Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet Thinking of You

Today I have a bright Tim Holtz card with some ink blending and stenciling.


Tim Holtz Saying Stuff

I started my card by ink blending with Distress ink (picked raspberry, spiced marmalade and squeezed lemonade). I stamped over that using a Faded Type stamp and Picket Fence stain. I also daubed on some Picket Fence stain over the Music stencil.

The flowers and plants were stamped with Archival ink and are from the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz set Mini Bouquet.

The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz set Saying Stuff and also stamped with Archival ink.

I inked around the edges with the Spiced Marmalade ink.


  • Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Saying Stuff stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Music stencil
  • Ranger Archival Ink
  • Distress stain – Picket Fence
  • Distress inks

Layered Stamping with Tim Holtz Getting There

I have another card for you today. I am behind and trying to catch up on posting. This I made a month ago and forgot to post it. It was so much fun to make and I am super happy with how it came out. I sent it to my Dad for his birthday.

Tim Holtz Faded Type

I made the background by smooshing Oxide Distress Inks and Distress Ink. I used Speckled Egg, Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo. I stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Paint using the Faded Type stamp. I used Walnut Stain Oxide Distress ink over the Gears stencil.

The car, tire tracks and sentiment were stamped using Oxide Distress Black Soot ink.

I stamped the clock using Speckled Egg Oxide Distress ink.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Getting There stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Gears stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Saying Stuff stamp set
  • Oxide Distress Inks – Speckled Egg, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Black Soot
  • Distress Inks – Speckled Egg, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo
  • Archival Ink – Espresso
  • Distress Paint

Local King Rubber Stamp Under the Sea

How about some fish for today? I made two Father’s Day Cards with the great looking fish from Local King Rubber Stamp.

Tim Holtz Bubbles Stencil

Entered over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr for the July Challenge.

I made this card for my Dad for Fathers Day. I love all the fish, octopus and jelly fish in this set and there are matching dies. I colored the stamps with water based pens and then stamped them on glossy paper. I used the matching dies to cut them out.

The background – I smooshed both Distress and Distress Oxide inks on the panel. I used an embossing ink dauber to apply the embossing ink thru a stencil and then sprinkled with Broken China embossing glaze. Then heat embossed.

Here is a look at the panel before I added the fish. I like the look a lot.

Distress Oxide ink

Now for the one I made for my hubby for Fathers Day.

Tim Holtz Bubbles Stencil

This is close to the same as above but I used a little bit different color combo on the background but I did use Distress and Distress Oxide inks. For the stenciling I used an ink blending tool to apply the embossing ink and then also used Broken China Embossing Glaze.

The fish are the same as above.

The sentiment is stamped on the background.

A look at this panel before the fish were added.

Tim Holtz Bubbles Stencil


  • Local King Rubber Stamp Under the Sea stamps and dies
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Bubbles stencil
  • Distress Inks
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Ranger Embossing Dauber
  • Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Distress Embossing Glaze – Broken China
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set
  • Local King Rubber Stamp markers
  • Glossy Paper

Tim Holtz Feathered Friends Die Using Distress Ink

Today I am here with two bird cards I made. I have been watching a lot of Tim Holtz demos and I am loving them and learning so much. And then there is the shopping… but we won’t talk about that.

Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero

This was a fun card to make. For the background panel I put down some Distress ink. I used two different Tim Holtz stencils over top. I used Honeycomb and the Bubble stencil. I am slowly learning that you don’t need to use all of the stencil, little sections look great. I also did a little ink blending around the edges of the panel. You can see the panel below before I added the die cuts. I wish I could remember in better detail what all I did. I am trying to remember to take notes right as I am making things or right after.
For the wreath I die cut it.
For the bird I smooshed some paper on some inks on my craft mat. I then die cut it.
For the sentiment I put ink straight to paper using the Distress ink pad. I toned down the color a bit by putting some very light Distress ink over it. The sentiment is die cut.


For this card I remember much better on the background and I am super happy with the way it turned out. I put some Antique Linen Distress Paint on my craft mat and then ran a brayer over it and then rolled the paint on to my panel. I added a little bit of Antiqued Bronze and Frayed Burlap paint and rolled that on too. I got the look I wanted which is sort of streaky.

For the wreath I put Walnut Stain straight to one paper and for the second wreath I did the same with a little Gathered Twigs over the Walnut Stain.

The bird is die cut using a bird from the same set as the card above. The same as above I smooshed some paper down on inks on my craft mat. I used Walnut Stain, Blueprint and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks and Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Oxides.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Feathered Friends die set
  • Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Distress Inks
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Cas-ual Fridays Stamps die set
  • Spellbinders Sentiments Three die set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bubble stencil
  • Distress Paints

Watercoloring with Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero

Hello to you all. I have another card I created for Libby’s Challenge in the Hero Arts Fanatics group in Facebook. This time it is for the all time favorite My Monthly Hero kit. But.. truth be told I can’t pick an absolute favorite kit. There are many that I love. I tend to like the animal ones. There is safari, jungle (this one today), under the sea and aquarium.

Distress Oxide Inks

To create this card I chose the June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. As you can see it has a jungle theme. Lot’s of fun animals and plants. I decided to use the Daniel Smith watercolor palette that came with the kit which I have not used up until now. So I stamped the images and watercolored them and then used the dies that came with the kit to cut them out. I enjoyed the watercoloring.

The sentiment is from the kit and got a little goofy when I stamped it but sometimes you just have to go with it.

The background was created after watching one of the Tim Holtz demos. It is the wrinkle and ink technique. I used mixed media paper and crumpled it up. Then lay it out and put a couple of green Distress ink pads direct to paper. I then sprayed some water on it. After it dried I ran it through my Big Shot to flatten it back out. It is a fun technique. It may a bit busy for this scene but I think the colors are great for a jungle scene.


  • Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Distress Oxide ink

Smudging and Stamping with Tim Holtz Dried Flower

Here I am today with another smudge card. I told it would be appearing again. I just love this technique.

Distress Oxide Ink

So again for the background I used a couple different stamp sets. I stamped each image one at a time and immediately smudged it using a blending foam. Most if not all of the images were stamped with Oxide Distress Ink. I then ink blended over all the images with a couple different colors of Distress Ink and also went around the edges of the card with the ink.

I stamped the flowers multiple times with the same wood block stamp. I used Archival ink for this.

For the sentiment I took a Distress ink pad directly to paper then die cut the sentiment.

For the base of the card I ink blended around the edge of a piece of off white Neenah paper so it looks like green paper.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Dried Flower rubber stamp
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Distress Inks
  • Archival Ink
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebrate die set
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