Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tim Holtz inspired background card #2

Welcome and I hope you have been having fun playing with Tim's new Distress Oxides. This is the second card I made after the playtime I had with them a few weeks ago which you can see here and here and if you missed the first, more feminine card, you will find it here.

This is what the background looked like and I love the rusty patina colours in it.

I gathered the collage elements together with a similar colour palette using Tim Holtz ephemera packs and papers.

And I made my own little cabinet card type frame using a round die and using tarnished brass distress paint on the edge of an old credit type card and stamped the stars with the broken china oxide ink.

The guy is from Tim's photo booth set.

I layered up the collage elements ......

.... keeping it all flat so that the card can go in the post easily.

I think that little bird adds extra interest and would hopefully be great for a dad who has interest in birds in the wild.

 The greeting is one I made myself - I tend to print out an A4 sheet of various ones so I can pick and use one fairly quickly. I just don't own many words stamps and sometimes they're just not the right size.

Thanks for stopping bby this month, I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I used the Distress Oxides.

hugs Brenda xxx

Bumblebees and Butterflies

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Eileen Hull Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Journal Die

Welcome everyone to our Blog where today we are showcasing an upcoming Sizzix die from Eileen Hull.

It is not being released until late April and there is a lot of buzz about this die. We have them available to pre-order now on our website

Eileen and her Design Team have made some fabulous samples of this die and we were lucky enough to receive one in the post from the lovely Anne Redfern

WOW!!! Thank you Anne

If you would like to see more of their creations and step by step instructions, you can see these on their blogs
Eileen Hull
Jenny Marples
Tracy Evans

Thank you for looking :0)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Tim Holtz inspired background card #1

You may have seen my posts for the present Country View Challenge - Inspired by Tim Holtz - both on the challenge blog and at Bumblebees and Butterflies. So for my shop projects this month I thought I would use a couple of those inky backgrounds just as they are and make a couple of cards. here's the first with that drippy, speckled background and some feminine shabby flowers.

I used Tim's sizzix Bigz tattered florals and his new Thinlits small tattered florals to get the flower pieces which I cut in crinoline. I spritzed them with water and dabbed on both picket fence and victorian velvet distress paints, scrunched them up and dried them .....

.... before putting them together with pretty brads.

Next I collected the pieces I wanted for my layout .....

 .... and eh voila the card came together (but without the string bow - it just didn't look right with it on).

The oval plaque was a chipboard covered with some paper from my bits box.

The Tim Holtz strip die borders helped pull it altogether.

Although I wasn't sure about the mix of the more industrial looking background with pretty embellishments, I'm really happy with the outcome.

The greeting is one I made on the pc and printed out.

If you are having fun with the oxide please let us know and enter the challenge with them.

hugs Brenda xxx

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Dig it

Hello! This is my second project using the new Elenazinski stamps. My first project was here. I loved the bird standing on the chap's head on my first project so I couldn't help repeating that here with a different chap!
I started by taking a giant black tag and adding Snowflake paint with a brayer.
Then I added a thin layer of Caribbean Sea again with the brayer
With my finger I added Banana around the edges of the tag
Then I stamped all my images on the tag so I knew where they'd be placed but also so I didn't have to cut out all the little details. I used  ZA02, ZA05ZA06, ZA07, ZA08 and the rather fab new alphabet stamps. The eagle eyed will notice there are no birds on the branch. I'll explain why later!
To stamp the letters, I space them on my acrylic block and check they fit before inking them and adding them to the tag.
When I stamped each image on the tag I also stamped it onto card. It's these images I coloured in. The pink and blue splodges are when I clean my blending pencil!
The birds were missing originally from the tag because I wanted to stamp them so their feet were placed on the branch (which hadn't been coloured in yet!) And apart from some gold paint on the edge of an old gift card, a little white pen and a black pen border that's it!
Thank you, as always, for popping by

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Make A Wish

Well Trace here, like many Tim Holtz fans the distress oxide inks are featuring in my stolen moments of playtime and todays make is using them ...and I am in love with these gorgeous inks , although,  limited time to play means I feel I have only scratched the surface of what they can do ...

So when all my ideology goodies arrived from the lovely Susan ... including my eagerly awaited paper dolls, and boy I was not disappointed they are gorgeous!!  I found  a few stolen moments to play..and here are the results :

I created this card using a distress oxide background and then added some flowers from the new botanical paperie - which is crammed full of gorgeous elements to add to cards and or mixed media, collage and just so many to choose..and of course a paper doll - there are 107 to choose from in all sorts of sizes and they're all gorgeous ...
I also used some of the new tape and one of the quote chips...so here is how ...

In my previous card found here I applied the distress oxides to the craft sheet , but for this card I applied onto the card ( as with regular distress ) using mini blending tools. I then spritzed with lots of water , using the distress spritzer gives you the combination of fine mist and bigger droplets..and heated.

To intensify the colours I re-applied ink over the top and the distress oxides allow for colours to layer over darker colours - truly amazing...and more water makes even more magic happen.. You can carry on until happy with the background .

the colours I used are : spiced marmalade, wilted violet, broken china and vintage photo.

 Now for even more distress magic, because like regular distress they react with water , I placed  down my flourish stencil (032) and then applied water using a blending tool through parts of the stencil using a moist piece of blending foam on the tool

see how it magically removes the water through the stencil leaving a soft impression on the design- I then heat set this .

  I added some design tape from the aristocrat set in the corners for added detail....

  I then added some matte texture paste through the flourish stencil on the corners and left to dry.

  Now it is all about those added details ...I sanded the edges of my paper doll and added a touch of distress (ground espresso - regular distress) I also cut a flower image in half, sanded and inked.

and here is the finished card ...

Here you can see the texture light sanding gives and it allows ink to be easily added around the edges.

 I added some seam binding - which I dyed with regular distress in wilted violet 

And look at the wonderful dimension the quote chip adds - I sanded mine and added a touch of ink.

So there you have my make ...using lots of new goodies and some stolen playtime...
hope you like it ..and I will be back as and when playtime allows .

trace x