Sep 29, 2021

Tim Holtz Farmhouse Aqua Pumpkins & Free Printable Fall Sentiments


Hi everyone!  I'm in full on fall cardmaking mode and I'm back to share a farmhouse inspired fall card made with the new Tim Holtz Pumpkin Patch Colorize dies and a fun freebie: a printable fall sentiment sheet.  Now, I'm not into Halloween, but I bought these dies because the base shape is such a great pumpkin image and I knew I could add my own dimensional touches.  


I coated each chipboard die cut pumpkin with a thick layer of crackle paste and used my awl to scribe ridges into the wet paste.  I let it crackle, then painted over it with Broken China Distress Paint, using a baby wipe to remove color in the middle to create highlights.  Then I sprayed them with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide Spray, again blotting the centers.  Then I went over the ridges with watery Ground Espresso Stain Distress Ink, wiping away excess color, but letting it soak into the ridges.  I stained the stalks with more Ground Espresso.  I'm trying to work through my 5" stack of fall backgrounds I've made over the years, so I pulled one made with the Lumber 3D embossing folder.  It had layers of crackle paste and Distress Inks.  


I always have a hard time coming up with appropriate sentiments for my fall cards from the Tim Holtz products I have.  I almost always turn to old faithful, the Shadow Script #2 set, or more specifically the "thanks" die.  And then I've repeatedly wanted coordinating phrases to build on the thanks sentiment, and more specifically them to be brown to coordinate with my fall designs.  So I finally created a printable sheet of my own and am happy to share it with you.  These are similar to the Small Talk sentiment stickers.  I've added two sizes in black, brown and white so you can find one that fits just right into your designs and cutout lines to help guide you.  You can download the PDF HERE.  I layered the die cut thanks over a the Funky Wreath die and added a sentiment snippet from the free printable. I've shared loads of other freebies over the years so click HERE to see them all.

To finish the design, I dyed a variety of cuts from the Funky Foliage dies with Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Ground Espresso, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Tea Stain.  I layered them along the base of the pumpkins.  This was such a fun card to assemble and I hope it makes you smile today! 

If you're looking for more autumn Tim Holtz cardmaking inspiration, make sure to check out THIS post, where I shared another aqua pumpkin card.


And a more recent post featuring several cards with the Leaf Fragments dies, which you can find HERE.   

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Sep 22, 2021

Tim Holtz Leaf Fragments & Mica Spray Fall Cards


Hi friends and happy first day of autumn!  The autumnal equinox is one of my favorite days of the year and I like to have a family dinner out of doors with favorite fall foods, and a bonfire if we can manage.  Thinking about the coming fall, I've taken some time to play with the new Tim Holtz Leaf Fragments dies and am sharing a few cards with you today.  I hope you will enjoy them.

For my first card I paired the Tangled Twigs background die, the Postal dies and the largest leaf from Fragments.  I worked and worked at this card, trying to get just the right balance/contrast and am finally happy with it.  I used Tim's old Coredinations cardstock, sanded for the Twigs background.  I gave the finished card some splashes of Distress Mica Spray in Tarnished Brass to add a little shine. 

Next I decided to use reverse cut outs to make a shaker card.  I used a lot of backgrounds I made last year for these cards, something I'm trying to do more of.  Goodness knows I have enough backgrounds made to keep me going for ages.  LOL!  On this one I stamped leaves from the Nature's Wonder stamp set behind each opening and gave the panel a spritz of Distress Mica Spray in Antique Bronze.

I used the Funky Foliage dies for the little branch and the 1" Alphanumeric dies for the sentiment.  I went back and forth about adding more to the foreground, but left it simple.  I do wish I had stitched around the edge though...

The final card is probably my favorite.  Years ago I was playing with Sara Emily at the lake and sharing our supplies and used Tim's ornate stencil and Sara's spray Distress Inks to make a background panel, which I loved but never figured out how to use.  I was inspired by Bernadette Ball's embossed leaves, so I wondered if I could die cut the panel with texture paste already on it.  And it worked!  I was so happy!  I sponged the edges of each leaf with a blending brush and Walnut stain.  I layered over a crackled corrugated cardboard panel and another of the similar backgrounds I had made.  The sentiment came from the Pennants set, which I only bought for the sentiments. 

If you're looking for even more fall Tim Holtz cardmaking inspiration, I did a recap post HERE with lots of other fun ideas.  Wishing each of you a lovely season with lots of cozy times and crafty fun.  xx, Autumn

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Sep 14, 2021

PaperArtsy Scrapcosy and Tracy Scott Mixed Media Cards


Hi friends!  I've got a few PaperArtsy projects to share with you today.  These were blogged for Topflight Stamps and I hope they will be an inspiration to you today.  First, I shared a few mushroom collage thank you cards HERE using gorgeous stamps by Raquel Burillo Perez, AKA Scrapcozy.  Raquel has a new mushroom stamp set out now and I will be sharing more with it soon...

This bird card features another of Raquel's beautiful stamp sets, with a gel printed background and quote by Alison Bomber.  Details HERE.

This year I've really enjoyed playing with the gel plate more than ever.  Here are some bookmarks and a card I made from a print turned into masterboard with Tracy Scott stamps & stencils.  Details HERE.

As I look back, I find I've used Tracy Scott stamps more than any other this year!  Here's a grungy tag made with another of her flower sets, inspired by Claire Snowdon.  Details HERE.

And some more tags with Tracy's flowers.  Now these were extra special to me with a fun new Infusions technique, so I shared a video tutorial on my IGTF @sewpaperpaint HERE.  They are blogged HERE.

I guess I've been on a tag making kick too!  Here's a layered tag book I made with Tracy's stamps on double-sided gel prints and posted HERE

And a batch of cards using all of the stamps above.  :)  All these made from one batch of Infusions and I didn't want to waste a bit.  Details HERE

And then some fun with Tracy's bug stamps.  I love these so much because the insect stamps are so big!  I really love PaperArtsy because the images are larger than most other companies and work great for mixed media and my often 5x7" cards.  Details on this post HERE.

One last trio of cards with the bugs for now.  This was a fun background technique that I hope you'll try.  Find the process HERE.  I hope you've enjoyed these projects!  Your visits to the Topflight Stamps blog help to keep me on the design team, and able to share new content.  I truly appreciate your support my friends!  Big hugs, Autumn



Sep 8, 2021

Summertime Blues Hand Stamped Cards


Hi everyone!  Can you believe it's September already?!  Yikes!  I'm gearing up making my fall cards to share with you soon, and thought it would be a good time to do a refresher post with some cards I've made for Topflight Stamps this summer.  I hope these bright, cheery designs help summer linger in your heart for a couple more weeks.  :)  The first duo features new stamps by Kay Carley for PaperArtsy and was posted HERE.  I also made a video tutorial, so if you'd like to play along you can catch the tutorial HERE.  

My next card features the gorgeous new Tall Flowers small stencil by Darkroom Door.  I used Distress Oxides to make the background and color in the stencils.  Such fun!  Posted HERE

I was on a roll making videos, so I shared another YouTube tutorial HERE for this funky mixed media tag with Art by Marlene stamps and dies.  I would love to have you subscribe to my channel!  More details on this post HERE

I made a trio of slimlines with some funky Kate Crane stamps too.  I love Kate's whimsical illustrations!  These cards are definitely bright and cheery!  Details HERE.

And I've been playing around with the new Lavinia Elements dye ink pads on the gel plate.  I've shared the details for that process and this card with an awesome summer image by Crafty Individuals HERE

Since this post is about blue, here's a card I made to mimic delftware, the classic blue and white china.  I used gorgeous stamps by Stamperia.  Details HERE.

And one more Kay Carley stamps card made with some of her older PaperArtsy stamps.  My collection is growing!  Details HERE.  I hope these projects will kickstart your mojo today and you're enjoying these last days of summer.  Hugs, Autumn

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