Sunday 22 March 2015

12 Tags of Tim Holtz -March 2015

Hello Everyone

Having enjoyed participating in The 12 tags of Tim Holtz last month I was ready to join in again this month . 

For March, Tim wanted us to create a tag to encourage our creative mind to wander and play, whether it be by trying new combinations of colour, using new imagery or combing random elements - just explore, imagine n discover!   

Tim's March tag n tutorial can be found here n as I LOVED what Tim had created I decided to keep mine very similar following the techniques given but playing around with colour and embellishments mainly n adding a touch of dimension to the beautiful butterfly stamp!  
So the distress paint colours I chose for my tag were a mix of my usual faves - chipped sapphire and  salty ocean combined with some I don't use that often- spun sugar , seedless preserve n one I've hardly ever used due to a personal 'fear' of 'vibrant' (lol) pickled raspberry .
Following Tims Tute I attached a few strips of tissue tape randomly on the tag n then created my background colour. Once the paint was dry I added some layers n  extra detail with a few texture stamps n stencils. I also added some random circles with paint n a lid top n white speckles using picket fence distress paint flicked from a brush .

I then stamped n embossed two of the gorgeous butterfly one stamped half on, half off the tag n the other one stamped on a spare piece of card . Once they were both dry I painted inside the segments of the butterfly on the tag (from the outside in) with salty ocean blending into seedless preserve n picked raspberry n then did exactly the same on the spare butterfly using inks instead of paints .

I kept my embossed  stencilling the same as Tims but thought silver embossing powder would work  better with my combination of colours .

Now for the extra butterfly I had stamped, embossed n inked - I cut this out entirely but then cut away the outer part of the left side of the wing leaving only the inner part of the wing. I wanted to create a sense of 'imperfection' to the butterfly!

I then manipulated the butterfly with my fingers n lined it up on top of the butterfly I'd embossed on the tag n adhered in place leaving the 'imperfect wing' to stand free of the tag. I inked up a pen nib with silver alcohol ink n used it to create the body of the butterfly!

My final touches were some chicken wire n washers with a sentiment token attached to a few complimenting coloured threads looped back on them selves to create a tie. 

Here are a few photos of my March 2015 tag taken from various angles 

I really enjoyed creating this tag, allowing my creative mind to play n wander outside my usual 'comfort zones' even embracing a little 'imperfection' along the way ! hahaha

As well as entering this into Tim Holtz 12-tags of 2015- March

Thanks so much for visiting today and for all the times you've popped by in the past . Your visits never go unnoticed n are much appreciated as are all the wonderful comments you so often leave for my creativity. 
Hope you all have a lovely week ahead doing at least a little bit of something that makes ya heart happy! 
see ya again soon x


  1. Fabulous tag with lots of delicious texture Amanda, love it! Xxx

  2. a great tag , love the butterfly off the edge and the wire ! a great make x

  3. Love your tag, saw it on the link-up and wanted to come and say how gorgeous this is, I love the little bits of wire. Cx

  4. Oh wow, oh wow, your tag is absolutely stunning Amanda, I love your gorgeous colour choices and I really, really love what you did with the layered butterfly. A stunning tag! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Just came back to say thanks so much for joining in our birthday celebrations at A Vintage Journey Amanda! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Yummy - lurve the butterfly xx Happy crafting !!

  7. Stunning tag, wonderful colours and just love what you have done with the butterfly! Nikkixx

  8. Stunningly beautiful!! I so love your version Amanda, the imperfect butterfly is absolutely perfect in its imperfection. Stunning colours too, and wow, I just love the way you did your background!!! Fabulous and of course thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at AVJ!

  9. Love your take on the Tim HOltz inspiration challenge. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us on at Art with Heart Challenge.

  10. A really really gorgeous tag :)
    I LOVE the colours you've used ♥
    and all the small details :)

  11. I love the imperfect butterfly, the bubbles background, the silvery embossing, the great mix of purple shades and the clever addition of chicken wire fragments. In short, I love it all! Thank you so much for joining in our birthday celebrations at AVJ! Jenny x


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