Saturday, August 26, 2023

Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Halloween 2023 - Foreboding and Obscure Autumn Sketchy Leaves Alcohol Ink Lift Cards

Hi Everyone! The Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Halloween Live is just about to finish up, and of course my mind is up in the clouds in awe of all the makes, as I'm sure yours is as well! It's so crazy to see so many different kinds of makes from five stamp sets! If you missed the original Live the replay will be up soon. Here is one of my makes from the show featuring the new Sketchy Leaves Stamp Set along with help from The Obscure and Foreboding Sets using Alcohol Inks from Ranger. These were a cinch to make and just enjoyable to do. Oh how I LOVE Autumn, and cannot wait for it to arrive. Enjoy!
Cut a piece of Yupo White Heavystock to 4.5 x 6.5", and another piece that is about 4 x 4". Gather Rust, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Dijon, Lettuce, and Turquoise Alcohol Ink from Ranger, and apply a small dot of each onto the felt on an Alcohol Ink Applicator, then pounce the ink onto the paper until covered. You can blow on a few spots to create tiny circles, fyi. Do the smaller paper the same and then set that one aside for now.

Place the larger paper into the large stamp platform, and arrange one of the scrolls and the flowers from the Foreboding and The Obscure Stamp Sets onto the bottom of the paper so they will be framing the bottom. Close the lid to secure the stamps. Gather Alcohol Lift Ink, a paper towel,  and cut a piece of Ivory Heavystock to the same size 4.5 x 6.5 inches and have it ready. You need to work fairly quickly to do the lifting. Apply the Lift Ink to the two stamps generously. Close the platform and stamp the images onto the AI paper, and press firmly and for a few seconds. Open the platform and carefully remove the paper and place the Ivory Heavystock in exactly where the other paper was, and then close the platform and stamp to transfer the ink, pressing firmly and for a few seconds. Open platform and remove the paper. You can stamp another paper if you wish to get whatever is left over on the stamps. Place the paper towel in the platform and stamp a few times until all the ink is transferred to  the paper towel, then lightly clean the stamps with the paper towel, but leave the stamps in place on the platform. Take the paper towel and place it over the Alcohol Ink paper and lightly wipe away the ink on the stamped images, revealing the lifted images. Clean all the ink off. Place the AI paper back in the platform but TURN IT so that the lifted images will be at the top, and a clean bottom is ready for more. Repeat all the above steps to lift the ink and transferring it the Ivory. Finally clean and remove the stamps as you are finished with those.


Use sticky notes or scrap paper to cover all the lifted images as best you can on the AI paper. Place the Fractured Layering Stencil over the center and position it so that you can see as much of the stencil parts on the open areas of the paper. Take a clean Ink Blending Foam and add it the tool, dab it onto the Alcohol Lift Ink pad to pick up the ink, and then start dabbing it over the open stencil areas. You will see the ink lifting away. Once all areas are lifted, remove the stencil and sticky notes and use a paper towel to remove any ink. You should have a lifted fractured area in the center. Wash the stencil and the foam with warm water to remove all the ink and let dry for use another day, and have the stencil ready to use on the next part.

 Take the Ivory paper now, and cover the images with the sticky note like before, add the stencil on. Use Gathered Twigs or another brown ink and stencil in the Fractured image over the center of the paper. Clean the stencil and now you are finished with it.  
Take the 4 x 4" piece with the Alcohol Ink on it and place it into the platform. Select a leaf from the Sketchy Leaves set, and place it on the paper and close the platform to secure it. Cut a piece of Ivory Heavystock the same size about 4 x 4" and have it ready, as well as the Lift Ink again, and a paper towel. Stamp the leave with the Ink, then transfer to the other paper, and repeat the clean up like before. Add two sided to the back of both, and then use scissors to cut the leaves out leaving a small border around. Mount both of these to turquoise color Metallic Kraftstock, and then cut those out again leaving a border.  
Cut and fold two Kraft card bases to 5 x 7". Ink the edges of the cards with the Gathered Twigs. Cut two turquoise Metallic pieces to 4.75 x 6.75" and mount to the cards. Stamp the sentiment from the Tiny Frights Stamp Set on the lower right corner of both papers using a dark brown Archival like Ground Espresso. Mount these the cards. Apply foam tape to the back of the leaves and then mount the corresponding one to the card fronts. Shake the Unraveled Distress Mica Stain, and then pour a tiny bit out onto the  white mat. Pick up with the Water Brush and color in some of the images on both cards, like on the scrolls and flowers, and even on the leaves.

(Paper Trimmer, Alcohol Ink Applicator, Large Stamp Platform, Paper Towel, Ink Blending Tool w/Clean Foam, Sticky Note, Two Sided Tape, Scissors, Foam Tape, Detail Water Brush)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo White Heavystock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Rust, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Dijon, Lettuce, Turquoise
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Foreboding, The Obscure, Sketchy Leaves, Tiny Frights 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: Ivory
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Fractured
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Ground Espresso
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Colors Kraftstock
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain: Unraveled  
Thank you so much for stopping by, and of course for the comments. I truly appreciate all of you who do. I'll be back again on Friday with my other Halloween make that was in the show. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, August 18, 2023

Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween 2023 - Cracked Sign and Artsy Leaves and Layered Dots Trees in the Colorize Graveyard Pop Up Halloween Card

Hi Everyone! I have a Halloween make that was on the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween Live last week for you today. This one was super fun to make, and was made with the Colorize Graveyard, Artsy Leaves, and Layered Dots Thinlits, plus the Cracked 3D Texture Fade. I haven't made a pop up card in a while, so I thought it was time to do something different and try this again. Hope you enjoy!

Cut and fold Kraft Cardstock base card to 5 x 6.25 inches with a horizontal fold so the card will open outwards, with a 1/4 inch center so there is plenty of room for all the inside parts, and also with a Deckle Cut edge at the front bottom. A lot I know, but starting here making the planning a lot easier. Take a piece of Gray Two Tone Woodgrain Cardstock from Ranger, and the Alpha set from the Wood Slice Thinlits and arrange the sentiment...Enter if you dare, would be great too. Die cut until you've finished the sentiment. Save the positive letters for another project. 
On the sides of the woodgrain, use a Deckle Trimmer to cut the sides at an angle, pointing inward. Use scissors or a regular trimmer to trim the top and bottom. Use a Distress Tool to distress the top and bottom. Use an Ink Blending Tool and Gathered Twigs or another brown ink and ink the edges well, and then rub the pad directly over the top lightly to bring out some more woodgrain. Mount this onto Kraft Cardstock with Collage Medium, and cut around the Kraft the same as you did the sign, deckle the sides and straight on top and bottom. 
Take the new Cracked 3D Texture Fade, and working quickly, rub the pad of Hickory Smoke Archival over the inside raised areas on the Fade. Lightly mist the sign with water, and place into the Fade and run through the machine. Remove the sign from the Fade, and use a Detail Waterbrush and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to watercolor in the letters and around the inside edge of the sign to give it more depth.

Cut Black Kraftstock to mount on front of card, with that bottom Deckle edge. Sand over the whole surface some to reveal the Kraft underneath the black, and ink over all the sanded areas and the sides with Gathered Twigs. Put together the little skull from the Colorize Graveyard Thinlits with black first, then kraft, then Watercolor Cardstock. Ink around him and on the raised parts with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Adhere him in place on the sign. Add Long Fasteners to the corners of the inner sign (I only did three to make it look like one is missing) and use the Craft Hammer to give the brads distressing. Rub Hickory Smoke Archival over the heads of the brads to further distress them. IF leaving one corner without a brad, use a craft pick to make a hole and distress it up. Adhere the sign to the Black Kraftstock and then onto the card front. 
Cut more Black Kraftstock to fit inside the (4.5 x 6 inches with Deckle edge on top), center 1/4 x 6, and bottom 4.5 x 6 inches. Distress all the surfaces with the sanding disks, and ink over them with Gathered Twigs. Ink the right and left edges with Black Soot Archival. Adhere all three inside the card with two sided tape. Take the white pinked edge Halloween Trim Tape and apply a strip of it along the bottom edge and trim off the excess. Close the card and use the tape again on both bottom corners at a diagonal, trimming off excess, and across the top wrapping around to the back. Using a little Collage Medium is good so none of the edges come up since there is so much ink on it. 
Die cut the Layered Dots Thinlits, Black for solid, Kraft for small dots, and Black again for larger dots. Save all the dot pieces for another project like a shaker card. Also save the the side pieces with the half circle cuts from the Black Kraftstock, as these will be more headstones. Adhere only the dotted pieces together and save the black for die cutting in a minute. Select some Artsy Leaves (five of them) and die cut them using the dotted piece, making sure there are open dots on all to add some eyeball highlights later. These are the trees. Die cut two of the stem pieces for trunks using black. Sand the trees a tiny bit and ink over that with Gathered Twigs. Die cut the same trees using the Black Kraftstock from before, and then adhere the trees on the coordinating black pieces. This was just to make the dotted piece less thick for easier die cutting and less stress on the die pieces.
 Cut off some of the bottom edge on one of the half circle pieces and adhere it to the other half circle piece so it looks like two rows of headstones like in a cemetery. Cut the left side at an angle. Sand over it a bit to bring out the headstone shapes, and ink over the sanding with the Gathered Twigs. Select two of the trees and the trunks and adhere them to the right side of the top piece so they will be tall trees in the distance. Adhere the rows of headstones below these covering up some of the trunk parts. Die cut three gates using Black Kraftstock and three single gate parts as well. Adhere one gate part to the left side and two on the right side keeping them in line with the sides and bottom of the background piece. Die cut the medium circle from the Sized Circles Movers and Shapers or use another circle. Ink in the moon parts using the smallest Moon Mask and Lost Shadow Distress Ink. Ink the edges as well. Die cut the 'BOO!' using the Wood Slice alpha pieces and Black Kraftstock and adhere those on the moon. Add an Adhesive Spring to the back of the moon and adhere the moon to the middle top of the top piece. Die cut the urn and both headstones using Black and two shades of gray Kraftstock, the plant with two shades of green, and seven dirt/grass pieces using more green. 
Adhere the urn and one of the shortest trees to the left side. Add a grass piece to top of urn and then the plant pieces on. Adhere more grass pieces along the bottom of the gate and below the row of headstones. Take the two sets of Remnant Rubs, and cut out a cat, the large sentiment, some bats, and a headstone title. Rub on the cat on the gate top on the left side, the bats on the moon, and the sentiment to the center bottom of the bottom piece. Rub on the headstone sentiment to one of the headstones. Die cut another skull the same as before, along with one of the plant pieces using Watercolor Cardstock,  and some cross pieces using gray.  Add cross to top of the other headstone along with a tree behind that. Add grass pieces in front and behind headstone. Add a part of the white plant piece behind the headstone to look like arm bones or fingers or whatever and then the skull to that, so that it looks like the skeleton is peeping behind the headstone. Add a tree behind that, and grass along the bottom. Use a white pen to add in eyeball highlights to some of the holes in the trees and on the cat and skull. Draw in the white lines around the sentiment to help it pop more on the bottom portion. Take the Collage Medium and add it over the cat to give it some dimension and make it a little easier to see once the medium dries. Set this aside for a bit to dry. 
Cut two pieces of Black Kraftstock to about 3/4 x 5 inches. Fold one side about 1/2 inch and secure the fold with two sided tape. Make another fold about 1.5 inches above that. Adhere the 1.5 inch side to the back of each headstone. Lay the headstone face down on the bottom piece, matching up the tree tops to the bottom edge of card (along the center and right sides more or less). Secure the 1/2 inch piece to the bottom of the bottom piece with two sided tape, so that the headstone is now secure to the bottom portion only. Flip the headstone up straight parallel to the top portion, and figure out where you need to fold the strip in order to secure it to the top portion. Make the fold and then trim the piece that will be adhered to about 1/2 inch. Add two sided tape to that piece and then stick it on to the top portion nice and straight. Fold the card shut to make sure the headstones are folded flat and not seen, and make any hard crisp folds to make that happen. Open and close the card a few times to make sure all pops up and doesn't catch anywhere. Finished. ***I think it would be great to add an open and closing strap to the front of the card just to make it more interesting to open, but I wasn't able to make time to do that. 

(Paper Trimmer, Deckle Trimmer, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Scissors, Ink Blending Tool, Water Mister, Distress Tool, Two Sided Tape, Detail Water Brush, Sanding Disk Tool, Craft Hammer, Remnant Rub Tool)
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain: Gray Two Tone
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Wood Slice
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Lost Shadow
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fade (Halloween 2023): Cracked
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Black Kraftstock , Long Fasteners, Halloween Trim Tape, Classic Kraftstock, Neutral Kraftstock, Cool Kraftstock, Halloween Remnant Rubs, Curiosities Remnant Rubs
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Halloween 2023): Colorize Graveyard, Layered Dots, Artsy Leaves
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers: Sized Circles (medium)
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Mask: Moon Mask
-Adhesive Spring, White Pen
Thank you so much for coming by here! I appreciate you all so much! I will be back soon, so until then I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween 2023 - Tapestry and Artsy Leaves Autumn Scene Etcetera Mini Tag

Hi Everyone! I hope you were able to watch the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween Live today to see the mounds and mounds of inspirational projects. It always blows my mind. If you missed it be sure to watch the replay. This is one of my projects that was shown in the Live, an Alcohol Ink Autumn Scene on a Mini Etcetera Tag made from the new Artsy Leaves Thinlits and Multi Level Texture Fade. I am totally in love with this, and wish it was way way bigger, LOL! Enjoy!

I took two of the Gloss Alcohol Ink Cardstock pieces from Ranger and pounced on Terracotta, Honeycomb, and Willow Alcohol Ink with an Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool covering the sheets completely. Then I added Radiant and Envy Alcohol Pearls to the Applicator along with Blending Solution and pounced that on while blowing with my mouth to create tiny marbled bubble looking shapes. 
I placed one of the pieces into the Multi Level Tapestry Texture Fade and ran through the machine twice, then did the other. I rubbed the pad of Peeled Paint Archival Ink directly over the raised areas, then the pad of Vintage Photo Archival over to bring out the design even more, then set these aside. 
Using another sheet of Gloss, I pounced on Cloudy Blue Alcohol Ink over the top portion only on a fresh piece of felt on the tool. Then I added Snow Cap Mixative on the Applicator and pounced it over the Cloudy Blue to create cloud looking shapes. I added Aquamarine Alcohol Ink, Tranquil Pearls, and Blending Solution to the same piece of felt, and on the lower end of the Gloss I swiped the tool over to create stripes of color for more of a water look. Then I lightly misted a bit of 91% Rubbing Alcohol in the air and ran the piece through the droplets to create some water bubbles on the stripes of color. 
Taking the Tapestry pieces, I tore towards me to reveal the white paper core, about three pieces each, just following the spaces between the round parts. I inked the white edges with Peeled Paint Archival Ink, except the piece that would be the very bottom. Then I tore the blue piece between the sky and water, again towards me to reveal the white core, and inked the water edge only (as the sky edge will be covered up) with Speckled Egg Distress Archival Ink, as well as that last piece, so it looks like the waters edge. I took a Mini Etcetera Tag from Stamper's Anonymous and played with the torn pieces, layering them to make a pattern of sky, hills, and water. Once I knew the pattern I set these aside, and painted the tag hole with Fossilized Amber Distress Paint, to mimic the sun. 
I took another piece of Gloss Cardstock and added Deception, Scorch, Splendor, Radiant, and Envy Alcohol Pearls to the Applicator with Blending Solution and pounced it on covering the piece completely. Then I took all 9 of the solid leaf (now tree) shapes from the Artsy Leaves Thinlits, and die cut all of them with this piece. I set these aside. 
I took a piece of Gray Two Tone Woodgrain and added two sided tape to the back. I laid the stem (now trunk) pieces that I wanted to use (two different ones) and die cut them, repeating until I had 9 total. I took a Hickory Smoke Distress Watercolor Pencil and Detail Waterbrush and created lines on each that look like Birch/Aspen tree trunks. I set these aside. 
Taking another piece of Gloss Cardstock, I pounced on Willow and Everglades Alcohol Ink to half the sheet, and then Envy Alcohol Pearl and Blending Solution over the top. I added two sided tape to the back. I die cut two of the leafy stem looking pieces three times each, so that they might look like pine trees. I set these aside. 
I decided to paint the background of the Etcetera Tag, so I painted the edges only with Walnut Stain Distress Paint. When dry, I added two sided tape to the back of the sky, hills, and and water and adhere those on the tag, leaving a border, and punch a hole where the tag hole is using a hole punch. I adhered the tag hole over using Collage Medium. Then I added some more Vintage Photo Archival Ink around the sides to further darken the border. I selected phrases from the Clippings Sticker Book, inked the edges with Vintage Photo Archival, and mounted those onto Kraft Cardstock, cut around them and inked those edges the same. I took 6 Tack Nails and nailed each of those onto a corner point on the very edge of the tag around the pieces about half way in, using a Mini Craft Hammer, but first adding a tiny hole with a Craft Pick to make hammering them in a little easier.  
 Here is a side view so you can see the nails a little better.
I shook the Gilded Foundry Wax up well and added a tiny drop to the white mat, and then using my finger, I dotted each nail head with the Wax. Then I heated up the wax with a Heal Tool to melt and set it.
I inked the edges of the trees with Crackling Campfire Archival Ink and Adhered them in place with two sided tape and foam tape in spots. I added the white trunks on each tucking the ends under the hills. I used Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink to color in the bottom part of the trunks on the pine trees and then adhered them in place. I adhered the wording on as well with two sided tape. Then taking some Jute String, I wrapped the string around the top part of the nail heads and then went on to another continuing to wrap until I ended up where I started and then I tied a knot. Finally, I added more Jute String to the tag hole.

(Alcohol Ink Applicator, 91% Rubbing Alcohol in Sprayer, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Scissors, Ink Blending Tool, Paintbrush, Hole Punch, Water Mister, Two Sided Tape, Detail Water Brush, Mini Craft Hammer, Heat Tool, Foam Tape, Jute Twine)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock: Gloss
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Terra Cotta, Honeycomb, Willow, Everglades, Cloudy Blue, Aquamarine
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls: Deception, Scorch, Splendor, Radiant, Envy, Tranquil
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Multi Level Texture Fade (Halloween 2023): Tapestry 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Speckled Egg, Crackling Campfire
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Mixative: Snow Cap
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags: Mini
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Halloween 2023): Artsy Leaves 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain: Gray Two Tone
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Vintage Photo
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Clippings Sticker Book, Tack Nails, Jute String
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Foundry Wax: Gilded

Thank you truly for stopping by today! I will be back soon with a Halloween make from the Live. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!