Jan 7, 2020

Tim Holtz Mixed Media Enameled Hearts Card

I have been having so much fun lately just playing around with techniques, making backgrounds, focal elements, etc.  All with no end goal, except to just play.  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my Toilet Paper Moulding Video HERE (@sewpaperpaint).  I will be sharing a full tutorial/experimentation on that process here on the blog soon.  But first, let me show you these fun enameled hearts I made from simple stamping & embossing...

This project comes from some very old Tim Holtz stamps.  I used his SIXTH set of stamps here!  It's called From the Heart and is still available from Stampers Anonymous.  For reference, he now has 391 sets.  This set belongs to my friend @carolinasweetlee.  I stamped the heart four times in black Archival ink onto watercolor paper.  I sponged each heart with Distress Ink in the colors shown. 

Then I picked out some texty style stamps and stamped each one in various colors.  I used Newsprint & Type and Ledger Script

I used Ranger's Emboss It Dabber to coat the cutout hearts generously.  I dipped each heart in Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (aka UTEE).  I have tried using a Versamark pad for this and the thick powder won't stick to it as well.   I embossed my hearts with a heat tool, then while it was very hot, I dipped it in the powder again, and repeated for each heart so it was coated with EP four times.  You need to work on a glass mat or craft mat for this so it won't stick.  (PS. an old credit card will scrap EP off your glass mat beautifully.) 

When my hearts were all cooled, I took a sharpie/black permanent marker and went over the very edge of the cut to make sure there was no white  paper showing on the edge.  This gives an illusion of depth too. 

For my background panels I had a lot of fun with my Stamp Platform and another oldie but goodie stamp set, Slight Alterations CSM060, which belongs to my dear friend Madelyn.  I spritzed each layer of stamping heavily with water and let the panels bleed and also blotted here and there to get these washed out effects.  For this card I used another stamp in the set and overstamped with brown, then sponged the edges of my card brown too.  I just wanted you to see all of the variations lined up.  :)


For this card, I layered one of my hearts over a partially embossed Ornate Frame die and one of my background panels.  I added some of Tim's tissue tape to my background for contrast. The embossed XO is from one of Tim's alphabet sets. 

I went around the perimeter of the panel with a glue stick and applied Ranger's Foil Transfer sheets to the glue, burnishing with a bone folder until the foil released.  I love how it works with the shine of the enamel heart.  I added a few vintage buttons Carol gave me for my birthday.  <3   I hope this card has inspired you to play with some new techniques for your Valentine makes!  Make sure to follow or subscribe, as I have oodles more Valentines to share with you soon.  Hugs, Autumn

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sarascloset said...

Lots of mixed media action going on here! I love your embossed hearts -- I've never seen this set before. Gorgeous embossing on the black frame that focuses on the heart of the matter. Now you've inspired me to start on some valentine's day cards! Big hugs!

brenda said...

Clearly you had enormous fun creating this one Autumn and what a gorgeous creation it is, thanks so much for sharing and joining in with our 'Favorite Stamps' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

McStamper said...

Love your fabulous card. What a great combination of techniques.

Susan said...

LOVE your card and that you used old stamps and techniques! Happy New Year.

Marlies said...

A beautiful card Autumn. Lovely warm colours and fantastic use of all the stamps. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

Joan W said...

Those are wonderful and do add that extra sparkle to the cards. Thanks for sharing.

butterfly said...

Those enamelled hearts are gorgeous - wonderful textures throughout.
Alison x

Cyndi Landrigan said...

I love everything about this card! Thank you so much for sharing your techniques with us. I can't wait to try this!

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