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With Brave Wings Framed Panel | Tim Holtz Countdown Thinlits

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing the second project I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 YouTube Live. This project is a framed panel that features the Countdown Thinlits as well as a personal favorite from the Chapter 1 Release - Perspective Butterfly. I combined them to create this With Brave Wings Framed Panel. 

Before we get on with the details, I just wanted to apologize for the small delay in getting this project posted. I had planned to have it posted earlier this week, however this past weekend I sustained a mild concussion and because of that, I'm currently limited with my online and crafting activities while I recover. I have been able to work on the written part of this project over the last several days, in small increments, so I could share this project with you today. As I think about this project, the message it shares is rather fitting for me at the moment. It's important to remain brave in the midst of life's struggles and if you aren't feeling brave don't be afraid to reach out to those around you so they can provide you with the support you need to fly.

With Brave Wings She Flies Framed Panel by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Countdown and Perspective Butterfly Thinlits

So first off, where did this idea come from? I'd love to share some great story about what inspired me, but the truth is I was just die cutting the Countdown Thinlits from some scrap paper and playing around with them when I came up with the idea of making a background that had texture created by layering die cuts. I'm not sure if I shared this or not, but when I get the new dies, the first thing I do is cut them out and play around with them. I do this to get a feel for the size and how they speak to me.


I began by cutting a piece of Distress Heavyweight to the size of the Idea-ology Framed Panel (approximately 6 3/8" x 8 7/8"). I then die cut the same paper using the Perspective Butterfly Thinlit and adhered it to the paper using Distress Collage Medium.


Next, I spritzed and sprayed the paper using a mix of Salty Ocean and Vintage Photo Distress Spray and Frayed Burlap and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Sprays. I dried them with my heat tool and then spritzed the paper with water using my Distress Sprayer and dried it again.


The next step was to start adding some layers. Using the Countdown Thinlits I die cut some random numbers from black cardstock and adhered them to the background using Distress Collage Medium.


For this next step, I unfortunately forgot to take photos so I'll do my best to explain what I did. During this step, I added some visual interest and texture by applying Translucent Grit Paste over the Digits Layering Stencil. Once this was dry, I placed the stencil back over the dried Grit Paste and dabbed embossing ink over the stencil. I then removed the stencil and sprinkled the design with Clear Embossing Glaze and heat embossed it using a heat gun. To add a bit more color and interest, I then rubbed Antique Bronze and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon here and there over the piece. When working with Distress Crayons, remember to work in small sections. Apply the crayon and then rub it in using your finger or a small rag. I find my finger to be the best blending tool though for this medium! The Distress Crayon seemed to really bring the textures and layers to life.


With this completed, I trimmed the paper to fit inside the frame, adhered the frame and then adhered the paper inside the frame. To add color to the frame, I simply dry brushed Black Soot Distress Paint over the frame. This technique allows some of the natural wood color to show through here and there and gives it a distressed look. Don't worry if you add too much paint though. You can use sandpaper to easily remove some of the paint.



With the background completed, I moved onto the phrase using the Alphanumeric Stretch Upper Thinlits. To give them dimension, I adhered black cardstock to double sided foam adhesive and then die cut the letters. This added just the right amount of dimension.


I then finished off the piece by adding the Quote Chip which I inked with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink and some Hardware Heads distressed with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.


Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out the details on how this With Brave Wings Framed Panel came together.

Supplies

Below you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Bee You Cards | Tim Holtz Funky Insects

Hello friends! I'm so excited to share my first projects with you today featuring some of the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 Dies. Tim shared all about them today on his YouTube Live and so I wanted to share with you how this set of cards came together using the Tim Holtz Funky Insects Thinlits.

Bee You Cards by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Funky Insects Thinlits

I began by creating the insects. Anytime I play with a new die set, I almost always start by playing around and figuring out what papers and colors I want to work with for the final project. I ended up making these bugs about 3 times before finally settling on what ended up on these cards. Originally I had only planned on making one card, however when I finished the first card, I decided it would be fun to create a set of cards using all the bugs I had created!

Bee You Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Funky Insects Thinlits

[Bee You Card Details: Background - Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Glaze, Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, Funky Insect - Black Soot and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink]

I die cut each of the Funky Insects from Distress White Heavystock and colored the various parts by ink blending them with Distress Ink. I then cut out the wing sections from a plastic envelope. I adhered all the layers together and used double sided foam adhesive to attach them to the card.


Now that the bugs are completed, let's talk about the background. For each card, I used the Vines and Roses Stamp Set. I stamped the image onto a piece of Distress White Heavystock with embossing ink, sprinkled it with Embossing Glaze and then heat set it using an embossing heat gun.

Fly Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Funky Insects Thinlits

[Fly Card Details: Background - Fossilized Amber Distress Embossing Glaze, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Funky Insect - Crackling Campfire, Kitsch Flamingo, Peeled Paint and Black Soot Distress Ink]

I wanted to add some layers of interest, so next I took a piece of Distress White Heavystock and did a bit of ink smooshing with Old Paper Distress Ink. I then added some stamping using the Entomology Stamp Set and Distress Inks in Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, and Pumice Stone. After applying the ink, I lightly spritzed the stamp with my Distress Sprayer and then stamped the image onto the paper. I then took the Stacked Tiles Hexagons and cut out a bunch of hexagons in three different sizes.


Once the die cutting was completed, I began arranging the hexagons onto the card background until I was pleased with the arrangement.

Joy Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Funky Insects Thinlits

[Bee You Card Details: Background - Weathered  Distress Embossing Glaze, Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, Funky Insect - Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean Distress Ink]

I still felt like they needed a little more texture, so I die cut a piece of Distress White Heavystock using one of the following Thinlits: Wildflower Stems 1, Funky Wreaths and Wildflower Stems 3. I inked each of these with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink before adhering them to the card. 


To finish off each card, I used the Alphanumeric Bold Thinlits to die cut a word for each card. To give the letters dimension, I adhered a piece of black cardstock to a piece of double sided foam adhesive before die cutting each letter. 


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed learning the process behind how I created these cards featuring the Tim Holtz Funky Insects Thinlits.

Supplies

Below you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Christmas Card Head Start 2021 | Stenciled Backgrounds with Distress Ink & Foil

Christmas is coming! As I write this post, it's only 271 days away, and of course it will be here before we know it. Last year, I failed miserably at sending out my annual Christmas cards. But, we can blame it all on COVID right?! This year, I don't think I'll have such an excuse or at least I sure hope not, so I thought it would be a good idea to begin what I'm calling my Christmas Card Head Start 2021. My plan is to start creating Christmas cards now so that I'll have a pile of them ready and waiting for me to send out at the beginning of December. Working ahead also gives me time to create one of kind cards for family and friends, play with new techniques and even better...use some stamp sets and other products that maybe haven't gotten the love they deserve.

Christmas Card Head Start 2021

I'm beginning my Christmas Card Head Start 2021 today with these two cards. I created two Stenciled Backgrounds with Distress Ink and Foil and each one uses a slightly different technique. Let me walk you through the steps on how I created each card.

Christmas Cards with Stenciled Backgrounds with Distress Ink and Foil by Juliana Michaels

Season's Greeting Christmas Card


Season's Greetings Christmas Card with Stenciled Backgrounds with Distress Ink and Foil by Juliana Michaels

To create this first background I positioned the Linen Layering Stencil onto the smooth side of a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper held in place on my Scrapbook.com Nonstick Silicone Craft Mat with some Mint Tape.

Design Tip: 

The Scrapbook.com Non-stick Silicone Craft Mat is really pretty awesome! I love that it can be used with inks, watercolor, acrylic paint, adhesives, heat embossing, hot glue, and more. It's perfect for protecting your crafting surface and is made of food grade silicone which makes it easy to clean, durable and heat resistant up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. It doesn't slip around on smooth surfaces and will also lightly grip your paper which makes it wonderful for using with stencils and ink blending as I did on my projects. It 19.5" x 15.5" which was a bit too large for my taste, so I cut it in half. You can learn more about it here.


With the paper securely in place, I inked over it with Distress Ink in Pine Needles and Chipped Sapphire and some Distress Oxide in Rustic Wilderness and Peacock Feathers.


I then spritzed it with my Distress Sprayer to create some droplets and set it to the side to dry.  After creating this background, I actually created the background for my second card using the ink that was left over on the stencil. For now, I'm going to continue explaining how this first card came together but I will explain how I created the second card background below. 


Next, I applied ThermOWeb Deco Foil Transfer Gel over the Flurries Layering Stencil. I immediately washed the stencil to prevent the gel from drying on the stencil. I then set the piece to the side to allow the gel time to dry. Once dry, I covered it with a piece of Pewter Deco Foil and ran it through my Minc to apply the foil to the gel. To decrease the shine of the foil and give it slightly aged effect, I lightly rubbed steel wool over the surface. If you don't have any of the products for foiling, you can also use embossing powder to achieve a similar effect! Simply apply embossing ink over the stencil, remove the stencil, tap off any excess powder and heat emboss it using a heat gun.


Continuing with the background, I wanted to add a little more interest so I stamped the text stamp from the Stripes and Holiday Stamp Set onto the background using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I then finished off the background by inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


To embellish the card, I stamped then Santa and ticket images from the Vintage Holidays Stamp Set. I colored the Santa with Copic Markers, fussy cut both images and then inked the edges of both pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then finished it off with a sentiment from the Tiny Text Christmas Stamp Set. For the final step, I adhered the entire panel onto a piece of cardstock ink blended with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink to coordinate with the rest of the card.


Believe In The Magic Christmas Card


Believe In The Magic Christmas Card with Stenciled Backgrounds with Distress Ink and Foil by Juliana Michaels

Now let me share we you what I did with that inky stencil from my first card. As I mentioned earlier, the stencil had some ink on it, so I gave it a light spritz with my Distress Sprayer and then stamped it onto a piece of Distress White Heavystock. You could also do this on the smooth side of a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper. While the stencil was still on the paper, I dabbed it with a paper towel to dry up any ink that leaked under the stencil.


I was inspired to give this technique a try after watching the recent Tim Holtz YouTube Live on Distress Sprays. Doing it with Distress Ink, gives you a less bold image as compared to using Distress Spray, but I actually ended up loving the effect. 


As on the first card, I applied ThermOWeb Deco Foil Transfer Gel over the Flurries Layering Stencil. This time, I applied it over the center of the background and then followed the same steps as I did on the first card.


With the foiling completed, I then added a little more interest by once again stamping the text stamp from the Stripes and Holiday Stamp Set onto the background using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I then finished by inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


For the embellishment on this card, I stamped the Santa from the Yuletide Stamp Set and the stamps and ticket from the Vintage Holiday Stamp Set. Once again, I colored the Santa with Copic Markers, fussy cut all of the images and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The final addition was a sentiment from Tiny Text Christmas Stamp Set.


I hope you enjoyed this bit of Christmas card inspiration and that it gets you thinking about getting ready to begin your own Christmas Card Head Start 2021. Feel free to join me on social media using the hashtag: #christmscardheadstart2021. I'd love to see what you create!

Supplies

Below you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

How To Use Scrapbook.com Pops of Color with Stencils

There are just some products that come onto the market for us crafters that are just so pretty you have to have them and play with them! Well Scrapbook.com Pops of Color is that new product for me! Pops of Color are a liquid embellishment that comes in a rainbow of colors and all but three of the colors have a pearlescent finish. They can be used to create dimensional accents or add a pop of color to just about any project. Using them to create dots of color on projects is one of their more common uses, so of course I wanted to go outside the box a bit and try using them with stencils. There was a bit of trial and error as I figured out the best way to get the BEST results, so today I'm going to share with you how to use Scrapbook.com Pops of Color with Stencils and get fabulous results every time.

How To Use Scrapbook.com Pops of Color with Stencils Set of Easter Spring Cards by Juliana Michaels

When I first tried using the Pops of Color with a stencil, I assumed since this is a thick liquid-like medium that I would be able to apply it over a stencil and be done. That was not my result. The Pops of Color leaked under the stencil regardless of what stencil I used or how much medium I applied. Heavy handed or light handed, it was leaking under the stencil and "ruining" my design. So what's a crafter to do? Figure out a solution! As I mentioned, this involved a lot of trial and error and in the end I found the perfect solution!

During my testing phase, I determined the Pops of Color needed to be mixed with some other medium to thicken it just a tiny bit. The trick was finding something that wouldn't ruin the gorgeous pearlescent finish. I tried every product in my stash and finally discovered the solution...Therm O Web Decofoil Transfer Gel Duo. This gel is white when applied, but dries clear which makes it the perfect product to mix in and maintain the pearlescent finish. I tried tons of other mediums and this one gave me the best and most consistent results every time.


All you have to do is mix a bit of the Transfer Gel Duo with the color of your choice of the Pops of Color. If you want the color to be darker, just add a bit more Pops of Color while your mixing the two mediums together. When you're happy with the color, simply apply the gel over your stencil using a palette knife. 

Designer Tip: Use the Scrapbook.com Silicone Craft Mat to hold your paper in place. You can then use a piece of Mint Tape to hold the stencil in place. This setup keeps your paper and stencil from sliding around as you apply the gel.


Once you have applied the gel, I recommend immediately washing your stencil with soap and water to prevent the gel from drying on your stencil. You will then need to allow the stenciled design to dry for quite awhile. I actually left mine to dry overnight, but I would think it could be dry within an hour unless you applied a super thick layer of the gel.


With the stenciled backgrounds dry, they are ready to be used for your next project. I used the Pops of Color Stenciled Backgrounds I made to create a set of Easter themed cards. Let me walk you through the rest of the steps to create each card.


I used the Pops of Color Stenciled Backgrounds I made to create a set of Easter themed cards. I added some splatters of ink to the backgrounds using a splatter stamp and Distress Ink, but you could also splatter them with ink or paint if so desired. I layered on a die cut wreath from the Funky Wreath Thinlits that I ink smooshed with Bundled Sage Distress Ink.

The next layer is one of the bunnies from the Bunny Hop Thinlits. I inked the edges of these with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and added a bit of interest with a script stamp inked up with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide that I smudged and smeared a tiny bit immediately after stamping. For a fun whimsical touch, I added a white pom-pom inked up with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink and applied with a Zot. I then finished off each card by adding a sentiment from the Spring Shadows Stamp Set. I added some machine stitching around the edge of each panel and I then layered them onto a piece of cardstock inked with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Below you can take a closer look at each card I created. I'm also sharing which Pops of Color and which stencil I used for each card.

Hello Spring Card
Pops of Color: Ocean Waves
Stencil: Vintage Floral



Happy Easter Card
Pops of Color: Soft Lilac
Stencil: Teardrop Floral



Got Candy Card
Pops of Color: Bubblegum
Stencil: Botanical Sprigs



Hello Spring Card
Pops of Color: Seafoam
Stencil: Floral Confetti



Thanks for hopping by today! I hope you enjoyed learning How To Use Scrapbook.com Pops of Color with Stencils!

Supplies

Below you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Slimline Masculine Birthday Cards

I don't know about you, but I always seems to struggle when it comes to making masculine birthday cards. I'm not sure if it's the lack of masculine themed products that appeal to me or my lack of purchasing masculine themed products, but it's always been something I struggle with. Today, I'm sharing two versions of a slimline masculine birthday card. One is a more detailed, time consuming version and the other is a quick and easy option. Along with the challenge of making a masculine birthday card, time can also be a factor. Sometimes I plan ahead and have time to play and at other times, I'm in a bit of a hurry. Either way, I've got you covered with these slimline masculine birthday cards.

Slimline Masculine Birthday Cards by Juliana Michaels

To get started, let's take a look at the detailed version.

Slimline Masculine Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels

For both cards, I began by stamping multiples of the images from the Tim Holtz Distinguished Stamp Set. If you happen to have the coordinating die set, you can follow the instructions on how to easily die cut and stamp these images here. If you don't own the dies, fussy cutting is always an option.


Once I had a pile of stamped images, I grabbed one of each image and began coloring them with Copic Markers. Feel free to use whatever markers or color medium you prefer and as always, remember to use the right ink and paper for that medium. After I finished coloring each image, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


For the background of the card, I used the Scrapbook.com Buffalo Check Slimline Die to emboss a piece of white cardstock. Any metal die can be used for embossing if you use it with a Silicone Rubber Cutting Pad. If you are not totally familiar with this technique, I recommend you do a little research to find out the correct sandwich for your particular die cutting machine.


With the paper embossed, I lightly ink blended over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to highlight the embossed design. Next, I layered a few pieces of ephemera and then finished it off with a stamped sentiment using the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set. I then layered everything onto a piece of black cardstock. To add more dimension, I adhered some of the stamped images and the sentiment with double sided foam adhesive.

Slimline Masculine Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels

The second card uses the stamped and die cut images, but I saved a ton of time by not coloring the images. I simply inked the edges with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


To save even more time, I made the background super simple by embossing a piece of black cardstock using the Buffalo Check Slimline Die. I also skipped the inking and the use of ephemera.


To finish off the card, I used double sided foam adhesive to pop up some of the stamped images as I adhered them to the card front. All in all, the second card came together very quickly and still has a great masculine feel to it.


Now, you may be thinking, I don't have the dies and I don't have time for fussy cutting. If this is your situation, here's another option for you. Simply stamp the images onto a piece of white cardstock, allowing the images to overlap if desired. Then all you have to do is fussy cut the sentiment piece and pop it up with a bit of double sided foam adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed these Slimline Masculine Birthday Cards ideas and the options of a more detailed, time consuming version as well as a quick and easy option. Thanks so much for your visit and as always feel free to reach out with any questions or just to say hi!

Supplies

Below you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.