Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 - Folk Flowers and Funky Insect Shaker Card

Hello All! Wasn't the Tim Holtz Sizzix LIVE for Chapter 2 wonderful?!! I was so in awe of all the fabulous samples, just amazing makes. Well today, I have a card made with the Folk Flowers and one of the Funky Insects that was featured on the LIVE. This one is a shaker, something I make very rarely, so I have to think hard on how best to put one together. This is also the only make that does not have the Stacked Ovals on it. Hope you enjoy!
For the flower front, cut a piece of Blackout Kraft Stock to just a little bigger than the Folk Flowers Die about 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Add two sided tape to the back and die cut with the Folk Flowers Thinlit. Use a craft pick to get out all of the pieces or use Tim's new roller tool to do that. 
Place the die cut in a Stamp Platform and arrange an alphabet from the Stamper's Anonymous Faded Type set and various images from the Field Notes set all over the die cut until it is mostly covered. Close the platform to secure the stamps and then ink them up with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink from Ranger. Stamp the images. Carefully remove it as the ink is still wet and either let it dry or use a heat tool. Clean and replace your stamps back on the sheet as you are finished with them for now, and since Oxide has a pigment it's best to wipe it off the stamps.
Place the die cut into a splat box used for spraying or lay on a paper towel and mist several times with Resist Spray to set the ink and keep it from smearing and to add a nice sheen. Set this aside for now. Unscrew the top of the resist and rinse with water and cup water in your hand to mist and clean out the nozzle and tube. Get all the water out and screw back on for next clogging now.
For the background piece for the shaker, cut a piece of White Heavystock to 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. Lay on the craft mat and mist randomly with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide Spray and then Kitsch Flamingo Distress Spray Stain. Dry and repeat if needed to cover the whole paper. Dry with a heat tool, and mist with water to mottle and oxidize. Dry again. Repeat if necessary to get the look you want. (Note: You will need to do this again in step 7 with a smaller piece of Heavystock for matting the sentiment, so you can also do that now for easier clean up later.).
 To make the shaker, make sure your craft space and hands are super clean for this next part. Cut a piece of acetate the same size as the Kitsch Flamingo piece, 4 1/2 x 5 3/4. Take the black Folk Flower die cut and remove the backing on the two sided tape from the back. Remove the backing on ONLY one side of the acetate, and then carefully stick the die cut onto the center of the clean acetate making sure it's even and that there is about a 1/4 inch (ish) border of acetate all around the die cut. Lay a clean paper towel over it and press to get good clean pressure from your hand with no fingerprints being made. Set this aside in a safe spot. If you mess up and lay it on crooked all I know to do is to use Undo and then go again or start over, yikes. Using a black roll of foam tape is best for this next part, and if you can find 1/4 inch thick the better for you. I only have 1/2 inch so I cut mine in half lengthwise. This makes my scissors sticky, and if that happens to yours, use Dawn Liquid Soap to clean or even WD40 for an extra good clean. I used black because the paper is black and that way you can't see it under the acetate later. Taking the 1/4 inch tape (mine was cut to make it that way) go around the borders of the Kitsch Flamingo piece as straight as you can and with the straightest edge to the outside making sure to line the tape up with the border of the card. Make one layer, and then remove the backing tape of the foam and add a second layer on top. This is to make sure there is plenty of room for the beads and sequins to move around underneath when finished. If you get any overhang of the foam just trim it away. Sort out your sequins and will need about 1/8 cup or small hand full for a nice shaker. I have found that sometimes there is static on inked surfaces when making shakers in the past, so if you feel like your background has static after you apply the foam tape, run an anti-static pouch around the inked background first. Pour the beads and sequins into the space between the foam. Remove the other backing on the acetate and the backing on the foam tape and adhere the acetate piece on as centered and as straight as you can. Again, add the clean paper towel and press firmly against each section on the foam tape to make sure you have complete adherence. If there is any overhang (which there really should not be) trim with scissors. 
(Note: You can add a thin strip of two sided tape underneath the Design Tapes for extra adherence.) Take the silver Christmas Trim Tape (can be used all year long) and very carefully edge each side of the shaker, meeting the valleys between the points of the tape with the edge of the die cut underneath the acetate for a nice clean look. Fold over the remaining tape, which should come just to the bottom edge of the shaker. Taking the butterfly and pink flowers Design Tape, layer it over the silver Trimming just meeting the bottom of the valleys between the points so only the points will be showing. Wrap the remainder over the side and behind the shaker. On the corners, cut horizontal cuts where two points meet so that you can fold them in on each other making a nice crisp corner. Ink the edge of each side with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Your shaker should now be complete and without leaks. 
 For the base, fold Kraft Cardstock for a card base so that it will be 5 x 6 1/4 inches. Ink the edges in Gathered Twigs. Cut a piece of silver Metallic Kraft Stock to fit on the base card as a mat for the shaker, 4 3/4 x 6 inches. Mount the silver onto the kraft, and then mount the shaker to the center of the silver using two sided tape. For the sentiment, select parts from the Clippings Stickers. Ink the edges of those with Gathered Twigs and mount on Kraft Cardstock. Cut those out, ink the edges, and mount on either silver Metallic Kraft Stock or more Kitsch Flamingo sprayed cardstock (you might have already done this) like we did above, alternating the colors with each sentiment part. Ink the edges and adhere the sentiment pieces to the lower left corner of the card.
For the dragonfly, die cut the dragonfly from the Funky Insects Thinlits using pink from the Confections Metallic Kraft Stock, Blackout Kraft Stock, and silver Metallic Kraft Stock each, so that you will have three (keep the other two for another project). Assemble the dragonflies using alternate colors of each of the three papers using Collage Medium. Using the one with the pink and silver body with black wings for the card, adhere the medium sized individual Transparent Wings to the top of the black wings just in the center using two sided tape. Add a sequin and then a pink bead to the middle of the sequin using Collage Medium and then add it to the center of the wings. Adhere the dragonfly to the card front, and bend the wings a little so they have some dimension.

(Paper Trimmer, Two Sided Tape, Die Cut Machine, Craft Pick, Stamp Platform, Distress Sprayer with Water, Heat Tool, Scissors, Roll of Black Foam Tape (1/4 is best, but 1/2 inch will do), Anti Static Pouch, Ink Blending Tool) 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Blackout Kraft Stock, Christmas Trim Tape, Butterfly Design Tape, Metallic Kraft Stock, Clippings Stickers, Metallic Confections Kraft Stock, Transparent Wings
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 2 2021): Folk Flowers, Funky Insects 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Faded Type, Field Notes 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink: Antique Linen 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock: White 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Kitsch Flamingo 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray: Kitsch Flamingo 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Acetate, Various Beads and Sequins in Pink, White, Silver

Thank you so much for all the kind words on social media and here on the blog. I'll be back again very soon with another make. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Always enjoy your Tim Holtz projects. Your instructions are spot-on! I also like when Tim shows your samples. Fantastic!!

  2. I'm just so in love with this card from the Flamingo pink sprayed background to the stamped Folk Flowers layer (so, so cool!) to that amazing layered Dragonfly. Perfecto! You are such an enabler, Anita! Ha! Ha!

  3. I watched the live on catch up and like you was in total awe of the samples and this particular one is one of my favourites, I just love that it is a shaker, I love the colours and the whole design. Really, it is fabulous. You and the other makers have really outdone yourselves this time and of course I have had to go out and buy most of the dies..... Sara is right, you are such an enabler my lovely friend. xxx

  4. Oh dear, I keep trying to leave a comment but Blogger is really playing up! The live was very impressive indeed and this was definitely one of my most favourite samples - you and Tim's other makers have really outdone yourselves, the samples were brilliant. I love that you did a shaker, I love the colour combination and the whole design is fabulous! xxx

  5. I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to leave a comment - blogger is playing silly beggars!!

    This was definitely one of my favourite samples on the live, it is stunning in the black and pink and I just adore that it is a shaker - you have definitely cost me a few pennies my friend! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Tremendously beautiful card. I really like how you presented the sentiment(s) here. It instantly appealed to the scrapbooker in me. :)

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life


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