Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Finding Joy With Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glazes

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger 1

Hello friends! I'm praying you and your loved ones are all staying healthy and making the most of your stay at home time where ever you are in the world.

It's time for our newest challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog and the talented Maggi is our hostess. She calls her challenge theme 'April Showers Bring May Flowers',  and her description follows:

 Design a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates a wet "something" with flowers. Examples: Stenciled or doodled raindrops, water distressed or crumpled paper,  Tim Holtz's Umbrella Man, you get the idea, just have something that represents wet. Then, add some flowers to your project.

Sounds simple enough, but I can tell you this is one of those projects that was headed to the scrap bin more than once. The background just wasn't coming together, but I'm not one to give up. I decided to embrace the creative journey. In the end, I'm not displeased with it, and I think this card might bring a smile to my daughter's face when she receives it.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger 2

First, here are some additional close ups, and following I will outline my steps. Sorry, I didn't take photos, but my steps are pretty straight forward.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger 3

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger 4

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger 5

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger 6

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger 7

Inspired by Stacy's (Tattered Nest Designs) tag here, I got out my inks, Oxide Sprays, Tim Holtz Florals and Prima's raindrop stencils and Distress MicroGlaze and started to play. I didn't follow Stacy's wonderful tutorial to the letter, preferring just to play and see what happens. I guess I didn't use enough of the microglaze through the drops stencil in places, and I would guess that stencils with bigger openings function better with this technique. My raindrops lost their form or got lost completely once I sprayed with Oxides. But I was quite happy with the flowers, so here are the steps I took to salvage the panel and to complete my card.

 Background:
1. Dip a panel of water color paper into watery puddle of Tattered Rose Distress Oxide, drying and re dipping until happy with color.
2. Place Floral stencil over bottom and blend microglaze with blending tool. Place raindrops stencil over top portion and repeat blending. (I did not layer mine like Stacy did.)
3. Spritz with water and then Broken China Oxide spray. Dry. This is when I realized I wasn't happy with the raindrops.
4. Blend the sky portion with Stormy Sky ink.
5. Blend a darker blue ink (Chipped Sapphire) through the drops stencil.
6. Spray a scrap of bubble wrap with Victorian Velvet Oxide spray. Spray card with water and tap inked bubble wrap randomly. Dry.
6. Flick the top portion of the panel with water, sprinkle with Glistening Glass Molten Dimensions powder and heat to melt, forming little raindrops. 
7. Smudge Picket Fence crayon over 'drops'. (I know it looks more like a hail storm, but that is something that represents wet, right?)
8. Stamp images from Field Notes and Distinguished using Ground Espresso Archival ink. I did manage to snap a shot before I added my details.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger 8

Move onto the details:

1. Alter an older Baseboard frame with Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Glazes, Crackle Paste and crayon. (I plan to have a tutorial on Distress Embossing Glazes in a couple of weeks time for our Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so be sure to check back for details on how I altered this.)
2. Repeat using the glaze powder on edges of a card blank.
3. Die cut a bunny (Bunny Hop) from white card, color him with Worn Lipstick and Walnut Stain inks and doodle a bit.
4. Die cut some tiny flowers from a scrap of pink Oxide sprayed card and embossed some 'grass' with Cracked Pistachio Distress Embossing Glaze.
5. Stamp the umbrella from Distinguished stamps set in Black Soot Archival also on the pink scrap and fussy cut.
6. Using the Distress Embossing Pen, scribble to 'wet' the umbrella and heat emboss with Weathered Wood Embossing Glaze.
7. Paint a portion of a used cotton swap stick (we do NOT want to waste our supplies!) with Black Soot paint, heat emboss with more Weathered Wood Glaze powder and smudge with Picket Fence crayon.
8. Attach umbrella image to stick with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
9. Stamp quote from Tiny Text on white card scrap in Ground Espresso Archival ink and adhere to scrap of chip board.
10.Heat emboss quote with Weathered Wood Embossing Glaze and add more color with Chipped Sapphire crayon.

Assemble card:

1. Trim chip board from a canned cat food box and adhere to panel to provide dimension.
2. Adhere panel to prepared card blank.
3. Adhere embellishments to card with collage medium.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/04/finding-joy-with-tim-holtz-distress.html Mixed Media Card #TimHoltz #StampersAnonymous #Ranger

That's it for me today. I'm off to try Stacy's technique this time following her directions! LOL! I hope you will dig into your supplies and create a project for our April Showers Bring May Flowers challenge.  I can't wait to see what you'll make!

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

Sending out big virtual hugs! Stay safe, stay in, stay healthy!
Sara Emily

Challenges I'd like to play along with:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Spring Mood Board -Inspired by flowers and pastel eggs.

The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Bunny Hop
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Floral
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Field Notes
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Distinguished
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Tiny Text
Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste 3oz Crackle
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pen 2pk
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze - Cracked Pistachio, Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons -  Walnut stain, Picket Fence, Chipped Sapphire
Distress Oxide Pads - Tattered Rose
Distress Oxide Spray -  Victorian Velvet, Broken China
Distress Paint - Black Soot
Distress Ink  - Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Cracked Pistachio, StormySky, Chipped Sapphire
Distress Archival Ink - Black Soot, Ground Espresso
Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions -Glistening Glass


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Artist Trading Coins With Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glazes

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/artist-trading-coins-with-tim-holtz.html ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 1

Welcome friends! I pray that wherever you are in the world that you are safe and healthy! It's a crazy time for all of us right now, but I am full of hope that we will all come out better people for this on the other side.

It's time for our new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and with our talented Jenny as the hostess, our theme this time is 'Little Things'. Here's how Jenny describes her challenge:

"Sometimes it can be the littlest of things that can mean the most. For this challenge create a small vintage or shabby chic project (or if you're feeling adventurous even a set!) It could be an Artist Trading Card/Coin, a tag or a little card for example, or you may have something else in mind - we can't wait to see them."

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

I recently received my order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique containing among other things, Tim Holtz new Distress Embossing Glaze Powders and the Field Notes Ephemera Pack. I thought making a few little Artist Trading Coins would give me the opportunity to try out the Glazes and use a few of the beautiful ephemera pieces. First, I'll show you the details on the coins, and following I'll give a brief description about how I made them.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/artist-trading-coins-with-tim-holtz.html ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 2

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/artist-trading-coins-with-tim-holtz.html ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 3

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/artist-trading-coins-with-tim-holtz.html ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 4

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/artist-trading-coins-with-tim-holtz.html ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 5

Reverse sides:

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/artist-trading-coins-with-tim-holtz.html ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 6

Here are the steps I took. I started taking photos, but got distracted at the end and forgot to record the rest on camera. I think the instructions are pretty straight forward though.

1. Punch 3 circles from scrap (front of coin) and Bristol board (back of coin). The scrap is an old book page I had stamped with a Fragments stamp, first and second generation in practice for another project a while back. I also used it to clean off a stencil making a ghostly monoprint. I knew this panel would come in handy someday. I was tickled pink to see Leland from Hendersonville, NC or some other person long ago wrote the word 'distress' for some odd reason on the reverse side. How appropriate! (I can promise it was not me!)



2. Color Bristol board with Frayed Burlap oxide; set aside to be used as the backs later.

3. Choose ephemera from Field Notes pack, keeping in mind scale. So many little things in this pack begging to be used!


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/artist-trading-coins-with-tim-holtz.html ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 7

4. Stamp ephemera and one coin with Field Notes stamps and archival ink.


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/artist-trading-coins-with-tim-holtz.html ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 8

5. Adhere coin fronts to Bristol board backs with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
6. Blend coins fronts and ephemera with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain inks.
7. Paint skinny edges of coins with Ground Espresso paint.
8. Using Embossing Dabber, heat emboss each coin front with various Embossing Glazes. Repeat on back edges.
9. Using Embossing pen, outline the bees wings and emboss with glaze, to give the wings a more translucent quality.
10.  I buffed the embossing with steel wool to take the shine off, except on the bee and bee coin front, because that was supposed to look like sticky honey. LOL I was skeptical about taking this step, thinking what is the point of using the glazes, then. But, I was pleasantly surprised with the effect. You still get a unique texture and appearance of depth because the glaze sits on top of the stamping. Bravo on this amazing product, Ranger and Tim Holtz!
11. Stamp Tiny Text on the book page scrap with Ground Espresso archival and cut out with scissors. Blend edges with Walnut Stain ink.
12. Adhere all ephemera and text with collage medium and sit back and admire these Little Things.

That's all for me today. I hope you'll pop over to the blog and see all the "little things" my talented teammates have made to tempt you to join in the challenge. Then link up your own project HERE to be in for a chance to win one of the wonderful prizes! I can't wait to see your little things! Hugs and blessings! Sara Emily

The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Distress Embossing Glazes -  Antique Linen, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
Distress Embossing Dabber
Distress Embossing Pens
Distress Oxide - Frayed Burlap
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Distress Paint - Ground Espresso
Distress Archival ink - Faded Jeans, Ground Espresso, Black Soot
Distress Collage Medium Matte
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera, Field Notes
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Fragments
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Tiny Text
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Field Notes

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Envelope Journal Using Ciao Bella - Sicilia Papers


Hello friends! I'm sharing a sweet little Envelope Journal using the beautiful Sicilia 6 x 6 paper pack by CiaoBella, inspired by my friend, Kathy Clement. Here's another photo to tease you, but there's much more over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. I hope you'll join me for the Saturday Showcase feature and a step by step tutorial on how I created this mini album over there. 


Hugs and Blessings! 
Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Die Cut Divas March Anything Goes I only used one die- stitched ovals set by Tutti.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Something Feminine
Country View Challenges March 2020 - The Eyes Have It I hope the bunnies eyes will be considered for this challenge; I've made him the feature on the cover in the shaker and have used him throughout the album (if you check out the details of my tutorial). I think bunnies have very soulful eyes and they kinda pop out at you. Feel free to delete if I'm off.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Beautiful Moments Mixed Media Panel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/beautiful-moments-mixed-media-panel-for.html Mixed Media Tag 1

Hello and welcome! It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, and Cec is hosting. She calls the challenge, 'Aquamarine', and here's what she says about it:

 "Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, has a rich color and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. Its mesmerizing color ranges from pale to deep blue and are reminiscent of the sea."  The challenge is to create a shabby chic or vintage project using the colour aquamarine in any of its shades along with one other colour (it could be white or brown or whatever you wish).  The definition has lots of other prompts you could also use in your creation but the colour requirement is the main focus.


As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

This was really a fun challenge, and I knew right away I wanted to make an ombre background and to use Tim Holtz Geo Frames die cuts. I don't have much in the way of step out photos, but I can give you some details and show you lots of photos of how I made this tag.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/beautiful-moments-mixed-media-panel-for.html Mixed Media Tag 2

I included the shot below (even though it's a little washed out from the bright daylight), because it shows off  that gorgeous prism.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/beautiful-moments-mixed-media-panel-for.html Mixed Media Tag 3

I started with the Organic die and cut it from water color paper. I adhered the die cut to a water color panel with Collage medium and swiped on some crackle paste around the edges with my finger. Once the cracks started forming, I gave it another coat of collage medium. I allowed that to dry to touch and sprayed with Distress Oxide Sprays, starting with the lightest and working to the darkest. These are the colors I used: Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch. I spritzed with water and and allowed the colors to blend, coaxing some of the color here and there while I dried with my heat tool.


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/beautiful-moments-mixed-media-panel-for.html Mixed Media Tag 4

 I adhered the colored panel to a Baseboard with Collage Medium and sanded the edges when dry. I blended Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain crayon around the edges and splattered some watery ink with a limp paintbrush. Inspired by the definition of aquamarine being a symbol of hope, I chose the word from one of the phrases included in Tim's new Tiny Text stamp set. I stamped it in Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso archival inks first and second generation on a scrap.

Inspired by the photo, I colored four tiny 'gems' and a plastic prism from my stash with alcohol inks: Lettuce, Citrus, Sailboat and Mermaid.

For my focal point, I cut the Scribbly Butterly from water color paper colored with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide and heat embossed with Glistening Glass powder. I layered this over a Tattered Butterfly die cut colored with brown Distress inks,  sandwiching a perfectly coordinating bow made from the ribbon Linda's Mom dies and wraps up our little thank you goodie bags with. If you shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, you already know that Linda includes a wonderful little gift bag in each of her orders, filled with crafty goodies and her Mom hand dies all those seam binding ribbons!

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/beautiful-moments-mixed-media-panel-for.html Mixed Media Tag 5

The butterfly is resting atop  a trio of Geo Frames cut from Metallic Kraft Stock. I transformed silver card into a rusty brown with alcohol inks: Rust and Teakwood.

The quote is another from the Tiny Text set; this time I used all of the quote. I used some blue sequins and some shell sequins from my stash, again taking inspiration from the definition of aquamarine, and including something from the sea.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/beautiful-moments-mixed-media-panel-for.html Mixed Media Tag 6

The Field Notes stamps got their first inking with Vintage Photo Archival on a scrap, and I fussy cut the labels tucked in around the frame.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/beautiful-moments-mixed-media-panel-for.html Mixed Media Tag 7

Well, that finishes up another project! Here's one last look at my take on Aquamarine.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/03/beautiful-moments-mixed-media-panel-for.html Mixed Media Tag 8

I hope you found some inspiration here, but there's still plenty of inspiration over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog from my talented teammates. I hope you'll hop on over and have a look at their wonderful Aquamarine projects. Then link up your own vintage or shabby chic project using the colors and theme as your guide. Happy Crafting! Sara Emily

Sharing with:
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Tag It  I used a Baseboard in place of a tag, because I'm out of the thickboards. Also, by definition, labels are the same as tags, and I have three labels. :) I hope this is Ok for the challenge.
Bleeding Art February Challenge - Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create at Polkadoodles Challenge #3 - Anything Goes Mixed Media Creative Challenge
Crafty Card Makers #251 Embossing I embossed the butterfly, and the background, by definition, is embossed.

These products were used on my panel and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Scribbly Butterflies
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Geo Frames
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die - Organic
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Butterfly
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Tiny Text
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Field Notes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Confections Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvaged Baseboards
Distress Oxide Spray - Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch
Distress Oxide - Tumbled Glass
Distress Ink -Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso
Distress Archival Ink -Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #3
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink - Lettuce, Citrus, Sailboat, Mermaid, Teakwood, and Rust
Emerald Creek Eileen Hull Molten Dimension Embossing Powder - Glistening Glass
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wood Grain Tutorial at A Vintage Journey


Hello friends! This is just a reminder that I have a tutorial on the steps I took to create this framed collage over at A Vintage Journey. I hope you'll join me there! Hugs! Sara Emily

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

An Odd Mixed Media Card for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


Hello and welcome! Today starts a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. The incredibly talented and creative Suzz is our hostess, and she chose the theme, Leap into The Odd. Here's her description of the challenge:

"2020 is a leap  year which means we will have an additional day in February ending on an odd number of days.  The definition of odd is "different from what is usual or expected; strange."    My challenge to you is to create something odd or unusual.   Also you must tell us what is odd or unusual in your project when you share it with us!"

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

I'm going to share some closeup photos, and then a few process photos that might help you see what is odd  about my spring card beside the fact I used a Tim Holtz Halloween Creepy eye and some feathers from a Halloween boa to embellish the bird from Tim's Modern Christmas stamp set. The plumage on his head is pretty obvious, but did you spot his tail feathers?


 I popped the iris from the Creepy Eye and patted it with Picket Fence paint to take the shine down. It's a little large, but that makes it that much more odd.

 I had a portion of a Destinations Thinlits die cut on my worktop, and left it in it's original white card state; perhaps a little odd to have pure white on a vintage card, when everything else is tinted with Antique Linen or another darker color. Even though a globe is in no way related to the overall theme of the card, I think it works like a doily for a place for your eye to rest on this busy card.


I was excited to get my hands on the Modern Christmas stamp set, but sadly, it was after Christmas. I think the bird works quite nicely on a spring card, don't you? He's inked in Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade Distress Archival ink and blended with Mermaid Lagoon and Black Soot ink.  Large Funky Floral and Garden Greens Thinlits flowers and foliage make a nice contrast to all the dark and vivid colors. (Perhaps the dark/vivid color scheme could be considered another oddity?)



The branch from Large Funky Floral set may seem a bit odd; typically it points in the opposite direction. After cutting it, I flipped it over and dipped it into Antique Linen Oxide and heat embossed with Eileen Hull Molten Dimension Glistening Glass Embossing Powder.  I don't like shiny, but I do love the texture the powder creates, so I scribbled it with Walnut Stain Distress crayon to bring out the bumps and to hide the glare.


Inspired by Toni's (Artistic Craft Dabbler) wood veneer cover on her journal, I made my background panel from birch bark I found after cleaning up after a good blow a  week or so ago. (I would consider this an odd background.) I used Distress Collage Medium Matte to glue it down and stuck it under a couple heavy books for a day to be sure it was really stuck down, because it was about to take a beating.

I gave it another coat of collage medium over top and after it was dry just to touch, I sprayed with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide spray and wiped with a paper towel to leave it to just lightly tint the bark. I blended Walnut Stain crayon around the edges and to highlight the texture of the bark layers.

Using a Shifter Mini Stencil (but not shifting) and Mermaid Lagoon Distress paint, I added the dots. Finally, I patted with entire panel with Picket Fence paint using my finger and used some old Remnant Rubs on the background. Nothing out of the ordinary there, just some good messy fun.


I was going to use this panel of Tim Holtz Christmas paper stash which I stenciled with Transparent Matte Texture  paste and Tim's Floral stencil, but that turned out a disaster. I'll probably use that on a future project, if I can figure out how to salvage it. In the meantime, rather than waste all that great texture paste on the reverse side of the stencil, I turned it over onto a scrap to make a monoprint, which didn't turn out much better.


Once the monoprint scrap dried, I sprayed it with Oxide spray and water and moved the color around, blotting with a paper towel as I dried it.  Yay! Salvaged! I love how the color settles in around the dried paste design. I blended with Antique Linen Oxide ink and Rusty Hinge ink when it was completely dry and die cut with Stacked Baroque Thinlits. I think this is a bit of an odd way to make a background, and I love the effect. I'm pretty sure I couldn't make another one if I tried.  I only took the photo to remind me of what colors I used; I'm not exactly sure of the exact process.


My sentiment is cut from this clothing tag I had in my stash. What's so odd about it, there's no one that's a size 7 in our family! My guess it's been stashed for a very long time.


So that's it for my odd spring card! Here's one more look at the completed project. There's a whole bunch more odd inspiration at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, created by my talented teammates, so I hope you'll pop over to check them out!


I hope you've picked up some odd ideas to use and that you'll link up your own vintage or shabby chic project to be in for a chance to win one of the awesome prizes! Don't forget to tell us what's odd, because we likely won't be able to pick it out on our own!  One man's 'odd' is another man's 'normal'. I can't wait to see what you will create!

Hugs and happy crafting! 
Sara Emily

Challenges I would like to share with:

These products were used on my project and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -- Black Soot, Rusty Hinge
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pads -- Antique Linen, Mermaid Lagoon
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint  -- Mermaid Lagoon, Picket Fence

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Valentine's Day Card Set with Tim Holtz Geo Frames and Crochet 2

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Tim Holtz Sizzix Geo Frames Crochet 2 Valentine Card Set Tutorial 1

Hello friends! I had some fun making some heart themed cards using Tim Holtz Geo Frames and Crochet 2 Thinlits die sets. These cards are for several different occasions: Valentine's Day , a Valentine's day birthday and a thank you card. Since I used pretty much the same thing on each card, I made them assembly line fashion.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Tim Holtz Sizzix Geo Frames Crochet 2 Valentine Card Set Tutorial 2

This one is for my sister in law's birthday. For each of the cards, I colored a watercolor panel with Distress Spray Oxides in Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick. I blended each panel with Vintage Photo ink and splashed with water and dried. The edges are blended with Black Soot ink.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Tim Holtz Sizzix Geo Frames Crochet 2 Valentine Card Set Tutorial 3

I made this Valentine card for my husband's mom and dad--still happy together after all these years!

I used Tim's old Hearts stencil with Opaque Crackle paste and set them aside to dry. I had several Geo Frames hearts already cut from Metallic Kraft Stock in Gold and Rose Gold and one from Tim's old paper stash (below). I had backed one of the Rose Gold hearts with vellum which I splattered with Picket Fence paint. Each of the metallic hearts was colored with Cracked Pistachio paint and Mushroom and Rust alcohol inks.

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This one is for my daughter; it's our special phrase to one another, and I'm so happy to see it on Tim's Metallic Quotations. The bit of basket filler under the heart makes it a little quirky for a young lady in her early 20's.

I cut another heart from water color paper I sprayed with Worn Lipstick DOXS. I stamped the center with  School Days stamp in Hickory Smoke Archival ink and spread it and the paper stash heart with Distress Crazing Medium. When dry, I rubbed with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon to accentuate the cracks.

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This is a thank you card for my sister -- a little late, but she expects that from me. :)

Now that the crackle paste had dried on the background, I did some stamping in Hickory Smoke Archival with stamps from School Desk, Documented, Entomology and my very first Tim Holtz clear stamp (can't recall the name) sets. The Crochet 2 is cut from Rose Gold card stock and colored with Cracked Pistachio paint and Mushroom and Rust alcohol inks. The sentiment is a Clippings Sticker.

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This is for my best friend --she's been with me through thick and thin for over 20 years. Lucky me!

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This is the frame portion of the heart cut from Worn Lipstick sprayed card. I cut a piece of recycled greeting card to mount it on and re-inserted the little pieces. Once I gave it a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte to keep all those pieces in place, I aged it with Vintage Photo crayon and a tiny bit of water on my finger.

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 Here's a Valentine I made from my husband's brother and his wife.

 This heart was cut from thick white card. The pieces stayed in when I removed the die, so I gave it a coat of collage medium on the back to hold the pieces in place. I inked the front with Vintage Photo and Black Soot inks. You can see where some of the collage medium got on the front and resisted the ink (pretend it's a plan). I had some of the rusty Crochet 2 die cut left, so I cut it to fit the heart's center.Another of the Crochet 2 die cuts is colored with Antique Linen DOX spray, mushroom alcohol ink, Vintage Photo crayon and Black Soot ink.

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To say I am in love with what the tiniest bit of Mushroom alcohol ink tapped onto the inky card stock Crochet die cut does to age it is a gross understatement! Oh, and the more I use my oxide sprays the more I am in love with them, too!

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The crackled hearts started to chip a bit when I smudged them with Vintage Photo crayon, so I tapped each of  them with a bit of collage medium to hold all those great bits in place.

I hope you enjoyed my play day as much as I did! Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day! I might be back if I'm happy with the card I'll squeak in for my husband. Sara Emily

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