How to Make a Tim Holtz Inspired Tag

A blast from the past.  This is my very first Tim Holtz inspired tag.   I grabbed a set of his distressed markers and a few additional items and got started on my tag.  Here are the results.

Love. Love. Love!


First I stamped, and water colored my images.
Also tore the bottom edge, inked edges, added splats to finish this part of the tag,
as shown above.
  Allow to dry.


I added a bit of paint, smashed the ink pad and added some distress stain.
If you do not have a craft sheet, wax paper will do.
Next, you will also need to spritz with water to blend colors.


Drag piece through paint, stain and ink. Allow to dry
or speed drying time with heat gun.


Drag tag through remaining mix. 


Stamp over colored tag.


Add large grommet and ribbons.
Note.  I spritzed the lace and ribbon to
make it look more distressed and match my tag.
I heated the ribbon to help it dry faster, which also curled the lace.
Love the look. 


A closer look. 

Don’t forget to come back because there’s more!

Do you make tags?  How do you use them with your art?  Tell me in the comments below.



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  1. Love that background! I’ve never tried mixing paint and ink. I like to make tags as samples so I don’t waste my good paper. Sometimes I’ll use the to embellish a gift, but I just like to thumb back through them!

    • classygirl

      Thanks Wendy. One of my favorite techniques for a quick, unique background. Great idea to make tags from samples to save on the “good” paper. I never put them on gifts but perhaps this year, I will!

  2. Love your tag. I have used paint and inks mixed before when just experimenting. I also have mixed ink and paint on my Gelli plate too. I make tags to put on cards and scrapbook pages. Its interesting what you stumble on when you are just experimenting, sometimes good and sometimes a mess LOL.

  3. Thanks for this lesson. I’m often daubing things (mediums, ink, paint) on paper but this is dragging the paper through the stuff, and doing it all at the same time. So helpful. Thanks! Lovely tag.

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