Weekend Tag Challenge | The Results

It’s time to reveal the results from my December Weekend Challenge!

My challenge this month was to play along with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas – 2011. As I started playing, I didn’t really have a plan for the tags, but as I was working an idea came to mind!

I’m planning a mini album of sorts where I can use these embellished tags and other tags for photos and journaling. Of course, it’s not done yet – my house is back on the market and with showings on Saturday and chores all day Sunday, I had limited time to work on it. But I will share it when it’s done!

For these tags, I let Tim’s backgrounds inspire me. Because I’ll be using these tags in a larger project, they aren’t decorated. I’m not sure how bulky I want them to be yet so I’ve just completed the background and the embellishing will come later.

Snowflakes and Believe

I followed Tim’s backgrounds pretty closely. He offers up great information and tutorials on every tag, so if you haven’t already, you should definitely check his tags.

For the embossed snowflakes, I applied embossing ink directly to the embossing folder so it applied to the cardstock when I ran it through my Cuttlebug. Then I followed up with the white heat embossing to get the cool background. I love this effect!

For the Believe tag, I didn’t have Tim’s kraft resist background paper so I created the effect myself. I stamped my tag with the music background first. Then I heat embossed the word believe (this is an older Hero Arts stamp) to the side with clear embossing powder. I applied the Picket Fence and Fired Brick distress stains directly to my craft mat, sprayed my tag with water first and moved the tag through the color.

Blue Stamped and Holly Flourish

On the blue tag, I followed Tim’s background fairly closely. I applied Picket Fence, Weathered Wood and Broken China distress stains directly to my craft sheet. After misting the tag with water, I moved the tag through the color to get the cool background. I zapped it with a heat gun and dipped the tag back into the color to get any places I missed. And then I used the distress stain directly on some older clear stamps (a snowflake and swirl – not pictured) to get the subtle background images. This one is so pretty in person.

The Holly Flourish tag is of my own creation but certainly inspired by Tim’s techniques. I used my favorite new holiday background stamp first, with a mixture of Forest Moss and Jenni Bowlin’s Seed Packet green. Then I clear heat embossed the image and let it dry. I applied a coat of Picket Fence distress stain over the top to get that cool white washed effect. I didn’t want bright glitter berries on this, so I used the Fired Brick Distress Stickles, which dries with a cool sand texture rather than a glitter texture.

I’m anxious to make some progress on my holiday mini album this week. I hope to find some time at least one night this week and hopefully Friday night too if nothing else comes up. If I can complete it next weekend there will still be plenty of time to fill it up with my last Christmas in Tennessee!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


  1. oh your tags are just so pretty! great job!

  2. Love how you are concentrating on the backgrounds for now. The finished Tim tags in”tim”idate me, but I could do this!

  3. Your tags are beautiful!!

  4. ABsolutely love these! Beautiful!

  5. These are looking so pretty! I love your holiday flourish tag, I think I’m just partial to your embossing with that stamp 🙂 I hope, with all these showings, one pans out for you!

  6. Your tags are lovely! I love the heat embossing.

  7. OOoooo, Tammy!! LOVE these tags!!! So beautiful 🙂

  8. Embellished or not, they are beautiful!!

  9. Your tags are gorgeous.
    I was going to play along this year, but other things have needed my attention.
    I haven’t even visited his site to see his.

  10. Beautiful tags! 🙂 Just came across your blog, can’t wait to see your other creations! 🙂

  11. These are so beautiful! I can’t wait to see how you use them in a mini. I so, so hope your house sells very soon!



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