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

  2. great technique! this tag is a stunner. =)

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

  5. 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. Love your tag with the bold and beautiful colors!

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

  9. 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. 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. 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 says:

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

  13. 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. Very Bold! Love it.

  15. Gorgeous, many thanks for this inspiration and tutorial!

  16. Very original! Love the pinks!

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

  18. 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. 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. 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. an amazing showing of this fab technique

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

  24. Fantastic tute! x

  25. lorena b. says:

    absolutely my favorite colors!!! beautiful!

  26. 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 says:

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

  28. 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. Such great ideas! Thanks for sharing! Love it!

  30. 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 says:

    Gorgeous tag.

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

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

  38. 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. 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 says:

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

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

  44. Jackie Neal says:

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

  46. 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. wonderful bright tag, I love all the layers 🙂

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

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