Monday, June 25, 2018

Make Today Count

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz Stacked Label

  Welcome to Monday!  I hope you've had a relaxing weekend! Today I'm sharing a quick masculine card in what seems to be, as of late, my go-to neutral palette. My hubby reminded me it was my father in law's birthday in a few days and could I pretty please make a card. By the way, the mail comes in a half hour. Sure, honey.

Thank goodness for my new Stacked Label Thinlits dies! These stacked labels make easy and quick work or play for just about any project you might have in mind, and the combinations  using the 5 graduated dies are limited only by your imagination.

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz #Distress#Ideaology#Sizzix Alterations#Stampers Anonymous 3

I actually worked in reverse when planning my card, starting with the focal point and working to the base. I found this young man in one of my oldest Tim Holtz Paper Stashes--Lost and Found, and he happens to look very much like my father in law in his youth. The image is square, so the die doesn't fit perfectly, but it still works! I just used a little Design Tape (this one is from the Journey set) to hold the die in place and sent it through my die cut machine. The Design tape works much better than any other tape--it comes off smoothly without tearing the paper/card.

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz Stacked Label 1

I cut the lighter toned layer using one of the larger dies in the set from a background I made while enjoying some happy craft time with Autumn earlier this year at my friend's lake house. I think I used Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide and then stamped with Autumn's dots image from  Tim's Dots and Florals stamp set in one of the brown oxides. I was instantly in love, and had to go home and purchase my own set.

I only had some flimsy mixed media paper with me at the time, but I was able to add some sturdiness to the die cut by cutting a slightly smaller label from my stash of waste packaging chipboard and adhered it to the back with collage medium. These workhorse dies can easily cut through thin chipboard.

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz Stacked Label 2

I used Classic Kraft cardstock in black for the last layer and frame, using both the inside and the outside of the cut.   I sanded both pieces, and adhered the frame to a panel of Heavystock colored with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Oxides. You can tell from this angled shot that I elevated each label by using some waste cardboard under them.

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz #Distress#Ideaology#Sizzix Alterations#Stampers Anonymous 3

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz #Distress

After it was all layered up the only thing left to do was to add a sentiment. My husband chose 'Make Today Count' from the Quotations Metallic Stickers. Edging the sticker in Black Soot ink gives it a nice finishing touch.
sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz #Ideaology

All ready for the mail in plenty of time! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did making this card!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Additional products: Stampers Anonymous Dots and Floral Stamp set, Ideaology Lost and Found Paper Stash


  1. Awesome card, Sara Emily! Happy Birthday to your FIL.

  2. It's so gorgeous, Sara Emily!! I love the distressed, vintage look!! The layered frame is so fabulous!! Your FIL will adore this!! Happy birthday to him!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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  3. Wow Sara...this card is stunning! Looks like an old daguerreotype found in the attic...Love it! Hugs ❤

  4. That's incredible!! You've truly captured the look of worn antique matting.

  5. Wow Sara, I am super impressed that you created this in such a short time, it is a fabulous card, the texture and dimension you created are superb! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Sara Emily, I know that he will truly love this card! I like the idea of working from the focal point outwards and in this case it worked out tremendously! This neutral palette is really turning out some amazing cards!! Thanks for sharing your awesome talents! ~Ann xx

  7. Beautiful card and I’m sure that it will be very special to him!!! I don’t have that die set but am going to have to put it on my list! You totally made it look like a vintage photo mat! 🖤🖤🖤 Love it, Sara Emily!!!! ♥️

  8. Sara Emily, I love how you're able to put a card together quickly and it turns out fabulous! Love this die set and how you've finished it, especially that top dotty layer - that looks amazing! How cool you found a pic in your stash that could be you father-in-law when he was young. I'm sure he will love this!!! Hugs :-)

  9. Congratulations on making a card in such a rush that looks so good and posting all the detailed info, amazing!

  10. Beautiful card! I love the vintage frame and the cabinet card look.

  11. Really neat card Sara Emily! It would be perfect it that was a real photo of your FIL! What a nice looking old young man! heehee
    Sending hugs Jackie xx

    1. My father in law wanted to know where we got the photo of him! Ha! ha! It's almost perfect!

  12. Truly amazing layering with this awesome die set. Now I need this one too! This just goes to show how simple can be incredible. An awesome design my friend. Hugs, Autumn

  13. Gorgeous artwork! But, Sara - obviously you have not been married for 30+ years like I have. I would have made him take it to the post office WHEN I finished it. Next time he'll think you can do it in 15. Just sayin'... ;-) haha xoxo


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