Sunday, October 18, 2015

Name your poison....October Tim Tag

I have not played along with the monthly Tim Holtz tag challenge since February..... yikes!  But as Halloween is one of my favorite days, and also my birthday, I had to jump in!

I don't have the dies Tim used, but having seen some great inspiration from others such as Carol and Anna-Karin, as well as this little guy who looks like a Crazy Bird in a spider costume (scroll down).... well, surely I could come up with something!!

Butterfly's  work never fails to inspire me, and over time I have learned a lot from her about how to alter real and two dimensional bottles, as here and  here.

This last post led me to indulge in Tim's Apothecary Bottles Bigz die (#658715).  And of course, I've done nothing with them....

But they came to mind when thinking about what I could pop up to a three dimensional look for this tag.  I knew I could make use of Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art, which is a crazy wonderful acetate that molds with heat, and then retains the molded shape once cool.

I knew I did not want the bottles to be translucent, so after poking around online, I found this demo from Tim, using his Frosted Film with Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art to great effect; you can see the demo here.  So I put a sheet of Frosted Film (cut to size as it comes on a roll) on the 8 x 11 inch Clearly for Art sheet.  I poked out a few larger air bubbles, but didn't worry about smaller ones as overall I thought they would add to the vintage look of these bottles.

Once I had the film applied, and the bottles cut, I colored the bottles and their stoppers on the film side with alcohol inks (you can use any permanent ink).  I applied Mushroom alcohol ink to the "clear glass" part of each bottle as well.  And then I stamped "Poison" and other appropriate labels from the "Undertaker" stamp set from Stamper's Anonymous (CMS240), using StazOn black ink.

I've been watching Buddy and his very creative stamper companion having tons of fun with Ranger's foil and Sticky Embossing Powder.... so decided to use that technique on my bottle edges, to give them a bit more dimension.  Here is a link to see Tim demonstrating how to use foil with Sticky Embossing Powder, which is actually powdered glue as he says.... maybe that will help me keep it straight!

I brushed the edges of my bottles with Versamark ink, and then covered  with (well, ok, I dumped on) the Sticky Embossing Powder.  Note that after you remove the excess, you do NOT want to flick off any extra - as you want the glue to be there!

However, I did want to knock the edges back a bit, so I did this with my finger, and then used a small stiff paintbrush to take the powder off the rest of the bottle where I did not want foil.  Although I live in Connecticut, and we generally have a good bit of humidity to combat static cling, today has been quite chilly and with the heat on, the glue particles tended to create a thin layer all over the bottle from static.

I heated each bottle separately, so that I could apply the foil (I used the bronze) before the glue dried, as once it is dry, you cannot reactivate it.  The color looks gold here, but is actually a deep brown/bronze color.  I also further distressed it with some ground expresso DI (after this picture was taken).

After completing all three bottles and their respective stoppers, I used my Heat Tool to shape them to look like bottles by squeezing them gently when heated (and pliable) and then letting them cool.  I liked how they turned out, but if I didn't, I could always reheat and reshape. Then I did the same with the stoppers. I ended up painting the stoppers with Ground Expresso Distress Paint, to give a bit more "umph" in the color, and then added Crackle Glaze to the stopper of the largest bottle.

I've repeated the "flat" picture to show the difference in dimension once the bottles were shaped.

I glued the stoppers to the inside of each bottle - as when I had them on the page, the dimension looked wonky - flat to round.   I also painted each bottle with Distress Crackle Paint - not sure if my jar of this is too old, but it didn't really crackle - or maybe it is because I am working on the Frosted Film side.... but no worries, because it still all came out looking pretty grungy.

Here is the stopper with the Crackle Glaze, and you can also see the effect (not crackle) from where I applied the Distress Crackle paint.

For the background, I used an extra large tag and used a wrinkle free distress technique with Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Pumice Stone Distress Paints.  When dry, I stamped from the Stamper's Anonymous "The Chemist" set (CMS 172); I stamped the formula stamp several times from the same inking.  I also stamped with the "Deaths" stamp from the previously mentioned "Undertaker"set. I used Wendy Vechhi's Watering Can archival ink for all the stamping; I love this ink because it is softer than the usual black.  I then distressed the edges of the tag with Pumice Stone Distress Ink, to really grunge things up.  And then I embossed the lower part of the tag with a wood grain embossing folder from Darice, first inking the folder with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This would provide a table for my bottles to sit on.

I then added the spider from the "Undertaker" set, this time using Ranger's Black Archival Ink,  as well as sponging in some splatters from Tim's stencil of the same name, using Old Paper Distress Ink.  I painted a word band with Ground Expresso Distress Paint, and wiped off most of the paint to expose the word "Evidence".  This was attached on one side with a small staple, and as the stapler would not reach to the inner bit from any angle, I resorted to a brad.

I then glued on each bottle with its attached stopper by lining each bottle side edge with a very thin ribbon of matte medium, using this wonderful little bottle I learned about from France-Papillon.

Each bottle was given a shadowy ground by painting the "table" with diluted Black Soot Distress Ink. The spider's body was given dimension with some Glossy Accents.

A final touch was a small, droopy bow made of two short lengths of seam binding spritzed lightly with Hickory Smoke and Ground Expresso Distress Stain Sprays.

It is hard to see the dimension from these photos, so here is a side shot:

 And there you have it (at last!)   I am entering this into the October Tim Holtz Tag Challenge.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and please do leave a comment - I always love hearing from you!  

xxx Lynn


  1. Great take on the October tag - I love the foiling on the bottles giving a real hint of antiquity, and the fabulous collaged stamping in the background is really cool!
    Alison xx

  2. Oh, and thank you for the lovely shout-out too xx

  3. I love the slightly menacing quality to this incredible tag and such great colours.

  4. Such a wonderful take on the original Lynn, love how you altered the bottles and the background looks fantastic too, as do the spooky colours! Great Halloween inspiration!

  5. Oh this is fabulous - I love the bottles, and I especially love the background stamps and the splashes. I just wish we were into Halloween more in the UK. I hope you also have a wonderful Halloween birthday when it comes around!

  6. Awesome job! I love all of the techniques you used on those bottles and it well worth it because the outcome is amazing. Your blog post was fun to read and had lots of great links - very enjoyable and inspirational!

  7. Huge congratulations on your well deserved win for your Tim tag! Anne x

  8. Congrats on your October tag win! How excited are you! Hugz. ~Niki

  9. congratulations on your Tim tag win!!! fantastic bottles and background!!

  10. Fabulous dimensional potion bottles! Congratulations on you win!

  11. Cool! big congratulations to you, Lynn! I can see why Tim picked your tag! I love those dimensional bottles! Hugs!

  12. Hi Lynn, congrats on your win! Your tag is amazing and one of these days, I want to try out your techniques. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the November tag!

  13. Aweeee! Lynn, you're a sweet heart!:) Hugs!

  14. Love the technique used to create the bottles! Congratulations!

  15. Wow Lynn - these look like real bottles - that's amazing. And big big CONGRATS on your Tim win - YEAH. Well deserved. Love this tag. j.

  16. WOW! All I can say is WOW! Thank you for sharing your technique and a HUGE congratulations on your well deserved win! Christi

  17. Congrats on your win. Those bottles are fabulous.

  18. ConGRATS on your win!!!!! AWESOME JOB on your tag! I really enjoyed
    following your steps on how you made your tag...Sooo much detail to
    look at ...makes for a very interesting tag! LOVE IT!
    Great job on the bottles!

  19. Great take on the Tim tag...gathering from the above comments you won...congratulatuions, well deserved. Ruth xx