Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 - In the Flower Field Garden with Ovals Rock Cairn Card

Hello All. Today, I have a card that was not on the LIVE, but is made with the new Flower Field Thinlits and Ovals Stacked Tiles from Tim Holtz's Sizzix Chapter 2 release. Since rock cairns seem to be so popular these days I thought I'd put one in this garden, so you will see another way to make rocks out of the Ovals Stacked Tiles Framelits, and the fence is made from the Chapter 1 Typewriter 3D Texture Fade. Enjoy and grab snacks are there is lots to read and see on this one.

For the background of the card, cut a piece of White Heavystock to 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches. Lightly mist this with water and then spray Speckled Egg, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China Distress Sprays from Ranger on it. Let it sit a few seconds and then blot off any puddles with a paper towel. If you are lucky and have textured paper towels you will get the design of it on the paper. Let this dry or use a heat tool to dry it completely. 
Lay the blue paper in a stamp platform, and using the Field Notes stamp set from Tim and Stamper's Anonymous, arrange several of the images on the paper in the upper 3/4 won't see the bottom later so no need to stamp there. Secure the stamps in place by closing the lid and stamp them in Speckled Egg Distress Ink.

(NOTE: I did this next part much later in the project and had a harder time since I already matted and sewed, so I moved this step here to make it easier for you.) Stamp a few of the smaller scale looking flowers from the Mini Bouquet set in a green ink (I used Peeled Paint Archival) stamping them along the bottom. Do this a few times to fill the width of the paper so you have some foliage filler for the next part.
For the flowers in the garden, use Distress Watercolor Cardstock and die cut two of the Flower Field Thinlits. You can use Tim's new tool to easily remove the little die pieces that need to come out by rolling over the die cut still in the die...they just pop out so easily. Also, the pic shows that I already mounted the background to the silver Metallic Cardstock and sewed around it. You can do that now or wait until later for the mounting so it's a little easier when adhering all the pieces in case there is overhang. But regardless you will mount to silver cardstock cut to 4 7/8 x 6 3/8 and stitch around in white thread. The card base needs to be 5 x 6.5 inches cut from kraft cardstock.

You will only need one and a half of the Flowerfield dies to fill the width of the card, so cut off the extra portion of flowers, but you will use them later to fill in the garden and make it look fuller, so make sure to color in all the flowers. To color in the flowers you will use a Detail Ink Blending Tool with Distress Ink. There are foam parts on both ends so you can use one tool for two colors. I started with the purplish blue flowers first. Since there is no purple Embossing Glaze yet, I used a purple ink Wilted Violet Distress Ink and embossed in Broken China Embossing Glaze. The color came out perfectly for the long Larkspur/Delphinium looking flowers. Ink one color at a time then do the embossing for an easier time doing this.
 I used Kitsch Flamingo, Crackling Campfire, Fossilized Amber, and the purple blue combination for all the flowers. Sometimes it's hard to decipher where or what a flower is, but using the Detail Ink Tool helps so much and you can pretty much make up a flower with just the inking. I tried to make sure the colors were equally distributed as well. Coloring these flowers was addicting. 
For the greenery part, use a small paintbrush and just dip it into a Twisted Citron Distress Spray Stain and color in all the stems and leaves first. Then use a darker green, Rustic Wilderness, to add in bolder stems and leaves. Since this is watercolor paper the inks blend so nicely and give a great look. No need for any water either. 
For the rocks and cairn (stacked rocks), use Distress Cracked Leather Cardstock, and sprayed with Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, and Frayed Burlap Distress Spray Stains and let them blend and sit a bit. Lightly dab with a paper towel and dry with a heat tool. This paper is so wonderful!
Die cut several of the Ovals Stacked Tiles out of the Cracked Leather. (I did not use the largest oval, and only did one of the second largest. I used mostly the smallest and medium sized ovals.) Using Distress Inks straight from the pad, lightly rub the pads over the bumpy texture of the ovals, using Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Speckled Egg, Crackling Campfire, Gathered Twigs, and Twisted Citron, and even mixing them on a few of the ovals. The Citron and Campfire give a nice mossy look I think. 
Ink the edges of all the rocks with either Gathered Twigs or Hickory Smoke, and be especially heavy with the inking on the bottom area of the rock as it will add to the shadow. Pick about five of the rocks for the tower, biggest to littlest, and adhere them in whatever shaped tower you want using Collage Medium. I am always in awe at some of the rock cairns that seem to defy gravity. I didn't get too crazy with mine, but you sure can. To add to the shadow and bleached out areas from the sun on the rocks, use a little Picket Fence Distress Ink with a Blending Brush that is almost closed for a little more control of the white, and working in circles add the white to the top of the smallest rock and the sides of the bottom rocks where you think the sun has shined on them, just using a small circular motion with the brush. The white really makes a difference with the rocks looking so real. For the darker shadow areas, use a Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon and a little water with the paintbrush and brush over the lines where the rocks meet, making a solid darker line. Seriously, these rocks are addicting as well. I had the best time making them.

To keep the Distress Inks in place and to further add to the real feeling of the rocks, mist them liberally with Distress Resist Spray by either placing the rocks into a splat box used for spraying or lay them on a paper towel to mist. This will definitely keep the inks from smearing and add a nice sheen to the rocks. 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 your next use.
For the 'In The Garden' fence, use two of the small sheets of Woodgrain Cardstock, lightly mist them with water, and then spray with Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, and Frayed Burlap Distress Spray Stains. Plot off any excess puddles with a paper towel, and let them sit a minute or two. While they are still damp, run them through the Typewriter 3D Texture Fade, running each through the machine three times for nice embossing, and remove to completely dry. You need two to be able to spell out 'In The Garden'.
 Run the pad of an Antique Linen Distress Ink over the raised portions of the paper. Using scissors (long ones work best) cut out the letters that you need. Save the rest for another project. Ink the edges of the letters with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Also, cut off the bottom portion of the embossed piece that did not get embossed because the paper was too long for the folder. It should be about 1/4 inch wide. You will need these to join the letters to make the fence. You might need extra length as well, so you can just ink the paper as you did before and cut off another strip. 
 Use Collage Medium to adhere the letters to the strips forming the fence, allowing the bit above each letter to be above the strip behind it and adding the other strip to the middle of the two letters. When dry, add the fence to a foam or self healing mat and poke holes in the middle where each part is joined to add the fasteners with a craft pick or tiny jewelry hole punch. Insert the Tiny Fasteners and close. Use a craft hammer or the end of the craft pick (that's what I do) to push down the head of each fastener so it is nice and flush and won't move. Make sure the edges of everything are inked.
As is my way, I decided the fence was a little too tall and would cover too much up, so I cut it in half between the letter so that now I have two. I used the capital letter one for this card as it was a tad bit shorter and more could be seen behind it. You can do this and have an extra fence for another project or leave it as it is.

(Make sure you have sewn around the background piece before adhering the parts.) Now it's assembly time. Take the rocks and flowers first (except the extra flowers). Play with the arrangement first so that there are rocks behind and in front and the so the rock cairn looks nestled in, and yet COVERING the bottom of the background so that none of the blue shows. You only want the blue in the sky area. Also, add the fence while you are playing so that not too much gets covered up. Once you like the look of everything, use foam tape (I used the clear kind from Ranger.) on the back of a few flowers and the rock tower, as well as Collage Medium and adhere all the parts in place. Before adhering the fence on using foam tape, cut off some or all of the extra flowers and tuck them into the scene so that some are on the cairn and some are making the garden look a little fuller, making sure the stems of them are hidden or part of other flowers. Then adhere the fence. If anything is hanging off the border of the background, trim it off, and then mount this on the silver cardstock if you haven't already, and then onto the card base. 
Die cut the ant from the Entomology Framelits out of Blackout Kraft Stock. Stamp the coordinating image from the Entomology Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival and a small stamping block. Add foam tape to the body and Collage Medium to the legs and stick onto the top of rock on the cairn. 
(Paper Trimmer, Distress Sprayer with Water, Stamp Platform, Ink Blending Tool, Sewing Machine with White Thread, Two Sided Tape, Die Cut Machine, Die Brush, Die Pick, Scissors, Detail Blending Tool, Heat Tool, Paintbrush, Blending Brush, Foam Mat or Self Healing, Craft Pick, Foam Tape (Clear), Small Stamping Block) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock: White
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Speckled Egg, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Field Notes, Mini Bouquet, Entomology 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Speckled Egg, Kitsch Flamingo, Crackling Campfire, Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Hickory Smoke, Twisted Citron, Picket Fence 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Peeled Paint 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Kraft Stock, Mini Fasteners, Blackout Kraft Stock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 2 2021): Flower Field 
-Sizzix Tim Holts Framelits (Chapter 2 2011): Ovals Stacked Tiles 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze: Kitsch Flamingo, Crackling Campfire, Fossilized Amber, Broken China 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Cracked Leather Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon: Hickory Smoke 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fade: Typewriter 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits: Entomology 
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Thank you truly for stopping by here and for all the comments out there in social media world. There is one more make for me to show you from the new release...YUP that dragon! So until next time, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. What a beautiful garden scene, Anita!!
    Such a bunch of colorful flowers, and the rocks with the spider makes it so much fun.
    The fence is awesome too. All in all another wonderful project by your hand.

  2. Fabulous summery meadow. I've just got mine and had my first little play... love it just as much as I thought I would!!
    Alison x

  3. This is stunning! I love, love, love (underline that a zillion times) how you created and arranged the sentiment. Stellar idea!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  4. beautiful card Anita! I love that flower die so much!

  5. My favorite place to be, especially in the spring...I love your card and the contrast between the almost pastel, subtly stamped background (you had me at that!) and those brilliant flowers. The picket fence is so clever, and those rocks are genius! Great make, Anita! Happy Birthday!


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