Saturday, August 13, 2022

Tim Holtz/Ranger - Halloween Distress Mica Stains

Hi my friends, if you watched the Tim Holtz/Ranger Halloween YouTube Live launch, you'll know there are 6 new colours of Distress Mica Stains and Distress Pearl Crayons. If you missed the Live, you can catch up on Tim's YouTube channel HERE or over on Tim's Blog HERE. I'm sharing a card I made using the Distress Mica Stains and if only, the camera could pick up the beautiful mica shimmer from these little bottles of magic.

I began by spritzing Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, Iron Gate and Decayed Distress Mica Stains on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat. I laid the Distress Watercolor card on to the inks, dried and tapped back in repeatedly, drying between layers, until I was happy. I trimmed to create 2 - A2 panels, one of which has been squirreled away in my backgrounds box for later.
I stamped the floral and label images From Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Dearly Departed, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival and the script, inked with Versamark Ink. I sprinkled the images with Simon Says Stamp Clear and White Fine Detail Embossing Powders and heat set.
I spritzed Harvest Moon and Wicked Elixir Distress Mica Stains on to my glass Media Mat and painted the images using a Distress Detailer Brush. 
I added splatters of Harvest Moon and Burning Ember Distress Mica Stains, flicked on drops of Distress Resist Spray, sprinkled with white detail embossing powder and heat set.
To finish I trimmed the panel to 4" x 3.1/4" matted on to Ranger Alcohol Ink Black Cardstock trimmed to be 1/8" larger and fixed to an A2 white card blank.
New products mean having fun creating swatches

I'll be back soon to share a card created with the new Halloween Pearl Distress Crayons. Have fun with whatever you are making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, August 12, 2022

Halloween Gift Card Holders

Hi my friends, I'm sharing my Social Make for the launch of the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween release. I made Halloween Gift Card holders using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Specimen and Collector Thinlits from the Chapter 3 release along with the Pumpkin Duo and Spencer Colorize Thinlits from the Halloween release. If you missed the Halloween YouTube Live, you can rewatch and check out all the amazing projects from the Makers on Tim's YouTube Channel HERE or on Tim's Blog HERE.

I decided to dig into my hoard of Tim Holtz Idea-ology papers and die-cut the file folders and collector pockets from various Idea-ology Backdrops packs and left overs from the Dearly Departed Stash Pad using Specimen and Collector Thinlits. 
I then decided to dig in to my ever-growing pile of backgrounds, yes I'm turning over a new leaf and trying to use up my stash, no more hoarding is my new mantra.

The Specimen and Collector Thinlits panels were die-cut from a background created using Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide inks and a background embossed with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Acorns 3D Texture Fade. The Pumpkin Duo were die-cut from a panel coloured with the same 3 inks and green Idea-ology Classic KraftStock. The wording was die-cut from Black Alcohol Ink cardstock and left overs of the coloured panel using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Theory Thinlits.
I die-cut the bats and extra wording from Black Alcohol Ink cardstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Frightful Things and Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower Thinlits and the numbers using Collector Thinlits.

I finished by adding Idea-ology Halloween Remnant Rubs

I used the same format for the second set and die-cut the panels and Tim Holtz/Sizzix Spencer Thinlits from backgrounds coloured with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Speckled Egg Distress Oxide inks and Idea-ology Classic KraftStock. I die-cut the cobweb and spider from Black Alcohol Ink cardstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Frightful Things and Alphanumeric Theory Thinlits from the left over black and coloured card from the previous set. To finish I added Idea-ology Halloween Remnant Rubs.


We're having a heatwave at the moment in the UK, the problem is, us Brits are not geared up for this kind of weather. We don't have air conditioning so trying to stay cool is a bit of a nightmare, especially when it comes to bedtime. Although I love the sun, right now, I'm dreaming of winter and chilly cold days.
Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned, I'll be heading over to the Ranger Distress release party at Tim and Mario's place, Saturday 9AM PT, 12PM ET and 5PM in the UK on Tim's YouTube Channel. Set your alarms, gather your snacks and I'll see you there.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Tim Holtz/Sizzix - Mischievous/Bold Text Halloween Take 2

Hi my friends, I'm back to share the cards I made for the YouTube Live Launch of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween release using Mischievious Thinlits and the fall out Bold Text Halloween letters from yesterday's cards. If you missed the Live, you can always catch up with all the fabulous Thinlits and 3D Texture Fades from the release and check out the amazing projects from the Makers on Tim's YouTube Channel HERE or Tim's Blog HERE.

Yes, as you will see from the photos below, I did fix that wonky "P"
I smooshed Black Soot and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink pads on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and laid 4" x 5.1/4" panels of Distress Watercolor card into the inks, dried and tapped back in to pick up the remaining droplets of ink.
I die-cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bold Text Halloween Thinlits 3 times from Black Alcohol Ink cardstock and used one of the die-cut panels to help align the letters on the background. I then layered up the other letters to create dimension. I repeated this process on the other two background using a different sentiment. A little handy hint - fix the die-cut panel temporarily to your background, apply adhesive to the letters and piece back into the negative space - an easy way to make sure they are aligned and evenly spaced.
I fixed the left over letters from yesterday's card on top. I added cobwebs, branches and stars die-cut from the black Alcohol Ink cardstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cobweb, Ghost Town and Otis Colorize Thinlits.
I inked The Skeleton script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Anatomy Chart with Black Soot Distress Archival and stamped randomly over the panels. I die-cut the cats 3 times from Black Alcohol Ink cardstock, layered to create dimension and fixed to the panels using Distress Collage Medium.
I added splatters of Fortune Teller and Burning Ember Distress Mica Stains and added bows to the cats using the die-cut from Otis Colorize Thinlits.


To finish, I matted the panels on to Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock and fixed to A2 white card blanks.
Have fun with whatever you are creating
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween - Mischievious/Bold Text Halloween

Hi my friends, I'm sharing the cards I made for the YouTube Live Launch of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween release using Mischievious and Bold Text Halloween Thinlits. If you missed the Live, you can always catch up with all the fabulous Thinlits and 3D Texture Fades from the release and check out the amazing projects from the Makers on Tim's YouTube Channel HERE or Tim's Blog HERE.


I began by smooshing Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge and Villainous Potion Distress Oxide inks on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water, used to colour 3 - 4" x 5.1/4" panels of Distress Watercolor card and die-cut the panels using the Bold Text Halloween Thinlits.
I die-cut the cats from Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock, sanded to reveal the kraft core and Distress Watercolor card using the Mischievious Thinlits. I matted the KraftStock cats on to the Distress Watercolor cats slightly offset to create a highlight and added the heads popped up on foam adhesive.
I die-cut the cobweb, branch and star from Distress Watercolor card using two old favourites, Cobweb and Ghost Town along with Otis Colorize Thinlits and fixed to the panels using Distress Collage Medium.
I added the cats, some popped up on foam adhesive, others tucked in behind  the die-cut text and matted the panels on to A2 panels of Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock.
I added splatters of Flickering Candle Distress Mica Stain and if like me. your bottle is almost empty, the good news is that Tim has hinted that last year's Seasonal Distress Mica Stains will be re-released next year, woohoo thanks Tim and Ranger.

To finish I fixed the panels to A2 white card blanks.

And of course. I had lots of left over letters from die-cutting the Bold Text Halloween Thinlits, so I'll be back tomorrow to share the cards I made so that they didn't go to waste. In the meantime, have fun with whatever you are creating.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, August 8, 2022

Simon Says - Spritz and Splatter

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Thank you for joining us for last week's challenge and we hope you can join us this week too because


and the theme for this week is...
SPRITZ AND SPLATTER
I had lots of fun adding spritz and splatter to the background and die-cuts on my Art Journal page. I also used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Linked Circles Layering Stencil from Set 52, Eccentric and Field Notes stamp sets and Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Theory, Specimen and Modern Floristry Thinlits to decorate.

I began by spritzing Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Spray on to the journal pages, spritzed with water and dried. I stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Eccentric randomly on the pages, inked with Salvaged Patina and Vintage Photo Distress Archival inks. I applied Distress Grit Paste through the Mini Linked Circles Layering Stencil, sprinkled with Salvaged Patina and Antique Linen Distress Embossing Glaze and heat set once the paste was dry.
I die-cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Theory Thinlits from Distress Watercolor card and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium. At this point, I was kicking myself that I hadn't chosen a shorter quote !!!
I re-cut the letters from the Idea-ology KraftStock Neutral pack, fixed in place and drybrushed with White Gesso to lighten the letters slightly.

I die-cut panels from Distress Watercolor card coloured with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Specimen Thinlits and stamped images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Field Notes inked with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink. I stamped extra images randomly on the background inked with Vintage Photo and Evergreen Bough Distress Archival inks. I added a strip of Idea-ology Linen Tape and Remnant Rubs, inked the edges of the panel with the Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink pad and fixed the panels in place with Distress Collage Medium.
I fixed an Idea-ology Photobooth pic inside the slide folder, added Idea-ology Hardware Heads and a file tab die-cut from the Idea-ology KraftStock Neutral pack.
I die-cut the flowers and leaves using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Modern Floristry Thinlits from Distress Watercolor card coloured with Tumbled Glass and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Sprays and Idea-ology KraftStock Neutral pack. I fixed the leaves in place with Distress Collage Medium and the flowers popped up with Simon Says 3D White Foam Squares.
I coloured the detail on an Idea-ology Adornment Heart with Picket Fence Distress Crayon and fixed the heart, hanging on thread, to the back of the slide folder.
To finish, I covered the slide folder with scrap paper and added splatters of Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain to the flowers and randomly on the background.




You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, just click on the links below


Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and as always you have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend online at Simon Says Stamp



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and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too

I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx