Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #29 (Tutorial)

Be an IndividualBe an Individual - Tag art with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

Welcome to the latest challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  Our new theme is Eroded Metallic (page 44).  I chose a sentiment stamp from Tim Holtz's Way with Words stamp set for my focal image. Highlighted links are affiliate links. This means I'll earn a few cents from Amazon if you buy items from these links. Your purchase price is not affected in any way.

Layering a Stamped Sentiment

While I can't share the Eroded Metallic technique, I am happy to show how I layered my stamped sentiment onto two layers of manila card.

Be an Individual Tag Art Tutorial with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

After I colored my tag and stamped my sentiment, I traced the tag onto scrap paper. In addition, I stamped the sentiment on the scrap paper. Next I diecut the Chevron on-the-edge die, cut it in half, and ran it through my Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker.

Tag Art Tutorial with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

Tag Art Tutorial – The Tricky Part

I placed the diecut pieces on the stamped scrap paper and stamped the sentiment on top of them.

Tag Art Tutorial with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

I used the stamped sentiment on the scrap paper as a guide to be sure the text on the diecut pieces would be straight when I placed them on top of the tag. It doesn't matter that they don't line up on the trial stamp on the scrap paper.  Adhesive from the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker is re-positionable, which is delightful.  For this reason, I easily peeled off the pieces and placed them directly on top of the stamped sentiment on my tag.

Tag Art Tutorial with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

I finished off the tag with stenciling around the edges and ran it through my Zutter Distress-it-All to rough up the edges in a quick and easy way.

Tag Art Tutorial with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

I embellished the little round tag with an Idea-ology word charm and fastener.

Tag Art Tutorial with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

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  1. Lisa on June 6, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I LOVE THIS!! What a great technique! I’m SOOOO doing it!!!

  2. Lisa H on June 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    great technique! this tag is a stunner. =)

  3. Lyla Larimore on June 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    WOWZA, Gurl!!!! This usually one-color-with-like-shades gurl is LOVING this!!!! And going w the red shades keeps it SUMMER in moho!!! Glad U noted to us it’s a jumbo tag, or I’d have been wondering “How..??” cause I simply love going up & down in sizes. And ppl think I’m never ‘changing’…lol!!! THIS tag is ME!!!

  4. Nikki Acton on June 5, 2015 at 9:43 am

    You can always be relied on to make an outstanding piece and this is no exception! Bold and brilliant. Nikki x

  5. Kimberly Cobb on June 4, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Love your tag…it is so bright and bold. Unique take on the Eroded Metal technique. Love how you stamped on the chevron framework die…thanks for the great tutorial!

  6. Maura on June 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Love your tag with the bold and beautiful colors!

  7. Terry on June 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Love this bold and beautiful take on the EM technique, Marjie! Sorry to be late in visiting, but I have had no Internet and when I did just really poor! I had something already going in red, so once I saw your black mixed in, I know which direction I would go to finish! Soon! Love this!

  8. Stefania on June 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Great technique, great colors, great tutorial ……. you understand that I love this tag? WONDERFUL!

  9. Kim Young on June 2, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Great tag! At first I thought the chevrons where molding paste…I’m going to have to follow step by step to see if I understood how you lined up the text!

  10. Sara Emily Barker on June 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Wow! the magic continues! You always have a special trick up your sleeve, Marjie! I thought you applied your chevron die cut to the tag and then stamped..but no, you always do things so special. That and your lively colors just really set your work apart! LOVE it!

  11. Lisa M on May 31, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    You are the QUEEN of monochrome! I wish I could do it nearly as well. Love all the little details on this tag; you see something new every time you look!

  12. Lyn Coogan on May 31, 2015 at 10:12 am

    What a vibrant piece of eroded metal, wow. Love the idea of overstamping the chevrons.

  13. Deb ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art on May 31, 2015 at 1:03 am

    What a brilliant technique Marjie to line up your stamped chevrons with your tag stamp! Thanks so much for sharing this great technique, love your finished tag.

  14. Melissa Merritt on May 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Very Bold! Love it.

  15. Kerstin F. on May 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Gorgeous, many thanks for this inspiration and tutorial!

  16. Jenn on May 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Very original! Love the pinks!

  17. barbarayaya on May 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Wonderful tutorial as always Marjie! Your tag is so cool and original! I love it ! Barbarayaya

  18. Susan Mostek on May 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Great tag, Marjie! I love your color combination and the clever way you melded the chevron die with the words! The distressed edge to the tag was the perfect finish!

  19. Annette Green on May 28, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Oh, now that is super clever, girl! I love how you lined up the stamping. I thought it was all done directly onto your textured tag. Great tutorial! Great tag!

  20. rachel fisher on May 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    This is wonderful Marjie – I adore the colours you chose for the technique – brilliant use of those chevrons too – you’re a very clever lady loving doing your craftsy course!!! Big hugs rachel x

  21. craftycreations on May 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    an amazing showing of this fab technique

  22. Sharon Young on May 25, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Wonderful tag. I wasn’t expecting this color for the technique but it looks so vibrant. The chevron adds a great layer of texture.

  23. butterfly on May 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Wow, that’s a nifty effect with the layered sentiment – what a fabulous rich rusty red, and a really cool tag!
    Alison xx

  24. Alison/craftytrog on May 25, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Fantastic tute! x

  25. lorena b. on May 25, 2015 at 3:29 am

    absolutely my favorite colors!!! beautiful!

  26. Rosann on May 25, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Fearless layering Queen strikes again … the techniques are fabulous , love the chevron ! You even “layered” the little tag ( it looked like a fragment when I first looked at it) :)

  27. Carol Harper on May 24, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    What a great way to get a sentiment to work over a die cut piece. Thanks for sharing that tip!

  28. Shari T on May 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Ahhhh, I got it! What a great way to get perfect placement on detailed die cuts! You have the best ideas, Marjie!! The colors you’ve got going on here are really fun & lively with the Eroded Metal technique! Kind of punk-rock like!! I LOVE it!! XOXO-Shari

  29. Leigh Ann Hofferth on May 24, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Such great ideas! Thanks for sharing! Love it!

  30. Branka Islentjeva on May 24, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Oh, Marjie, a lot of woooows for this absolutely fantastic tag! I am so impressed and inspired! Fabulous vibrant colours, amazing texture with awesome use of eroded metallic technique, perfect stamping and stencilling! Love everything about this brilliant tag! I am a big fan of your amazing art!
    Big hugs :)
    Branka xxx

  31. Kirsten on May 24, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Gorgeous tag.

  32. [email protected] on May 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Ok Marjie – I have read this four times… so interesting but way over my talents!!! That’s why you are the teacher and I am the student – to be sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow – this is truly an INCREDIBLE tag. And all those other things you used and they way you used them…. going back to study some more. TRULY a GREAT creation… WOW. j.

  33. Anne R on May 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Gosh, I remember you using the stamping technique before and it looks amazing here on the chevron die too! Love the colours you used on the eroded metallic technique – very inspiring! Hugs, Anne xx

  34. Ruby C on May 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    This looks like a fun technique. You definitely have a way with color. I love the sentiment you’ve chosen. Just as big, bold and beautiful as your tag.

  35. Chary on May 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Love the rich and vibrant colors of your tag!!! Beautiful!!

  36. Yvonne Blair on May 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Marjie…I could tell that this was your tag a mile away. You have such a gift for layering and colors it amazes me. WOW…and this tag is no different. LOVE it and LOVE your art! You are quite the inspiration girly…you make me think outside my box! hehehe. HUGS>

  37. Anita Houston on May 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    LOVE the colors you used…so different and unique! Cool stamping technique with the Frameworks too!

  38. Cheryl Grigsby on May 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I love your art, Marjie! You always set my mind buzzing with ideas… I think that’s called “inspiration”. <3
    Very cool preparation of die cut chevron as an overlay on your tag. Mmmmm……..

  39. Kay Wallace on May 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Great oversize tag, Marjie Love how you used the die cut with your sentiment. Impressive result! I do have to say that I wish you had not mentioned the Zutter Distress-It-All! You are definitely my favorite enabler! Mwah!

  40. Corrine on May 23, 2015 at 10:01 am

    You have the coolest tools around girl. Love this tag. xox

  41. Candy Colwell on May 23, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Wow Marjie! Love your tag. The colors are so bright and layered so perfect. I really like your layering idea with the chevron die cut. That looks very cool. Thanks for sharing that! Your tiny tag and token make a great duo! I like how those look together.

  42. Jenny Marples on May 23, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Just KNEW you’d put a different spin on this technique Marjie!!! LOVE that colour combo and the way you’ve ‘Marjiefied’ the tag with stencilling, layering and stamping. Jenny x

  43. Julie Tucker-Wolek on May 23, 2015 at 8:18 am

    This is beautiful! LOVING the subway art!!!!!!

  44. Jackie Neal on May 23, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Wow and Wow Marjie!!
    What brilliant colors and gorgeous tag!!
    I really think your next class should be about “gadgets” and uses!! You always use such cool things and I have never even heard of them till you! heehee
    I love this tag and LOVE the one from 2013 as well!! Your stamping is impeccable!!Love the way you used the flourish there!!
    Oh, what to do now…shopping? heehee
    Happy Memorial weekend my friend! xx

  45. diana on May 23, 2015 at 6:41 am

    oh Marjie!!! i love it!!!! how brilliant that layer is!!! your tag is beautiful!

  46. kathy/NorthCarolina on May 23, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Marjie, I can see why you would use this sentiment over and over again. It’s fabulous! This stamping technique is so clever! I love the look of the finished tag, and I always appreciate your wonderful use of color and layers. It’s fabby! Happy Memorial Day!

  47. Sally Miller on May 23, 2015 at 3:06 am

    wonderful bright tag, I love all the layers :-)

    P.s loving the crafts you class of yours too!

  48. Astrid on May 23, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Brilliant technique with great results! You used my new favourite stencil too! Never seen that Zutter distresser, very clever gadget that….