Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Artist Trading Coins With Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glazes

Sara Emily Barker 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 ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 2

Sara Emily Barker ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 3

Sara Emily Barker ATC's Field Notes Distress Embossing Glazes 4

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Reverse sides:

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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!

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

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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


  1. Absolutely beautiful, love this nature feeling and your colour combi! Take care! Kerstin xx

  2. FAB-U-LOUS! These have such a great vintage feel to them and look like they came from a very old nature book.

  3. I could sit back and admire these exceptional trio for many hours how delicious those glazes look upon them all. Fabulous use of ephemera, beauty in nature brings hope and joy to us all. Sending love and light your way, take care dear Sara Emily.
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

  4. Fabulous! I love what you did with the snippets on these fantastic Trading Coins!

  5. Awesome projects, Sara Emily! I hope you are well.

  6. These coins are outstanding Sara! Love all the details. Your designs with the Field Notes and use of emboss glaze powders are perfection. :)

  7. Wow, what beautiful ATCoins! I love your flora and fauna designs and the way you used the new TH glazes - perfect 😁. I have them on my wish list and it's my birthday soon so I may just treat myself 😉. Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend! Take care, stay safe and healthy! Hugs, Jo x

  8. Well Sara Emily you've done it again - these show off PERFECTLY how those new glazes work to transform a background and then you've matched them perfectly with the brilliant choices of ephemera. In the smallest of places you make incredible art x

  9. Absolutely love these coins, you have used all my favorites glazes, ephemera, fragment stamps. Lovely lovely stuff and beautiful as ever. x Amanda

  10. These are delicious, Sara Emily. I love the simple collaging on each of them - each one different, yet completely connected - and the sheen from the Glazes is fabulous.
    Alison x


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