Dec 3, 2018

Tim Holtz Tea Time and Coffee Blueprints Cards

Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing a couple more cards I made for the fall/winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I had a great time using the Tim Holtz Coffee Blueprints Minis again and this time decided to go for a chalkboard effect. 

I carefully arranged the images in a row on a large acrylic block then stamped and embossed them in white.  To create the chalky effect, I used Picket Fence Distress Ink and a blending tool, then also tapped the pad direct to paper.  I layered over the Christmas Paper Stash.

I chose a simple embellishment of the poinsettia from the Funky Festive dies, layered over a bed of Juniper Punched greens I inked with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.  A simple, but bold design.

For my next card I used Tim's Tea Time Bigz die.  I cut three of the same tea cup from Mixed Media cardstock.  To smooth out the cut marks on the cup I used in reverse, I sandwiched the cup and two pieces of thin chipboard and ran through my Big Shot.  I sponged the top one with Frayed Burlap, the middle with Fired Bruck, and the bottom with Peeled Paint.  I stamped images from Tim's Ornate (& Lace), (Stripes &) Holiday Type and Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp sets. 

I stacked them together like so, then layered onto a trifold card.  For the background I used the (Nordic &) Plaid stamp.

I added another Funky Festive poisettia, layered with more Juniper Punched greens.

For the inside I was tickled to use Tim's new Cut Out Script alphabet dies to make my own custom coffee sentiment!  :)  Fa la latte!  I layered it over a Stitched Rectangle panel so there would be room to write inside.  The inside music is from Tim's Music (& Advert) stamp set.

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Dec 2, 2018

Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Christmas Coffee Card

Hi friends!  I'm totally enjoying myself crafting just for fun for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Today I worked on this green/plaid design.  There were several mishaps along the way, but I tried to salvage the card as best as I could because I really loved the end design.  I used the Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Bigz die, this time sponging with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  I splashed with water and lifted the droplets, then went overboard with the white gesso splatters and smeared part of the cup.  I had already glued everything together, so I tried to wipe it away...  :(  I ended up smearing the plaid in doing so and had to make a patch.  Seriously, that called for another cuppa coffee!  ;}

I love the yummy effect of this frozen latte!  I used Tim's Plaid (& Nordic) background stamp and Black Soot Distress Oxide for the background.

For the sentiment I used Tim's Shadow Script Christmas die over a strip of paper stamped with the Flurry (& Pine) stamp set.  For my floral spray I used the Juniper punch again and berries from the Funky Festive dies.  As a final touch I added a sentiment from the Occasions Small Talk stickers.

And here's a card I shared on Instagram yesterday.  My compututer's acting up so I won't go into details, but find that post HERE.

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Dec 1, 2018

Tim Holtz Watercolor Trees and Baroque Frame Hack

Happy December friends!  If you were hoping for a Mini Album Makers Challenge post, please remember we are taking a break and have extended our challenge through the end of the year.  Find out more HERE.  I'm spending my time making some Christmas cards.  Today I'm sharing a batch featuring the Tim Holtz Watercolor Trees stamp set.  Oh how I love this set!  I wanted it so badly last year and am happy to get to finally have a play...

I stamped my four trees using Tim's Stamp Platform and Distress Inks.  I fussy cut each one, then worked on my background panels.  I used the (Plaid &) Nordic background stamp and Shabby Shutters DI.  I used the Stacked Baroque die to cut out the inside portion.  I dipped those in more Shabby Shutters, but decided to save them for another project.  Now, I wanted a frame for my Baroque opening, but the next size of die was much too large for my small cards.  In the past, I have traced the perimeter of the die used for the opening onto cardstock and cut it out, but I didn't want to hand cut four pieces like this...  What to do?  I decided to trace the die onto foam and cut out to make a stamp.  The permieter of the die is just larger than the cut out shape.  I did not cut the center of the foam stamp out so that the shape wouldn't warp.  Then I used the Ranger Embossing Dabber along the edge of the stamp.  I used the recessed marks around the opening as a guide to stamp, then embossed in Princess Gold

{Insert happy dance!}  I just love how this turned out!  I chose to make a background panel from the (Stripes &) Holiday Type background for the opening, this time using Old Paper Distress Oxide to get a little more color variation.  I sponged the main panel's edges with Frayed Burlap.

I picked a sentiment from the Watercolor Trees set and stamped onto mop up inky paper, then cut it into a pennant banner.

More super simple, mailable Christmas cards for my boxed card mission.  These were such a joy to make.  I have more stamped trees using the tall, skinny tree and can't wait to use them for cards too. 

Don't forget to check out my card box tutorial HERE.  Thanks so much and have a lovely day, Autumn

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