12 Tags of 2016 – January take 2

31st January, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 is back and this time Tim Holtz is master mixing it up with a remix of techniques! I’m squeezing my second tag in just under the wire.

I started the background last weekend, but had a really busy week organizing things for our relocation so only got back to it tonight.

I followed Tim’s techniques which you can see on his blog, using cracked pistachio distress paint instead of black soot. I then ponced alcohol inks over the foil.

I rubbed a little cracked pistachio distress paint over the top of the metal findings with my finger to give a faux patina effect.

Finally I attached lots of gadget gears and a word band which I altered with alcohol inks and attached using the new idea-ology nail heads. LOVE THEM!

You can see all the techniques for this month’s tag on Tim’s blog.



  1. Astrid says:

    Superb take on the original!! The Cracked Pistachio in combination with the Copper AI makes for the most superb patina effect, one to remember for sure…

  2. I am genuinely at a loss to explain how much I ADORE that weathered copper look. Pure creative genius. Banked in my memory too… Jenny x

  3. Autumn says:

    This copper patina effect is fantastic! I’m in love with this. I keep thinking I don’t want to use my alcohol inks because they are so messy and permanent, but after seeing this I have changed my mind! Out they come and with a vengeance! 🙂

  4. A second tag? While you are getting ready to move? Colour me impressed! Love, love, love the copper patina with the cracked pistachio, brilliant and beautiful! Deb xo

  5. butterfly says:

    Just scrumptious – the burnished tones of your background, brilliant Idea-ology metal work – it’s simply spectacular. I’ve been avoiding the Cracked Pistachio as I couldn’t quite get on with it, but I can see I may have to change my tune!
    Alison x

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