I am excited to begin January by participating in Tim Holtz's Tags of 2014. I meade several last year, but I didn't finish all of them. I hope to complete all 12 tags this year. I did not have all of the necessary supplies or equipment, but I think I managed to convey the overall theme of time of the first tag of the year.
The timepiece was a challenge because I left the Vagabond at our store for the weekend (We use it to emboss metal in our bead and jewelry store, www.drygulch.com). I had to get creative without any embossing folders. I found a clock rubber stamp and I embossed it with silver onyx embossing powder. I did have Tim Holtz mirrored sheets so I freehanded the silver watch case and hammered it for texture. I added a few tiny gears too. A die cut piece would definitely look more professional, but I think it turned out just fine.
For the charm at the top of the tag, I added 2014 rubons to a porcelain Tim Holtz charm and then attached it to the ribbon with a vintage style pin.
I usually use Distress ink to edge my pieces, but I wanted something even darker for the edges of this calendar. I had never tried using acrylic paint for this, but I found out that it works just fine. Mine is definitely different than Tim's tag, but I think you can see the inspiration. Now we just have to wait until February first!