Sunday, December 18, 2011


Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away?  Where has this year gone?  And...can you believe that Tim Holtz' long anticipated 12 Tags of Christmas are already finished for another year? 

Simon Says Stamp and Show wanted to keep the creative juices from the 12 Tags of Christmas flowing!!  So, let's create some Tim Holtz inspired Christmas tags!!

My Design Team buddies have created some really unique and beautiful Christmas tags for you to see over on Simon Says Stamp and Show's blog.  Hopefully they will inspire you to get out those art supplies and create some magic!

I created three tags to share with you...each has their own style.

Peace is a gentile tag that makes me feel tranquil just to look at it.  I began with a manila tag that I colored with Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence Distress Stain.  I used Tim's technique from his Day 4 Tag to create the background by swirling the tag through the colors that were randomly placed on my craft sheet.  

Next I ran the tag through my Vagabond using Tim's Tall Pines Texture Fade.  I further colorized the pines using Evergreen Bough from Tim's New Winter Seasonal Ink Pack.  I colorized the trunks with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  While I had the Frayed Burlap out, I randomly stamped some music on the tag from Tim's A Joyful Song stamp set.   Next, I created snow using a Snow Cap Paint Dabber and lightly touched the tree branches and the ground.  Then I sprinkled some Art Institute White Glitter on top of the wet paint.  I distressed the edges of the tag using a Paper Distresser followed by inking the edges with Frayed Burlap.  I added the "Star in the East" by heat embossing a Gold "star" and adding a bling center.  "PEACE" is created from Tim Holtz' Newsprint Alpha Parts and then topped with a Gold Paint Dabber.  

Finally, I added the little family of reindeer from two of Tim Holtz' Reindeer Die Cuts.  They were cut out of Grungeboard and Natural Sticky Back Canvas.  I distressed them with a Tonic Scratching Tool and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I added a little bit of gold tinsel and a gold jingle bell to the momma deer's neck.

The more traditional Christmas tag in the center was first stamped using Black Archival Ink on a Manila Tag.  Almost of the images are from Tim Holtz' Mini Holidays stamp set,randomly stamped into a collage. "Merry Christmas" is from Tim's Mini Holidays 3 stamp set.  The background was colorized using Tim's new Winter Seasonal Distress Ink Pack plus Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  Then the tag was sprayed with Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist for that really shimmer "frosted" finish.  

I added Tim Holtz' Holiday Lamppost die cut from Grungeboard and heat embossed it with Black Embossing Powder.  The holly leaves are coated with Picket Fence Stickles, as is the snow on the top of the lamppost and on Santa.  I added a piece of Mica for the glass in the lamppost and fashioned a "flame" out of Goldenrod Stickles.  I really liked the vintage feel that added..something as simple as a flame.  The spruce greenery on the lamppost is from Tim's Tattered Pine Cone die cut.  I added the Goldenrod Stickles on those as well.  Then I added a little golden bell.

Santa is colorized using colored pencils.  I flocked his beard and fur trim on his hood.  I then matted him on a scrap of black cardstock and edged it with a Gold Paint Dabber.  I added some gold tinsel behind Santa and hot glued him in place next to the lamppost.

Merry Christmas was stamped in black in and then sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder then heat set.  I edged it with Frayed Burlap and pop dotted it in place.

The Snowflake Christmas Adornment at the top of the tag was originally silver.  I lightly hit the high spots of the metal tag with Gold Paint Dabber on my finger and turned it antique goes with my tag much better!

Finally, I added the red ribbon to the top of the tag and to the holly on the lamppost.  Both started out as white Hug Snug and I colorized them with Festive Berries from Tim's New Winter Seasonal Distress Ink Pack.

The Shabby Chic Snowman is a favorite of mine.  I truly LOVE the vintage roses that you can make from Tim's Tattered Pine Cone die cut.  More about that in a minute...

This manila tag was first colorized with Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks (both from Tim's new Winter Seasonal Distress Ink Pack).  Next, I dry embossed the tag with Tim's Vintage Holiday Texture Fade and dabbed a Gold Paint Dabber on all of the embossed images. Then I misted the tag with Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist and LOVED the result!  I distressed the edge of the tag with a Paper Distresser and inked it with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I returned to Tim's Day 4 tag as my inspiration for the wonderful crackled snowman! First I painted some Grungeboard with a Snow Cap Paint Dabber and then (when dry), die cut the snowman from Tim's Winter Wonder die cut.  I used Tim's Mini Hearts die cut to create the heart in the snowman's tummy.  Next, I painted the snowman's hat with black paint and then crackled the surface of the snowman using Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  Once crackled, I added some Tumbled Glass Distress Stain and then some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to further colorize the snowman. I found a Santa image that I loved in Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash and glued him underneath the snowman.  Then I completely covered the Santa image with Glossy Accents and let it dry.  

I created my sentiment, "All Hearts Come Home For Christmas" on my computer and cut it out using the medium size of Tim's Tattered Banners.  I distressed it with Frayed Burlap and Black Soot Distress Ink just on the edge.  Then I smeared Rock Candy Stickles all over the banner.  I added a piece of vintage lace at the bottom of the tag. 

I created the vintage roses out of some paper from Tim's Distress CoreDinations Paper Pack....probably Victorian Velvet in color.  Then I tapped the edges with a Gold Paint Dabber and lightly misted them with Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist.  The Greenery is also from Tim's Tattered Pinecones. It was cut from a goldish paper and then I added the snow highlights.

I hot glued everything in place and added the Baubles and Heart Adornment at the top of the tag.  The ribbons are colored from Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  I also just sprayed some white ribbon with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist and combined them on the tag.  There is also a little white tulle that is torn and tucked in with the vintage roses and also around the snowman's neck.  Finally, the snowman's hat has a holly sprig that has some snow on it and then berries made from Fruit Punch Stickles

Now I can't wait to see your Christmas Tag Creations!  Link them up to SIMON SAY STAMP AND SHOW!  Our amazing sponsor is offering their very generous prize of a 

$50.00 CREDIT VOUCHER to their randomly chosen winner!  How wonderful is THAT?
In addition...if your entry is voted on as one of the TOP THREE, you will be recognized on our blog and also given a TOP THREE BLINKIE to proudly display on your blog.

So, pull out those tags, inks, die cuts and whatever else you need to create some Christmas magic!!


  1. Oooooo Wow your tags are beautiful!!!Candy this looks amazing!!!

    Love from The Netherlands,

  2. These are absolutely beautiful love the reindeer near the pine cones thats my fav!
    hugs judex

  3. Beautiful selection of Christmas tags Candy, so much attention to detail.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas, xx

  4. Hi, Candy. Your tags are so beautiful! Love the cluster of deer (great idea!) and how you've lit the lamp post. Not to mention your gorgeous inky and layered backgrounds. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!

  5. oh my goodness, I love these tags. I think the deer is my favorite, no I think its Santa or the Snowman, can't decide, love them all!!

  6. These are just over-the-moon perfect! I see so many ideas I want to emulate sometime. Thank you for such divine inspiration!

  7. Fabulous tags Candy, I love how you have moved from PEACE being very tranquil in colour etc to more traditional with the Santa and Shabby with the snowman, PERFECT. Love your touches of snow too, so realistic and some fabulous backgrounds and techniques too. Wishing you and your family a fabulous Christmas and Best Wishes for The New Year, love Tracy x

  8. Ok.. ok.. OK CANDY! you suckered me in.. I'm now a blog follower. Your tags are so striking! They're some of my most favorite from all of this season (TIM'S INCLUDED!) they are just so gorgeous and awe inspiring. =D Beautiful, really!

  9. Fantastic tags! But my fav is the little family of deer...wonderful idea, Ms. Candy!!!!


  10. Oh my these tags are gorgeous love all of them but I think my favorite is the deer one . Thanks for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas Candy

  11. These are just beautiful Candy and so inspirational.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  12. Wow, such gorgeous tags, Candy! The added textures, embellies, and embossing are just stunning on each tag!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. Wow Candy! You're tags are just stunning! I love the canvas reindeer! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

  14. You know i adore anything you make and these tags are no exception.
    Just wanted to stop by and wish you a very happy christmas xx
    Hugz Minxy

  15. Hey there my amazing teamie, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your xxxTimmy Tags, each and everyone of them are just georgous. Love the colors and the stamps that you have used, the little detaills are just fabulous. Wowwwwzersssss thanksss for sharing hunni. Hugs Terry x

  16. OMG Candy these are just stunning, so much work I adore them all. You are one very talented lady. Wishing you a wonderful new year.


  17. Candy your tags are Stunning. Better than Tims. shhhhh...just don't tell him! LOL Love the Deer!
    Wishing you a New Year of Health Happiness and lots of Creative time!
    hugs Lynn

  18. Candy
    oh la la! Your tags are all AMAZING! Gorgeous work and details. I think the deer and snowman are my favorites! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and may 2012 bring many blessings your way! Happy New Year!

  19. WOW Candy your tags are fabulous, I'm in awe of your talent! I love the unique style you've given each tag with your own take on the techniques, they're beautiful.

    Sorry I haven't been back in touch with you, life took over but I will rectify that :). Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy new year. Hugs, Chris.

  20. Fabulous tags!!!! Live every one of them! I added myself to your followers:)

  21. This is so, so georgeous!!!!!
    You are a verry talented girl!!!

  22. Wonderful tags. Thank you for sharing details.

    1. Hello Daria C. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I hope you have a wonderful week! <3


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