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:
As I write this post my heart is sad just a tiny bit knowing Christmas is only 6 days away and then all the lovely ornaments will need to come down until next year. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love to get up in the morning pour a nice cup of coffee, sit on the couch with my furry kids and just enjoy the tree before my busy day starts. The lights of the tree warm our home during the month of December and it’s just as we know a wonderful time of the year. With this in mind, I realized that I have not really made a new ornament for the tree this year, which led me to my post today. I pulled out my stash box of wood/chipboard and decided I wanted to use a tag, a Tim Holtz Etcetera tag set I had bought a while back. Out came the scrapbook paper and embossing powder and glitter and poof, a new Santa “Believe” vintage ornament emerged and now I’m hooked!.
Here is some of what I used (a complete list can be found at the end of the post)
1. Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous #8 Etcetera Tag
2. Vintage scrapbook paper for the background (I used the Tim Holtz Christmas Worn Wallpaper)
3. The main image of your choosing from scrapbook paper or ephemera (I used Santa from Carta Bella Paper)
4. A quote – I used a Tim Holtz Christmas word chip (From the 2017 collection)
5. paint and embossing powders of your choosing.
Here are the general steps I took
1. I glued my piece of worn wallpaper background to the front of the tag.
2. I painted the back of my tag, the edges and a little onto the front with Dylusion Vibrant Turquoise. I also painted the two eyelets with the turquoise.
3. I then took the Dylusions white paint and did a whitewash on the front over the wallpaper just to knock it back a little
4. I took out my Tim Holtz Layering Argyle stencil and used some Candied Apple Distress Oxide thru it to bring the red of the Santa suit into the background to tie it together. I also did a little edging of the tag with red.
5. Next came my Distress Oxide in Vintage photo and I edged the Santa cutout as well as the tag and the eyelets to mute the tones a little
6. Now came the fun part the embossing. I used my Versamarker to color over the white areas on Santa’s suit and I used the Ranger Bridal Tinsel embossing powder and dried it with the heat gun to add some shimmer to Santa.
7. I carried the embossing powder over onto the background using the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil “Bubble” and my small Versamark pad to add some shimmer to the background.
8. While I had my red distress oxide out I edged my “Believe” quote chip.
9. Now comes assembly time. I used dimensional dots to put “Santa” on the page. I took out my glossy accents to put the eyelets, and the quote chip onto the background.
Phew! I think I got them all!.
You can watch me make the tag over on my Youtube channel, just in case I missed a step: Vintage Etcetera Tag Santa Ornament
Below are still shots of my finished tag.
I hope this tag will inspire you to look at some of your stashes in a new way. When I first bought this tag it never dawned on me to turn it into an ornament, but now it will grace my tree for years to come!
Here is the complete list of items I used in this project:
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
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:
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)
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:
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.
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
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:
- White cards that are 3 1/2″ x 5″ from Amazon
- A Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz “Scribbly Christmas” stamp set.
- Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (set 2)
- Black Archival Ink
- My Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp platform
- some generic watercolor crayons from Michales
- ….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: