Saturday, April 13, 2024

Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous Everyday 2024 - Abstract Florals Mixed Media Cards

Hello Everyone! First, I want to thank those of you for all the comments from last week on the Sizzix makes. I truly appreciate it! Today, I have the first make for the new Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Everyday Release, made with the new Abstract Florals Stamp Set, an absolute favorite set for me! I could stamp and color these flowers all day, and the Color Wheel in the background makes the coloring even more fun. Plus I love the sentiments that can be used for pretty much any card. Enjoy!

To make two 4 x 9” cards, cut Black Kraftstock to 4 x 9” twice. Place both in the large stamping platform and secure with magnets. Arrange the flowers (three per card) from the Abstract Florals Stamp Set onto both papers in the center with plenty of room on the sides open, and close the lid to secure them. Stamp the flowers in Glacier White Pigment Ink from Ranger lightly as you don’t need much to see the outlines. (Note: I used the leaf stamp on both cards, so I stamped one and then the other, and even though I probably won’t get a perfect lined up image on the second stamping, I’m ok with that as it’s just the leaf. Also, reink the Glacier White Pigment Ink pad an hour or more before starting so it’s not too juicy.) Use a heat tool to dry the papers as Glacier White stays wet a little longer than most. Leave the images in the platform for the restamping later on, but go ahead and clean off the white ink taking care not to move them when you do.

Lay one card on the Glass Mat lining it up on the grid lines nice and straight. If you have Sticky Grid Tape, use it underneath or use a rolled up piece of tape to hold it secure. Add the Mini Wheel Layering Stencil up top and center it above the flowers. Use tape to secure the stencil. Add the Labels Layering Stencil below, centering it, and then tape it down. Use a clean Tiny Ink Blending Tool and Foam to ink over the stencils with the Glacier White Ink very lightly, and be pretty careful around the images so you can still see the outlines. The Tiny Ink Blending Tool makes this much easier to do. However, It’s okay to get the ink on the images as you will paint over those, so don’t fret if you do. Also, the darker the white ink, the more brighter the other ink on top, but for this card I wanted the flowers to stand out more, so I only used a lighter inking. Remove this one and do the other the same, then dry both papers with the heat tool. Clean the stencils with water and dry them. 

Since there are two cards, I split the colors of the color wheel in half, six colors of Archival Ink for each card. You can use Distress Ink over the white, but for staying power Archival is best. Gather your colors of Ink for the color wheel part as well as green inks for the bottom. On the one on the left I used Spiced Marmalade, Crackling Campfire, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, and Villainous Potion to ink over the wheel. I pounced on each color in its respective pie piece in the wheel, rather than rubbing to deliver as much color as I could. Also, once I’ve done one inking of each, I go over each again to darken the color. You can do that at any time though and you don’t always have to use the stencil, BECAUSE the Archival Inks will not show up on the Black paper without the white underneath! How cool is that?!! But the stencil still gives me security even though I know that. So don’t fret about the stencil moving and ruining anything, because you can’t. After you do the wheel, ink over the Labels using green inks. I used Rustic Wilderness, Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough, and Peeled Paint, randomly inking in different tiles every time. For the right paper I used Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive, Rustic Wilderness, Evergreen, Bough, and Faded Jeans for the wheel, and the same greens for the Labels. Once finished, dry them both with the heat tool as the ink stays wet a little longer on top of the Glacier White.

Gather the Distress Paints you will use. I used the same colors as the inks… Spiced Marmalade, Crackling Campfire, Barn Door, and Fossilized Amber on one, and Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Villainous Potion, and Fossilized Amber again on the other, with Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, and Twisted Citron (not the same color I’ve used but it’s my go to for leaves) for the stems and leaves. Ranger just came out with new Angled Paint Brushes, and I have to say that I absolutely love them, and they are my new go to for paint. I have no special way to paint in the images, so paint away and do your best to stay in the lines as the images will be restamped again. If you cover up up anything that you are not sure about, just use the images on the actual stamps to figure it (like I did) if you want to add any details like those tiny lines on the flowers. Let these dry awhile before moving on. If you get any paint where you don’t want it, use a black permanent marker to cover it up…I had to. 

Use the Mini Spots Layering Stencil to ink in more Glacier White around the flowers in the center area. Dry with a heat tool. I did this part before the restamping and embossing so I wouldn’t reheat the embossing. Use the stencil again to ink over the white with Speckled Egg and Faded Jeans Archival Inks. Dry.

Place the papers back into the platform exactly as you had them first, and gather your ink and embossing powder to be ready. (Note: I originally was going to do white powder, but I did a trial and it just covered up too much of the painting, and even though I used an anti-static pouch, it really stuck to stuff too much, so I went with clear powder instead.) I decided to go with Fossilized Amber Archival Ink to stamp in to bring out the yellow areas on the paper, and it won’t show on the darker areas to cover any detail, but you can use whatever color you want. Very important to do this…Pounce over the papers with an Anti-Static Pouch really well so powder won’t go where you don’t want. It will dull the black background some, but you can clean it up later. Stamp the images, and then quickly add longer lines on the stems with an Embossing Pen, and then immediately pour Clear Embossing over each, tap it off and use a small brush to remove any powder where ever it shouldn’t be, and then heat emboss. Don’t forget to add the other leaf if you used it again like I did. Use a slightly damp paper towel to clean off any powder from the Anti-Static Pouch to bring the paper back to dark black. Since you used Archival Ink the other images will be fine and no ink should come off.

Stamp the sentiment from the stamp set in Glacier White and heat emboss in Clear Powder. (Some of the ink underneath bled through to my embossing….a first for me, and I don’t know why.) Cut, score, and fold base cards to 4 x 9” from Kraft Cardstock, and ink the edges in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Mount White Heavystock or cardstock to this, about 3 7/8 x 8 7/8”. Use a Deckle Trimmer to trim down the flower paper to about 3.75 x 8.75”, ink the edges in Gathered Twigs, and mount to the front of the card. Use a white pen to outline the flower and leaves. 

(Paper Trimmer, Two Sided Tape, Large Stamp Platform, Heat Tool, Tape, Tiny Ink Blending Tool, Small Paint Brush (Angeled), Anti-Static Pouch)
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Black Kraftstock
-Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Abstract Florals
-Ranger Pigment Ink: Glacier White
-Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Labels, Mini Wheel (Set 59), Mini Spots (Set 59)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive, Rustic Wilderness, Evergreen, Bough, Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade, Crackling Campfire, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Villainous Potion, Peeled Paint, Speckled Egg
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Spiced Marmalade, Crackling Campfire, Barn Door, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Villainous Potion, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pen
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Clear                                                                   
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: White
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-White Pen

Thank you so very much for stopping by, and again thank you for all the comments and support. I appreciate you all very much. I'll be back again soonish. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Saturday, April 06, 2024

Tim Holtz Sizzix Vault Series 2 2024 - U R My World Card

Hi Everyone! I hope all of you are doing fabulous! Today, Tim Holtz had his YouTube Live Sizzix Vault 2 Release, showing SOOOOOO many fabulous projects made with the new sizes of previously released dies, now called The Vault Series, and this was the Second release so far this year. I totally LOVE this idea of re-releasing older versions, don't you?!! It also has me digging through my stash for older product to use with the newly done older dies, like the paper here on this card, made with the new Vault World Traveler and Vault Matchbox. This card was made in a flash, and was so easy to put together. Enjoy the quick step out!  

      Cut and fold a Kraft Cardstock base card to 5 x 7 inches. Ink the edges of the card with Vintage Photo Archival Ink from Ranger, or another brown ink. Cut a Black Kraftstock piece to 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches and ink those edges and mount onto the front of the base card. Select the World Map image from the Etcetera Paper Stash, and cut to 4.75 x 6.75 inches, ink the edges, and mount onto the front of the black. Set aside.

Add two sided tape to the back of green and light blue Metallic Kraftstock, as well as Kraft Cardstock and Black Kraftstock, and then die cut the solid circle from the blue, the land from the green, and the grid from the Kraft using the Vault World Traveler Thinlits. Die cut the letters you need as well as all the arrows from the black. Using the Vault Matchbox Thinlits, die cut the heart from pink Metallic Kraftstock, the hand from  Black Kraftstock and Mixed Media Cardstock, and 6 of the borders from Kraft, all with two sided tape on the back. 

Assemble the globe, and ink the edges in Vintage Photo. Adhere it to the very center of the card front. Ink the tops and sides of the borders. Add one to the top middle of the card, and then one on each side of it, snipping off the parts that are too long. Do the same for the bottom part, so you have two border strips. Assemble the hand and add it to the top border strip. Add the letter U, R, MY at the top. Add the two small arrows around the U. On the bottom add the heart, then the letters around it to make World. Add the curved arrow pointed down, and then snip the long arrow in three parts and add to heart. Die cut the same letters using the light blue Metallic, and add over the black letters just above and to the left to make shadow letters. Using a die pick to place to place the letters really helps.

(Paper Trimmer, Two Sided Tape, Ink Blending Tool, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Scissors)
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock, Mixed Media Cardstock
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: 8x8 Etcetera Paper Stash, Classic Kraftstock, Metallic Confections, Metallic Jewels
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Vault Series 2024): Vault World Traveler, Vault Matchbox
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Vintage Photo

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I will be back next week! Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Monday, March 04, 2024

Mr. Rabbit Easter Card

Hello Everyone! Hope everyone is doing well as there is a lot of yuck going around. Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous have come out with another surprise holiday stamp set. These surprise sets have been a real treat, and this Easter set titled Mr. Rabbit is just in time as Easter comes early this year. Just look how adorbs that bunny is, so so good for Springtime too! Enjoy this quick step out with the new set combined with the Note Quotes set and some Mini Brushstroke Flowers from Sizzix

To make a 5 x 7 inch card I first cut a piece of Distress Mixed Media Cardstock to 4.5 x 6.5" using a Deckle Trimmer. I repeatedly stamped the Plaid image from Mr. Rabbit over it, lining up the images best I could using Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. Taking some white vellum cut with the Deckle Trimmer to 4 x 6", I repeatedly stamped the two Dye Egg Script pieces using Frayed Burlap Distress Archival Ink. (NOTE: Now that the card is finished the Frayed Burlap was not quite dark enough to be seen, so a darker ink would have been better.) I added another piece of vellum behind this to make the vellum less transparent using two sided tape. Taking a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper from Ranger, I stamped Mr. Bunny in Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink, and left him in the stamping platform as he would need to be stamped again after coloring.

I colored in the Plaid with Distress Watercolor Pencils and a Detail Water Brush, using Speckled Egg, Ground Espresso, and Scorched Timber going vertically, and then using Vintage Photo, Stormy Sky, and Scorched Timber again going horizontally. I colored in Mr. Bunny with the same colors on the suit trying to mimic a plaid pattern, adding Victorian Velvet for the ears and nose, adding Pumice Stone to the fur with a little Picket Fence on top. 

I placed Mr. Rabbit back into the stamp platform and stamped him with Ground Espresso Archival this time, added a little more Picket Fence Pencil for some highlights to his face and ears, and then I cut him out, and set him aside.

Using the largest oval from the Sizzix Movers & Shapers Sized Ovals set, I used more SSP and die cut it. I colored in the egg with Speckled Egg Distress Watercolor Pencil using a Broad Water Brush. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Note Quotes set and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I used the Dots image and stamped it above and below the sentiment in Speckled Egg Archival Ink. I inked the edges with the same ink. 

I used a Liquid Gold Fine Tip Pen to add circles around the dots and a line above and below the sentiment on the egg. Then I cut and folded a Kraft Cardstock base card to 5 x 7", and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I cut Gold Kraftstock to 4 7/8 x 6 7/8", inked those edges and mounted that on the card front. I inked the edges of both the Plaid and Script with Ground Espresso and mounted those on as well. I adhered the egg on to the upper right corner on the vellum using two sided tape, and then figured out where Mr. Rabbit would go but I did not adhere him yet. Once I knew his placement, I placed the whole card into the platform. and stamped only the whisker parts of Mr. Rabbit onto the front of the card so that they would match up with the rabbit when I added him. Then I added Mr. Rabbit and gave him a dot of white in his eye with a white pen. 

I added two sided tape to the back of more Mixed Media Cardstock and die cut the lily looking flower and parts three times from the Mini Brushstroke Thinlits Set. I left the die cuts in place and colored them in with the Watercolor Pencils using Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Picket Fence, and Rustic Wilderness with the Detail Water Brush to make them look like traditional Easter Lilies. Then I adhered them on the egg and one small one that I cut from the larger onto Mr. Rabbit's suit coat. I added dots in the center of the flowers with the gold pen. 

(Paper Trimmer, Deckle Trimmer, Stamping Platform, Detail Water Brush, Broad Water Brush, Ink Blending Tool, Anti-Static Pouch, Heat Tool, Scissors, Two Sided Tape, Die Cut Machine)
-Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Paper: Ivory
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Mr. Rabbit
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Frayed Burlap, Speckled Egg
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils: Speckled Egg, Ground Espresso, Scorched Timber, Vintage Photo, Stormy Sky, Victorian Velvet, Tea Dye, Pumice Stone, Picket Fence, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Die: Sized Ovals (large)
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Gold
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Gold Kraftstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Note Quotes
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Brushstroke Flowers Thinlits
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte
-White Vellum, DecoColor Liquid Gold Extra Fine Pen, White Pen

Thank you so very much for stopping by today. As always, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Love Notes Distress Mixed Media Valentine Cards

Hello Everyone! Are you watching the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencil LIVE right now?!! I am, and will surely watch the replay. I always learn so much more from watching the demo. I decided to make some Valentine Cards using the new stamp set Love Notes from Tim and Stamper's Anonymous in all Mixed Media style with a bunch of Ranger Tim Distress goodies, and finished them off with the ever important new Distress Watercolor Pencils as the icing on the Love Cake! Despite all the mediums used, without the Pencils these Valentine's would just be'll see what I mean below in the step outs. AND...I discovered how good the Pencils are with my favorite substrate Specialty Stamping Paper. Enjoy, and Happy Love Day to all of you! 

I intended to make a 12 x 12" masterboard at first, but I figured I could only make twelve 3 x 4" cards, so I opted for two sheets of 8.5 x 11" Specialty Stamping Paper to yield 18 cards (six of which are smaller in size due to me using all that I could). It can handle all the wet and heat you can pretty much give it and the stamping always looks so nice on it. I began by lightly misting both sheets with water and then alternating colors of Distress Spray Stain in Tattered Rose and Saltwater Taffy. Then I splatter on Lumberjack Plaid. I let this all dry naturally for a bit. 

I cut the two sheets into twelve 3 x 4" pieces and six 3 x 3". Placing the largest solid heart from the Love Notes set first into the middle of a card, I stamped with the new Scorched Timber Distress Ink on a stamp platform, and added half hearts on the sides, doing two cards at a time so that one half of a heart stamped on one and the other heart on the another to save time. (NOTE: Kept in mind that ink stays wet on SSP for a while, so let these dry overnight or hit them with a heat tool, and be careful touching them before.) Then I stamped the two little solid hearts using Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord Distress Archival Ink. I also stamped the little XO in the Scorched Timber.

(I pounced over all the cards with an Anti-Static Pouch before embossing so that none of the powder would stick where I didn't want it. ) I stamped the large heart outline image in the Scorched Timber and poured Gold Embossing Powder over and heat embossed. Then I did the sentiment the same. 

The card bases I used precut and folded red cards and envelopes from the craft store that I had on hand in 4 x 5.5" size. I mounted Red Kraftstock to the front, inked with Scorched Timber. Then I cut Gold Kraftstock to go on next, but since the two card sizes are obviously different I tried to bridge the gap with Dina Wakley Washi Tape. I added one strip to the bottom of the gold for the long cards of the multi color dotted one, and two strips of the same for the 6 shorter ones. Then on the 6 shorter I cut a heart from the another design and added those. I cut brown Kraftstock that each card front will be mounted to. I inked the edges of everything in Scorched Timber as well. Using a Marvy Liquid Gold Fine Tip Marker, I outlined all the other hearts as well. 

Here is where the Distress Watercolor Pencils come into the mix. If you look at the left side of this picture, the two cards along the left side do not have colored in hearts. Although nice, they are boring and really needed color. I used Festive Berries and Lumberjack Plaid Distress Watercolor Pencils only to color in the hearts as well as shade around the large heart using a Detail Waterbrush. Then I flicked some of the wet red color over for some dots of color. See close ups below to see the difference the Pencils made. Also, I discovered that the Pencils just glide over the SSP and absorb so well. You get a gorgeous soft suede matte look and I love that. I cannot think of any other Distress medium that would have worked as well as these Pencils to color in the hearts and over the Distress Ink on the middle large heart.

Left side no Distress Watercolor Pencils and the right side colored and flicked on. So much better, right?!!

And just to show you more....the left side large heart does not have the filled in red color or flicks of color and the right side does. A tremendous difference in appearance to me, with just two colors of Pencils!

(Water Mister, Splatter Brush, Stamping Platform, Paper Trimmer, Anti-Static Pouch, Heat Tool, Ink Blending Tool, Scissors, Two Sided Tape, Detail Water Brush)
 -Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
 -Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Tattered Rose, Lumberjack Plaid, Saltwater Taffy
 -Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Love Notes
 -Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  Scorched Timber
 -Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord
 -Ranger Embossing Powder: Gold
 -Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Gold Kraftstock, Classic Kraftstock
 -Ranger Dina Wakley Media: Washi Tape Set 1, Set 1
 -Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils: Festive Berries (Set 6), Lumberjack Plaid (Set 4)
 -Red Cards and Envelopes (3.5 x 5")
 -Marvy Uchida Deco Color Liquid Gold Extra Fine Marker 
Thank you so much for stopping by today, and for all the comments! I wish you all a wonderful Love filled day! Until next time, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!