Monday, 10 March 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014, Jane's Journal style - March

We are already on the 3rd tag of this year and as I thought, Tim's tag for this month has a very Spring feel to it. There was also a little twist this month as he made not 1 but 2 tags using the repeat stamping technique. Do check out his technique here  his blog but essentially it is stamping once and then without re inking stamping again. This makes a dark version and a lighter "shadow" version. He also adding some smudging to his stamping.DSC08872

I have not used this technique for years so decided that I would indeed make 2 cards. I was also inspired the whole spring feel, by his nest and spotty egg as well as well as the coloured twine. Tim also used the new air spritzer on his card which looked great fun. After putting on my creative thinking cap and looking at the supplies I own I started to put my interpretation together.

First I stamped some spring like background images using my Lili of the Valley Vintage Backgrounds. I used the sweet serenade set and also used the flowers from the grunge elements set.
 I chose Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Evergreen Bough as my main 3 Distress inks (DIs) and inked my stamps up. I stamped once on the left card and then "huffed" on the stamp with my breath and without re inking stamped the shadow on the right card. I then used a piece of blending foam to smudge parts of the stamped image over the bird and the corners of the rectangle whilst the ink was still wet
I needed to colour the background next and link in the images so using my blending tool and Vintage Photo DI I carefully started to blend, darker on the left than right card.
Having made my backing papers it was time to add my elements. Now I was really keen to add a nest with eggs stamp but as I don't have one  it was time for me to think "outside the box" and create something of my own. In the past with my jewellery making I have made birds with nests out of wire (see photo below) so I decided that I would do something similar as a nest with eggs in. I sorted through my bead stash and chose some spotty beads to resemble eggs.

These are what I made, wire nests with gemstone bead eggs ;0)

I also dyed some twine with the DIs to match those I had used on my cards.

 Now this month I decided to treat myself to one of Tim's new additions to his range...the Distress marker spritzer and what fun it is. I used a stencil to add some colour to my cards, I treated myself to my first 3 DI pens too ;0)

I used a tree stencil and I really loved the effect it left

Also as I had used wire for my nest I thought that Tim's metal florals and plaques would work a treat. I wanted some colour on them so I decided to see if my Promarkers would do this job as they are alcohol inks. I was delighted to see that they did. I also coloured up a TH die cut to add another bird to my card and some more of a tree theme.

So now it was time to put on my creative hat and put all my elements together for my finished cards.
Here they are;
First of all the "first" stamping version;

then the shadow version

and lastly
the pair together;

Personally I think I like the darker first stamped version best...what do you think?

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 March Tag
A Vintage Journey anything Tim I think my post is self explanatory but I have used my March Tim tag challenge for my entry.
Loves rubberstamps anything goes
Papertake Weekly anything goes
Flonzcraft Just for you
Natalie and Amy flowers
Live and Love Crafts Earthy Easter
Oldie but a Goodie spring has sprung my button twine is over a year old as are my stamps.
Love to create anything goes
The Squirrel and the Fox autumn or spring

I really enjoyed my March project, it really made me pull out some different ideas. Thanks Tim for such an inspiring monthly project.
Thanks everyone who managed to reach the end of this post, I appreciate it was quite photo heavy.

I like to think that spring nearly has sprung, it reached 18c yesterday afternoon here in sunny Surrey. We even had lunch in the garden. Now that will do nicely.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Oh WOW! These are amazing Jane, love all the details.
    Caz x

  2. Hello dear Jane,

    Wonderful cards - both of them - and I especially love your innovative little nest&eggs, precious!

    I am just a little bit jealous ;) of your weather, even it's very warm and springly here for this time of the year...But 18degrees...Oh my!

    I wish your weather stays as beautiful, and you'll get to enjoy your time in garden!

    Happy day!


  3. Absolutely amazing Jane,,,,,,,,,love them,.....

  4. Hi Sweet Jane, Oh I do love the nests!!!! Just up my alley, the cards and tags are brilliant and so are you. Love seeing all your techniques.
    Happy day to you, xoRobin

  5. These are great takes on Tim's tag, I love them both! The nests are a fabulous idea! X

  6. This is gorgeous! I really love how you created the birds nests!
    Thanks for joining us at Love to Create!
    ♥ Sandra ♥

  7. Now this is all very clever!!
    I love them both Jane, especially the little nests! So much work goes into it, I expect people just don't realise how much!! So it is good to see the process, don't give all your secrets away though! ;)
    By the way L loved her card, the first thing she said was, 'oh that's me!'. :)
    We had a beautiful day here today not quite as high as 18 degrees but I was in the garden all afternoon! :)
    Have a good week my friend,
    V xxx

  8. this is wonderful - I love this to bits and those wire eggs in baskets are inspired - brilliant Jane - I'd defo pick yours xx

  9. That is beautiful! Thank You for share your technique with us. Thanks for joining us here at Loves Rubber Stamps this week. Hope you'll play along with us again real soon. Good Luck and Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  10. Love your cards and interpretation of Tim's tag Jane, you have searched out and used fabulous elements to add to your great springtime stamps. Both versions look good, but I agree the first one is more distinctive. Thanks for travelling A Vintage Journey with us and joining in the challenge.
    Yes doors and windows open yesterday, such a glorious warm temperature, looking forward to more.
    hugs {brenda} xx

  11. Jane, I don't know how you do it but each card you make is more spectacular than the last! These are winners for sure! LOVE the nests! I made one out of silver wire and 3 little pearl eggs to signify my 3 children. I did that years ago. I must find that!!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. Just amazing hun, I loved reading how they came together. Your nests & eggs....genius idea!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Natalie & Amy's this month, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

    PS... I prefer the second one xx

  13. Lovely work on another great post Jane.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  14. I love your take on Tim's tag, your cards are both beautiful, the spritzing looks amazing on the trees and the little nests with the bead eggs are delightful. Thanks so much for joining in our Anything Tim challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  15. I too am enjoying the warmer weather, its so welcome.

    I love them both Jane, but if I had to make a choice I keep getting pulled to the lighter one on the right, I think that must be something to do with lighter evenings and warmer weather as the dark one has more 'punch' about it but I would still choose the lighter one :) Both fabulous hope you do well in your challenges x

  16. Gorgeous, Jane! I love birds' eggs and nests and often put them in my all the ones in this post! Btw, I think I prefer the ighter card....but both are lovely.
    Wishing you a happy sunny week.
    Helen xx

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous projects with us at Oldie But A Goodie. Good Luck. Sarah

  18. Hi Jane! Fantastic! I love your card and the way how you mixed Materials! We have similar beads on our table to make 'komboloi' - you know the Greek praying and 'stress' beads. x Teje

  19. wow, this is so pretty. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  20. What a fabulous post Jane!
    I feel like I have learnt so much looking at the step by step! I think the darker version has more depth, simply beautiful Jane!
    Thank You~

  21. This is absolutely gorgeous Jane. :)

  22. Nicely done, Jane. I like both versions.

  23. What a gorgeous project. I like them both. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Julie x

  24. Your little birds nests are such a great idea! I love this!

  25. Gorgeous cards and tags! Thank you for sharing with us at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza, LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  26. Hello Jane,
    Beautiful bird cards with fab nests. I like the lighter card the best. But both are lovely.

    Enjoy your warmer weather.Slowly getting a bit nicer here.

    Anne xx

  27. Jane...your take on Tim's March tags and his smudge technique are beautiful! I truly love your bird theme and your little wire nests are absolutely adorable! Tim taught those in a class one time and I fell in love with them. I love your backgrounds and your spritzed trees you've added. The inking of your word stick and the foliage are also very effective! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy

  28. Beautifully made, great tags, love them, thanks for playing with us at the Squirrel and the Fox,blessings Hilde

  29. These are fabulous Jane, so much work involved. I like the darker one best and those wire bead nests are the perfect finishing touch! Bxx

  30. Brilliant work Jane. Facinating to follow the process from start to finish. The bird's nests are genious. Two very lovely cards; I also prefer the darker one. Thanks for sharing with us at LLC.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @ Live & Love Crafts


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