Saturday, April 23, 2011

Last of the Tim Holtz Cards

I saved my two favorite cards for last. First up is the caged bird. I really love how this card turned out. I used the time pieces embossing folder by Provo craft with some tinfoil. The cage is also cut from tin foil. I got the yummy tarnished look on the background by combining latte and ginger alcohol inks. The bird is shaded with silver. The really neat thing about the caged bird die is the wing comes separate so you can make your bird look like it's taking flight or have the wing hang out of the cage like I did.

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My last card was a lot of fun. I used the winged heart again and the gears die. I also pulled out my texture fades by Tim Holtz (see told you, a collector). I accented everything with silver for this card. I've always been partial to red and black (my school colors growing up) and silver just seems to be the natural companion.

To get the silver wings I cut them from acetate and then smudged some silver additive from my alcohol ink collection all over them. The crown is finished with silver stickles.

The gears were embossed in the dotted Swiss folder (Provo craft) and covered in silver ink.

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I hope you've enjoyed looking at my takes on the stash of Tim Holtz products I have. Hopefully I'll get them out more now. If you have your own stash (collection) I hope you'll pull yours out and let them get some use!

Paper: Bazzil(Raven,Candy Apple) Reynolds(tin foil)Cheerios (chipboard)
Ink: Cats Eyes (silver)
Tools: Sizzix (Caged Bird, Gears, Winged Heart, Texture Fade) Provo Craft (time pieces, dotted Swiss)

Friday, April 22, 2011

More Cards with Tim Holtz Dies

The first card I'm going to share with you uses the hardware die and the carnival ticket die. The Hardware die I know will get more use. I love, love, love skeleton keys and key holes. So does Lizzy. She has already asked me to make several keys for her with it. I do use the ticket die quite a bit. I think it will be even more popular soon as I see a lot of circus/carnival style products popping up.

I also finally made use of my coord'nations/Graphic 45 cardstock. This was so easy to use, I just rubbed it with my sanding tool and have tons of texture and dimension on the card.

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The second card I have to share with you doesn't use any dies at all but does use a Tim Holtz stamp set that never sees much ink or love.

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My last two cards are coming soon....

Paper: Papertrey Ink (pure poppy) My Mind's Eye (red stripe from lush) Coord'nations (clocks)
Tools: Sizzix (carnival tickets, Alterations hardware)
Stamps: Ranger

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tim Holtz Dies

I have a confession.  I am a collector of the new Tim Holtz dies by Sizzix but I don't use them!  I love how they look but then they just don't quite make it to the project.  I set out to use the dies and came up with a few cards.  The cards are a new style for me.  I'm not sure what to call it, sort of industrial, sort of steam punk and a little vintage.

The Old Jalopie

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It's hard to see in the picture but the Jalopie has windows too that are distressed. I used a piece of acetate and some smudges of stazon to finish the windows. 

I had a lot of fun playing with the shading on this old car.  It used a bronze cat's eye to give the impression of rust.  It was fairly easy to put all the pieces together and I appreciate that it came with the detail pieces separate so I didn't have to try and cut them off.  I'm glad I got the die, even if I only use it this once!

The Winged Heart

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The winged heart is so easy to cut and put together.  All the pieces are separate so you can have no wings or no crown.  I will definitely be adding this die to more projects.  I didn't have any shiny paper for the crown so I used some tinfoil on a piece of chipboard.

I have a few more cards like this to share with you over the next few days.

Paper: Bazzil (Raven) Kaiser Kraft (map)
Tools: Sizzix (Old Jalopie, Winged Heart) Paper distresser
Other: Acetate, Stazon, Tulle

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Very Happy Birthday

I saw this technique on Papertrey Ink.  It was their first Make it Monday.  Of course I couldn't get my act together to make it until several weeks later!  The idea was to use one sentiment in multiple styles to create a background.

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Paper: Papertrey Ink (True Black, Hawaiian Shores, Basic White)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Birthday Basics)
Other: Flower

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Happy Birday

Another Birthday card to share with you.  I have fun playing with whimsical images like this little birthday bird.

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Paper: Scenic Route (birthday paper) Papertrey Ink (pure poppy, vintage cream)
Stamps: Archiver's Exclusive (birthday)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Simple Things

I am really in love with color combos that include black.  I feel like it's a clean, simple but elegant look.  For this card I paired yellow with black.  I normally do not use yellow at all but this card makes me want to add it to my repertoire. 

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Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (True Black, Lemon Tart)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Life) Sentiment unknown)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pink and Black Birthday

I have 3 new cards to share.  They are all Pink and Black with some bling!  I had a lot of fun playing with this color combo.  It has always been one of my favorites.

First up I have what I call a fashionista birthday

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Second card I have to share is another fashion themed card.  The sentiment is blank but it could be used for anything.

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The last card is in the theme of pink and black with some bling but features cupcakes.

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All three cards are up in my etsy store.

Paper: Making Memories (Sabrina) Papertrey Ink (Black, White)
Dies: Papertrey Ink (dress form; cupcake) Sizzix (Happy Birthday)
Other: Tulle, ribbon