Posts Tagged ‘tim holtz’

Tuesday with Tara {take 265} Woodgrain Wishes

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s challenge word over on the SNS Challenge page on FB is ‘Woodgrain’ so it was the perfect chance for me to use the Lumber 3D embossing folder by Tim Holtz!  I’ve been trying to increase my stash of birthday cards, so I decided to keep things pretty simple and pair it with this gorgeous Birthday Wishes die by MFT.  Together, I think they make a fab little card that can be used for almost anyone!

For the embossed background, I started with some ivory card stock and Ground Espresso Distress Oxide, which I applied directly to the front side of the embossing folder so it would add color to the recessed portions of the design.  Here’s how it came out directly from the embossing folder.

I then used a blending tool to apply the same ink lightly over the entire background and misted it lightly with water.  I left the water splotches as they were for added texture, but also warmed things up a bit with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide in the lighter areas.

I die cut the sentiment out of a cilantro green card stock that was a few shades lighter than my card base, then inked part of it with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink to give a subtle ombre effect.  I used Sticky Dots Adhesive Sheets to adhere it to the woodgrain panel, since it’s one of the easiest ways to adhere detailed die cuts like this one.

I decided to add just a small autumn touch to the card with a single leaf from the new MFT Autumn Blessings Stamp & Die set, which I stamped in Archival Ink & watercolored with Distress Inks. (In my experimenting I was reminded that regular Distress Ink is much better than Distress Oxide for vibrant watercolor.) In the die cutting process I somehow lost the dots from my i’s, so I pulled it all together with a bit of yellow bling and some yellow & green thin twine.

I hope you like my little card, and the little peek at the autumn leaves… you’ll be seeing more of them next week 😉

Inky hugs,



Create Art With Resin

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Welcome to a new week! I’m really excited about today’s project that I have to share with you. It’s Deb here, with my word of  ‘resin’ for the Daily Challenge.  So today, I’m sharing how to create art with resin!


Most people think of resin as just a sealant. As in, create your artwork, and then pour the resin on top, to seal it.  Resin has come a long way from that! Of course it has excellent sealing properties, but today, we’re adding colour to our resin, and creating a scenic art piece.

The Ranger Clear Resin is super easy to use; it’s a simple 2 part system of resin plus hardener.  You combine half resin with half hardener – the mix must be an exact half-half ratio- and stir for 2 minutes. Then you’ve got about 30 minutes ‘working’ time before the resin starts to thicken and become unusable. Thirty minutes is plenty of time, don’t worry!

It’s important to remember that resin is toxic! Always work in a well ventilated area; have a window open, and/or a fan going. You also should always wear gloves to protect your hands. It’s also important to note that this resin is NOT FOOD SAFE, nor are alcohol inks. This means you should not use it on plates, cups, etc. that are to be eaten or served food from.


Being aware of the working time is important. Get your work space all set up & ready to go, before you mix your resin. For the beach scene we’re creating today, first use masking or painter’s tape to tape off the underside and edges of your Ranger Hard-Core Art Panel. This is to stop any dripping resin from accumulating on the sides & bottom of your panel. Next, put out 1 plastic cup for each colour, and one for mixing the clear resin.  For this piece, I mixed 1 oz. of each the resin & hardener, and mixed for 2 minutes. Next, pour some of the resin into each single cup. The amount of resin your put in each cup depends on how much of each colour you’ll need. The 4 colours we’re using are Ranger Latte, Glacier, Laguna and Snowcap.  We need less of the Latte & Snowcap, so put smaller amounts in each cup.  To colour the resin, simply add 4-6 drops of the ink into the cup with resin, and then mix.  The more ink you add, the darker the colour will be. Here’s how my set up looks, with my colours mixed, and ready to go!

Create Art With Resin

I decided that the Latte wasn’t dark enough, so I added 2 drops of Teakwood, and mixed that in. That’s the colour you see, above.  In front of the cups, you can see my Hard-Core Art Panel, with the tape on the sides.


First, start by pouring the Latte & Teakwood resin on an angle along the bottom of the panel. This is your ‘sand’ area. Use your stir stick to spread the resin from side to side. Next, pour the darker blue Glacier resin on an angle at the top of the panel. Again, use your stir stick to spread the resin. This is the darker part of the water, which is furthest away. Now, add the lighter blue Laguna resin mix in between.

Now you’re ready to add the waves! Lift some of the Snowcap resin mix with the stir stick, and drop it in a line between where the Latte/sand and the Laguna/water meet.  Now, use your heat tool or a blow dryer and direct the air on an angle, so that it pushes the ink into the resin, first away from you, and then towards you. This part is such fun! By blowing the ink & resin, it creates the cells and mixes the two, making it look like waves & foam.

Add more ‘lines’ of Snowcap resin mix into different areas of the water, creating more waves. I had ordered some tiny sea shells & starfish from Amazon to add to my piece, so now is the time to do that. Check for any air bubbles that may be trapped in the resin. You can get rid of air bubbles by holding your heat tool over them, or a butane torch, until they pop. A torch is much faster – it only takes a quick pass to pop the bubbles – but not everyone has one of these. Once you’re happy with the total look, you’re finished!

Create Art with Resin


I think the hardest part of creating art with resin is waiting for the resin to cure, or harden! You want to leave your art piece for 6-10 hours, or overnight, without touching it. If you touch it before this, you may cause indents or marks in the resin, which can’t be removed. After 6-10 hours, you should remove your masking tape. Doing it at this stage will be easiest, as any extra drips will still be a bit pliable, and easier to remove.  The resin takes a full 3 days to fully cure; meaning that you can handle it without any fear of leaving marks.


All of the work & waiting is worth it!  Stand back and admire your gorgeous artwork!

Create Art with Resin

Here’s a close up look at the cells and ‘foam’ created by the Snowcap ink.


I hope that today’s create art with resin project interested and inspired you! If  you’re like me, once you’ve tried it once, you’ll want to do it again.

All of the supplies you need to create your own resin beach scene are listed for you, below. Have fun creating, and be sure to share your project on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge page HERE! Remember to use my special DT Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, to receive 10% OFF regular priced items!

Adding Texture Adds Interest

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. I hope that your week went well, and you’re looking forward to the weekend. Maybe you’ll have time for some creating? Today’s post might be of interest to you, if you will be crafting. Adding texture to your cards adds interest. And adding interest usually equals adding a “wow”! Let’s have a look, shall we?


One way of adding texture is to add texture paste. You can either add it randomly, if you’re going for an unstructured look. Or, you can use it with a stencil, for a more defined shape. I chose to use the Ranger Texture Paste with the Tim Holtz Bricked stencil. Since the stencil is of bricks, I knew I wanted to colour the texture paste so it wasn’t the white it is in the tub. Did you know that you can use Ranger Alcohol Inks to colour your texture paste? Yes – you can!

Adding Texture Adds Interest

I love using my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion for this technique! First, scoop out about a tablespoon of texture paste onto your mat. Next, add 2-3 drops of alcohol ink to the paste. Use your palette knife to mix the alcohol ink into the paste. If you want a darker colour, add more ink. (I used Ranger Pebble alcohol ink). When you’ve got the colour you want, apply the paste through the stencil, with your palette knife.  The Make Art Stay-tion comes with 4 magnets, so it’s easy to hold your cardstock and the stencil in place. (for backup, I used a couple of pieces of Purple Tape on the cardstock side).

When you’re finished applying the texture paste, lift off the stencil, and set aside the cardstock piece. Now, be sure to wipe off your Stay-tion and the stencil with a damp towel or paper towels, before the paste hardens.  As long as you clean it right away, it wipes off immediately!


Another way to add texture is with embossing powder. First, stamp the ‘hello’ from the MFT Well, Hello stamp set in Versamark ink, onto white cardstock. Next, cover it with gold embossing powder, and then set with a heat tool. Now, use the coordinating Sweet Hello dies to die cut the sentiment.

The texture paste dries quite quickly, as long as you don’t apply it too thick. Set up this panel in your stamp platform, and line up the Impression Obsession Peek-aBoo Kitty with the side of the bricks.  Next, ink up the stamp, and then press firmly onto the panel.  I used the Gina K. Faded Brick ink for the kitty, and the Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Bright Pink marker for the heart.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

Colour in the kitty with your choice of colours. Next, attach the die cut ‘hello’ with foam squares or tape. Add the card front to a panel of light blue cardstock with foam tape. Finally, add the card front to a light yellow card base.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

We’ve actually added texture 3 different ways to this card. First, with the texture paste; second with the heat embossing, and 3rd with the die cutting. So by adding texture, we’ve added a lot of interest to this card. Otherwise, it could have easily been a simple, one layer card.


Did you notice that my card today works for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness Daily Challenge?! Yes, I planned it that way! I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how to add texture, and interest, to your project! Be sure to add your ‘texture’ project to the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook challenge page HERE, and use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE when adding it there, and when sharing on your other social media platforms.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

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