Tutorial for making two cards made using Tim Holtz stamps and distress ink


Hello, this is my  walk through guide / tutorial on how to make the two  homemade cards  above.

I began with 3  pieces of A4 plain brown – grey recycled card, using my  soot black distress ink and an ink blender i applied the ink to the paper using heavy pressure on all  3 pieces of card.

I applied the ink in a circular motion, making sure to keep a firm grip on the card with the other hand to avoid the card scrunching. I then scored down the middle of 2 of the pieces of card to make my 2 base cards and put the  3rd piece aside to use for later.

Next i took a 4th piece of the brown – grey recycled card and a faded jeans distress ink and repeated the process this time using very light pressure with the ink blending tool and moving it in random directions.

Putting  that piece aside i then went on to a piece of white paper still using faded jeans distress ink and light pressure to make our final piece  of paper.

Once the papers were finished I took the white piece of paper and stamped out my image and  greeting using a clear acrylic block,  (these projects were both made using Tim Holtz visual artistry miniature  stamps), selected nesting dies  and cut them out using my die cutting machine.

Taking  the  recycled card with the faded denim ink I cut out the same shape  i had used for the topper using the  next  size up in the nesting dies and once it was  cut out  I ran it through the die cutting machine again in a bubbly embossing  folder. The next step was to highlight the embossed bubbles with  pale blue shimmer paste and then layer the white piece with the image on top of it using double  sided tape or a flat glue.

Repeat this process using smaller dies from the same nesting set and the same colour scheme for your greeting.

After your topper and greeting are stuck together lay them to one side and take one of the card base’s you prepared earlier, using a craft knife carefully cut a small slit along  the score line of the card. The slit  needs to be a reasonable distance from  the edge of the card (so as not weaken the  structure and to be  sure you don’t accidentally  go too far and split the edge of  the card)  This slit is to  thread your ribbon through so it only needs to be as big  as the ribbon  that you intend to use. Once this is done, thread your ribbon through the  slit from  the inside of the card and then bring both  ends of the ribbon around the card front and  tie a bow towards the right hand side of the card. Be careful not to  pull too tightly when tying to be  sure not to damage your card base, the ribbon  needs to be tight enough that it will not  slide down the card but not so tight that it pulls the card in to a curve.

Now  you are ready to stick your topper and  greeting  on to the card, I chose to stick the topper to the bottom left  of the card so that it overlaps some of the ribbon and the greeting to the top right.  As finishing touches i used a quickie glue pen to out  line the topper and the greeting and decorated with dark blue glitter for a pretty out line and then placed some shimmer dots in  a line  at the  top left and bottom right.

For  the second card I took a green piece of  card and stamped out the image of the car 3  times (leaving adequate space around them)  and then stamped the image  of  the birds three times just above the cars, I also stamped my greeting and  15 butterflies on  to the same piece of card (you only need 12  butterflies but i find it’s always best to do a few extra in case of accidents).

When you have everything stamped out choose a set of nesting dies that work for the shape of  your image and use them  to cut out  your  images and  greeting (using a  slightly smaller die for the greeting). Then using the  same die that you used for your image / greeting take the 3rd piece of recycled card with the soot black ink  (the piece that you didn’t score) and draw around the outside edge of the die, repeat 3 times  for the image and  once  with the  smaller die used for the greeting  making sure to leave enough space between them to easily cut them out. This  is to  create a frame to edge  the image  that is smaller than the  die the next size up because we are going  to use the die that is the next size up to cut out  another layer from green mirror board. Once all of your pieces are cut  out layer  the pale green  pieces with  the image /  greeting  on to the pieces of the recycled card with the black ink that you cut out earlier and then layer them on to the green mirror board sticking them with a flat glue or tape.

Put your toppers to one side and take the base card you  made earlier, open it out flat and lay it on a cutting mat.  Using a screw punch  and a ruler measure 4cms in from what will be the bottom of the front of your landscape card at  both the left  hand and right hand sides and punch  a hole. Then punch a third hole  in  what would be  the top right hand corner of your landscape card (near the score line). Once this is done thread your cord through the holes near the bottom of the card coming from the inside of the card to  the front of the card  and  tie a knot toward the right  hand  side. Cut several more small pieces  of the same cord and knot them around the original knot leaving the short ends to splay out.

You  can  now stick your images and greeting to  your card  I have used 3d glue gel  to do this as I have chosen to have the 3 toppers overlapping the  cord and  each  other and  3d glue gel makes it a lot easier to do  with out bending any pieces. Once everything is stuck down place the card to one side  to allow the glue to dry.

Next you need to cut  out each of the butterflies that we stamped earlier, pair them up and glue them back  to back so that an  image shows on both sides. Before glueing i like to shape the wings a little with  the end of my finger a little to give extra dimension. Whilst the butterflies glue is drying take some jump rings and link them together to form six small chains of varying lengths and link all six chains together at the top using a key ring.

When you  are absolutely sure that the glue is completely dry in your butterflies use your screw punch to punch a hole in one wing of each of your six butterflies  and then carefully attach one to  the end of each of your six chains and attach the key ring through the hole that you  punched in the top right  corner of your base card earlier.

Your homemade cards are complete! Hope enjoyed this demo, if you have any questions please leave a comment and i will do my best to answer them.


About craftymonster81

I have always enjoyed arts and crafts of many different kinds and have recently found that card making / paper craft is a real passion for me. I draw / paint alot of my own designs for my cards but also use products from many of the well loved crafty names out there too. I am currently looking for work as an illustrator / craft designer and have now set up a page on this blog called My Artwork Gallery to show some of my work. I love to see your comments on either my artwork or my cards so please feel free to leave any comments you may have and if anyone is interested in any of my artwork please feel free to contact me. Thanks for looking at my blog. Lindsay xx

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