Thursday, 8 August 2013

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013 - August

Hello and welcome!

Firstly a HUGE THANK YOU to Mr Holtz and his team for picking me as one of the winners for the July Tag, I was really thrilled to click on the August Tag and find li'l ol' me on the list of winners. As a relative newbie it was a massive honour and a huge shock to see my name "in lights", so please forgive me while I do a little happy dance........ there, that's done.

Secondly an equally HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has been kind enough to leave me a comment. Thank you for your kind wishes and your interest, they are always very much appreciated.

Thirdly a HUGE Th... only kidding :0) Thirdly, to business...

Tim's August Tag (you can see it here) is on a travel theme in Tim's trademark grungy colour palette, and the technique show cased is masking and layering stamps to give the illusion of dimension.

OK, so we're back to the same old problem - the only things I had on Tim's supply list were the No.8 Manila Tag and a not complete collection of Distress Stains. Pretty poor show Mrs M! So... thinking caps on chaps!

Actually, I'm over egging the pudding here a bit... inspiration for my take on Tim's tag was pretty quick (Mr Mojo must be hanging around the Salle de Craft at the moment). I had just bought some gorgeous Hampton Arts hot air balloon stamps and had a "Round the World In 80 Days" thing going on in my head. So.....

(You can see here that my positioning was slightly off - think I'm going to invest in a stamp positioner as I always seem to have a spasm when I stamp the vital image on a piece and it's never quite where I want it to be).

If you're at all interested in the evolution of this tag please read on. If not thanks for visiting and please do leave me a comment so I know you came.

I used Bundled Sage and Faded Jeans DS for the background as I knew I wanted to use a world map stamp as my base layer image and  thought/hoped the colours would reflect the ocean/landmass colours on the map.

Next I picked out the image and text stamps I wanted to use and made a "mock-up" of my tag to work out where to position my stamping.

That done, I decided that all black stamping was going to overwhelm the tag so I decided to stamp my base layer in Faded Jeans DI.

Next step, and because I don't have any TH Masking Sheets I had to revert to the low-tech Post-it Note to create the masks for my stamps.

Finally I was ready to stamp the images on to the tag, so I positioned my masks as per my mock up and stamped over them, removing and stamping as required to complete the design.

Apart from the minor stamping spasm I'm pleased with how this has turned out, even the Philosophy Tag (my work around as I don't have any Word Bands) works really well with the rounded shapes of the compass, balloons and post mark.

Thank you for visiting.


  1. It's beautiful Maisie, love the stamps you have used and the design is super. BJ

  2. Love this Maisie. Great background, brilliant choice of colours. Lots of inspiration taken from this. Oh yes, and you keep dancing! You deserve it. Hugs, Jenny x

  3. Love your tag, Maisie! (And I did a Happy Dance when I found my name "in lights", too!)(I actually jumped around!) What an honor and I'm with FABULOUS company :) Keep up your wonderful creativity!

  4. A wonderful tag, love the background and the colours

  5. Well done Maisie on having your work highlighted by Sir Tim, and what a fab follow up! Love those balloons! xxx Keren

  6. Another brilliant tag! Love the balloons here! The grey is fab too! A super take, and congrats again!

  7. It's just gorgeous!! I love everything about it. I like those tags even more that are inspired by Tim's and created with one's own ('often limited') supplies. That's challenge and creativity :-) Suzanne x

  8. I love your tag. I see a lot of people with balloon stamps. I'm getting jealous as I don't have any. They look like a lot of fun to stamp with. The colors and layout are extremely amazing. Thank you also for the visit on my tag.

  9. Lovely tag ! The hot air balloons are great nice bit of masking going on there x

  10. Beautiful tag, Maisie! The colors you chose give it a very 'time worn' look that fits great with those stamps. I like your idea of trying the layout on scrap first.
    Sorry I didn't stop to comment sooner. Been taking advantage of our beautiful weather to get some outdoor projects done. But I am up early this morning! Woke to the sounds of a mouse in the house and then I made enough noise to wake the dead when he surprised me in the bathroom! My husband came running to find me standing in the tub wielding a hairbrush. :) We didn't catch him - yet - so I am sure there will be more excitement.

  11. That's a great tag, mine is still on my to-do-list.

  12. Great take on the tag. I love it when people adapt the techniques with their own stamps. I always do it to. Unless a product is critical to a technique I never buy supplies for the 12 tags I think it's the way Tim wants it.


Thanks for sharing your happy thoughts. Maisie Moonshine x

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