Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous - Observations

Hi my friends, I'm excited to be sharing the first project I made for the launch of the brand new stamps and stencils from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous and the just as exciting release of my favourite Distress Archival Inks in standard size pads, woohoo, thank you Tim and Ranger for listening and making lots of makers very happy. If you missed Tim's YouTube Live, you can catch up with the new releases and amazing inspirational makes from many talented friends over on Tim's blog HEREI used a Small Etcetera Tag to feature this handsome dude from the Observations stamp set.

I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to be slightly larger than the tag, smooshed Rusty Hinge and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink pads on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and laid the card on to the ink. I dried and then tapped the card back into the ink to pick up the remaining droplets and repeated until I was happy with the background.
I stamped the circle image from the Inquisitive stamp set, inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink.
I spritzed the back of the Metropolis Layering Stencil with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain and pressed on to the background to create a monoprint effect.
I stamped the gears image from Observations, inked with Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide, randomly on to the background and while the ink was still wet, sprinkled with Rusty Hinge Embossing Glaze and heat set. I die-cut the title from Distress Watercolor card and Idea-ology Black KraftStock from the Neutral stack using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Classic Lower and Stretch Upper Thinlits, layered to create dimension, sanded to reveal the kraft core and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium.
I inked the main image with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and stamped on the tag. I had Idea-ology Collage Paper standing by just in case I didn't get a crisp image but hey ho, check out the inky blackness and all the amazing details from the best rubber stamps ever.  I cut a circle of acetate slightly bigger than the eye section of the image, fixed in place with dots of Distress Collage Medium around the edge and added Idea-ology Ball Chain over the stamped monocle.
I stamped the sentiment and added Ball Chain underneath the sentiment, to the full stop on the question mark and button on his collar.
I sanded Idea-ology Mini Flair pins, added a coat of Distress Collage Medium, coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and wiped back with a soft cloth to create a vintage worn look.
To finish, I applied Distress Collage Medium to an Idea-ology Hinge Clip, coloured with Rusty Hinge Distress Crayon, sprinkled with Rusty Hinge Embossing Glaze and heat set. I scribbled Black Soot Distress Crayon over the hinge  clip, rubbing it into the detail with my finger and removed the excess using a soft cloth.

I'll be back soon to share more makes with the fabulous new stamps and stencils from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous, in the meantime, happy shopping.
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. This is wonderful Kath, I love it the image is brilliant and the colours are amazing, love the spectacle chain too, a great touch.xx

  2. I saw this amazing piece on Tim’s presentation video. I love it and love seeing/learning how you put it all together. Your use of the ball chain is awesome. So many great details. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I’m so glad I follow your blog, Kath. I don’t often have time to read your posts promptly, but I wanted you to know, when I do I so appreciate all the instructions you share. I know that’s a lot of work and I thank you.

  4. This card is fabulous! Your details add so much to the imagery. Reading your instructions gives me so much more confidence. I can’t wait to use my Distress embossing glaze over my Distress crayons on a project you’ve inspired! 😊 Thank you!


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hugs Kath xxx