Saturday, 18 July 2015

Still round the corner there may wait a new road…

I’m sharing a tag I made today, my second one playing along with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2015 and this one is July.

Now when I saw this month’s tag I just knew I had to make it to include in the album I’m making of my trip last year.  And what do you know; I had the very stamp set Tim used on his tag.

I didn’t start with a Ranger tag for this as it wasn’t going to be big enough so instead I cut a piece of Kraft cardstock to size and rounded the top, as I wanted to make a luggage tag.  I followed Tim’s instructions and colour scheme to decorate my tag, I just substituted the numbers and rub-on.  26 September was when the US leg of my trip started.  I actually made the rub-on using Grafix Rub-on paper, a medium I am seriously not loving at all but it did the trick as I didn’t have any September stickers or rub-ons.

A luggage tag just has to be leather so I got out some Grungepaper and set to making it look like leather.  I started by covering it in Vintage Photo Distress Ink (I had to use a foam applicator as I didn’t have the right colour stain) and then ran it through my Crossover in a Gears Texture Fade, moving the folder along and running it through twice more to cover the entire area.  Then I brushed on Aged Mahogany and Spiced Marmalade and toned it all down with some more Vintage Photo.  I took an offcut of Grungepaper and did the same to it to make the strap.

To add to the realism I placed a piece of acetate over the tag before adhering the leather down, to look like the bit of plastic under which you slip your name and address on a real luggage tag.  I used a Tim Holtz Buckle and hung a Type Charm off a Loop Pin from the buckle.  The letter K is for Kay, my good friend I travelled with, as I’m doing her up an album too so this tag will go in hers.  I scored across the top so the tag can be flipped up, I’ll add a journaling card to the back and list out our US itinerary on it.

I’m loving how this turned out and am seriously in love with Grungepaper.  I plan to make another similar luggage tag for the Canadian leg of our adventure, wish Tim had a Canadian set to match this American one but at least he has a maple leaf stamp I can use.  Perfect excuse to buy some more Tim stuff!

Over at Vintage Stamping their current theme is travel, got that covered and the stamping part so am linking up my tag there.  A Vintage Journey’s current challenge theme is destinations and, as this is seriously Tim Holtz inspired (well, OK, copied!) I am also entering their challenge.

Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Inks & Paints etc
Ranger Archival Ink ~ Jet Black
American Crafts Cardstock ~ Kraft
Art Studio ~ Acetate

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your tag is beautiful and you made a brilliant job of the faux leather background. This will be a wonderful addition to your album. Thanks so much for joining in at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

  2. A lovely take on Tim's tag. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x


Thanks so much for your comments, I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts (c: