Jul 26, 2018

Tim Holtz Entomology and 3D Botanical Texture Fade Card

Hi friends!  Today I'm sharing a grungy little card featuring the Tim Holtz Entomology stamp set.  If you saw Tim Holtz on Facebook live, you will know he is soon to release the die cut set to coordinate with these lovely images!  Hooray!  If you missed the sneak peek, you can find it HERE.

I finally picked up one of Tim's new 3D Texture Fades, the Botanical embossing folder.  I was thinking of doing something very soft and delicate with a Paper Doll and had sponged my first pass of this gorgeous folders like shown, but I didn't like the combination of collage elements I had come up with.  After a couple of weeks, I pulled the panel out and revisited it.  I coated it with a thin coat of Distress Crazing Medium.

While I sat it aside to dry, I stamped several of the moth images onto natural card and then watercolored and fussy cut them.

I was inspired by THIS post by the crazy talented Jenny Marples and dug out my Distress Crayons.  I burnished each color with a not too wet baby wipe.

See that crazing?!  Next I cut a window in my panel with the Tim Holtz Stacked Baroque dies, then cut a second panel as a frame.  I used the same crazing techniques on the frame with more saturated color.

I layered my moths over a bunch of sisal fibers and added a french book page in the background.

I used the Metallic Quotations sticker over Tim's crocheted trim with some Ideaology findings with a snippet from a dictionary to complete the design.  There is a hint of sparkle from the gold Distress Crayon and the Metallic Kraft Core mat, even though I stitched over it to grunge it up.  I hope you're inspired to have a play today!

"Released from my chains I'm a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend
When death was arrested and my life began
Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You..."

Songwriters: Ryan Heath Balltzglier / Adam Kersh / Paul Taylor Smith / Brandon Coker
Death Was Arrested lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group


Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

It's always inspiring when ever I visit Autumn, beautiful card framing those wonderful stamps. I've not purchased any of the new embossing folders but you are now tempting me. I love seeing a hint of shimmer and shine it really is an eye catcher.
Big Hugs Tracey xx

Marjut said...

What a wonderful card! Have a lovely day

Betty4 said...

Just beautiful! I just received the same embossing folder as a gift. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for your lovely creation.

Wendy B. said...

I love, love, love this! The crazing with the embossing sends this card to my 'texture gorgeousness' file :) xo xo

Jenny Marples said...

Oh this is absolutely gorgeous Autumn!!! Love how you've blended those colours over the background (thank you for the shout out!) and cleverly teamed them with moths that could so easily be beautiful butterflies. As ever you always think of the details as is shown by the inclusion of the book page and sisal. Love it to bits xxx

scrappallino said...

It was a great idea to cover with Distress Crazing Medium,
3D texture with crazing is an incredible combination ... just like your card is amazing !!!
I am madly in love with the frame and the book page in the background gives it even more value.

I also liked the first version of the background, beautiful!

sarascloset said...

Wow, wow, WOOOOW! Autumn, you took our lovely Jenny's inspiration and RAN with it, girl! This background is out of this world, drop dead gorgeous! That grungy shimmer makes me smile! I don't think I would have had the guts to cut that aperture in such a lovely panel, but it takes this from gorgeous to (loss for words!) The details you think of! Amazing, A-MAAAZING work! Hugs!

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely brilliant love the fabulous background and texture and the moths are beautiful
Carol x

Marty F said...

Beautiful, Autumn! Love how you colored and crazed your botanical background and frame. Who would have thought those bugs could be so cool, but they're very cool and look great atop your fibers and cut-out. Your colors and nice and soft...beautifully done (as always), my friend! Hugs :-)

Redanne said...

Stunning Autumn! I love the techniques you used, the embossing folder is amazing (it works beautifully on leather too...), as are the wonderful bugs. I am so glad Tim is bringing out dies for them, it will certainly make life easier. A really stunning card! Hugs, Anne xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Card making is usually associated with a more traditional way of crafting, but you have elevated it to a level of art form with an authentic mixed media twist! So beautifully coloured and photographed and so inspiring!

Ellibelle said...

Another stunning creation Autumn! Gorgeous colors and a fabulous design with the butterflies and fibers. So fun! Thank you for the inspiration!

Craftyfield said...

These new folders have a such a deep embossed effect! Lovely card Autumn, great finishing details as usual!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, stunning, Autumn!! It always takes me so long to comment when I visit because I spend so much time studying the pictures!! I absolutely love the details and the incredible texture!! The stitching is a fabulous touch!! I love the winged beauties, too!! Gorgeous, my friend!! Love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Kate Yetter said...

So pretty and elegant, Autumn. The embossing, butterflies and those fibers are amazing together. And I love that Ryan Heath song. Beautiful and thought provoking words.

Donna Ellis said...

Fabulous, Autumn! Your fully textured layers beneath the pretty stamped images reminds me of visiting the Natural History museum in NYC. Those gorgeous color layers on your new EF look incredibly light yet vintage. Beautiful! Hugs, de

Gail said...

Autumn - thank you for stopping by my blog - you stated you did not know what TLC was - Paulette Slater is the owner of the blog - I included the link and has a FB page for Junk Journals - we get tons of freebies [if you join just go through the photos to download what she has given for free] plus she has an Esty store where she sells Watercolor vintage papers and journaling kits, etc. She will run a sale such as buy anything in the store and get these 14 items free - or buy one get one - that is not on going she announces it on the FB page - at her blog there are also tons of freebies to download - [some are expired] hope this helps - have a blessed week -- God is good ALL OF THE TIME!


Gio said...

This card is brilliant, Autumn, love the texture and the lovely colours. I am not a lot into insects, but I nonetheless appreciated a lot also the journal, it is really stunning!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh my, Autumn! What a gorgeous card! I always love to see the transformation from each photo to the next, and I just got this new Botanical embossing folder (and found the "recipe" to use for my die-cutting machine. Works like a charm and has such depth. Truly, what an amazing texture, and I love the colors and the crazing! Beautiful butterflies and a stunning finished card! I love it and send hugs and love! xoxo

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