Sunday, 28 April 2013

Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2013... April

This card started out as my take on Tim's April tag, but ended up A4 size and very different. I enjoyed the journey though :-)

"Enjoy the Journey Card"

The backgrounds for the aeroplane and hot air balloon are prepared by swooshing card through pools of distress paint and spritzing with water, then leaving to dry and adding some distress inks with cut 'n' dry foam. the main panel background is cut from an old book of maps, coloured with Pan Pastels, and stamped using the ghosting technique and the squares stamp from Sam Poole's Vintage Aviation stamp set. The cogs are stamped in archival using the second or third generation stamp (i.e. stamp onto scrap paper first, then use subsequent impressions to get a more subtle result).

"Enjoy The Journey Sentiment Panel"

"Enjoy the Journey" is stamped a few times onto scrap white card using black archival ink and heat-embossed in clear. Each sentiment has a piece diecut from it and the diecut layers are built up so that all the words can still be read. Look closely, and you can see separate layers for the bird, crown and wing all mounted onto a background rectangle. Each of the dies is inked through before removing the card, and the layers are mounted using Pinflair to give dimension.

An eyelet is set into the right hand side of the panel and a piece of seam binding (coloured with distress paint & stain) is threaded through the eyelet and tied. It reminds me of Biggle's scarf (remember Biggles? The mad aviator? What do you mean you're not that old!).

"Aeroplane Panel"

The aeroplane is stamped and embossed onto one of the painted panels, and again onto heat-resistant acetate. The back is colour-washed with diluted distress paint. Once dry, the acetate plane is cut out and mounted directly on top of the stamped plane using tiny dots of Pinflair.

"Hot Air Balloon Panel"

The hot air balloon is stamped and embossed onto the other painted panel and a second copy stamped and embossed onto watercolour paper. Just the balloon is cut out from the paper, coloured with distress markers and water, shaped, and finally mounted over the other balloon with a large dab of pinflair in the centre to make it look rounded.

"Tree Charms"

 The tree charms were originally silver (not the real stuff, I'm not that rich!!!). They are dabbed with distress paint, rubbed lightly with kitchen roll, then lightly dabbed with a contrasting colour of distress paint. Once dry, they are mounted with more Pinflair (I get through a LOT of Pinflair ;-)

Creative Expressions stamp sets: Sam Poole's Vintage Aviation & Vintage Inventor sets
Spellbinders dies: Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Elements
Distress Paints: Salty Ocean, Victorian Velvet, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves
Distress Stain: Tarnished Brass
Distress Inks & Markers: Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Archival Inks: Plum, Cobalt, Jet Black
Pan Pastels: Magenta
embossing powder: clear, detail
adhesives: PVA, Pinflair dimensional glue
cardstock: A3 white 300gsm, A4 purple 300gsm, white 160gsm, watercolour paper
page from book of old maps
seam binding
tree charms


  1. Oh wow, Maddy! This is so beautiful! I love the watercolour effect and the tones you have used are so beautiful!

  2. This stunning Maddy. The design is wonderful. I love the way you have added those gorgeous colours and the sentiment panel looks amazing
    I hope you are having a good Sunday
    Sue xx

  3. oh my word what a super card izzwizz my eldest son would love it ... he loves anything aircrafty lol ... love the design of the card and love the colours and love the sentiment ... ooo actually I love it all lol ... thank you so much for visiting my blog over the weekend ... have only just had time to blog hop this evening ... where did that weekend go ... hope you have a great week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  4. I can only think of one word and that's "WOW"! Absolutely amazing work xx

  5. Hi Mandy, Fabulous the colour and the little trees...Julieannex

  6. That's a fantastic card with wonderful details.

  7. Looks great and I love those little tree charms, xxx

  8. Great that you took the technique and made a card! That airplane is fun!!!

  9. This is fab, love the colours.

  10. wow this is gorgeous love the technique used and gorgeous colours
    Hugs Kate xx

  11. Stunning card and love the colours
    hoppity x

  12. Wow this is lovely, the colours are beautiful.


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