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February 2016 Tags — Marjorie Towers

February 2016 Tags

February 19, 2016

in Tom Holtz 12 Tags

IMG_5578So instead of the one, I made 3 tags this time, all the same except the photos and some of the details, like the sayings. I love using personal photos. Who needs “found” relatives when you’ve got so many of your own?

Using Tim’s February 2016 tag as my inspiration, I followed along using the supplies that I had.

First step: quickly cover your tag with Antique Linen distress stain. Flick with water and dry. Super easy way to make tags and paper look vintage.



Next, grab a stencil. I chose a rather intricate floral design by Memory Box since I didn’t have the mini-lace one that Tim used. Press Frayed Burlap distress ink directly on the stencil, mist slightly and press on the tag. The technique is called mono printing. Add some Walnut Stain to the edges of your tag.


Next we’re going to use some texture paste. Again, I found a stencil that would work. It’s by Crafters Warehouse and has a nice big LOVE on it. Spread the paste through the stencil then sprinkle with gold embossing powder.


Now the hard part. You must wait for the paste to dry before you heat emboss. (I hate waiting!!!) But it looks so great when it’s done and if you don’t wait the paste will bubble up and you won’t like that look most likely. So nice and shimmery; I love it.


While you are waiting, go find your photos. I printed some I had on file, reducing them to about 2×2. After embossing I found a heart stencil and added 3 areas of hearts using Candy Apple distress ink. Think about where your photo will be. While you have the Candy Apple ink out, color some rayon. ribbon.


Sand your photos just a bit around the edges and bend a corner or two to make them look older. Gather some embellishments – use what you have. I punched the hearts from card stock and covered with some music paper, then made a little collage with a stamp, a bow and an heirloom rose. Chose words (charm, phrase and rub on) that fit the photo you are using. How do the photos make you feel? Mainly I thought about what an incredible heritage I have received and then was able to pass on. I’m seriously thinking of using these tags to do a 12×12 layout about that.


It makes me happy to look at these tags. I would wish the same for you if you get a chance to make one too.




{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris February 20, 2016 at 10:01 am

Marjorie – I love these tags!!! Miss, miss, miss you!

Chris February 20, 2016 at 10:03 am

Marjorie – I love these tags! Miss, miss, miss you!!!

Crooked Stamper March 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Congrats! Love your version!

Mylissa Stout March 1, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Congratulations to YOU!!!! and look at that 3 tags…Wowzers! I am loving all three and I see all that detail you put into them. Lovin’ those hearts… Sweet job..and also with your tutorial…PERFECT!

Marty Fishman March 2, 2016 at 3:02 am

Congrats on your win!! Your tags are so lovely and you made 3 of them! I agree about using your own photos…great job 🙂

Diana @ playingwithoutlimits March 2, 2016 at 7:03 am

Love what you did and love that you were creative with supplies on hand.

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