12 Tags of 2014 – September

3rd September, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
“sometimes we all need to dream in color…” was Tim’s September 12 tags of 2014 message! For for this crafter, (who dreams in shades of brown), it was going to be a challenge!

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
The moment I lined up my colourful alcohol inks, I felt slightly less like a deer in headlights! That said, I still wanted to celebrate my favourite quarter of the year with something Halloween themed.

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
When I reached for my new halloween layering stencil I still didn’t know what colour I was going to use for the background. There are not an abundance of subtle colours in my alcohol ink collection and I had a couple of failed attempts… (background colour too dark, not enough blending solution, blending solution residue on the craft mat diluted the alcohol ink)! Practice practice practice though, right?! 😉

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
After some trial and error I found a colour that worked(ish). I’m not sure that I’ve actually nailed the “ghosting look” but I think this is partly to do with not having a lighter colour, (I have resolved this issue by ordering more alcohol inks)… yes it’s a disease! 😉

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
Something I really love about the citrus coloured background is that the remnant rubs really POP! This green reminds me of slime, very Halloweenish.

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
To make the teeth pop I used a white gel pen. I absolutely love this skull stamp.

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
The next steps of my tag were so fun. I really embraced the shot of colour and actually enjoyed it, (who knew)! I recently got the new bats and crossbones garland die and had a lightbulb moment! Replace the butterflies with bats! It was a little work intensive as I had to cut each bat away from the next in the chain, but worth it. I used the script stamp from the apothecary for the background.

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
Look at all that colour, (reaches for sunglasses)!

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September
I resisted browns, blacks, distressed or stitched edges, so the linen ribbon stained with brown, green and rust distress stain seemed like a suitable reward for being so “colourful!”

Thanks for taking a look at my “BAT HAIR DAY” tag and take time to hop over to Tim’s blog to see this month’s tag and techniques. If you would like to see the post in French, hop over to Scrapdeco’s blog.


supplies: tim holtz; black tag/glossy paper/layering stencil (halloween #27)/alcohol inks (citrus, sandal, butterscotch, latte, rust, red pepper, cranberry, raisin, currant, purple twilight, stonewashed, sail boat blue, lettuce, meadow)/alcohol blending solution/distress stains (wild honey, rusty hinge, peeled paint, frayed burlap)/idea-ology (apothecary remnant rubs, linen ribbon)/dies (bats and crossbones garland)/cling stamps (apothecary #138)/mini blending tool/alcohol ink applicator/alcohol ink applicator felts/grid blocks
other: archival ink (jet black)/glossy accents


  1. ingrid says:

    wow wow I really love all these bats ! well done

  2. Cynthia says:

    I so so so love this tag. Awesome in many ways! LOVE.

  3. Tapeva says:

    Wow! 😀 I l.o.v.e your take on the September tag…what an awesome idea to make it Halloweenish…excellent bats, too. Super!

  4. Sue Rindflesch says:

    SPOOKTACULAR! I Love the skull stamp, and the teeth whitened out!
    Great Colorful Tag…

  5. Great interpretation of Tims tag Zoe

    Hilda x

  6. OMG!! I LOVE your tag!! Great job!!


  7. Hokiecoyote says:

    Love, love your tag. Glad to see that you got the technique to work.

  8. cheiron says:

    LOVE this! The skull is perfect and the teeth are fabulous. So much fun.

  9. Sally Miller says:

    Wow! Your skull tag is amazing 😀 I love the bats hair do! Funny how sometimes there is that lightbulb moment….I did a skull one too but nowhere near as cool as yours. See you on here again sometime 🙂


  10. Anna Ely says:

    How awesome!! Absolutely love this!! The bat hair is so neat!!

  11. S@ndy Diller says:

    All I can say is “simply fabulous”!!!

  12. Anne says:

    Great idea! I like the Halloween theme!

  13. Helen Allen says:

    Spooktagular! I love everything about it – you are right that skull stamp is fab! Great idea to give him a sparkling grin!

  14. I absolutely loved Tim’s September tag, and I don’t know how I missed getting it done. I was just cruisin’ over the Inlinkz, and yours stood out to me. I love your take on it, and you really make me want to get that skull stamp!

  15. Genevieve says:

    You are my champion, that’s for sure! This is stunning. I love it behind words!

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