear Shelly,
    I also wish you a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful 2012!
    Hugs, Viola

    Your creations are so fabulous!! :-)

  24. You are an amazing artist! I just love everything you do, and the angel tag is gorgeous . . .

  25. Wow, your ornament and number 12 tag are just gorgeous. The little angel is so much better than the 'creepy doll'. From this post, I've learned that everything is better dipped in Utee!

  26. Absolutely gorgeous......Very calm.....

  27. Congrats on being chosen for the Top 3 on Simon Says. You've created a wonderful tag.

  28. Shelly, this tag is my all time favorite "Tim Holtz" holiday creation I have ever seen! I tried to find the angel stamp at Oxford Impressions and couldn't find it. I sent a note to the owner with a link to your page to see if she could identify it but I never heard back. Do you happen to recall what the name of the stamp set was that the angel came from? Thanks so much!

    1. Kate, it looks like maybe she discontinued that set. I know she sometimes reworks them and that image must have been dropped. If you email me your address, I can stamp and few and send them, if you'd like!

  29. Is there any way you could do.the same for me? I love the angel!
    Sandy Yoder
    913 Cambridge drive Manheim PA 17545


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