Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A Little Frilly, A Little Funkie With Tim Holtz Swirls 3D Embossing

Hello, friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog. We are going with an ''Anything Goes" theme for the following two weeks and are looking forward to seeing your vintage/shabby chic projects.

The Design Team will choose their four top picks, and the overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All four top picks will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions. Be sure to stop over to the blog to see all the details of the challenge. While you're there be sure to check out the wonderful creations my talented teammates made to inspire you!

I just cracked open my new Tim Holtz Swirls 3D Embossing Folder and had a little play with it. I tried it out on a variety of papers, and ended up completing two cards totally different from each other. Here's my first which I would say is a little on the funkie side. You might remember The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog used to be called Frilly and Funkie, and we had a frilly team and a funkie team. I was a part of the funkie side, but I always like to get a little frilly from time to time.

I'll just share some close ups today, as I got immersed in the making and forgot to take step by step photos. It should be easy enough to share what I did in the text.

First, I made this deeply embossed background using Tim Holtz Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock . I placed a panel cut to size in the embossing folder with the color side down and spritzed it with water, then ran it through my die cut machine 3 times. I ran my Rustic Wilderness Distress ink pad directly over the raised panel and dried it. Next, I sanded the panel and blended with Wild Honey ink and dried. I love how the areas that are sanded back to the kraft add for even more dimension as the inks soaks in. In my next step, I painted the panel very lightly with my finger and Wild Honey Distress paint. I mostly dried the paint with my heat tool, and watched it pull away from the raised edges revealing the green metallic paper. Very cool and unexpected! Lastly, I blended with Vintage Photo ink.

I die cut an old stamped panel and brown card I had in my stash using an older Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals. I peeled away the outer edge of the stamped oval and adhered it over the brown one. The Tim Holtz Scribbly Butterflies were cut from more brown card and also watercolor paper. After removing the antennae, I dipped the white one into a puddle of watery Wild Honey ink, dried, and layered it over the brown butterfly die cut.

The Wildflower Stems #3 die cut  (now available for March restock pre-order in the shop!) is cut from scraps of water color paper colored with Mustard Seed ink and more of the green Metallic stock and layered. The vintage button is from my stash, and I adhered a green gemstone in it's center (included in Linda's thank you gift from my last order from the shop) using Distress Collage Medium Matte. The ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment is a Ideaology Metallic Quotations sticker matted on a scrap.

The panel was adhered to trimmed white card colored with Wild Honey ink over an old Tim Holtz paper stash inked with Ground Espresso ink, and that, to a card blank, also blended with Ground Espresso. I assembled everything after wadding up some gold thread under the butterfly and making a floppy bow with what was left of my ribbon .

And here is my CAS, frilly version. Slim line cards are making a resurgence, so I thought I would try making one.

I started with white card cut to size. I embossed one end, following suggested protocol, then flipped the card around and stuck just the un-embossed end into the folder before running it through my die cut machine. You can hardly see the line, but it's shown in  the close up below; the die cuts hide it nicely.

For my focal floral arrangement, I used these delicate little die cuts from Sizzix Floral Layers #2 by Jen Long. The foliage from this versatile set made it's debut on my Vignette Tray I made for the last Saturday Showcase. I was a little worried about putting together those tiny flowers at first, because of my poor eyesight, but it's really rather simple with the embossed lines on the die cuts to guide you. I find it's easier to cut the little extra bits and leave them in the card you cut them from, poking each one out as you need it. 

I simply sprayed two pieces of water color paper with water, then Oxide sprays: one Spun Sugar and one Kitsch Flamingo and dried them. Then I cut a set of the roses and the little bits out of each prepared card. I cut the background long stem and the foliage from plain water color paper and used a water brush to color them with green inks. To get a bit more color dimension, I used Worn Lipstick ink and a water brush to add deeper tones to the pink flowers after they were assembled.  You might notice I left part of the larger roses free to give a little extra dimension. I'm looking forward to making some of these flowers using flower shaping tools, but for now I wanted my card to be simple and flat for ease in mailing.

I inked a Crochet die cut with Black Soot Distress and Archival inks. The butterfly was in my stash from a LONG time ago. Sadly, I don't think I have that stamp any longer. Sniff, sniff. I had stamped and heat embossed on cheap purple card stock and fussy cut. I believe I used a Q-tip with bleach on it to remove the color from parts of the wing and brushed it with Perfect Pearls powder. I just added a smudge of Prima Patina Green Matte Wax on making this card to update him a bit.

For my sentiment, I cut Joy from black card and Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Shadow Upper dies using just the inside portion of the letters, saving the outer parts for another day. I added a portion of a Halloween sticker  ("You're my favorite monster") to complete the sentiment. The black half pearls were toned down with Prima White Matte Wax. I thinly matted on black card then mounted on a white card blank and assembled.

I was able to show off the simmer of the butterfly and subtle dimension of this simple card in this photo.

That's all for me today, but I hope you will pop over to the blog and see what my incredibly talented teammates made to start you off. And then, I hope you'll join us in our Anything Goes challenge. I can't wait to see what you create! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

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

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads -  Rustic Wilderness, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint,  Worn Lipstick, Black Soot 
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays - Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo


  1. Beautiful cards! I am more frilly than funkie but am trying to dabble in funkie a bit. I love the crochet trim on the slimline card - it really helps draw the eye upward and fill in the vertical space.

  2. Wow, such stunning cards! I love the embossed backgrounds and both your butterfly and flower designs look amazing 😀. Thanks for the inspiration and sending you happy and creative wishes! Happy March! Hugs, Jo x

  3. I love both cards! The first one is a lovely grungy design and the second one pulls the eye upwards with the lovely flowery die cut!

  4. Both so beautiful, who would have thought watching paint dry could be so rewarding and therapeutic at the same time. I do love it when we can open our new stash and just go and play with it, I feel like I have to put a date in my diary to book time with new things right now so so frustrating.
    The floppy bow ties your first piece together beautifully and may I say I do love the centre jewelled embellishment.
    On your second well is it only me that is mesmerised by that stunning rose die? Seems like each stolen hour i'm tinkering with another. Beautiful design Sara Emily the contrast of the white background really makes that rose take on a whole new meaning. I love both Frilly & the Funky, i'm glad they came together as one happy and harmonious gathering. Stunning!!
    Take care & stay always creative Hugs Tracey xx

  5. Both cards are gorgeous with so many lovely details. I must say though that I love, love, love the tall skinny one. The first one is so warm with the colour palette you chose and the second one is sophisticated.

  6. They are both beautiful! Excellent use of the same embossing folder for two completely different results! Love them...hugs!

  7. That green background... Oh how beautiful these are. I have pinned and will CASE in the future. So awesome sweet girl!


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