Easy Vintage Bead Tree Garland using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Easy Vintage Bead Tree Garland using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Hi Folks,
I am back with another project inspired by Tim Holtz’s Christmas 2018 tips/hacks. This project was inspired by his use of alcohol inks to hand dye beads to look like vintage bulbs. This got those gears churning. When I first got into crafting I was into jewelry making so I knew I had a stash of pearl beads with holes. In his video, he talks about the ones without holes to use in your maker projects, but I wanted to use up what I had. I decided I wanted some vintage goodies for my tree this year so I set about to make a vintage-inspired pearl tree garland, that was hand dyed. I absolutely love how this turned out, and my strand was only 4ft 6 inches when done. I plan to throughout the year collect more beads so I can make a huge one to wrap my tree next year!

Note: it is best to do this project when you can open windows and have good ventilation as the alcohol inks are strong smelling.

Here is what you need:
1. A pack of mini cups, one per color, or any smaller container (I got mine on Amazon)
2. Alcohol inks in your favorite colors. Mine were Raspberry, Lemonade, Pool, Citrus and Mountain Rose
3. Mushroom Alcohol Ink to add the vintage element.
4. Gloves to protect your skin while you work.
5. Plastic pearl beads (whatever size, shape you would like)
6. Paper towels or an old towel
7. Pearl string- this will be strong and hold the beads longer as a garland as they are heavy.
(I’d recommend getting the string when you get the pearls so you can compare the hole size to string thickness)

Here is what you do:
1. Take out one of your containers, put in a few beads (depending on size), you want them to move easily, add say 3 drops of your first alcohol ink and see if that is bright enough, add more as needed.
2. Next, add 1 to 2 drops of mushroom alcohol ink to the container and swirl again, add more as needed to age the beads to your liking.
3. Pour the beads out on your towel to dry.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each color until you have all the beads you want
5. Get out the pearl string and start stringing your beads.
6. When the pearl bead garland is the length you want, tie off the end. I recommend using a found object like a bell on the end
to secure the beads in place.

You can watch my process video on my Youtube Channel here: Alcohol Ink Vintage Tree Garland

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Here are some close-ups and photos of my finished garland:

It’s time to break out those beads and get to crafting. You can change this up in so many ways. Maybe include some found charms, holiday charms every so often or add in some clear crystal style beads to get extra shimmer. The possibilities are endless! Have fun and remember to ventilate well.

Below is the list of supplies I used in this project:


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Dylusions Shimmer Spray Mini Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Trees

Dylusions Shimmer Spray Mini Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Trees

Hello,

Today I am back with a quick holiday hack courtesy of Mr. Tim Holtz. I was watching his holiday tip trick videos for 2018 and he showed dying his idea-ology trees using his distress sprays. Now I don’t have any distress sprays (yet), so I was wondering hmm, what do I have that I could use to dye the trees now. I looked around and there were my Dylusions shimmer sprays. Now I know for some folks the Dylusion line can be bold and bright but I am one of those that has two hearts for Christmas, one leans to vintage and the other is very colorful bohemian. Therefore, I took out my sprays and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the results. The Dylusions sprays worked lovely on the trees and I can’t wait for some time to incorporate them into some vignette box decorations! Just remember they are not permanent though and will react with water so if you make this lovely craft be sure to store it somewhere it will stay dry.

All I needed for this project was:
1. A cardboard box to spray over/in
2. Dylusions Shimmer Sprays in Pure Sunshine, Crushed Grape, Polished Jade, London Blue, and Bubble Gum
2. The Tim Holtz Idea-ology woodlands small tree lot
3. A container for water
4. Small cups to dip the tree tips in
5. Lots of paper towels (An old towel would work too)

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You can see the process video on my Youtube channel: Dylusions Shimmer Trees

Here are some still shots of these lovely trees:

I hope these lovely vibrant trees gave you some holiday ideas to break out those Dylusion sprays and brighten up this holiday season.

Here is a full list of the supplies I used:


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Double Feature! Easy Embossed Christmas Cards.

Double Feature! Easy Embossed Christmas Cards.

Hello my wonderful followers! I hope you are having a very merry holiday season. I have been swept up the in the glitter and making and have finally come up for a little break! I spend all last weekend making thirty handmade holiday cards to get out in the mail. My studio of course now looks like a mini tornado hit and the cats have been covered in glitter for days. I’m sure you can relate! It’s a wonderful time of the year. Now since I have been tucked away making things for family I have been a little behind in sharing some latest treats with you. That’s why today you are getting a double feature. Both of these card sets have aired on my Youtube in the last week, so if you want to get my most recent videos you can head on over there and hit subscribe and the bell icon and you will get notified when new videos hit there, before they hit the blog. (Youtube Channel)

Now on to the glitter! First up for you I have a set of really cute whimiscal cat cards. Any of you that have read my profile know I’m a rescue cat mom and when I saw this stamp at the Technique Junkies booth at Stampfest in July I knew I had to have it for Christmas. I paired it with some whimsical stencil background and voila! A Christmas card that is sure to make anyone laugh this holiday season. 

You can see how I made thes cards in my video here: Embossed Christmas Cat Cardswhimsical 

Here are some still shots: 

These were 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cards with a piece of 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ scrapbook paper applied, and the image was stamped on 3″ x 3″ watercolor heavy stock paper. 

At the bottom I will post all the supplies used for both card sets. 

Now, this next set was made assembly line style for a really quick holiday pick. I used a premade card blank, then one piece of scrapbook paper and one embossed stamp so it took maybe ten minutes to make six. A great way to make an elegant, kraft paper style, gold embossed “Season’s Greetings” card.  One tip I will share is that after making thirty cards this year I am definitely getting one of those tape guns next year. The sticking of the double sided tape did slow me down a bit. 

You can watch the process video on these cards here:  Gold Embossed “Season’s Greetings” cards. 

Here are some stills for you: 

Now these cards were 7″ x 5″ with 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of scrapbook paper, and the black cardstock was the size of the stamp plus half an inch so about 3″ x 3 1/2″ ish. 

Below I will list all the supplies used. I hope these two designs will get those creative juices flowing this holiday season. All you need is some cardstock, bits of scrap paper and one stamp and you can have a lovely set of embossed cards. Thanks for stopping by and happy making!

Embossed Cat Cards Supply List: 

Embossed Season’s Greetings Card Supply List: 

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Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Doll Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Doll Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Hello Folks,
I am back and in this post, I share a way to use up some of the scraps we have left from our busiest card making time of the year.
So, last weekend I made about thirty (30) handmade Christmas cards. When I was all done I had all these lovely bits of scrapbook paper left over that were a bit on the small side. I hate to waste the paper so I started brainstorming on what I could do with them.
I knew I had some Artist Trading Coin swap mail coming up so I decided to use the bits for my background. I got out my 2.5″ hole punch by The Paper Studio (Purchased at Hobby Lobby) and I punched out four (4) pieces of watercolor paper and then four (4) pieces of scrapbook paper. Then the magic began.

1. I glued the scrapbook paper to the watercolor paper.
2. Using a small hole punch I punched a hole at the top of each card.
3. Prior to starting the project I pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Paper Dolls and pulled out the smallest ones I could find.
4. I also pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera Snippets and poured that on my desk.
5. I then went thru and matched a doll to ephemera for each card.
6. Next I grabbed my Tim Holtz Christmas Remnant Rubs and picked a phrase for each coin and rubbed it on.
7. Next I grabbed my Glossy Accents and used that to seal each card.
8. I let the coins dry overnight, as you are not supposed to heat them.
9. I then took my Potting Soil Archival ink and went around the edge of each one carefully to hide the white.
10. Next,I pulled out some if my Lawn Fawn twine and make a loop/string for each coin which now could also be an ornament.
11. My last step was to paint the back of each piece with some gold paint, and I signed it using a uni-ball black pen.

That was it. I had some simple ornaments that were also artist trading coins for swap mail and I was able to use up some of my stash which was also great.
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If you want to watch my process video you can see it over on my youtube channel: Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Here are some still shots for you of the finished treats:

I hope these cute little mini art pieces gave you some inspiration. For your convenince, a list of the supplies I used is below. Thank you for crafting with me and Happy Holidays


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Quick Watercolor Holiday Greeting Notecards

Quick Watercolor Holiday Greeting Notecards

Hello!

I missed you all during the November month. The holidays have been creeping up and as I’m sure you all know life has just gotten so busy! I wanted to pop on my blog today to share with you a super easy way to make a mass grouping of holiday notecards. All I used to make these cards were premade card blanks, one stamp set, Dina Wakley scribble sticks, and archival ink. By limiting supplies it kind of helped me hone in and produce more quickly. There are so many great stamp sets out there nowadays and so many supplies we can use, streamlining can help you narrow in and batch your cards.

For this set I used:

  1. White cards that are 3 1/2″ x 5″ from Amazon
  2. A Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz “Scribbly Christmas” stamp set.
  3. Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (set 2)
  4. Black Archival Ink
  5. My Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp platform
  6. some generic watercolor crayons from Michales
  7. ….and lots of Christmas Music

Tip. Stamp using archival ink to ensure the ink won’t bleed when using wet medium and ensure your cardstock is heavy duty. I also made sure I did all the stamping first so by the time the last card was stamped the first was dry and ready for the watercolor.

You can follow along as I make them in my video:  Easy Holiday Notecards

I have a few sets for sale in my etsy shop: Holiday Notecards

Below are some still shots for you:

This is a great way to use your favorite stamp set to make some custom cards for this holiday season.

 

Here are the supplies I used to make these cards:


 

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Thanksgiving themed shadow box using Tim Holtz Idea-ology bits

Thanksgiving themed shadow box using Tim Holtz Idea-ology bits

Hello,

Well, October has left us and fall is here in full swing with smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and thoughts of turkeys and stuffing. Now that the creepy and whimsical have been taken down my home is looking quite bare. I have a few fall items but usually, enjoy the break until it’s time to deck the halls for Christmas. Thanks to one of my youtube followers I started thinking about this in-between time. We always see a lot of Halloween decor and lots of Christmas but very little Thanksgiving. Therefore I decided to try and make a few Thanksgiving/fall themed bits during November.

My first share for the month is a shadow box. One of Tim Holtz’s vignette boxes. The idea blossomed from a bit of burlap fabric I found on clearance at the end of last season. I thought it would make a lovely fall backdrop for a shadow box. Now during Thanksgiving, we give thanks and for me, it’s all about family. That’s why I chose “Family” as my word to center around. With a few bits from the Idea-ology line, I whipped up this little centerpiece at 5″ H x 4″ W x 1 1/2″ deep.

You can see my process video here: Thanksgiving-themed shadow box

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop: Thanksgiving-themed shadow box

Here are some close-ups for you:

As you can see the fall and Thanksgiving is a great time to gather our Idea-ology bits and keep that glimmer going in our homes through the holiday season.

You can find a list of supplies below:


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