Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tim Holtz Tags of 2014 - September

It's that time again! Wow, September (and all of 2014 really), has been just flying by! Another month, another tag to attempt.

And when I say "attempt", I mean it.

This month's tag should be titled "Making Lemonade From Lemons". You see, I try to learn the techniques Tim demonstrates each month... that's the purpose of these things, after all. Yet this month, I'll be danged if I could get the background effect he created with his alcohol inks and blending solution. It's not his fault, but mine - I didn't have the exact supplies on hand and left it too late this month to acquire them. So I tried the best I could with what I had on hand. The result? Well, three failed attempts at the proper backgrounds; first in yellow, then red, then green.

But being the cheapskate, er 'thrifty' person I am, instead of chucking my failures, I repurposed them in other ways. Yep. Making lemonade indeed.The red and yellow became the basis for my butterflies and the green my new background.

I stamped the yellow and red glossy papers with Tim's script stamp in archival ink. The green sheets were cut to size and inked on the edge with Walnut Stain.

Since I also didn't have Tim's newest butterfly die, I used his "Butterflight" On The Edge die and cut them out into individual insects.

I decided to ink the edges of them too - I love the difference this little step makes!

As usual, I was making two tags; one for me and one for a display at the Scrapbook Cottage. I used Ranger's Archival ink to stamp the plants at the bottom of each card and glued them to black tags I cut with Tim's Tag die.

After attaching the butterflies with Glossy Accents, I added rub-ons from Tim's Botanical Remnant Rubs - the glossy paper really grabbed these - I had to be careful to position them just so as there was no second chance to fix them if I screwed up.

Actually, I think I love the blurry background with the jet black stamped images...

Come to think of it, I love lemonade too! ;)


  1. High five!! Making do is my mantra and I love your results!

  2. Well done Maureen! This is a fabulous the butterflies. Love your sense of humour, got a giggle. Karen.x

  3. You've managed to turn a "
    failure" into a real success.

  4. Love them!!!! You're right about the inked edges on the butterflies.

    Do you watch 'Modern Family'? Anytime I hear that 'life/lemons' quote I think of Phil Dunphy's quote, 'When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like, Whaaaaat?' lol

  5. Oh this is soooo lovely! Beautiful color!

  6. They just float those beautiful butterflies! Xo


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