Thursday, 23 January 2014

My take on Tim Holtz' January 2014 tag (mine's a card!)

These tags from Tim are such an inspiration. I love to follow the techniques but do something a little different, so this is a birthday card for my husband Tom, a cat lover!

"The Journey Awakens the Soul"

The centre panel follows Tim's techniques, with masking using a small Idea-ology mask and distress inks.


I just love that climbing cat charm that a DC friend gave me for Christmas. The "T" muse token is perfect for Tom's card, and the clock charm goes with the overall theme.

"Shaker Clock"
That black paint on the embossing folder technique is one of my all-time favourites; I love the grimy, oily look it gives.
"I've got a Screw Loose"
See those loose cogs and gears inside the clock? Well they really are loose. I couldn't resist turning this into a shaker card, so it rattles when you give it a shake and the gears move about. There's a layer of acetate over the gears fixed with foam tape all around to stop them falling out. I must get it together to do a shaker card tutorial, I love making them and they are great fun.


Whenever I hear the word "Brad", I think "Janet"* and hear that song in my head. But I digress. Another pressie I received was a pack of blank, square brads. I cut a square of inked card added a rub-on, and fixed it to the front of a blank brad with glossy accents. Then I covered the whole thing with a thick layer of glossy accents and left it to dry. Perfect for making embellishments to match your project!

*(for those of a different age group, this is a reference to the Rocky Horror Picture Show"!)

"The Cat Who Walks Through Walls"

This cat looks so like our cat Lucky - not so much the shiny embossed gears, more the way he is walking off with tail aloft. A second, black diecut is placed behind the shiny one to act as a shadow and highlight the cat on the coloured background.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Mask
Gears embossing folder
Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz Alarm Clock
Sizzix Framelits Circles
Cat die
Distress ink pads: Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac
Alcohol inks: Stream, Plum
Acrylic paint: black
Stix 2 Foam tape strips
Cardstock: Black 300gsm, white smooth 160gsm, silver mirri
Blank Brad
Charms: Muse Token, Clock and Climbing cat
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  1. They are so fantastic all of them - but the cat walking winn the Price.

  2. How clever to incorporate a shaker into it
    Dr Sonia

  3. Beautiful work Maddy, love the cats.

  4. what a stunning piece of work - I love the cat too!

  5. great card and do like the metalic look

  6. Brilliant your design...and the cat....Joolsx

  7. Wow! So much detail to gaze at. A wonderful card and those embellishments are just perfect.
    Don't dream it-be it. (Also from Rocky)

  8. Brilliant I actually thought the clock was metal until I read your post-great techniques and love the metal charms and embellishments
    carol x

  9. Fab card Maddy - love all the little details and the wee shaker addition
    Linda x

  10. Wow what a great card so much detail - I love the little cat - Just hopped over from Docarfts xx

    Claire xx

  11. Gosh, another absolute stunner, Maddy. Love all the details (you know I like lots of details, too). Hope you still very much on the mend, Dips xx

  12. Stunning card, love the layout you have used. Just hopping by.

  13. Stunning card tim holtz and andy skinner...Just hopped over from DC. Sharon x

  14. beautiful card and great use of embellishments xx

  15. What an amazing card, it looks fantastic!! I really love the little cat and the fact that the cogs on the clock move x

  16. Fab work, you can really see the love you poured into it :-) happy leapblogging! Elaine xxx

  17. A fab card with so many great details to discover.
    Heike xx


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