Feb 17, 2018

Tarnished Foil Embossed Metallic Kraft Core Technique for Tim Holtz Masculine Cards


Do you ever stumble across something on Pinterest that just wows ya?  You know, just the idea you needed at that exact moment?  Well, I found THIS pin with an amazing technique for "tarnished foil" last weekend.  It definitely had my eyes popping with delight and curiosity.  Then, as those happy coincidences go, I came across this amazing pack of two embossing folders at Tuesday Morning and knew they would be perfect for the technique.  Yay!  Happy score!


I switched it up a little and added in Watering Can EP and brass EP, in hopes for a little grungier color.


I also went back in and sanded over some of the raised places through the embossing where there needed to be more color variation.  And of course, gave the edges a good distressing.  I even tucked in some tiny die cut gears for fun.


I made a little bundle of manly goodness with my various Tim Holtz ephemera.


Of course, it is hard to photograph anything reflective...  I wish you could see them in person!


I must say I did one panel in silver Metallic Kraft Core and the other in gold.  You can hardly tell which is which after the embossing.





Ahhh, yummy texture!


The tags are scraps of DOX backgrounds I make by the trailers full.  Ha!  I stamped the text from the Victorian stamp set and cut them into tags.  I hope you like these and this post gets your wheels a turning.  Have fun!


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Feb 14, 2018

Tim Holtz Valentine Mini Album Tutorial


Hello sweet ones!  Happy Valetine's Day to you!  I'm delighted to be sharing a design team tutorial at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog today.  Get all of the details on this very easy to assemble little album and find out the winner of our Facebook and Instagram launch giveaway.  I've used loads of Tim Holtz products and given them a Valentine theme with a few little tricks.  I hope you will enjoy it!  Hugs, Autumn

Prima Zella Teal Foil Resist Shabby Card


Happy Valentine's Day dear readers!  I have the pleasure of hosting our current challenge at Frilly & Funkie and I've chosen the theme Dare to Resist.  For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we'd love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project.  There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new.  Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!


I chose to use the beautiful Zella Teal 6x6 pad from Prima.  I created my resist with foiling.  First, I cut a portion of the Christine Adolph Adhesive Rub-Ons, also by Prima and burnished it onto a square of Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock.  Next, I applied the teal foil from the Ranger Shiny Foil Transfer Sheets over the adhesive design.


I added some watery Distress Inks puddles and splashes using Black Soot and Cracked Pistachio.  I distressed the edges, then sponged them.


I love how the foil pops through the ink!  I embellished with the foiled images from the Zella Teal Ephemera pack.  I layered a marbled Prima flower with a die cut doily by Tim Holtz and a Friendship word.  I embossed the Detailed Butterfly to coordinate.  The seam binding was dyed with Distress Inks and gifted to me by my friend Carol.  <3  You can see I cut portions of Vinice Lace and tucked in the torn areas of my foiled paper layer.


I hope you're inspired to play along with our Dare to Resist challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Feb 12, 2018

Tim Holtz Illustrated Garden and Distress Oxide Cards


Happy Monday friends!  My precious friend Sara Emily sent me the sweetest, most amazing Valentine in the world this week!  Find her amazing card HERE.  <3  Inside she included these gorgeous stamped Tim Holtz botanical images for me to play with.  Thanks my friend!  I was in the mood to experiment more with Distress Oxides on Alcohol ink cardstock.  I had a good old time layering my puddles of ink onto these matte panels, then over stamped with the beautiful lattice stamp by Tim.  I decided against using the Distress Glaze like I did in THIS card, as the result was so soft and ethereal.


The matte finish cardstock gives such an amazing result with Oxides.  To get this look with the lattice stamp, I inked the stamp with Cracked Pistachio randomly, not covering the whole stamp, then went back over the uninked spaces with Faded Jeans.  I gave the stamp a hefty mist of water before making the impression.


I used the same colors of ink to watercolor the images and then fussy cut them and gave them a coat of DecoArt clear crackle paste.


I layered with one of Tim's ephemera cards and some die cut borders, then sponged the Small Talk sentiments with Frayed Burlap.  A simple twine bow gives the cards a bit of dimension.


I love the softness of these, but look forward to trying the same background with the Distress Glaze on top.  So many ideas, so little time...  :)





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Feb 8, 2018

Prima Dream On Mixed Media Valentine Tags


My Valentine's craft-a-thon continues today with a set of mixed media Valentine tags made with the luscious new Dream On A4 paper pad by My Prima Planner.  I am addicted to these paper pads and am so happy they are releasing more for the planner line.  <3 





I didn't do any process photos this time because I had no idea what direction I was going and just played.  All of the stamps are by Finnabair for Prima.  I embossed my favorite texture stamp in white on a die cut heart from the pad, then dipped it in Black Soot Distress Ink and sponged with Picked Raspberry.  The heart die is by Tutti Designs, the chevron by Tim Holtz and the doily by Prima. 





I was super happy with the seam binding for this project.  I tapped PR onto my craft mat and spritzed with water, then spritzed my seam binding with water pretty heavily and scrunched it up and laid it in the ink, as to just pick up a little ink here and there. 


I hope you like these tags.  I'm excited to play with the other patterns in the pad next.  :)  Have a great day!


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