Friday, February 17, 2012


It's Friday!  I finally had a chance to make a Valentine's style of tag for several blogs that I love to follow:

GRUNGY MONDAY- the challenge is to make anything with a Valentine theme using at least one Tim Holtz Product.  No problem!

TIM HOLTZ - 12 TAGS - a new concept Tim has announced on his blog.  Instead of his annual 12 Tags of Christmas that we've all come to know and love; Tim is switching it up a bit.  He's still doing 12 Tags...only now it will be one a month, to feature a holiday or something that month is known for.

INSPIRATION JOURNAL - Simply make something with a heart on it.

Here is the large tag I have made for these three challenges...

 I used an oversized manila tag and began with a masking technique used by Heidi Swapp.  Then I started randomly stamping around the masked heart and blending the black around the heart outline.  I then reversed the mask and used Fired Brick and Barn Door Distress Inks to color the interior of the heart.  Then I randomly stamped the background of the tag using Black Soot Distress Ink and various Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley stamps. When I finished stamping, I added the colors of Vintage Photo and Barn Door to the background of the tag; blending them together.

I used Gold Embossing Powder to stamp over the wings and to create a crown at the top of the heart.  I replaced the exterior of the heart mask over the heart and heat embossed the gold script in the center of the heart.  I used Tim's technique to create the dimensional heart in the center using honeycomb paper.  I cut a slightly larger mini heart out of Grungeboard to use behind the dimensional heart.  I heat embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder and put all of those elements together.  Finally, I added Gold Stickles to the honeycomb portion of the heart for that added detail.

Next I added some random Gold Embossing Powder around the edges of my tag and topped it off with just a hint of a Black Cats Eye Ink Pad swiped around the edge. 

The bottom of the tag features a Tim Holtz sentiment that I thought was appropriate for this heart themed tag:  LISTEN TO YOUR HEART ABOVE ALL OTHER VOICES.  I first distressed a scrap of a manila tag with primarily Vintage Photo, some Gathered Twig and a hint of Barn Door.  Then I used Tim's distressing technique; flicking water onto the tag.  Next I sprayed the tag with a hint of Sunflower Sparkle to give it a subtle glisten.  I tore the edges and distressed them with Gathered Twig and swiped a Black Cats Eye Ink Pad around the edges.  I glued it in place and then added the distressed Grungeboard Keyhole and the "Memory" Word Key.  

The keyhole is embossed first with Gold Embossing Powder then sprinkled with Black Embossing Powder and then topped with Clear UTEE.  I added antique gold Long Fasteners that I pounded with Tim's Hammer Tool.  The key is held in place by wire wrapping it in place.  At the very top of the tag, I have placed 6 more antique gold Long Fasteners that have also been pounded with Tim's Hammer Tool.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  If you've not already entered these challenges, create something with a heart and enter them!  Have a great weekend and take time to play!!


  1. Hi Candy
    Love all those rich colours of reds and golds looks very regal, fit for a queen!


  2. Hey there sweetness, My GOODNESS what an AMAZING creation you made wowwwzersssssssss and yep WOW....fabulous heart with those shiny wings and the crown on top. Love what you did with the sentiment too...I love everything about it...the gold on the borders and on the heart wwwooowwww..LOVE YOUR TAG Candy...xxxx excellent job Hugs Terry xxxx

  3. This is gorgeous, Candy!!! I love what you've done with the heart and that is one of my favorite quote stamps - just perfect all-around!

  4. Oh wow this is gorgeous Candy. Enjoy the weekend, x

  5. woww realmente bonito me encanta!!el embossing te quedo perfecto...

  6. Another lovely piece, my dear! Your color palette is so rich and full of texture.

  7. CANDY........LOVE LOVE LOVE (hehehe) this!!! every stinkin' detail is just GORGEOUS!!1

  8. Love your tag ! Especially like the stickles detail on the heart . Very clever.

  9. Your tag is magnificent! I love the colors and detail.

  10. I love your gorgeous tag. Great mix of stamps.

  11. This is my favorite so far. I think it's the combo of red and gold and a really clever composition that makes it's so nice.

  12. NOW THIS IS A VALENTINE BABY!!! WOW! Amazing! You have rocked this!!!

  13. i have seen all of tags. And I adore yours.
    The colors red and gold are so nice together. It was a good idea. A good vision of this challenge.Hugs from france

  14. What a gorgeous tag you have created. I have those stamps and never have visualized them done in gold...and the result is lovely! Beautiful work Candy! Hope you have a Happy Sunday!

  15. Oh Wow, This is stunning, love how you embossed the wings and crown, it really just pops the entire tag.

    Gorgeous is an understatement!!

  16. Your tag is amazing!!! Love everything about it! The heart is stunning and the golden wings are simply gorgeous!

  17. The tag is amazing! I absolutely love it!

    Thanks for sharing the details and links to that video. Cool!

  18. this tag is wonderful..i'm thinking i might have to take a looksee around...:-D

    Visiting from Tim's 2012 Tags


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