Monday, January 25, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 - Brushstroke Flowers 2 In A Cafe Teacup Card

Hey everyone! This was supposed to go live yesterday, but I forgot to publish, sorry. Here is another way to use the Tim Holtz Sizzix Brushstroke Flowers 2 and Colorize Cafe Dies, but on a card and with a vintage look this time using the teacup...a stark contrast from my tag from last week. Both of these dies are wonderful and so versatile. Enjoy.

Using the Deckle Trimmer, cut a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper to 4.25 x 6 inches. Lay the letters 'f, o, r' from the Tiny Type Lower set on the top right corner, and the letters 'Y, O, U' from the Stretch Upper underneath this. Position to make sure it's straight before die cutting. You can use sticky grid or washi tape to help hold things in place. Die cut, but make sure you don't lose the middle parts on the 'O's as you will use them. Save the positive parts to use in another project. 
 Mist the cardstock with Old Paper Distress Spray Stain as well as the two middle pieces of the 'O's, and immediately place the cardstock inside the Swirls Multi Level Texture Fade but leaving a 3/4 inch bottom edge not in the folder, and run through your die cut machine three times. Remove from the folder, and rub an Antique Linen Distress Ink pad directly over the raised images, including the centers of the 'O's. Ink the inside edges of the letters as well. Set aside.
  Using the Deckle Trimmer again, cut a piece of Metallic Kraft Stock ( I used the champagne looking color) to 4 3/8 x 6 1/8 inches. Ink the edges using Ground Espresso Archival Ink, and adhere to Kraft Heavystock card base of 4.5 x 6.25 using two sided tape. Ink the edges of the kraft card as well. Set this aside. Using Ivory Heavystock, die cut the smaller scallop Crochet piece. Use a craft pick to remove all the tiny pieces from the lace design. Rub the Antique Linen pad over the lace piece and ink the edges heavily. Lightly mist water over this to mottle and for the ink to settle into the holes. Ink the edges again, and adhere the lace over the bottom of the watercolor piece that is not embossed using a tiny bit of Collage Medium, and letting a bit of the lace hang over. Trim the overage off the sides. Stitch around the sides and upper edge of the watercolor with a straight stitch using a brown thread, and then zig zag the bottom portion where the top of the lace meets the watercolor. Ink the edges of this lightly with Ground Espresso Archival, and then adhere to card front with two sided tape and a bit of Collage Medium on the thin parts around the letters. Clean off any Collage Medium that squeezes out onto the Metallic Cardstock. Add the 'O's to the centers of the letters as well. 
 (Note: I add two sided tape to all the papers I used for die cutting to make adhering the smaller pieces much easier and cleaner.) Die cut the teacup Colorize portions of the Cafe Thinlits Dies using the champagne Metallic, Wallflower Vellum, and Wallflower Cardstock that matches the Vellum. Ink the edges of everything while you assemble the teacup. Use a craft knife to make a slit between the front rim of the cup and the liquid look piece so you can slip stems in later. Adhere the teacup to the card front along the left side on the lace using two sided tape, but making sure the slit area is not adhered too close to the edge.
 Using the Brushstroke Flowers Thinlits, die cut five leaves from Ivory colored Heavystock, as well as five flowers (choose the smaller flowers, and you will not use the tiny extra parts that go on the flower so you can save those for another time). Die cut three of the leafy stems from Kraft Cardstock, as well as five of the same flowers as the previous five using the Kraft, and this time you will need the detail pieces. Die cut the flower centers from all the five using the Champagne Metallic. Ink over the five leaves using Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, and Bundled Sage with an Ink Blending Tool just pouncing over the leaves for a mottled look. Lightly spray the leaves with water and Old Paper Distress Spray Stain. Let dry and then ink the edges with Bundled Sage. Lay the leaves randomly above the teacup to kind of get a feel for where they will go. Lightly ink the edges of the three leafy stems with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and cut them in half. Lay these randomly around the leaves where they will go, but no adhering yet.
Take the five ivory flowers, and ink the edges heavily with Antique Linen, and then lightly mist with water. Apply Antique Linen directly from the pad onto the craft mat and mist with water. Pick up the wet ink with a paintbrush and flick the ink over the flowers to create light dots of color. Lay these over a paper towel and lightly mist them with Pearl Mica Spray. Remember to clean the nozzle of the spray so it doesn't clog up on you the next time you use it. Take the other five kraft flowers and ink the edges of those with Gathered Twigs, as well as all the tiny extra parts of the flowers. Adhere the ivory flowers onto the coordinating kraft flowers slightly off so that the kraft makes a shadow of the ivory flower. Adhere the tiny pieces of kraft onto the ivory flowers where they go. Do this for all five flowers. Adhere the Metallic flower centers to the centers of the flowers on top of the kraft centers for a little more depth. Lay the flowers on top of the leaves and stems where they will go and play with the layout so the bouquet looks full and pretty even remembering to add a few stems inside that slit made earlier, then adhere everything in place with two sided tape and Collage Medium for the smaller bits.
(Deckle Trimmer, Die Cut Machine, Ink Blending Tool, Sewing Machine with Brown Thread, Two Sided Tape, Craft Pick, Distress Sprayer with Water, Scissors, Craft Knife, Paintbrush, Foam Tape)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower, Crochet
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 1 2021): Alphanumeric Stretch Upper, Colorize Cafe, Brushstroke Flowers #2 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Old Paper
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Multi-Level Texture Fade (Chapter 1 2021): Swirls 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Ground Espresso 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock: Ivory 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Confections Kraft Stock, Wallflower Paper Stash, Wallflower Vellum 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray: Pearl
Thank you so much for having a look and leaving a comment. I'll be back again soon with another make for Chapter 1. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Beautiful! The difference is stunning.

  2. So delightful - the coffee cup is a brilliant little vase for those gorgeous flowers, and I love the lacy detail.
    Alison x

  3. The colors are great, if I’d been asked about the colors before I saw your card I would have hesitated. Good to have my crafting ideas stretched! Thank you

  4. Stunning card, I adore the stitching!

  5. bravo une très jolie création, j'adore votre style, merci pour le partage.

  6. Anita, this is just so pretty! I love the swirly background and how you die cut the 'for you' into it--such a bold, clever detail! And oh, that tea cup with those gorgeous flowers just take my breath away! This is even more of a treat when I click on the photo for an expanded view! Thank you for your inspiration!

  7. Meant to say, too, that your stitching takes this over the top! Love everything about this vintage card!

  8. Anita, you know this di set is on top of my list, but it is a long wait here in Europe for everything to arrive. Meanwhile i am saved your card for inspiration/ It is so lovely and with all the flowers a great one for Mother's Day!


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