Sunday, June 17, 2012


I LOVE BROWN!  When I think of brown, I think of Tim Holtz!  If you are a Tim Holtz fan, you already know that his original claim to fame is convincing Ranger to introduce a few shades of brown ink; the beginnings of the Distress Ink line, at CHA (after he became part of the Ranger family.)'s to Tim and his vision!  It all began with BROWN! 

This is my creation for Simon Says Stamp and Show this week...and also Tim's 12 Tags of 2012 - June Tag challenge.  The baby on this tag is very special to me.  It's a picture of my Dad when he was a baby.  He has passed on now...but I still wanted to honor his memory on a (belated) Father's Day type of tag.

I started with a blank manila #8 tag.  I used Wild Honey, Vintage Photo and Picket Fence Distress Stains to create my marbleized background.  Then I spritzed it with a touch of water to create the mottled effect.  Next I used Jet Black Archival Ink to randomly stamp portions of the larger flourish from Tim Holtz' Fabulous Flourish stamp set.

I added a piece of vintage lace to the bottom using 1/8" Wonder Tape and little mesh metal screening with my Tiny Attacher.  That little tool is soooo handy!  This is the base of my tag.

I sized the vintage portrait of my Dad and printed it out on Semi Gloss Photo Paper.  The original picture had a lot more sepia tones in it, so I photo edited the picture to be more black and white.  I think Tim's colorizing technique looks better on a more black and white picture.  I used Ranger's Craft Nibs and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create the light blue romper. The little bit of blush in his cheeks was achieved using Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  You color by lightly rubbing the nib onto the Distress Ink pad and then gently rubbing the nib over the area you want to color.  For me, the key is to just color a couple of things, not the entire picture.  This really creates a beautiful old vintage look and really brings the picture to life!  After you've finished coloring, lightly rub a pad of Antique Linen Distress Ink over the entire picture and let it dry.  This really gives those golden, aged tones to the photograph. 

I then tore some corrugated paper, distressed it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and rubbed the edges with a Black Cats Eye Ink Pad.  That would serve as the base for my vintage photograph and later be added to the tag.  All of the added Ideaology has some symbolism behind it. 

 I added the Mini Numeral "1" to the tag because my Dad was about a year old in this picture.  The little Adornment Star is attached to a Gem Clip.  This symbolizes my Dad's military service.  The little File Tab displays the letter "C".  My Dad's first name was "Calvin".  The Adornment Wing hanging from the Hinge Clip also refers to my Dad's military service.  He was a Navy radioman and gunner during during World War II, stationed in the Philippines. 

The wing, as well as the other metal pieces, have been altered.  They started out as a silver metal.  I lightly alcohol inked parts of the metal with Gold Alcohol Ink.  Next I rubbed just a touch of Pool Paint Dabber over the metal with my fingers to give it a more patina look.  The Pool blue also coordinated with the light blue in my Dad's romper.

Next, I added Pool to fill in the lettering of the Word Band.  It reads "Dream As If You'll Live Forever".  I loved that sentiment coupled with this portrait.  I attached the Word Band with a piece of crochet thread that I braided and wrapped around the tag.  Finally, I added a few light blue buttons and the orangeish-brown ribbon at the top.

Stop by Simon Says Stamp and Show's blog and check out the amazing idea that my Design Team buddies have waiting for you!  Then, enter your Bit of Brown piece to our challenge.  You could be the lucky winner of our most generous sponsors ...

$50.00 credit voucher.  You could also be named as one of our TOP THREE entries for the week! So....put your creative thinking caps on and let's see what you can come up with!
Good luck!!!



  1. this is just beautiful, love it

  2. Hi, Candy! Very pretty! Art tags are one of my very favorite things. Who is Tim Holtz? Ha, ha--just kidding. Cool photo of your dad.

  3. Hi Candy I absolutely love your tag for the SSSS challenge and t!m's 12 tags. What a beautiful piece to celebrate your father. Love the corrugated cardboard and the wing. The blue buttons and the blue on the metal tag really make the colours pop. TFS x

  4. Hi Candy, I love your take on Tim's Tag, it really is beautiful and what a lovely tribute to your Dad. It reminded me of my lovely Dad too, who alas, is no longer with us either. I love the addition of the lace at the side of the photo, it really draws the eye to the photo - wish I had thought of that on mine! A really beautiful tag Candy. A xx

  5. Oh Candy, this is just an amazing tag! I love that it's a tribute to your Dad and all of your elelments are just wonderful and go together perfectly.

  6. Love this piece and the mix of blue with brown. The angel wing hanging from the clip is one I'll have to copy!

  7. What a fabulous way to honour your dad in such a personal way. Love your vintage tones and your layout is wonderful. Love the corrugated card and distressed edges along with the added lace. The little touch of blue is perfect. This is one to treasure Candy. Tracy x

  8. What a fabulous creation for your Father! He is beautiful here! Fantastic tag Candy...just perfect!

  9. So Stinking Cute! Love all the details and that image.
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  10. This is wonderful, what a great personal and lovely piece! Ilve brown, so fab! Hugs trace x

  11. Hi Candy Tim's tag challenge has bought out some lovely memories this month. Love the blue/brown colour scheme. The Wing embellishment is very clever.

  12. Gorgeous tag you made and so nice to follow the steps on how you made it! Lovely pic of your dad! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  13. Oh, Candy, this is such a wonderful tribute to your dad. I love the way you've clamped the wing on there... so angelic and special. Loads of great detail as usual!

  14. What a SWEET picture of your Dad, Candy! I just love the way you pieced this tag together and the embellishments are great!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. Hi Candy, I love your tribute tag of your dad,like you Brown is one of my most used colours and yes TH springs to mind. Another creative project :) x


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