Oct 16, 2018

Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are the hardest to make, but this one was made with so much love and many prayers as I worked bit by bit...  From death comes life, just as the fading leaves bring forth fresh soil for new growth.  There is hope, my friends.  From the ashes of this life God can bring beauty and wholeness.  If you would like to talk about the promises of God and how He can bring you from death into life, please email me through the link in my sidebar. 

For this card I wanted to use spring green, with a bit of fall hue.  I pulled a plaid background I had shared earlier in THIS post.  Here is the video I made for two-toned plaid background stamping.

I used 5.5 x 4.25" mixed media cardstock that was precut in a pack.  I wanted to elongate my design, so I ran the Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangle die through my machine until I got to the end and stopped. 

I lined up the opposite end with the die and put it upside down in my machine for a second run, this time just barely going over the top end.  

Here you can see where the die cut pattern meets.  I knew I was going to add a strip across this section, so it works just fine and gave me the elongated shape I needed.

I have many beautiful scripture stamps by Verve, but none so encouraging as this verse.  I cut it freehand like a scroll and sponged the edges, then curved it with a paintbrush handle.  I tucked it beneath my Skeleton Leaf die, which I had stained with Twisted Citron, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I used the 3D Scallop Impresslit to cover the gap on my background. 

The leaves rest on a die cut Stitched Oval, stained with Antique Linen Distress Oxide.   The panel behind the plaid was stamped with the Entomology stamp set script.  On the inside of the card I added another sponged die cut.

I finished it off with a wrap of bakers twine and a Tim Holtz brad.  With love and condolences to the Thomason family...

Oct 14, 2018

Darkroom Door Majestic Mountains Stamped Card

Pause the regularly scheduled program for a inky good stamping time - just for fun!  :)  Aren't those the best?!  I received the oh so dear to my heart Majestic Mountains stamp set by Darkroom Door and just had to take a moment to play.  DH and I were supposed to go hiking today and I made this card to entice him, but instead had to attend a funeral for our youngest son's best friend's daddy.  What a terrible loss.  Please lift up the Thomason family in your prayers.  It's unthinkable...

I was in the mood for bright and summer colors, since it's still hot outside and I've been making so so many fall cards.  I sponged BluePrint Sketch and Mowed Lawn inward on my Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangle die cut, then sprayed water in the center to lift some of the excess ink off.  I dried the panel, then did the spritz and lift technique.

My elements were made with my stamping tool and Distress Ink pads.  I added color and more color until I got such vibrant effects, then had a fussy cutting marathon.  Whew!  ;0  I wanted a plaid background and finally decided on this stencil by Carta Bella.  I totally love this new stamp set and know you will too.  Make sure to play along with the current Travel challenge on the Darkroom Door Inspiration Facebook page with #ddoctoberchallenge.

Oct 11, 2018

Tim Holtz Autumn Wishes Leaves Card

Hi there and welcome!  Today I'm sharing more of a shabby chic style card with you.  I wanted to create some lighter color schemes in my fall designs this year, so I dipped my white panel into Antique Linen Distress Ink, then added some stamping in Rusty Hinge.  I used the Tim Holtz Ledger Script and Ornate Trims stamps and some Nature's Wonder leaves, stamped behind the circles.

I made my flower with Tim's Tattered Florals die using Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks.  I tucked in the pine cones from the Festive Greens die set and some of Tim's jute string with some sisal fibers.

I used the 1" Alphanumeric set for the sentiment, with a Small Talk sticker.  I used Tim's Stitched Circles and cut the bottom one with my Wendy Vecchi plaid background stamp I shared HERE.  The perched butterfly is from Tim's Botanical Ephemera set.  I sanded it lightly and added a touch of Vintage Photo sponging.

I tucked in a few dyed leaves from the Fall Foliage die set to complete the design.  I hope you've been inspired by this light, bright card design. 

Oct 9, 2018

Tim Holtz Hello Autumn Funky Foliage and Woodgrain Card

Hi friends!  Today I'm sharing a fall card I made for my sweet friend Madelyn using the Tim Holtz Funky Foliage dies and the 3D Lumber Texture Fade.

As I shared in THIS post and THIS post, I sanded Tim Holtz Kraft Core Cardstock by Core'dinations, then cut and assembled a stash of these precious dies.  I sponged them a little here and there with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

For my wood grain background, I embossed the Lumber 3D folder with kraft cardstock, then dipped in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain and distressed the edges, particularly in the seams of the "wood."

I used the Friendship Script die for my sentiment, paired with some stamping using a $1 alphabet set.  The oval panel was cut from Tim's Stitched Ovals and dipped in Antique Linen Distress Oxide, then stamped with the (Lattice &) Flourish stamp.  What fun!  Wishing you a crafty good time this week...

Sep 29, 2018

Tim Holtz Pumpkin Patch Thanksgiving Fall Card

Today I'm sharing a compilation card of oldie but goodie Tim Holtz products for this pumpkin patch design.  I find that I've had to be quite creative with coming up with sentiment ideas since I didn't have any fall quotes or dies.  This time I reached for the Shadow Script #2 die and paired it with a tiny stamped banner using $1 bin alphabets.

I shared the 1 minute video below on Instagram (@sewpaperpaint) to show how easy it is to ink up a huge batch of leaves for fall cardmaking.  I used these leaves as the base for my arrangement, then layered with a twig cut from the Fall Foliage leaves set, a crackled Scroll painted with Peeled Paint Distress Paint, a handmade flower from the Tattered Florals die and some sisal fibers.  I shared a tutorial on making flowers HERE if you're interested.

My background was stamped with Tim's (Mesh &) Linen stamp.  I inked it with several colors and repeat stamped it until I was happy.  I spritzed it with water to let it blend a little and help the colors pop.  

The Pumpkin Bigz die was embossed with the Woodgrain Texture Fade and sponged with Vintage Photo.  I added a leaf from the Funky Foliage dies and a loopy bakers twine bow.  I hope you're inspired to play with your goodies and mostly to be thankful today for our many blessings.  So what are you thankful for today?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments.  Hugs, Autumn

Sep 27, 2018

Tim Holtz Natures Wonder Autumn Leaves Card

Please don't tire of autumn themed cards y'all!  I'm in my element...  LOL!  I'm skipping the Funky Foliage today and am sharing a stamped card design featuring the FAN-TAS-TICO new Nature's Wonder stamp set by Tim Holtz.  Oh how I love this beautiful set!!!

I put a bunch of the stamps onto an XL stamping block and inked them with Rusty Hinge, then Vintage Photo, then Peeled Paint Distress Ink pads, giving them a slight mist of water before making the impression.  (If you had mini pads they would work great here.)  I took this process pic so you could see the backgrounds in entirety.  I actually stamped one large sheet, then cut it in half.  I colored around the leaves using my water brush and Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap.  Then I went back over the leaves with my water brush to blend the colors.  I used the Stitched Ovals to cut another panel and inked it with the same neutrals, then cut the center from my green mat to use to back this piece.  This is a great cardstock saving trick!  :)

I used the 1" Alpha Numeric dies to cut the letters for "autumn", then sponged them with Rusty Hinge.   I used a $1 bin stamp set to complete the sentiment.  I have to say, I've never been one to color much but am loving working with my water brush and Distress Inks.  Making this background was super relaxing and enjoyable, and not too tedious.  I hope you'll give it a try! 

Sep 25, 2018

Tim Holtz Funky Foliage Fall Woodland Card

Hi friends!  I'm back today with another card featuring the new Tim Holtz Funky Foliage die set. I built a little forest scene with the Birch Trees die.  I added some crackle paste to the die, then dipped it in a super watery bath of Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks, using the leftover ink to paint the details on the trees. 

I used Distress Core'dinations cardstock to die cut my forest foliage and sponged some of the pieces with Vintage Photo

I totally adore these little mushrooms!  I left the card sitting for a while and finally decided on my sentiment.  I stamped this phrase from the Nature's Wonder stamp set onto a TH die cut from the Labels set.  I faintly stamped the (Lattice &) Flourish image in Antique Linen Distress Oxide, then set eyelets to wrap the sentiment around my panel with Tim's jute fibers.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope your fall season is off to a great start!  Hugs, Autumn

Sep 22, 2018

Tim Holtz Forest Foliage Mushrooms Fall Card

Happy first day of autumn friends!  Wow, I can hardly believe this year has flown by so quickly!  But today my most favorite season begins, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

Today's card features the adorable new Tim Holtz die cut set, Funky Foliage.  I spent about an hour and fifteen minutes cutting and assembling the pieces below. 

Thankfully, I was able to get three cards from this stash!  :)  So that's about 25 minutes per card.  I cut them from Tim's Distress Core'dinations cardstock, which I sanded with Tim's gripper sanding block before cutting.  I sponged some of the pieces lightly with Vintage Photo

My friend Carol and I made a stash of these corrugated crackle backgrounds.  We scraped a thin layer of crackle paste onto the peeled cardboard surfaces and let them air dry.   Then we went back in and inked the tops.  I sponged on Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge.

I am so excited to have a Bigz XL alphabet die finally!  I chose the Storybook die because it's such a cool font!  I cut one set from thin chipboard and embossed it with Pumpkin powder from the Powder Keg.  Sadly, I don't think they are still in business.  I cut a second set from black chipboard and glued them together for dimension/shadowing. 

I stamped "happy" from Tim's Great Outdoors Stamp Set onto paper I had inked and stamped with Tim's Linen stamp set.  The background was inked with Antique Linen Dixtress Oxide and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and then stamped with Tim's Mesh Stamp Set in Antique Linen DOX. 

I played around with my pieces until I created "happy little bundles".  :)  This totally makes me smile!  I hope you're smiling too and wish you a beautiful fall season.  Hugs, Autumn

Sep 19, 2018

Eileen Hull Wrap Journal for PaperArtsy

Hello friends!  I'm honored today to share a post on the PaperArtsy blog for the current topic, Reinkers.  What a crazy fun subject to explore!  The designers are overflowing with inspiration so make sure to scroll through each post. 

I'm sharing how I made this fun background for my Eileen Hull Wrap Journal.  I've used the fabulous PaperArtsy Eclectica {Tracy Scott} Collection (ETS02) along with a sentiment from the {Alison Bomber} Collection (EAB07).  The butterfly is from Hot Pick 1506.  I hope you'll join me on the PaperArtsy blog today!



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