Tim Holtz Flower Field Die Cut Birthday Card

I had some fun using a new to me product on this card for my sister. It is Metallic Wax by Art Alchemy.

To create the background I ink blended Distress Oxide inks. I dropped a little water on it and added some splatters using Glimmer Metallic Ink. I used a butterfly group stamp to stamp the butterflies but only applied ink to the butterflies on each end of the stamp.

I die cut the flowers two times. On one of them I used some Metallic Wax to go over it. I used a finger dauber to apply the was. This wax is new to me and I ended up watching a cool video to learn more about it. I trimmed a little of the black die cut and shifted them when I layered them to give more dimension.

The sentiment is die cut.

The photo below is a close up of the wax on the flowers. It’s a nice consistency and I feel like I have a bit more control with it than another wax I tried.

Tim Holtz Papillon stamp


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Flower Field die
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Papillon stamp
  • Distress Oxide Inks – Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon
  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink – Copper
  • Karen Burniston Word Set 1 Greetings die
  • Art Alchemy Metallique Wax – Firebird


Hero Arts 2021 Stamp-Along Fun

Hello! Today I have several cards that I made during a craft along event that Hero Arts did on July 17. It was an all day event and many different design team members made cards that you also made at the same time. They have another one coming up and I would highly recommend it.

Are you ready? Get something to drink and maybe a snack…

This is a spotlight card taught by Daniel West. I used a stamp from Simon Says Stamp to make this. There is vellum covering the stamping on the base of the card. I colored with Copics.  The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers and I think the sentiment is from Hero Arts It’s Your Day set.

This card was done by Maria Willis. It is a gatefold card and also includes some vellum. Heat embossed flowers on vellum and cut out by hand. The background is Hero Arts Reactive ink blending with stenciling and shimmer mist over it. The sentiment is heat embossed and raised with foam.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers, Hero Arts Reactive ink, Tim Holtz stencil, Spellbinders circle die, Hero Arts It’s Your Day birthday stamp set

A One Layer Looking Glass Card designed by Lydia Fiedler. You stamp the background with a text die. For the scene you use the Looking Glass die and then paper piece it back in to make a one layer card. I added the frame as an extra little thing which I cut out with a square die and the Looking Glass die. The sky is ink blended and the tree is colored with Copics.

Supplies: Hero Arts Canyon Lands Looking Glass die, Memory Box Stitched Square die, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp

Hero Arts Sun Ray Bold Prints

Looking Glass Window Card. This was done by Nichol Spohr. This was fun because part of the scene is on the inside of the card.

I ink blended the front panel first using Distress Oxide ink. For the front of the card I stamped with the Sun Ray stamp and lightly stamped some text over that. Cut out a square which give you the piece for the inside of the card. Color the tree with Zig Clean Color Pens.

For the inside cut out the grass/frame and the mountains. Color with Zig Clean Color Pens.  Place those on the square with the sun rays along with the frame which the grass is part of.

Supplies: Hero Arts Canyon Lands Looking Glass die, Memory Box Stitched Square die, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Hero Arts Sun Ray Bold Prints, Zig Clean Color Pens.

Hero Arts It's Your Day

Color Layering Sea horse birthday card. Jessica Frost-Ballas designed this card.

Ink blending on the background. School of fish and bubbles heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Seahorses stamped and die cut.

The sentiment is heat embossed with white powder.

Supplies: Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse, Hero Arts It’s Your Day stamp set

Color Layering Jellyfish with “waves” background. This is a Mindy Eggen card design. For the background I ink blending through a stencil and then ink blended over that fading as it went across. I am not super great at blending like this but it came out ok.

Two jellyfish are stamped right on the background and the big one is layer stamped and die cut.

The sentiment is stamped right on the background.

Supplies: Hero Arts July 2016 My Monthly Hero, Hero Arts Swirl stencil

Rainbow Watercolor Backgrounds. These are by Channin Pelletier. I am going to start by saying this was the most fun for me. Why? I have never done this before and it is just so happy! These are similar but a few different ways of doing them. To start each card you heat emboss on bristol paper using white powder.

For this first card I kind of scribbled lines across the card all the way down the card in the all the colors using water based pens. Then I used a brush and some water to spread the color out and blend the colors.

The sentiment is die cut.

For this one you color the different colors in pie shapes, douse it with water and use a blower to send the color out to the edges from the middle. The word celebrate is die cut (1 black and 2 white) and layered slightly offset. The other part of the sentiment is heat embossed and hand cut.

For this you color along vertically but only about half way down, douse with water and then blow towards the bottom of the card. The sentiment was done the same as the card above.

Hero Arts Everything Flower Background

This believe it or not was the technique where you blow out from the middle. It was my first attempt and I had a little to much water so all the color went past the edges so you don’t have any streaks. This stamp might be a little to solid in places too for this technique to really shine. However I like how it came out. A nice background.

Whew.. I love all these rainbow cards and you should give it a try.

Supplies: Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party Bold Prints stamp, Hero Arts Everything Flower Bold Prints stamp, Hero Arts Birthday Stamp & Cut XL (love the font for the dies in this set), Reverse Confetti Thanks Square die, Simon Says Stamp Hello Dies, Local King Rubber Stamp water based markers

Now we have a Tri-fold stand up card. The teacher for this card was Debi Adams. Here is the jelly fish background stamp again. I was lucky to win this from Hero Arts.

For the stamping.. I stamped the jelly fish on a piece of paper that was cut in half to put on the side panels. Then I stamped again and colored in the jelly fish with Copics and a shimmer pen and cut the piece that goes in the middle of the frame and then hand cut a couple jelly fish to put on the side of the frame. The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies: Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party Bold Prints, Hero Arts July 2016 My Monthly Hero (sentiment), MFT Pie

My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Flowers Background

Catching up as usual but I think this finishes off April. I know April was over weeks ago. Some day maybe I’ll be ahead.

Here we go with some heat embossing and watercoloring. One of those I think I can remember what I did.

I heat embossed the flowers on some watercolor paper using copper embossing powder. I used Distress Ink to watercolor the flowers and leaves. If I am going to be honest I watercolored the background more to cover up a few spots more than just coloring it. Kind of different for me. I do like how it turned out though.

The mat under the flower panel is some Distress Metallic Kraft-Stock.

The sentiment is heat embossed.


  • My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Flowers Background stamp
  • Distress Inks
  • Copper embossing powder
  • Distress Metallic Kraft-Stock


Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Salad

Here is a little quick card that I made to thank someone for giving me a Cherokee Purple tomato plant that she started from seed. That is my favorite tomato to grow. I got it from the Buy Nothing Group in FB. I have been gifted several plant cuttings and starts which makes me happy!

This is kind of a quick card. I stamped all the tomatoes using the Hero Arts stamp set. Funny thing I had this in my pile of stamps to pass on and ended up pulling it back out to use. I used Distress Oxide ink for all the stamping and coloring of the die cut pieces.

For the die cuts I used the Tim Holtz set Crochet.

The sentiment is a stamp from a Winnie & Walter set.


  • Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Salad
  • Winnie & Walter In a Word: Thanks
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Crochet
  • Distress Oxide inks

Tim Holtz Scribbly Butterflies Thank You Card

I have a butterfly thank you card for you today. I like butterflies and need to use them more often.

Tim Holtz Ledger Script

So happy with how my card turned out considering I wasn’t sure about the background colors when I first made it. I started off smooshing Distress inks for the background which I did some time back. I used Distress Inks Speckled Egg, Wilted Violet, Wild Honey. I cut the butterflies out and they were just sitting around. You know how finally some pieces  just fall together.

When I started putting this together I stamped over that smooshed background with a flower stamp using Distress Paint and and text stamp using Distress Ink.

I die cut the butterflies and sentiment from black paper and then put some Antique Bronze Distress Paint on them.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Scribbly Butterflies die set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Dried Flower woodblock stamp
  • Distress Paint – Antiqued Bronze
  • Distress Ink
  • Spellbinders D-Lites Thank You die

Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Bloom Background

Howdy! I have some more flowers for you today. Flowers are one of my favorites to create with.

Simon Says Stamp Thank You die

To create my card I started with stamping the flowers on some watercolor paper. I heat embossed using a sparkly copper embossing powder.

I used Hero Arts liquid watercolors to color in the flowers and leaves.

For the sentiment I die cut the background piece from a thick vellum. The sentiment itself is cut from a foil paper.


  • Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Bloom Background
  • Hero Arts watercolors – Indigo, Moss and Dandelion
  • Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design Thank You die set
  • Vellum
  • Judikins Copper Twinkle embossing powder
  • Daiso metallic paper

Tim Holtz Leaf Print Die Cutting

Here is a thank you card I created for my hubby to use. There is a bit of a story behind this card and you can see that below.

I created this card because my husband saw a sample I made and wanted it for a card. Since it was a sample I made this for him.

The first and second leaves are cut from panels of Distress ink smooshed paper. The third I cut out once from a off white piece of paper and then ink blended that. I cut the leaf out again from Kraft-Stock Metallic paper and inlaid the pieces into the first cut out.

The sentiment is die cut from a Distress inked smooshed panel also.

Here is the sample.

I made the sample for myself to show the different ways that the leaves could be die cut. The leaf on the left is cut from a Distress ink smooshing panel. The middle leaf is I think cut from similar and then I added a little Distress ink direct to paper and added ink around the edges. The leaf on the right is die cut once from a piece of paper that I later inked and then cut out again from Kraft-Stock Metallic paper and inlaid the pieces into the first leaf that I die cut.


  • Tim Holtz Leaf Print die set
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Metallic paper
  • Distress Ink
  • Distress Oxide Ink
  • Karen Burniston Word Set 1 – Greetings die set


Tim Holtz Funky Foliage Die Cutting

Here is a card I made a bit ago. Sometimes you have to wait to post so that the recipient gets a surprise in the mail.

Tim Holtz Shadow Script #2 die

For the background I did some Distress Oxide ink smooshing on the Tim Holtz woodgrain paper. Love the combination of these two.

I die cut all the foliage and colored the pieces with Copic markers. I die cut the pot and ink blended that. The many die piece sets to me are fun and kind of like doing a puzzle.

The sentiment is die cut from a piece of paper that had Distress ink applied.

Entered over at the Love Handmade Cards November challenge in Flickr.


  • Tim Holtz Funky Foliage die set
  • Tim Holtz Shadow Script #2 die set
  • Tim Holtz BigZ Potted die set
  • Distress ink
  • Copic markers

Tim Holtz Sea Life Thank You Card

Here’s a quick card I made for the young man next door who took care of our house while we were away.

I did some ink smooshing on a panel, stamped the octopus and sentiment. There is also some texture that can be seen in the photo below much better. I used the Tim Holtz Bubbles stencil and some texture paste to create the ocean water look.


  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Stampers Anonymous Sea Life stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Bubbles Stencil
  • Distress Translucent Grit Paste
  • Winnie & Walther In A Word: Thanks stamp se

Watercoloring with Stampendous Daisy Thanks

Today I have a watercolored daisy thank you card I made for my hubby.

I did some watercoloring and I cannot remember what I used to watercolor. My guess is either Distress Crayons or Distress Reinkers. I am getting better about taking notes while creating but sometimes I do not. My hubby got me this stamp set so I wanted to use it for this thank you. I was trying to keep it low key so it was ok for a masculine card. And the ladybug was so cute I had to add it. The sentiment is stamped and from the same set.


  • Stampendous Daisy Thanks stamp set
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