Thursday 25 September 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - September

Hi Everyone

The year is rolling on and with the passing of each month comes a new tag from Tim Holtz over at the 12 Tags of 2014 challenge.  I loved this tag.  It looked clean and simple on the face of it and I loved the concept but there were lots of techniques to try too and it was great fun getting out my alcohol inks and creating my version of the September tag.

I loved the alcohol resist technique that Tim shows us this month and it was one I had not tried before.  if you check out the video I let you know the things I learnt as I tried to get to grips with this one.  I love the subtlety of the resist and I have no idea why it works which makes it even more fun to try.

Tim used a rainbow of butterflies to adorn his tag but alas I do not have this die so I opted to go for Autumnal Shades and used a leaf punch as you can see……

You can also see that I loved this tag so much I made two versions and I show you how I got from Tim's inspiration to my interpretation on my You Tube video.

Does the image on the first tag look familiar to you???? ;-)  Yes your eyes are not deceiving you it is me!  I did not have a suitable stamp to add my leaves to so I came up with the idea to print and image on to my tag.  As I looked for suitable profile images I spotted my Blog icon and decided to drop it into photoshop to try to make it look like a drawing and lo and behold I found a filter called 'stamp' and hey presto my photo became a line drawing and I became a stamp!

I will definitely be using this idea again as I think it would make a fab set of family portraits!  So without further ado, as my dog is waiting to go for a walk along the river, I am going to finish off by adding my video link….

…….and of course don't forget to follow this link over to the 12 Tags of 2014 post to check out all the other fabulous tags that have been inspired by Tim this month.  I will be doing that myself once I am back from my walk so I will see you over there.

'til next time I hope you have a crafty week and weekend and thank you for popping by X


  1. Your two tags look wonderful. Love your design
    And stamping Anneke.

  2. These look amazing Helen, very artsy, love those leaves and the contrast of the gorgeous colours against the clean white space, beautiful

  3. Great tags, Helen, I enjoyed watching the process.. x

  4. I absolutely love what you've done with Tim's inspiration for this month, Helen. It's great that you always use what you've got, if you haven't got exactly what he specifies, because this makes it so much more uniquely yours - surely these challenges aren't about slavishly copying, anyway! The alcohol inks are amazing on this project, with that intriguing resist technique which logically really shouldn't work, lol! and the beautiful ribbons too... I am always totally inspired by your work.


  5. What a great idea to make your photo into a stamp - and you have done a beautiful tag.
    Hugs Susan

  6. I do love your tags Helen, I love how you added your own face as an image, such a clever idea and very creative! Anne x

  7. Just catching up with blog posts and this great "stamp" caught my eye! I shall have to check that facility at a later stage but sounds like fun :-)


  8. Great idea using your own face, love the tags and the gorgeous finishing touches.
    Have a great weeknd and happy crafting, Angela x

  9. Anonymous08:30

    Oh dear! I just started following your blog, because I loooooove your creations!!! They are so beautiful, not so overloaded with embellishments, you handle colours very well..... And I adore your tuts :-)


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