Apr 12, 2021

Tim Holtz Starry Night Paper Dolls Tag

Hi friends!  I'm happy to be back with you to share my latest mixed media tag as inspiration for this week's "Not a Card" theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I have been hoarding my Etcetera thickboard tags for far too long, so I chose to use one as my substrate this week.  The funny thing is that I was going to make a steampunk tag, but it turned out terribly.  I loved the background so much, so I tore everything off of it and repainted areas where the adhesive had torn away the surface and then went in an entirely different direction, a middle school dance theme!  LOL! 

I used PaperArtsy Midnight Frescos to paint my tag. Then I scraped on crackle paste and let it dry.  I went over the dried, cracked portions with PaperArtsy Infusions in In the Navy.  I added some light sponging of Space Cadet Frescos to blend the harsh lines where the crackle met the dark blue background.  I stamped the Fragments stamp by Tim Holtz in Brilliance gold ink over the painted background.  The background reminded me of a magical night, so I chose a group of young girls from Tim's Groups Paper Doll collection, who reminded me very much of girls all dressed up and waiting to be asked to dance.  Because of this, I colored tinted them with Distress Inks in fancy dress colors, AKA Worn Lipstick, Chipped Sapphire and Antique Linen.  :) 

I added distressed wings from Tim's Botanical ephemera.  I embossed Tim's 3D Faceted star die in Tinsel Gold.

I cut down the ABCs from the Field Notes Ephemera to give the girls a perching place.  I painted a Vignette Frame to coordinate and added a bit of sisal for texture.  I added the flowers also from the Botanical ephemera, sanded and dipped in watery Frayed Burlap, like I did to the butterfly wings.  This was a lot of fun to make and I'm so glad I didn't chunk the tag after my first failed attempt.  I am filled with nostalgia when I look at it.  I hope it gives you inspiration today!

Make sure to join this week's Not a Card challenge for your chance to win a $25 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. 

Apr 5, 2021

Tim Holtz Brushstoke Flowers and Butterfly Card


Hi friends and happy Monday!  I'm delighted to be joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge today, where the challenge this week is Layer It with a focus on Tim Holtz products.  I've created a springtime greeting with Tim's Brushstroke Flowers 2 dies.  I used a variety of Distress Inks to color my die cut flowers.

I made the background panel by dipping a piece of Bristol into watered Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and stamping it with the Fragments stamp set.  I love this set so much!  I chose one of Tim's Cabinet Card frames as a base to layer a butterfly from his Botanical Layers ephemera.  I sanded the butterfly lightly then dipped it into watered Vintage Photo Distress Ink to degloss it.  I finished with an Ideaology Clippings sentiment, also colored with Vintage Photo.  I double stitched around the main panel and matted onto contrasting layers to complete this card.  I hope you're inspired to play along with this week's challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp.  Thanks for joining, Autumn

Mar 25, 2021

PaperArtsy Cards for Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop


Update: the winner from my blog is #2 FitWarrior.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Hi friends!  It's Topflight Stamps 4th birthday and to celebrate, I’ve teamed up with some great designers to showcase birthday cards using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers!  The full list can be found below.  For my addition to the hop, I've created a vibrant, uplifting card with several stamp sets designed by Tracy Scott for PaperArtsy.  I love Tracy's designs and have used Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints to make them pop!

I created some blue backgrounds using my Gel Press with Waterfall and Jade Frescos and THIS stencil by Tracy (PS210).  I cut them down to make two 5x7" cards.  I then stamped the feather from stamp set ETS43 using my stamp platform.  I painted the image with Frescos, then restamped to add the detail back to the image. 

To add dimension, I stamped the flower from stamp set TS047 and the bee from TS027 onto gel printed paper I made with the coordinating Fresco paint colors.  I mounted them over the feather and embossed a sentiment in white to finish the designs. 

I am addicted to using my Gel Press printing plate and Frescos!  I hope this card has inspired you to create a stash of birthday greetings today.

There is a lot of inspiration waiting for you today!  Here are the stops to make along the hop:
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $100 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!
Meanwhile, make sure to take advantage of the birthday sale, with 20% off your order, now through March 28.  Click the images below to shop these fab products.

Feb 16, 2021

Bleed Through Technique with Lynne Perrella PaperArtsy Stamps

Hi friends!  I'm so excited to be sharing a new blog post on the PaperArtsy blog.  I've used images by my all time favorite stamp designer, Lynne Perrella, to create a vintage inspired journal. 

Along the way, I discovered a really neat technique, which I'm calling Ethereal Bleed Through Stamping.  I shared a video tutorial on Instagram HERE.

Here you can see the front and back, with the gorgeous bleed through.  It's such a fun technique and I hope you will try it!

This gorgeous stamp is set LPC041, which you can find at TopFlight Stamps.  I also used stamp set LPC010, a true favorite!

Make sure to visit the PaperArtsy blog for all of the juicy details and thanks so much for your continued support.  Hugs, Autumn

Feb 13, 2021

Tim Holtz Stamps and Dies Valentine Cards

Happy Valentine's Day weekend friends!  It has been ages since I had a good play with my Tim Holtz products, so this post is gonna be a doozy!  Lol!  Grab a cuppa...  I absolutely LOVE making Valentine cards and LOVE making inky backgrounds.  I actually have about a hundred or so in a basket by my chair and decided to have a sit down and try to turn some of them into cards.  The result was five Valentine cards in one sitting!  It was such fun and I really enjoyed this fresh bit of mojo returning.  Up first, I did a layering with Dots & Circles and Newsprint & Type.  I used the Numeric stamps for my focal point, framed with the Stacked Postage die.  I tucked in a Crochet lace strip and finished with a twine bow and sticker sentiments.  The cancellations are from Tim's Holiday Postmarks.

Next, I used one of my favorite background stamps ever, Tim's Ornate & Lace, paired with the new Brushstroke Flowers #1 dies.  I layered some cut up inky pieces stamped with Ledger & Script to make tags, adding little mica hole reinforcers.  I used Tim's alphabets for the focal point, with another piece of mica layered atop.  

My next card also featured Ornate & Lace with gold embossing.  I embossed the moth from Geo Insects to coordinate and used tiny alphas for the sentiment.  

This card was made with Oxides for the background with the Gothic Stencil, with a focal image from the Lady Rose stamp set.   I finished it with the Crochet die and a banner from the Sketch stamp set, in which I stamped one of Tim's sentiments.

My final card was an inky background from Aged Mahogany, Ripe Persimmon  and Raspberry, which I embossed with the new Engraved 3D embossing folder.  I sanded a piece of gold Kraft Core card and cut the Faceted Heart die.  I finished with a sentiment from the Shadow Script #1 set and an embossed Adorned die to coordinate.  These were so much fun to create and I hope they've inspired you to have a go at using up some of your backgrounds today.  Happy Valentine's Day and hugs, Autumn

Make sure to check out all of my Tim Holtz Valentine projects HERE!
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