29 July 2018

With shining eyes be brave...

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm sharing a new card today that features Tim Holtz 3D Impresslits die 'Provincial' and his Flower Jar stamps and dies. It includes everything I love - texture, layering and delicate die cuts, and I've put together a full step by step tutorial so you can recreate it.

The Tutorial

Start with a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock large enough to fit on your chosen card base and a couple of pieces 5 1/2 long by 1 1/4 inches wide. Cover them all with Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture Paste and set aside to dry.

Cut and emboss the two small strips with the Provincial 3D Impresslits Folder. I found that a couple of passes were required to get the depth of impression and cut with all that Crackle paste on the top side. If you mist the reverse of the card with a little water this process is also much easier too.

You'll have seen my card is one of those long skinny ones so just one row of embossing was never going to be long enough to span it's full length but that's no problem; the design is such that it overlaps perfectly so I cut the tiniest amount off one end and stuck the two pieces together.

Cover the back of the embossed strip with  a generous coat of Matte Distress Collage Medium.

Use the same Distress Collage Medium to stick the embossed strip onto the crackle covered background, trimming at either end to fit as required.

Once dry spray with Weathered Wood Distress Spray Stain, soaking the whole background; you'll see I do this in a tray to prevent the stain from covering everything else on my desk!)

Dry gently with your heat tool before blotting off any excess with a damp tissue. The darker ink will seep between the cracks whilst the moisture on the tissue will remove some of the water reactive ink on the surface.

To protect the surface and prevent any of the paste peeling off (this happens because it's had wet ink leaking underneath it) seal the surface with a thin coat of Matte Distress Collage Medium.

Use a Mini Blending Tool to brush Archival Ink over the raised areas of the embossing and around the edges of the background. I used Acorn Archival Ink for this card. If you get over-excited and blend too much ink onto your background it is easily removed with Archival Ink Cleaner and a small paint brush.

To create a coordinated matting layer for your background cut a slightly larger piece of card and add Design Tape from the Remnants set onto the edges (thank you to Zoe Hillman for this tip).

Use more of the Design Tape from the same set in a strip to the right of the embossed strip. You may need to use a little Distress Collage Medium to keep it in place.

Stamp flowers and the large jar from the Flower Jar stamp set onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Black Archival Ink and colour with your choice of Distress Inks using a fine detail water brush. You may notice I used the stem from the flower closest to the jar to stamp stems onto the jar itself. Use the matching Framelits die set to cut the flowers and jar out, blending a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around the edges.

I then added machine stitching over the Design Tape and at the top left corner of the background before sticking it onto the matting layer. Use the Stamp Platform to add numbers (the smallest from the Merchant stamp set) using Black Archival Ink over the Design Tape. At this stage I slipped an Index Clip onto the bottom edge on the right hand side.

Taking the flower jar I cut a slit at the top to slot the flower stems into and added Black Foam Tape to the bottom half to give it dimension on the card.

Having stuck the jar in place on top of the embossed strip overlap, I slotted the flower stems into the jar before covering it in Glossy Accents. Once dry I tied a little twine around the top of the jar using the gap created by the Foam Tape before adding a couple of butterflies from the Botanical, Layers collection and words (Quote Chips and Clippings) next to the jar. Having mounted it all onto the card base the card was complete.

The Close Ups

Here are some close ups so you can see the details more clearly;

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and try combining Opaque Crackle with the new 3D Impresslits and Texture Fades Embossing Folders. It's a measure of the quality of these products that they work so well and give gorgeous results so easily.

I'll be back with more ideas and projects to share very soon. For the meantime take care and get creative!
Jenny xxx

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  1. Stunning. Love the layout, the colours and the tutorial. This is so pretty!!!

  2. This is so beautiful! Everytime I see your work it fills me with joy and inspiration. Thanks for sharing my friend :-)

  3. What a beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. So beautiful Jenny. Thank you for sharing, love the use of the crackle medium xx

  5. So lovely! I love the crackle texture, and appreciate the tutorial with all the great tips. Thanks a bunch! (No pun intended;)

  6. I love this... my favorite part is stamping the numbers on the tape. That's really cool.

  7. Some beautiful crackle texture and vase of flowers. It all comes together and makes such a rustic piece. LOVE this!

  8. Wow!! This is stunning Jenny!! I love the crackle background and the tip about using washi tape on the backing layer is brilliant!! So much to love about this piece .. thank you for the step by step!! hugs xx

  9. This is truly beautiful Jenny. I love the way the color seeps into the crackle and the design elements look lovely over the provincial embossing piece!

  10. I love the rustic quality and color of the crackled background; it looks beautiful! And of course, all of the details which add to the beauty of the card. Thanks for the directions and inspiration.

  11. I truly love all of this card looks fantastic and such clear detailed information on the process. But now I have a whole new shopping list of stamps folders and more! Very inspiring, thanks for that, I think-ha!

  12. Jenny, your crackle is amazing, and the blues and the acorn work so well together! The jar of flowers look so pretty layered over the design tape and Impresslit strips. Really an eye catcher, Jenny! Thank you for your unending inspiration and giving so freely of your techniques! Hugs!

  13. This is beautiful, I love the layout you created. I actually ended up using your layout as an inspiration for a card, it didn't look anything like yours but it was a nice inspiration. If you want to check it out and see how you inspired me it'll be posted on my blog tomorrow.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Polka Dot Orchard


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