Monday 2 June 2014

Grab a bargain - Tim Holtz valise

If you're a Tim Holtz fan and you haven't got Tim's Bigz 'L' Vintage Valise Movers & Shapers die then GRAB IT QUICK - it's less than half price!! Even if you're not a follower, but you have a suitable die cutting machine, you still can't go wrong with this at just £5.99!

To give you an idea of what you can use it for, other than card making of course, this quick and easy hanger would make a great gift for a young lady's bedroom. Of course, you can personalize it to suit any gender for any occasion...


I started by covering some greyboard with colour coordinated paper. One board has a different pattern either side, the other board just needs paper one side as the other will be glued to the main hanging. Cut the two valise shapes out using your die but check to which way around you are cutting - the two shapes have got to match when you put them together and you want the same pattern side to side on the inside. I've used a decorative door hinge from my village DIY store to join them using a strong adhesive but you could also use Tim's Idea-ology hinges:
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Decide what colour and type of card you want to use for your valise accessories. I've cut them out and edged with Vintage photo DI:
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Use a fluid glue to attach your handles as you will need to line them up so that they look like one when the valise is closed:

The accessories have been edged and I decided to use a white pen to draw faux studs on my kraft card shapes:
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On the inside, I chose pale golden colour rhinestones to act as faux screw heads:

For the main board, another coordinated paper has been glued to a piece of mountboard and then edged with DI:

Choose what ephemera you want for the inside of the valise but they need to be flat so that it closes properly. I've made up some flowers with rub-ons and some mini tags with scrapping bits:
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This little aluminium aphabet tile was in one of my metal charms boxes so out came some alcohol inks and a blending tool. I used coffee archival ink to edge it once it was dry but there's definitely a knack to getting more ink on the tile than rubbing off, lol!:
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This set of Tim's 'Classic' stamps is quite iconic and, with a few additional elements, makes a great 'statement' piece for the bottom of the hanging:
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One of the smaller stamps in the set continues the theme inside of the valise together with other (flat) decorative pieces:
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Having glued the valise to the back board of the hanging I started with some texture effects for the inside:

Starting to build:

Some of the decoration was added as I got more of the feel for the piece:

Washii tape and a Spellinders 'Gold' die cut corner were added for interest before using eyelets and paper wire to make the hanging part. The gold-tone flower is actually an old earring which I've taken apart and put with together with some old chain and a jump ring around the valise handle and glued into place. Top:

Bottom, valise closed:

The photo bracket over the stamped face (as if holding it in place) and this old junk-jewellry brooch added to the overall effects because they both have a gold/brass tone to them which fits in with the hinge:
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Flower and hinge detail:

Valise open - top:

Valise open - bottom:

Done and displayed:

You too can have fun with this gorgeous die.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting,

Chris xxx


  1. OMG, Chris this is such a totally amazing project, incredible and such a very, very clever use of that die!! Totally love what you did here, it must have taken you ages, but it was well worth it, the result is truly fabulous!

  2. And it's an OMGoodness from me too Chris, this really is a fantastic creation. The papers you have used on the valise give it a feeling of elegance. The addition of the cameo, the hinge on the valise and the lovely chain are just perfect finishing touches. I love this!