22nd March, 2013 by iGirlZoe
When Tim Holtz challenged us to his Tattered Floral Challenge, the Tattered Florals Die was one of my least used, mainly because it was too, well, floral!
After several attempts I hadn’t created anything that I felt worthy of this challenge. Then it occurred to me that what these flowers were missing was some much needed grunge! I grabbed the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Gears Folder and came up with this!
This is how I made it…
I embossed a box lid and base and covered with distress paint. Once dry, I added a layer of broken china distress paint and then quickly removed the excess with a dry cloth. I swiped a blending tool with brushed corduroy distress ink over the raised embossed detail. Finally, I used an empty water brush to hightlight the raised areas with antique bronze distress stain.
Next I die cut Rangers Metal Foil Tape with the Tattered Florals Die and covered with Adirondack alcohol inks and set aside to dry.
Once dry, I embossed with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Gears Folder and then used a sanding block to take the dried alcohol ink off the raised embossed areas.
I attached the flowers with gem brads and curled the leaves to give them a more dimensional look.
Thanks to Tim’s challenge, I have a renewed love for my tattered florals die and look forward to experimenting more with my alcohol inks and metal foil.
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31st January, 2013 by iGirlZoe
YAAAAY! Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 is back for another year!
This time I wasn’t terrified of slicing into my Texture Fades embossing folders because I had already taken the plunge, as seen in my Altered Texture Fades blog post.
I had just about all the ingredients for January’s Tag, so decided to try and “colour inside the lines” and not deviate from the original. However, since making this tag, I have used several of the techniques to make other things.
I found that following Tim’s techniques got me thinking more creatively about other things I wanted to make. I often suffer terrible crafters block and now follow one of Tim’s techniques until the creative inspiration hits me.
I can’t get enough of the Idea-ology Mini Gears and have a packet a month habit. I recently saw The Artful Maven had used them as the center of a fabric flower, I love the diverse ways in which you can use them.
The Idea-ology Hinge clip on paper has inspired me to try and create a miniature clip board with grungepaper and distress ink on another project.
I had so much fun making this month’s tag, looking forward to February’s.
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30th January, 2013 by iGirlZoe
You’re probably on your second or third pot of Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Clear Rock Candy by now, but I’ve just discovered it and it’s better than calorie free chocolate! I am utterly addicted and find myself eying up everyday items in my apartment and wondering if I could “DSDG” it!
I went to my local craft store, Scrapdeco, at the weekend as my Christmas gift certificates were burning a hole in my pocket. I picked up the fabulous Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Cargo Stencil Number die set. I couldn’t wait to get home to play with my new goodies and make some tags.
I used black card covered in DSDG to back the cargo numbers. On black card, DSDG looks like gravel and I love that it doubles as pretty Christmas AND grungy gravelly glitter. It works especially well with the new Rangers Sticky Embossing Powder, which I’m going to try gold leafing with this week. I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Subway Folder to emboss Core’dinations Kraft Core, which I covered in a variety of distress inks. I finished the tag off by distressing the edges with the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser and embellished with an assortment of Tim Holtz Idea-ology.
In an attempt to deny that Christmas is over for another year, (and to use MORE DSDG), I dropped back into the festive bubble and made this snowflake using the Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Snowflake Rosette die.
I saw a great tip on Tim Holtz Blog to use a strip of Tissue Tape on the back of the die cut before folding. It prevents tearing and keeps the rosette together, whilst providing a cool background for the reverse. I didn’t have my glue gun with me so used a squirt of Glossy Accents, (one of my dessert island supplies), it’s strong stuff.
Hope you’re finding your crafty groove for 2013.
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31st October, 2012 by iGirlZoe
Happy Halloween! I thought I would share a few of the creepy creations I recently made for some of my swappy pals.
I love the new Tim Holtz Sizzix In The Bag Die, which I used with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Cat & Raven Movers & Shapers Dies. They remind me of ‘Trick or Treat’ bags and are the perfect size for ATC’s.
I have been really looking forward to using the new Tim Holtz Apothecary Stamp Set which I used to make the skull ATC. I stamped ‘The End’ using a wood backed stamp that my lovely friend Rhea sent me. Check out her blog, Starrgazer Creates.
I made the potion labels ATC using stamps by Tim Holtz, Pink Paislee and My Mind’s Eye, as well as a little crackle glaze and the obligatory Distress Inks.
The crow ATC was a bit of a mini triumph for me as I hand drew the sleeve attached to the stamped hand, (normally I can’t draw for toffee)! I also managed to stamp the crow so it was perched on the finger first time. It was one of those moments where you sit back and think, “YES!”
I’m off to carve me a pumpkin. Hope you have a Spooktastic Halloween!
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14th February, 2012 by iGirlZoe
My ongoing craft de-stash is proving very fruitful. I found some Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley stamp sets at the back of an over stuffed basket and felt a sudden surge of creativity.
In the spirit of change, I stepped outside of my vintage brown comfort zone and dabbled with a little more colour. I used Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamps, (one of my favourite sets) to keep it grungy.
My Mum bought me some Dylusions Mica Ink Sprays which I absolutely love! I’ve become an overnight ink spraying maniac, frantically filling Mini Misters with ink ready to spray anything that moves!
Finding all these long forgotten craft supplies has given me a renewed sense of creative excitement. BUT, the naughty shopaholic inside of me is whispering suggestively about all of the delicious crafty delights I could fill the space that I am fast clearing with…
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