It’s summertime, and definitely wedding and anniversary season. I often find myself reaching for a card, usually anniversary, and so I’m always looking for something fresh and different to add to my card line-up. Today I pulled out a couple of Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix dies, and I love the fun and contemporary result. The card can be used either as a wedding or an anniversary card, although I think it is best suited as an anniversary card.
I began this card with the idea to use some beautiful handmade Japanese paper that I’ve been hoarding. So the ivory base layer, the words and the green top layer are all the beautiful, textured Japanese paper. The base layer measures 4.25″ x 5.5″; the gold layer measures 4″ x 5.25″; and the green top layer measures 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. I attached these layers together using 1/4″ Angel Crafts Adhesive.
I love the words in the Tim Holtz Handwritten Love die set, and I decided on several to use for my card — cherish, love and forever. I initially thought I wanted to place them on the card (in order from upper left to lower right) — love, cherish and forever. Fortunately I tried to lay out the words on my card front (as opposed to just grabbing the glue and sticking them down), and I quickly realized that the words were not going to work in that order. The word “forever” did not fit well into the lower right corner because of the rather long tail on the “f”. After a little consideration, I decided to rearrange the words as you see them now on the card — forever, love, and cherish. That looked much better, and I could see where the flowers would fit in the upper right and lower left corners.
I also love the Tiny Tattered Florals set of dies. There are so many choices of little flowers — you can easily mix and match them. I chose the set of “rose” dies — small, medium and large. For this card I cut several sets of roses from a bright rose-colored cardstock, and also several sets of leaves. I also grabbed some scraps from the scrap pile and cut some practice flowers so that I could get comfortable with the techniques for making really nice flowers before I worked with the “good” paper. Often when I’m making flowers, I also make some extras so that I have some flowers ready to go.
The flowers are very easy to form. Tim Holtz just thinks of everything! It is easiest to roll small flowers like these if you have a slotted quilling tool. The tool holds the end of the flower in place and makes it easier to get a consistent results. The tool is included in the packet when you purchase the dies. You can’t get more convenient than that! Please see the short video for additional information on how to roll the flowers and finish the card.
Once the flowers have been rolled and glued, and the glue has dried, there are just a couple of final steps that I used to distress the roses. First I sprayed them with a little of the Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spray in Antique Linen. This dampens the flower and also adds a little color to make the rose appear somewhat vintage (you could also use plain water if you didn’t want to change the color). I then used an acrylic block to smash the flower slightly and make it look more worn or distressed. Once dry, the flowers are ready to add to the card.
I reached for my Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower tool set to get the leaf mat and the veining tool so I could add some dimension to the leaves. First I used the veining tool to add a center vein and some little shoots off to each side. Then I grabbed the base of the leaf with tweezers and pinched the leaf. While holding it in shape (i.e. pinched), I used the tweezers to bend back the tip of the leaf slightly to make it more life-like. Finally, I sprayed the leaves with a little of the Antique Linen Distress Stain to distress them. The Distress Stain tends to collect in the areas you’ve marked as veins etc. and so adds a subtle dimension — that’s why you want to spray the Distress Stain after shaping the leaf vs. before. Once dried, the leaves are ready to add to the card.
To finish the card, I carefully placed the words on the card front. I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to hold them in place. I also used the Quick Dry Adhesive to attach the flowers and leaves to the card front. I just love how it turned out!
Supplies available at Cut @ Home:
Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Angel Crafts Adhesive Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT1414)
Supplies from my stash: Assorted cardstock (including some beautiful handmade textured papers from Japan), Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive; flower tools (I used my Sizzix Susan’s Garden set)
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!