Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tim Holtz/Sizzix - Winston and Candlelight Colorize Thinlits

Hi my friends, I'm sharing the Etcetera Tag I made for the YouTube Live launch of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Seasonal release using two of the new die sets from the Colorize Collection, Winston and Candlelight and Festive Words Thinlits. If you missed the Live, you can check out the new release and the ama\ing projects from all the Makers on Tim's Blog HERE and YouTube Channel HERE. Winston is the most adorable snowman ever and doesn't he remind you of someone, of course, it's that amazing elder statesman Winston Churchill and Tim obviously thought so too, hence the name.

I instantly fell in love with this chubby, chilly little dude and had so much fun with this make. I began by die-cutting the Let It Snow sentiment 6 times from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Festive Words Thinlits and fixed together with Distress Collage Medium to create 2 dimensional sentiments. I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Brickwork 3D Texture Fade with Distress Watercolor card and cut into small sections. I fixed the sentiments and brickwork pieces to a Small Etcetera Tag using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I applied two coats of Black Soot Distress Paint to the tag. I used Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber Distress Paints and White Gesso to drybrush the background. This process is all about building up layers of colour with the minimum amount of paint on your brush and making sure that each layer is dry before continuing. If you are impatient, perhaps this technique is not for you. I started off drybrushing with Salty Ocean and once I was happy with the coverage, I picked up Evergreen Bough on my brush without cleaning off the Salty Ocean and continued with Fossilized Amber and sometimes adding a little White Gesso into the mix along the way. I scrubbed the colour off my brush on kitchen towel and drybrushed the sentiments with White Gesso.
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to panels of Distress Watercolor and Classic KraftStock and die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Winston and Candlelight Colorize Thinlits.
I used Distress Reinkers and a Distress Detailer Brush to colour Winston's scarf and broom, the candle and holly leaves and berries.
I sanded the lantern to reveal the kraft core

I dry-brushed Winston's hat which was die-cut from Black KraftStock with White Gesso.
I die-cut the lantern from Idea-ology Black KraftStock and Winston from Distress Watercolor card and fixed to the tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte to help with the placement of the Idea-ology Halloween Tiny Lights. I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium over the entire background, sprinkled on Stampendous Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel to create snow and heat set. I drilled a hole in the back of the tag, fed through the light strands and fixed around the edge of the lantern, behind where the candle would be and around the edge of Winston's body, held in place with small dots of hot glue applied to the wire sections only - if you get hot glue on the lights, you've cooked your goose - been there, done that, got the Tshirt. I tested the lights and attached the battery pack to the back of the tag with hot glue. I fixed Winston and the Lantern to the tag popped up on foam adhesive to create dimension and also to allow the glow to shine out from the Tiny Lights.

To finish I added Idea-ology Christmas Remnant Rub stars to the top corner. I added Christmas  Remnant Rub sentiments to strips of Idea-ology Black KraftStock and used one to cover the hole in the tag
and added the other on Winston's body.

A huge thank you to my sweet "master shipper" friend Mario, who made sure Winston made it safely home from his exciting trip to Tim's studio and I can't wait to switch him on and enjoy his cheery Christmas company in the cubbyhole and in my cosy TV den for the festive season.
Have fun with whatever you are making to decorate your home for the holidays.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Autumn Leaves

Hi my friends, Autumn has well and truly arrived in my neck of the woods, the trees are starting to shed their leaves and that means leaves everywhere underfoot, making a trip out to the garage or to feed the birds, a bit of a slippery adventure.My plan for the weekend was to wake up the leaf blower from it's slumbers in the garage, get rid of the first leafy layer and then try to keep up to speed with the millions still to fall but hey, best laid plans and all that because the weather scuppered that idea, sodding wet leaves and a leaf blower are not the best of friends. So I retreated to the cubbyhole to make an Autumn Leaves inspired Thank You card instead.I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to 5.1/4" square. I smooshed a mix of Distress Oxide inks, Shabby Shutters, Carved Pumpkin and Rusty Hinge on the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and laid the panel into the inks. I dried the panel and tapped it back into the remaining droplets of ink. I wiped off the mat, smooshed Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide inks and repeated the process, always drying between the layers of colour. I inked Simon Says All Leaves 6" x 6" Cling Background with Ground Espresso Distress Archival and stamped on to the panel. I used the shadow die from Simon Says Extra Large Thank You to die-cut the panel, placed the Extra Large Thank You word die inside the shadow die with the card still inside the die and die-cut. I placed the outline left over on a piece of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Sticky Grid to use on a later project.I inked the All Leaves Cling Background with Versamark ink, stamped on to Simon Says Black Cardstock, sprinkled with Simon Says Antique Gold embossing powder, heat set and fussy cut some of the leaves.I fixed the inked panel to a 5.1/2" square black card blank with Distress Collage Medium and added the fussy cut leaves. I die-cut 3 extra thank yous from black cardstock, layered and fixed inside the aperture with Distress Collage Medium. To finish I added small gold sequins from Sizzix Gold Beads and Sequins Tower.

I'll be back tomorrow to share another weather related project featuring my favourite Snowman from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Christmas release. In the meantime, stay cosy and safe, wherever you are and have fun with whatever you're making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, October 18, 2021

Simon Says - Spooky/Halloween

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...
I created an Art Journal page, an invitation to all trick and treaters to visit The Count in his creepy confections garden, if they dare. I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix The Count, Festive Bouquet and Small Tattered Florals Thinlits, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Deco Arch Layering Stencil with Distress Crackle Texture Paste, Distress Grit Paste, Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stains and Distress Mica Crayons to add some spooky shimmer and Idea-ology Halloween Confections for the flower centres.

I began by applying Distress Crackle Texture Paste through the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Deco Arch Layering Stencil on to a 5" x 7" panel of Distress Watercolour card and once the paste had dried, I spritzed the panel with Distress Mica Stains, Flickering Candle, Hocus Pocus Bubbling Cauldron and Crooked Broomstick. I tapped the texture paste areas with a damp paper towel to remove some of the colour. I stamped the branch image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mr Bones, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival. I carefully applied Distress Collage Medium to the texture paste areas using a small brush so as not to re-activate the mica stains on the background, randomly scribbled with  Flickering Candle, Hocus Pocus and Bubbling Cauldron Distress Mica Crayons to add more colour and shimmer and blended into the detail with my fingers
I covered a speech bubble that I found in my stash with Sizzix Neutral card, performed some surgery on the sentiment stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Life Of The Party to make it fit and stamped, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival. I stamped the cobweb image from the same stamp set randomly around the edges to add some interest. I like to keep small sentiment images unweeded on my stamp sets which means that I was able to replace the cut apart stamps snugly back in place. I applied Distress Grit Paste randomly around the edges of the panel, the stamped speech bubble and an Ideaology Metal Gate and set aside to dry.
I had intended to paint the Distress Paint with Black Gesso but decided instead to tint Distress Grit Paste with Black Soot Distress Paint and apply over the existing paste to create more texture.
I scribbled Hocus Pocus, Flickering Candle and Bubbling Cauldron Distress Mica Crayons on to scraps of Idea-ology Black KraftStock and smoothed out with my finger.
I die-cut using the flowers using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Small Tattered Florals Thinlits and the foliage using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Festive Bouquet Thinlits and shaped using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Shaping Kit.
I added Idea-ology Halloween Confections fixed in place with hot glue.
I die-cut The Count and bats from Sizzix Neutral and Idea-ology Classic KraftStock card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix The Count Thinlits
I scribbled over the Grit Paste around the edges and on the Idea-ology Metal Gate with Bubbling Cauldron and Flickering Candle Distress Mica Crayons and rubbed in to the detail with my finger. I fixed The Count and speech bubble in place with foam adhesive to create dimension.
I added the Metal Gate, flowers and foliage fixed in place with hot glue. I painted the page in my Dina Wakley Blue Media Journal with Black Gesso, matted the panel on to Sizzix Neutral card, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium and added Idea-ology Snarky Small Talk Stickers.

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

Friday, October 15, 2021

Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Crayons - Christmas

Hi my friends, I'm back to share the other two projects I made for the Tim Holtz YouTube Live Launch of the new Seasonal Distress Mica Crayons. If you missed the Live, you can watch the replay and check out all the amazing projects from the Makers over on Tim's Blog HERE or YouTube Channel HERE.I used the two Christmas sets to make a Christmas tag and a card which is definitely not Christmas.

I began by fixing ephemera from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Sticker Books and white Christmas Tiny Text Remnant Rubs to a size #8 Distress Mixed Media HeavyStock Tag and applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium on top. I scribbled over the tag with Tree Lot Distress Crayon and smoothed the colour out with my finger. I placed the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Holiday Knits Layering Stencil over the tag and removed colour from the background by dabbing a damp kitchen towel through the stencil.  I selected more Ephemera pieces, tapped them with the Distress Embossing Dabber, sprinkled with Distress Frosted Crystal and heat set. I fixed these extra pieces in place with Distress Collage Medium and added extra white Remnant Rubs.
I decorated the back of the tag using the same techniques and added splatters of Peppermint Stick Mica Stain to both sides of the tag.
To finish I added Red Idea-ology Velvet Trim and thread bow.

On the second card I used Winterberry, Snow Flurries and Holly Branch Distress Crayons from the second set.
Sadly, I lost all the step-by-step photos for this card but hopefully I can remember the different steps. 
I trimmed Distress White HeavyStock to 4.1/2" x 6/1.2" and applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium. I scribbled Snow Flurries and Holly Branch Distress Crayons over the background and used my fingers to blend the colours. I placed the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Harlequin Layering Stencil on the panel and removed the colour from the background using damp kitchen towel. I placed the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bubble Stencil in place and applied the Winterberry Distress Crayon through the stencil and smoothed out with my finger before removing the stencil. I arranged sentiments from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Christmas Tiny Text on a Grid Block, inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and stamped randomly on the background. I fixed Pink Idea-ology Velvet Trim from the warm pack across the panel and matted the panel on to a 5" x 7" white card blank.
To finish I tapped Versamark ink over an image from Idea-ology Layers Engraving, sprinkled with Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder, heat set, coloured with Winterberry and Holly Branch Distress Crayons using a Distress Detailer Brush and fixed to the panel using foam adhesive to create dimension.
Enjoy your weekend, whatever you have planned. It's no surprise that I'll be heading over to Tim and Mario's place tomorrow 9am PT, 12 noon ET and 5pm UK for the launch of woohooo, a new Distress Colour. Reserve your front row seat, get your snacks ready and I'll see you there.
Hugs Kath xxx