Sunday, January 17, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 - Brushstroke Flowers 2 In A Cafe Vase Small Etcetera Tag

Hello All and Happy New Year to you! I pray this year is a fabulous one for each and every one of you. Did you see Tim Holtz's Sizzix Chapter 1 YouTube Live yesterday?  It was fabulous! If you missed it, I encourage you to watch it as the inspiration is mind blowing! I was asked to create samples using some of the new Sizzix Dies for Chapter 1, and of course I said YES! I am deeply grateful and honored to do this, and I so need the kick in the pants to create. Each die gives me so many ideas to run from, and my mind gets boggled up, but I love it. The first sample I want to show you uses the new Brushstroke Flowers 2 and Cafe Colorize Sets, all on a small Etcetera Tag from Stamper's Anonymous, along with an older die and all watercolored up. This was so super fun for me to create. This is a long post so grab snacks! Enjoy.

 Cut a piece of watercolor cardstock to 4 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches using the Deckle Trimmer. Add two sided tape to another sheet of watercolor cardstock for die cutting. Die cut the Crochet piece for the bottom of the tag, and set aside. Die cut five flowers (There are four different varieties, so one will need to be die cut twice.), four leaves (There are three varieties so one will have to be die cut twice.), and five leaf swags. Add two sided tape to the back of a piece of acetate and die cut the base (number 1) of the to go cup in the Cafe Colorize set. Trim the cap of the to go cup off and discard, as you only need the bottom part that looks like a vase. 
Lay the vase on the deckle cut watercolor cardstock at the middle bottom part and arrange the flowers above as if in an arrangement. Once you like the look, lightly trace around all the pieces so you will know where they will go and for some watercolor layering, using a pencil. Don't worry about the detail die cuts, as you only need the main flowers and leaves for the tracing.
 Just an fyi, watercoloring using the Oxides is now my new favorite medium to watercolor. LOVE the way they look. Using Distress Oxide Sprays and a water mister, mist water on the silicon mat and add drops of Oxide into the water. Mix it up to paint with a watercolor paint brush. Paint in each flower and all the detail parts (Note: The detail parts should be darker, the flower bases a lighter shade of the same color, and the centers of all the flowers are all a yellowish color...I used Wild Honey.) Paint in the main flower base on the deckle cut piece as well to match (no detail parts of that one). I painted the largest flower Spun Sugar, and the detail parts Picked Raspberry, the tall funky looking flower and the five petal flower both Shaded Lilac and the detail parts Wilted Violet, the three petal flower Scattered Straw and the details Mustard Seed. On the leaves, I used Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, and Crushed Olive. On the leaf swags I used Twisted Citron. Also, on the main flower pieces, paint in the parts where the detail pieces will go the same color as the pieces themselves for some more shadow. 
For the background of the deckle piece, water down some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Spray and paint in the background, allowing the other colors you touch to bleed out for a more water color like background. Lightly mist the background with regular Peacock Feathers Distress Spray Stain from above the paper to create droplets, on the background and trying not to get much on the flowers and leaves (use a scrap paper to help mask off the flowers). Add drops of Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Mustard Seed to the background using the paintbrush and water to water it down for a vibrant and cohesive look. Ink the edges of the deckle piece with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Cut another piece of watercolor cardstock just a little bigger than the other deckle piece (5 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches) using the Deckle Trimmer, and mount the smaller painted in piece to the center of this using two sided tape, so there is now a crisp white border around it. Add two sided tape to the back and set aside. 
 Back to the Etcetera Tag, using your finger apply a thin layer of Crackle Distress Texture Paste to the borders of the tag around where the deckle piece will be. Use Picket Fence Distress Paint to paint the top and sides of the tag hole, and the edges of the tag. Let all dry naturally. 
Using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, ink over the crackled areas of the Etcetera Tag covering all the areas. Add a little Gathered Twigs here and there, and then lightly mist over the tag and let it dry naturally for a mottled look. Lightly ink the edges of the tag hole with Antique Linen, and adhere to the tag with Collage Medium. Lightly ink the edges of the Crochet lace piece with Antique Linen as well. Adhere the painted flower deckle piece to the tag, and the Crochet piece to the bottom of the deckle edge. 
 Adhere all the detail parts to the flowers where they go. Use coordinating Distress Ink to ink the edges of the flowers. Use Rustic Wilderness to ink the edges of the leaves, and Twisted Citron to the leaf swags. Use Pool Alcohol Ink to color in the vase giving it a splotched look. Adhere the vase on the tag. Adhere the smaller flowers on first (except the one closest to the vase), then the leaves, then the swags, the largest flower, and then the flower closest to the vase. Use a light gray marker to add some shadow around the vase and any flower areas you think need a little more. Tie a white sheer ribbon to the tag hole. Add a light mist of Pearl Mica Spray to the tag (one squirt from above).

(Die Cut Machine, Two Sided Tape, Craft Pick, Scissors, Deckle Trimmer, Pencil, Paintbrush for Watercoloring, Water Mister, Ink Blending Tool) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 1 2021): Brushstroke Flowers #2, Colorize Cafe 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Crochet 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, Rustic Wilderness, Tumbled Glass 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Pool 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Peacock Feathers 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Gathered Twigs, Mustard Seed, Rustic Wilderness, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Antique Linen 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag: Small 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste: Crackle 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Picket Fence 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray: Pearl 
-Acetate, Gray Marker, White Sheer Ribbon

I'll be back again this week with another project. Thank you truly for stopping by and for all the wonderful comments. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Fantastic. Thanks for the info and closeup photos. Can’t wait to try this.

  2. I love the way this turned out! I will have to go back and look at Tim’s video, thanks for the heads up. This is like a mini painting, really beautifully done!

  3. Nice. I like how you combined these 2 die cuts to make such a pretty tag!

  4. Love these florals, all of the florals...LOL. Great use of the coffee cup as a vase. I am guessing you used a green alcohol marker to make the green stems on the vase??? love it!!!

  5. I saw it on Tim's video, it's lovely.

  6. What an incredible opportunity to work with TH. This tag is stunning!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  7. Congratulations! What a great job you did using these new dies, too! I love how you've used the coffee cup to make a vase for those brilliant blossoms! Just stunning!


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