Tim Holtz Day of the Dead Artist Trading Cards

Tim Holtz Day of the Dead Artist Trading Cards

Hello,

As I write this post for you guys today I am beyond excited. I will be this coming weekend checking off a major bucket list item. I have wanted for a long time now to take a class with Dina Wakley and/or Dyan Reaveley. Well, I am attending a retreat called Back to Back 2019 and it is three full days of classes from both those wonderful ladies. I won’t be filming any of it out of respect to these fabulous teachers but I will do my best to get some photos over the days, and I may do a flip thru of whatever I make over on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned for my review and photos here and my Youtube channel for the flip thru.

Now onto today’s share. I recently had an opportunity to do some swap mail with a lovely lady from one of my ATC swap groups I’m in on Facebook. I noticed she had posted some skull type art before so I thought this would be a great opportunity to break out my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Day of the Dead 2 stamp set. I also have not tried embossing a background on an ATC in a while so I also wanted to use my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Webs and Damask stamp set. I know it has a bit of a Halloween feel, but I thought it would be a great chance to dust these guys off.

To make the cards I:
1. Took a piece of Mixed Media paper and used my Gel Print Plate to create a background
2. On my 12 x 14″ plate (smaller size is fine) I mixed some Dina Wakley paint in Sedona and Medieval with my roller then pulled my print.
3. Once I had my print I cut out two pieces of ATC size cards (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
4. Next, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Versamark Embossing Pad, and the Tim Holtz Damask Stamp.
5. Using the stamp platform I stamped the damask pattern with Versamark onto my ATC backgrounds. (A side note here. I did not use the magnets on the platform because I wanted a full pattern across the whole background I used some washi tape, under the card to hold it to the platform. The magnets would have been
in the way of the pattern)
6. I then used Black Sparkle Embossing powder over the ATC’s and a heat gun to create the raised damask background
7. Once that was set I used my Black Soot Distress Archival Ink and blending tool to go around the edges of the paper and darken them.
8. On another piece of Mixed Media paper using my stamp platform and Distress Black Soot Archival Ink, I stamped a few of the Tim Holtz Day of the Dead
stamps I wanted to use and fussy cut them out.
9. I applied the trimmed images to my ATC backgrounds using double-sided tape.
10. I then took out a few of my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color in parts of the images.
11. I finished each ATC (Artist Trading Card) off with a quote from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk line.

Sometimes when doing ATC’s less is more. I either tend to start with a large sheet do a big collage background and then break it into many cards for batching, or if you are looking for a set it is better to use less. A set of paint, one or two stamps and some coloring in and you can have your ATC’s done in half an hour. There are so many ways you can make ATC’s and I love them because of the size restriction. It really makes you think before you play, and I love the outcome each time.

If you’d like to see my process here is the video on my Youtube Channel: Tim Holtz Day of the Dead 2 ATC’s

Here are photos of the finished cards:

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope these cards will inspire you to break out and dust off some of those seasonal stamps you may save up and find new ways to use them throughout the year. I tried to enclose some of the materials used in my step by step above, for a full list you can see the thumbnails below. (Please note these are affiliate links, so any purchase made I receive a small percentage of, and that helps fund this site and my Youtube channel). Enjoy and Happy Crafting. See you next week!


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Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards

Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards

Hello,

With February drawing closer to an end, I know up North folks are still dealing with snow, so I thought I would add a little sunshine to my release this week. Today’s post & video are Distress Oxide mini notecards with some bright spring colors and flowers. To pep up those cold days and get us ready for spring. I made these cards for an upcoming happy mail swap. They are my favorite type of cards to make because all you need are a few Distress Oxide colors and one stamp.

For this project I used:
A set of premade 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecards
Distress Oxides in; Hickory Smoke, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Antique Linen, and Old Paper.
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Matt
Carabelle Studio stamp “Roadside Weeds”

You can see my process video here: Distress Oxide Print Notecards

Here are some stills of the finished cards:

I just really loved how the colors came together and how the black stamp looked on the bright colors. Even the areas that didn’t stamp as well gave it a nice distressed look. I hope these simple mini cards will inspire you to start breaking out some of those spring stamps and get ready for the warmer season and some happy mail swaps!


Here are the supplies used to make these cards:


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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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Halloween Skull Handmade Card

Halloween Skull Handmade Card

Hello,

Today I am back with another card making share. I am really starting to get into the swing of making handmade cards, and I can’t wait until the Christmas season to share some more makes with you. The glitter will be flowing!

Today’s card used:

  1. A premade “craft” paper card and envelope from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) (5″ x 7″)
  2. I cut a piece of mixed media white paper down to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  3. I cut two pieces of scrapbook paper. One at 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ the other at 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for layering.
  4. First I coated the top half of the paper with Distress Oxide in Wild Honey, that was a little yellow so I went around the edges with some Carved pumpkin distress Oxide.
  5. I then took out my Dylusions skull stencil and Black Soot Distress Oxide and added skulls to the top half of the page.
  6. Next, I glued down the two pieces of scrapbook paper, first the wider piece, then the narrower piece. I used glue so I’d have a little wiggle room to ensure they were even.
  7. I then edged the whole paper once dry in the Distress Oxide, Black Soot.
  8. I then ran the Black Soot across the scrapbook paper edges a bit to darken them.
  9. Next, I pulled out some washi tape with skulls and placed that across the center between the pieces of scrapbook paper to add a little extra whimsy.
  10. I then used dimensional foam dots to place the skull as if it were sitting on the line of the scrapbook paper.
  11. I then glued down my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween word chip “from regions beyond”
  12. I used dimensional foam dots to place the background I made onto the card after I edged the face of the craft paper card with the black soot.
  13. Voila! A quick Halloween card, ready for some swap mail

You can follow along to my video on my Youtube channel: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera Skull Handmade Card

Here are some photos of the card:

Thanks for following along. I hope this will inspire you to look at your scrapbook paper in a new way. Don’t be afraid to get in there and tear it up to create some great layering techniques.

Happy Halloween!

Below are the supplies used to make this card:


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Target Chipboard Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Target Chipboard Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Hello,

Well the month of October has come and is almost over in a blink, but before it is I wanted to slide in just a few more Halloween crafts. This project today is Artist Trading Coins, a recent trend replacing or shaking up the use of ATCs, artist trading cards. I was at Target having a look in the Halloween section and I found a canister of these cute whimsical chipboard stickers and I knew I just had to make some trading coins out of them. I used mixed media paper cut into 3″ circles. I painted each background then added Dylusions shimmer spray, embossing or glitter depending on what influenced me from the sticker. It was a lot of fun and an easy way to add one new item to your collection and use up other supplies on hand. Now thru the end of October, if you make a purchase in my Etsy shop, one of these cards will go with the mail until they run out. I still have a few treats from my 7 days of Halloween left.

You can watch the video here: Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Here are some photos of the coins close up:

The canister I found in the “kid” craft section end cap at target had several hundred pieces of chipboard stickers. It’s a great way to have take-home gifts or treats if you are having a Halloween party this year.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

 

Below is a list of the supplies I used to make all these coins:




 

 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 6- Distress Oxide Monster themed artist trading cards

7 Days of Halloween Day 6- Distress Oxide Monster themed artist trading cards

Welcome back to day 6 of my 7 days of Halloween. I had a lot of fun with today’s project. A set of 6 artist trading cards made on mixed media paper using only Distress Oxides and Archival Ink and maybe a little shimmer. For this project, I wanted to show what you could create with limited supplies. The stamp set I used “Monstrous” I was so excited to get in July when I went to Stampfest 2018 and met Tim Holtz and was able to shop the Stampers Anonymous booth. He always has so many great Halloween stamps so hard to choose just one! I also demonstrate in my video how to use the Distress Micro Glaze. For those of you that don’t know what this is, it is a glaze you can put over distress oxide so it will no longer be water reactive, as long as it is applied to a porous surface, like paper.

To make the backgrounds for the stamped images, I used one piece of mixed media paper and in little square sections, I added the distress oxide colors I wanted. I then cut out rectangles, used the micro glaze (note buff it off well after application), and then used the paper in my Tim Holtz Stamp platform. This way I didn’t have to hand color the monsters, I just stamped them on distress oxide background and fussy cut them out. I did the same for the quotes as well. The actual ATC background I cut those out using my Cricut and then added the distress oxide. The finished cutouts were added to the card backs using stick foam dots to add dimension. Sounds simple, but it took some time and was well worth it in the end. Sometimes less is more, which is a balance I am always trying to work on.

You can see my process video here (and there is a special giveaway-watch to learn more): Distress Oxide Monster Artist Trading Cards

Here are still shots of the finished cards:

Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear your feedback and comments on some of your favorite Halloween ATC techniques.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween.

 

Here is the list of the colors/supplies used to create these mini art pieces:


 

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