Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tim Holtz/Sizzix - Focus On The Good

Hi my friends, I'm sharing a card I made for the Facebook Live Launch of two very special sets of Framelits from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. It's great news that we now have dies that match up with more of our favourite stamp sets and today's card is celebrating that amazing, much used and loved by many,  Distinguished stamp set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous and the new dies to match. If you missed the Facebook Live, you can catch up on all the amazing inspirational samples and lots of great hints and tips from The Professor on how to use Framelits over on Tim's Blog HERE

I don't mind fussy cutting, in fact, I find it quite relaxing but I have to admit that the handle on the umbrella and the pocket watch and the inner section of the collars would certainly be a challenge for my patience, dexterity and last but not least, the old eyesight.

I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to create a 4.1/2" x 6.1/2" panel, smooshed the Custom Blend ink pad (Antique Linen DI, Speckled Egg DO, Old Paper DI and Frayed Burlap DO) on to the craft mat of my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and swiped the panel through the ink. I dipped the panel back into the remaining droplets of ink, repeatedly until I was happy with the background. I inked one of the backgrounds from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Renaissance with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink, held the stamp in my hands, stamped randomly on the background, sprinkled with Speckled Egg Distress Embossing Glaze and heat set. I stamped the butterfly from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Specimen, off the edges of the panel, inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink and the sentiment from Dearly Departed, inked with Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide and heat embossed with the matching Distress Embossing Glaze. I added splatters of Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide ink using the splatter brush.
I die-cut the umbrella, pocket watch and top hat from Distress Mixed Media HeavyStock using the Distinguished Thinlits and placed the card into my stamp platform.
I removed the die cuts, jiggled the stamps into the aperture and picked them up with the lid of the stamp platform.
I replaced the die-cuts back in place, inked the stamps with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and hey presto, perfectly stamped die-cuts every time, a great trick for mass produced cards.
I inked the pocket watch with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink, stamped repeatedly on the background and added the die-cut pocket watch popped up on Sizzix Foam Adhesive to add dimension.
I added the die-cut top hat, jacket and collar which I stamped and die-cut as an afterthought and add the alphabet stickers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Curiosities Sticker Book, lightly sanded to create a vintage look.
I coloured the hand band and bow tie with Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide ink using a Distress Detailer Brush, sprinkled with the matching Distress Embossing Glaze and heat set. I added Idea-ology Small Talk stickers, sanded around the edges to reveal the white card core, to complete the sentiment.
I fixed the panel to a 5" x 7" white card blank covered with Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock, sanded to reveal the kraft core.

I'll be back soon to share a fun card made with the Distinguished stamps and Framelits, in the meantime have fun with whatever you are creating.
Hugs Kath xxx

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  1. Another beauty Kath, I love it and its great to know the dies are now available too.xx

  2. So awesome my friend. Love what you did with the distinguished thinlits die set. Thnx for sharing your amazing creativity xxx

  3. I love all the layering on this card. I never noticed the butterfly in the background until I saw your close up photos. Brilliant make! (and the new dies make it so much easier).


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