söndag 26 januari 2020


Hello and welcome!

I was inspired by a stamp designed by Tim Holtz to make this card. Ever since the release of the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp set weird science last year I've been thinking about making a card using the thorax stamp from this set. At once when Tim showed this stamp set on FB live I had a plan for it; I wanted to colour the thorax image, cut it out and put a heart inside and create a card with the thorax and the heart as the focal point. Many month has passed since the release and now finally I had some time to play and try my idea. So here is my card, better late than never...

The thorax image is stamped on Canson watercolor paper 300gr using jet black archival ink and colored using my Prismacolor pencils. I used a scalpel to cut the image out and as I didn't have a small heart die or heart stamp to use I just used a scissor to cut a heart out by hand and then colored it using festive berries distress oxide spray and Black Sooth Distress ink.

For my background I used design paper from the Tim Holtz abandoned paper stash. I used another stamp from the weird science set and stamped randomly over the design paper. I then made a frame using a favorite of mine, the 3D embossing folder foundry and black metallic kraft. After running it trough my cuttlebug I sanded it and cut out the middle part with a scalpel creating the frame and then painted it using gathered twigs and black sooth distress crayons. I cut small pieces of the cut out embossed part and glued them onto my panel and used distress crayons to paint them as well. I almost always use my fingertips when working with the distress crayons and sometimes I use a little bit of water as well. 

I then mixed grit paste and pumic stone distress paint and used my fingertip to apply this on a few places on my embossed panel. I used some more gathered twigs and black sooth distress crayons to paint these areas and then used a small brush and quinacridone gold acrylic paint from DecoArt to paint some more areas to make it look rusty. I glued some idea-ology hardware heads to my embossed frame and painted them using distress crayons and also some quinacridone gold acrylic paintI die cut random numbers and the letter z using the alpha numeric upper die and black kraft and glued them onto the panel on the upper left corner.

I mounted my embossed frame panel onto my background using 3D cushions to create some depth and then onto another panel of sanded black metallic kraft and behind another panel of design paper from the abandoned paper stash (same as my background) and behind that a panel of sanded black kraft. My base is created of black coredination cardstock with a pale orange core and sanded edges, folded to create the inside of my card.

The image is cut to separate the thorax from the gears. The gear part of the image is glued directly onto the background but for the thorax part I glued some small leftover chipboard pieces on the back side before gluing it onto the background to get some depth (I find this easier then using layers of 3D tape when the image has so tiny parts). I then glued the small hart in place inside.

I decorated my card with some more leftovers from the embossed panel together with some hardware heads on three sides of the embossed panel. The quote chip is sanded and painted with gathered twigs, black sooth and tea dye distress crayons and quinacridone gold acrylic paint and with hardware heads in the corners. The metal decoration word band on top of the embossed panel is cut to remove the loops and painted using gathered twigs, black sooth and tea dye distress crayons. 

The clock key, another favorite of mine, is die cut in chipboard and in black metallic kraft. I glued the kraft onto the chipboard and sanded it and painted it using gathered twigs and black sooth distress crayons and used the same mix of grit paste and pumic stone distress paint as above and some quinacridone gold acrylic paint as well.

Thanks for stopping by
Hugs, Lisa 


Tim Holtz
- weird science stamp set
- 3D embossing folder foundry
- clock key die
- alpha numeric tiny type upper die
- abandoned paper stash
- distress crayons: black sooth, tea dye, gathered twigs
- distress ink black sooth
- distress oxide spray festive berries
- distress paint pumic stone
- grit paste
- quote chip
- hardware heads
- word band
- black metallic kraft
- black kraft
- coredination cardstock black with pale orange base
- all the panels are cut using the big guillotine
- glass media mat

- acrylic paint from DecoArt: quinacridone gold
- archival ink jet black
- canson watercolor paper, 300gr
- prismacolor pencils
- chipboard
- 3D cushions

fredag 10 januari 2020

Birthday card for Eva

Hello and welcome,
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I'm back again with a new design team project for Ally's Angels. The theme is once again Anything Goes and I have made a Birthday card for a friend.

I started by applying Distress Grit Paste through Tim Holtz stencils Measured, Industrial and Decayed on a watercolor cardstock panel measuring 14,5x21 cm and when dry I sprayed with Distress Oxide Sprays Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain and finished with some Black Soot Distress Crayon blending out the colour with my fingertip.

The window is die cut in chipboard and colored with Walnut Stain and Black Soot Oxide Inks and to get some texture I used Distress Grit Paste blended with Distress Paint Weathered Wood and finished with Black Sooth Distress Crayon. I die cut the piece behind the window frame in Silver Metallic Kraft and sanded the edges. 

The Cityscape Skyline are die cut in Silver Metallic Kraft, sanded, and to create the ledge I used Pinked Trims from the Etcetera Collection. I applied a layer of white Crackle Paint from DecoArt and when dry I used my fingertip and Vintage Photo Distress Crayon together with a little bit of water to color the cracks.

The Faceted Heart is a favorite of mine and this time die cut in Silver Metallic Kraft and sanded. I glued Hardware Heads colored with Walnut Stain Distress Paint on three sides of the heart and to finish I just wrapped some metal wire from stash around it.

I die cut the number 50 in chipboard using the Handmade alphabet die and used Broken China Distress Paint to color them and when dry I used a touch of Walnut Stain Distress Crayon around the edges.
I then made the other panels to put behind my background. One panel is made of Brown Coredination Cardstock with blue core, sanded, and the other panel is corrugated cardstock colored with Walnut Stain and Black Sooth Distress Oxide Ink and Black Sooth Distress Crayon. The base is made with watercolor cardstock, folded and colored with Broken China Distress Ink on the front and the inside- and backside with my fave combo of Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Pumic Stone Distress Oxide Sprays.

I glued all my die cuts and decorations in place. All metal decorations are Idea-ology from Tim Holtz and I have used Broken China Distress Paint and Black Sooth Distress Crayon to color them. The Paper Doll and Wings are also Tim Holtz Idea-ology.

Wish you all a happy, healthy and creative year 2020
Hugs, Lisa

I would like to enter the following challenge
Simon Says Stamp Blog, Something New (I have used a for me new die from Tim Holtz - Window Frame)

Tim Holtz
Stencils: THS012 measured, THS050 industrial, THS129 decayed
Dies: Faceted Heart, Window Frame, Cityscape Skyline, Handmade Alphabet
Idea-ology: Etcetera Pinked Trims, Stars, Hardware Pulls, Hardware Heads, Adornments Foundry, Paper Doll, Wings
Distress Oxide Sprays: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone
Distress Oxide Inks: Walnut Stain, Black Sooth, Broken China
Distress Crayons: Walnut Stain, Black Sooth
Distress Paint: Broken China, Weathered Wood
Distress Grit Paste
Silver Metallic Kraft

Crackle Paint

Watercolor cardstock, 300g

Chipboard and Metal Wire from stash