Tim Holtz Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Tags Featuring Tim Holtz Paper Dolls

Antique photos have always intrigued me. When I find them online or in an antique shop I always wonder about the faces that are looking back at me. Who were they? Why didn’t the family keep this treasured family photo? For me, these old photos are our connection with our shared past. For this project, I was inspired by Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collection “Paper Dolls.” I just love the curated vision of this collection. Each image tells a story.

For this project, I wanted to create Valentine’s Day-themed tag that was less “mainstream.” Don’t get me wrong; I love bright red and pink hearts! I just wanted to see if I could do something different. What I came up with is a tag using a combination of mediums that have inspired me in the past; old faded newsprint, a radiant sunburst background, glitters and shiny confetti shapes. In addition, I have included “the new kid on the block” the 2mm rhinestone cup chain.



Let’s start by gathering the plywood rectangle/s (other shapes too!) gold paper and newsprint craft paper. Choose your favorite Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls. Double-sided tape (optional).

Cutting the newsprint shape is easy, simply trace around the edge of the plywood piece.

Newsprint-cut 2. (optional-put them on double-sided tape) On one of them, trim the edge of newsprint so that it will lie just inside the edge of the plywood shape. Color the edges of both the newsprint pieces with a gold paint pen.

Gold Paper-Cut 1. (optional-put them on double-sided tape)

Paper Doll-Line the paper doll with a gold paint pen (optional-put them on double-sided tape).


Set the newsprint aside. Let’s cut-out the sunburst. I’ve been making these for 20 years and they are simple to create ONCE YOU KNOW THIS TECHNIQUE. TIP; you should have sheets of double-sided tape for this part…it will make attaching the sunburst to the tag much easier. The little pointed edges love to flip up when you use standard glue adhesives.

STEP 1-draw out a circle on the back of the image that you are going to use. Match the approximate shape of the circle and replicate it onto the backside of the gold paper.

STEP 2-draw out the guidelines. They don’t have to be exact!

STEP 3-start cutting. Don’t fuss over uneven points, you won’t notice them when the tag is assembled.

STEP 4-continue cutting, then remove the backing of the double-sided tape.


Step 1– line the edge of your tag with a gold paint pen or gold-colored craft paint. I prefer a paint pen because it dries almost immediately!

Step 2-attach the newsprint (the smaller of the two) craft paper to the plywood shape.

Step 3-carefully attach the sunburst. Take your time. Before you press the paper down make sure it will land where you want it too!

Step 4-attach the ephemera

With an awl, drill two tiny holes in each corner. Take your time and, watch your fingers!


This is the fun part, start with a curated selection of stars, hearts, and glitter.

Step 1– attach the confetti stars, and glitter. How do you glue on your sparkle & “seal” your tag? I like to use the brand Mod Podge (glossy Version). With a brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the tag. Please go lightly in thin coats, and don’t add water (water can cause “clouding”).

Step 2– carefully place your stars on the tag with a jewel picker. Of course, you don’t have to use a jewel picker…I just think it makes the process so much easier.

Allow everything to dry…

Don’t want to wait for the layers to dry? Have you tried a heat gun? If you are careful, they are a super useful tool.


I learned this technique from Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink. The technique is simple, just put a few drops of alcohol ink on each gumdrop and allow it to dry.


I love embellishing my projects with cup chains. I discovered them in a local craft store in the jewelry making section. When I first saw them I was a little hesitant because of the cost but, I’m glad I made the leap.

In order to attach the cup chain, you will need Clear, Gorilla Glue & a ziplock bag.

Set the tag on top of the zip lock bag, this will protect your surfaces.

Add a constant stream of glue around the edge of the tag. Use a toothpick or old straw ( whatever you already have) and smooth out the bumps that might form with the glue.

Lineup the cup chain with the edge of the tag. This is why we use plywood for our tag, it lends a stable surface for the chain. Tip; the chain likes to roll, keep your eye on it so it doesn’t dry in the wrong direction! Once the glue is dry, remove from the plastic and trim off the residue glue that forms along the edges.


Do you remember the extra newsprint piece that I asked you to cut? Find that piece and attach it to the back of the tag.

Don’t forget to string your tag. I found this multi-colored jewelry wire that I liked.

I hope you liked this post, and that it has inspired you to create!

Product List
You don’t have to buy everything on this list, Try to substitute what you can. 

Newsprint Paper – Recollections/Book Print (Michael’s Stores)

Red Foil Paper

Gold Foil Paper

Tim Holtz, Idea-ology/Paper Dolls

Tim Holtz, Idea-ology/Gum Drop Hearts

Ranger Alcohol Ink/Red Pepper

Thin Plywood Rectangle or other shapes 

(These can be found in the wood section of your local craft store)

Confetti Stars & Hearts (Etsy)

Iridescent Glitter

Black Sharpie Pen

Gold Paint Pen



28 Gauge Bead Wire/Gold or Red

2 mm Crystal Gold/Cup Chain

Mod Podge-Gloss-Lustre

Clear Gorilla Glue & ziplock bag

(Optional) 115mm Tape/Sookwang /Be Creative (www.ellenhutson.com)

(Optional) Winsor & Newton Professional Gloss Varnish + Protective supplies

(Optional) Jewel-Picker

All of the products on this list have been purchased with my own money. This is not a sponsored post.

Trusted Retailers

(I have ordered from all of the businesses on this list.) I will not receive a commission if you order from the following retailers.






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