Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 May

With 1st Semester exams underway for my students, my time has finally freed up a little for me to devote some much craved for time to make my “tag” entry for the May 2014 edition of the Tim Holtz challenge. Over there on the left was what the talented Tim challenged us with.The focus was on using all those ideology trinkets that we all love to collect and framing them on little paper tiles.  He also showcased the new shadow embossing folders there on the bottom right.  Those haven’t arrived in my part of the global woods yet so I had to change it up a little.

For this month’s “tag” – I decided that I wanted to make something more functional than a tag. Father’s day is coming up and that requires an awesome card for Dad.  I put tons of work into this piece inspired by the TH May because I have a brilliant dad who deserves every bit of detail and attention and coolness.

I also got inspired for the design of this tag by how much I loved the effect of the pipes in my previous post (Click the grey text to go there -the rosey pipe-line for Linda Ledbetter's CC3 Challenge).  I decided to mess around some more with pipe configurations and I really love how this card turned out.  I think my dad is going to like it too.

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For the background of the card I used the diamond plate from the diamond plate and riveted metal texture fade set by sizzix and the Brick wall stencil from Enmarc. 

Making the glazed brick texture was one of those salted UTEE experiments.  I inked through the Brick Wall stencil with Archival Ink first in Monarch Orange and then lightly in Plum and then with my salted UTEE heat embossed. 


The effect it created was a lovely, rough and sandy looking glazing.  I have to remember this trick for later. Over that I layered the riveted metal piece that I painted with distress paint.  I wanted to create the effect of an industrial basement in a building with some exposed face-brick wall and valves and gauges and pipes.


To make the pipes – I did the old drinking straw trick again – you can find out how I did that in the post that precedes this by clicking here:


I used a variety of Ideology tinkets and the Gears Die to embellish the tiles.  The tiles are cut from a variety of Tim Holtz papers and I stamped on some of them with some industrial blueprint looking stamps from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Collection.


So I think I kept the theme of the May challenge – don’t you?  I’m entering it as my version.  It is all about what those tag challenges inspire right?  Hope Mr Tim doesn’t mind that I didn’t make a tag.  More importantly – I love that this is going to be dad’s father’s day card – getting all those straws etc. to glue and stay glued at the proper angles was a proper mission, I fiddles with the details for hours.  Dad is the only guy who can be trusted to treasure and appreciate all the work and of course all those lovely ideology trinkets!


  1. WOW! What a wonderful tag you've made. I love it.

    greetings Silvia

  2. Man oh Man Candice, you are so creative!!!! I just love your card - I hope you don't mind if I copy some of your ideas. I think you've captured the essence of Tim's tag so well - it is fantastic - bet it's a winner!!!! With 2 blog entries in one day, you must be scratching a big creative itch girl! Can't wait to see what you come up with next. Keep on crafting!! Jean.x

  3. This is superb Candice.... Love, love, love it!! Anne xx

  4. Thanks a lot for your wonderful comments on my blog.

  5. WOW, this is Awesome!!
    I love the pipe work. At first I thought they were from the hardware store, then looked closer and thought "are those drinking straws?"
    So so so cool, I need to try that.
    I am sure your dad will treasure your beautiful work of art.
    I haven't even looked at May's challenge tag, thanks for the reminder :)

  6. Now that's what I call a proper dad card! Love the pipework :)

  7. Thanks a lot for commenting on blog for peacock card!! Its very encouraging!!

  8. Oh wow, this is absolutely amazing!! What a gorgeous tag!! I love the pipes - never would have thought to use creative!! This is seriously fabulous!! Love, love it!! So inspiring!!

    Thanks so much for the sweet comments on my blog!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Very cool! it's like being in the basement and looking at the wall (in an older house that is where a basement IS a basement before people wanted to use them as ROOMS! Love the straw pipes once again - and all the 'bells and whistles' a great mixing of pieces to make a creative whole!

  10. Oh wow wow wow, this is metal steam punk at its best. This is just so creative.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  11. Totally sensational take on the May tag... I adore your "plumbing" with the gilded straws - genius (just been using them to plumb dollshouses, so this did make me laugh!), and the composition is brilliant - taking the eye around all those brilliant embellishments and panels. Love, love, love this!!
    Alison xx

  12. You'll be fine with your bottle and feather - mine's not a June Tag!!! Great minds, though, clearly...

  13. WOW….I can't believe I missed this one last month Candice! Love it. It looks so realistic. Genius! I bed your Dad loved it X

  14. Oops I BET (not bed) your Dad loved it ….;-)


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