Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dapper Gents - Vintage Stamped Metallic Embossing

 Look at these dapper gents in their holiday finery! They look like something out of a turn of the century fashion catalog.  You can find them, along with the holly branch and the Christmas Greetings sentiment on the Yultide CMS356 stamp set from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.
 I stamped them on Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and then watercolored them with Distress Markers and Distress Inks.
 I did the same watercoloring on the holly branch. The sentiment was stamped in Candied Apple Distress Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.
 Peeking out from under both sides of the dapper gents are some torn pieces of colored music paper.  I stamped the Music and Advert CMS358 music stamp onto some heavystock with Black Archival Ink. Then I cut it into strips and colored the strips with Distress Ink.
 Ok, so lets talk about the Vintage Stamped Metallic Embossing technique. I love this technique. It is so fun!! For this card I used the Advert stamp from the Music and Advert CMS358 set.
 What you need to try this technique are stamps, Metallic Kraftstock from Tim Holtz Ideaology, Superfine Embossing Powder (I use Ranger's and I like to use silver on the silver paper and gold on the gold) and Distress Crayons. Follow the tutorial linked below and have fun experimenting!
You can see a tutorial I did on this technique on this blog post from last year:  

I'm really looking forward to refining this technique on the brand new metallic papers from Tim Holtz Ideaology!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Winter Tags - Winter Side Orders

 The last of the holiday Side Order dies is the Winter Side Order Set - now I have to say here that I inadvertently mixed up two dies between the Winter and the Christmas dies. The Snowman is actually part of the Christmas set and the Mitten is part of this winter set.  But really it doesn't matter because trust me, you need both!
 As with the Christmas tags, I used the Mini Shifter Stencils #36 to make the paper for the tags using Distress Water Color Paper and Distress Ink, and I embossed some of the papers with the mini embossing folder that comes with this set of dies and colored used a solid color so the die shapes would stand out.
 The shapes of the tags are from the Labels die set that I have proclaimed over and again as one of my most favorite die sets in the Alterations line. I hand cut the little banner and the sentiment is also included in the die set.
 These little cuties are perfect for gifts, place markers, card fronts or ornaments.
 If you are making several of these, I recommend cutting and embossing all of the pieces and then coloring them as you go. That's what I did.
 It made for a really relaxing evening of coloring and assembly. Then when it was time to put tags together I was ready to go!

Christmas Tags - Side Order

 Oh these little Christmas Side Order dies are so cute and make delightfully fun tags that can be used on presents, cards, placeholders, or even made into ornaments.
I started by using the Mini Shifter Stencil #36 from the Halloween release because they are classic designs that work for any occasion, and also because at the time the Christmas Shifter Stencils #37 hadn’t been released yet. These styles were perfect for my tags though.  I used Distress Inks and Distress Watercolor Cardstock for these tags.   
**Let me note here that not all watercolor paper is equal** I only use Distress Watercolor Cardstock now because I stamped a ton of images for a card swap this summer on a cheaper brand that I purchased at a hobby store in a pad and cut to size. I had a horrible time water coloring on it. My results were nothing near what I get with Distress, so now to save time and money I only use Distress. 

I did two color schemes for the two different side orders  and I included some solid colors that I embossed with the mini embossing folder included with the dies.
The background tags and the smaller shapes the dies sit are are both from the Labels dies set.  I know I have said this before but it is seriously one of my favorite die sets! There are so many great shapes and lots of sizes! It is a definite must have in your die cutting library.
I made sure that the smaller label dies that the Christmas shape was going to sit on were the solid, embossed pieces.
I hand cut the little banners from left over bits of the stenciled papers and added the sentiment that is part of the Christmas Side Order.
Then I was inspired to try this. I was looking at the Santa die and I realized that he could easily become Yukon Cornelius if I just colored the die parts a little differently. So that's what I did and I love it! I even added his yellow earmuffs. 
Yukon and Rudolph are so cute.
 The sentiment on this one is a made up of a combination of the Christmas Script dies for Merry and the Lowercase Cutout Alphanumeric for Misfits
Once you get the stenciling and embossing done these tags move pretty quickly.  I also cut out all the little pieces and parts from Distress Watercolor Cardstock and Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and then colored them and assembled them before I started the tags.

Thanks Tags - Sizzix Alterations Autumn Sideorders

These are just a couple of very quick tags using the Autumn Side Order die Set from Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations.
The tags were cut from the Sizzix Alterations Labels dies. The smaller tag was run through the small stripe texture fade and the sentiment and focal shape were all from the Autumn Side Order Die.
These would be perfect to tie onto a thank you gift, to attach to the front of a card, or even to forgo the sentiment and cut out names for each tag for a place marker for the Thanksgiving dinner table.  

Friday, November 2, 2018

Give Thanks - Sizzix Autumn Side Orders

I just love fall and although the temptation is always to move from Halloween right into Christmas, I always like to stop and give Thanksgiving the attention it deserves. The Autumn Side Order set allows you to do just that too!
I mean, how can you resist those adorable little acorns? Be still my heart. I have acorns throughout my Thanksgiving decor: metal, wooden, glittered, painted, burlap, raffia, and even glass. Yes, I have mad acorn love.
This little Thanksgiving card is so utterly me. From the aged brick, to the cream pumpkin and those precious little acorns, all grounded by the wooden frame. 

To age the brick, I ran some Coordinations white kraftcore through my Vagabond 2 in the Brick Texture Fade. Before embossing it, I inked the raised portions of the texture fade with Ground Espresso Archival Ink and that is what gave it the brown color in the indentations. I did the same with the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock that I colored with various brown Distress inks and then when I went to run the brown heavystock through the 3-D lumber texture fade, I inked the raised portions with Archival ink and that made the texture of the wood grain stand out.
This card is really very simple to make and could be used as an invitation to a Thanksgiving celebration, or a decor item if mounted on a Framed Panel or Burlap Panel, or even turned on its side and used as a placecard.

The Sizzix Alterations used to make this card were:
Brick Texture Fade
3-D Lumber Texture Fade
Stacked Baroque
Autumn Side Order
Alphanumeric Script

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

All Hallows' Eve Morbid Masquerade

The creepiest Halloween Carnival has come to town and you don't want to miss it.....but then again, maybe you do!
The story goes like this, in a small, sleepy little hollow of a town, a Halloween carnival appeared over night.  The townsfolk were drawn to the strange conglomeration of eerie booths and macabre games: Toxique Topple, Skull Smash, Spider Sweep and Tombstone Tipping were among the gruesome offerings as was the obligatory Pumpkin Carving booth. Despite the fact that the town's people were having a most dreadful experience, they found themselves compelled to remain, immersed in the morbid masquerade.

If it was already apparent, I love, love, love Tim Holtz Ideaology products. So I tend to purchase two or three or four of each of the holiday items to be sure that I have plenty on hand.  This crazy, creepy carnival was born out of my stash of the 2018 Halloween Ideaology and I had such a fun time going all in with it.
Here are all the products I used:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Trays - TH93568

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Zombie Hands - TH93737

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Tombstones - TH93736

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metal Gate - TH93735

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments: Jolly Roger - TH93731

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Vignette Box Tops, Halloween - TH93729

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Vignette Boxes - TH93279

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fringe: Halloween - TH93615

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Halloween Quote Chips - TH93728

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Halloween Trinket Tins - TH93726

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design Tape: Halloween - TH93725

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Paper Dolls, Ancestors - TH93723

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Mini Pumpkins - TH93720

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Skulls - TH93718

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Halloween Remnant Rubs - TH93722

 Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Halloween Ephemera - TH93713

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments: Halloween - TH93717

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Boneyard - TH93714

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Broomsticks - TH93715

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments: Silverware - TH93254

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Vials - TH93201

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foundations - TH92821