Friday 2 August 2013

Time Traveler - an "all Tim Holtz" multi-fold tag ;)

Frilly and Funkie have a great challenge at the moment - "Any way you fold it"! The DT came up with awesome pieces and they really inspired me to give this one a try! (Thank you, ladies ;)

I played around a little with the possibilities of a multi-fold tag and finally came up with a template I really liked. Using it I created this multi-fold tag:

But before I show you the insides,  here's the template:

I used a wonderful calendar sheet from one of my Tim Holtz paper stashes and the Sizzix Alterations Tim Holtz "Tag & Tie" die for this. But for my first try for a template I took an upright DIN A4 size sheet of white card and drew a horizontal line at the middle of it using my set square . Then I marked the three widths of the middle and the side tags. The one in the middle measures 5,5 mm, the two to the sides 5,3 mm.

Then I drew four verticals at these marks, paying attention to maintain perfect right angles. Afterwards I sketched in the hights of the upper and lower tag sections, which measure 12 cm. I cut this to size (having a rectangle with one horizontal and two vertical lines in it). Then I creased all the folds using a folding tool - first to one side and then to the other. The left wing was folded to the back of the center panel and the right to the front as a cover. Finally I folded the lower section upwards so it was on top.

I put this paper sandwhich onto the sizzix die, paying attention that it was centered and that only the upper section of the tag would be cut (all the rest of the folded paper should be "inside" the tag's cutting shape (therefore we made it some mm smaller than the actual size of the tag)).

Only after I was sure that this template really worked, I drew it once again - this time onto my Tim Holtz paper - and "sizzix-ed" it.


Then I cut off a part of the lower left tag section, leaving a lid to build a pocket with by glueing it to the upper tag section later (after inking all the edges).

I folded my tag again the way I could insert just the lower right section into my sizzix and die cut a border (I used the Tim Holtz On The Edge die "Iron Fence"). This piece was meant to form a pocket later.

Next I blended all the edges with DI "gathered twigs". Then I glued the two pockets.

The vertical pocket lid was stamped with my favourite pointing hand image to add more interest. I stamped one of the great gentlemen onto a TH journaling ticket and blended the edges too. Then I inserted it into the pocket (and glued it in place).

This is how the tag unfolds once you pull off the ribbon:

The cover (well, actually the whole tag) was stamped with TH stamps and embellished with idea-ology  and chit chat stickers.

When you fold the cover down, you reveal the back of the right tag:

Here you can see the pocket made from the lower tag panel, which now holds another ticket.

As my multi-fold tag is all about life, lifetime travel and time travel (which sometimes can all feel the same ;), I chose clocks, compasses and theme related chit chat stickers for the designs of the single tags.

All folded out, the inner/front side of the tag looks like this:

The compass and the key were die cut from grunge paper using the TH "mini pocket watch and key" dies. The compass was painted using Distress stains "tarnished brass", stamped and heat embossed with black embossing powder. For the key I used Fran-tage "aged copper" embossing enamel.

The alarm clock shape was a gift from dear Rosie. Thank you, Rosie!

The rotating clock hand is fixed with the same brad that also holds the metal flower in place on the other side of this tag.

For a finish I added some chit chat stickers and fixed the "pocket compass" to the middle tag with a silver chain, that I had toned down with alcohol inks first.

I overcooked the key during the heat embossing process, which gave it a really worn look:


This is how the tag looks seen from the other side:


I hope you like it (and I also hope that I explained the how-to rather understandable...but if not, you will surely find out on your own by folding until you have the single tags where you want them to have in and in what order you want them to have...the possibilities are almost endless (well, hubby, who is a mathematician would tell you that there are exactly 6x4x2 ways to fold your tag ...yes, I asked him even though "almost endless" always works well for me *lol). Really important is, that you have exact right angles and your folded paper is smaller than the die's measurements, so you only cut the shape of the tag's top.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun!

die amelie x


  1. amazing is this Tag Claudia!, I LOVE the front with the moody colours and that awesome stamp! what a fabulous start to what lies within, great step-by-step too, I'm in awe of your work...Mel:)xx

  2. This is so awesome!! I love how it opens! Very cool! :)

  3. This is a fantastic idea Claudia! Love the different types of pockets you've created and the fact that there is so much to see on both sides. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with this gem. Hugs, Jenny x

  4. What a great template for your fantastic folded tag creation Claudia, a wonderful step by step too! Everything looks fantastic with great stamping! Specially love the effect on the "overcooked" key! A truly wonderful make, - this deserves to be a winner!!

  5. This is such a fabulous creation Claudia, I love the folds, the pocket, the background, the stamping - everything! Genius..... Hugs, Anne x

  6. Stunning... Wonderful idea. I love it :)

  7. faszinierend schön und raffiniert ...ein wundervolles Projekt Claudia!

    liebe Grüße

    aus der Hitze in die Hitze!


  8. Wow, it's brilliant, Claudia - a fantastic folded design, especially with that brilliant wrought iron gate edging to the pocket... and the papers, stamping and embellishing is so fabulous - big WOW from me here!
    Alison x

  9. Grandios! Mit dem Papier und den Stempeln ist der *Bauklötze - Staun* Faktor schon seeeehr hoch! Und was für eine geniale Falterei....ich hab echt ein paar Mal rauf und runter gescrollt. Erste Sahne (:o)

  10. Hi Amilie~ I love, love, love the way you thought about this challenge!! Super idea and so wonderfully done! So glad you're playing with us at Frilly & Funkie!

  11. This is so fabulous! I love the way it opens and the two pockets! Really fantastic!

  12. What a great twist on a tag! I love everything that folds and opens, so I'll definitely be trying that. Thank you for the template and the inspiration! I love the colours and the stamping on your tag!

  13. Love this. Plan to use it on a scrapbooking page!

  14. Great project. Clever opening too. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx


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