Find Joy In The Ordinary Card | Tim Holtz Brushstroke Flowers 1 and Alphanumeric Stretch Thinlits

Joy. That is my word for 2021. My word to focus on during the everyday ordinary moments of life. This Find Joy in the Ordinary Card was created as a reminder that joy can be found in the everyday ordinary routines of life. Sometimes you might have to look for it, but it's there, just waiting for you to find it. Now, let's get on to the details of how this card came together using the Tim Holtz Brushstroke Flowers 1 and Alphanumeric Stretch Thinlits!

Find Joy In The Ordinary Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Brushstroke Flowers 1 and Alphanumeric Stretch Thinlits

For this card, I started off by making the flowers. I die cut them from Distress Heavystock and ink blended them with Distress Oxide in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint. I then smooshed a Distress Ink pad in a darker color onto my craft mat, spritzed it with a tiny bit of water and then dabbed the piece into the ink to add a bit of interest. For example on the large flower, I inked the large petal section with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide and then added Worn Lipstick Distress Ink as the darker color. On the yellow flower I used Fossilized Amber as the darker color and for the leaves Peeled Paint (yes, I know it's not darker, but it still added the darker spots...go figure!). Once the flowers were finished, I played around with assembling them and how I might place them on a card. That's when I came up with the idea to place them on an oval frame and then add a sentiment inside the frame.

The frame was created using the now retired Stitched Oval Thinlits. I took the largest die and the next one down in size and placed them onto a piece of Distress Heavystock, making sure to center them to create the frame. I then used Mint Tape to hold them in place as I ran them through my die cutting machine. To color them I used Distress Oxide and Distress Ink in Walnut Stain using the same technique I did with the flowers.

With these pieces completed, I moved onto the background. I went with a light color to allow the flowers to pop. I used the smoosh, spritz and dab technique with Old Paper Distress Ink and a piece of Distress Heavystock. I then inked the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. For a touch of interest, I added some Distress Ink stamping using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and some stamps from Field Notes and Entomology.

After completing the background, I was then able to adhere the frame and flowers. To create the sentiment I die cut Joy using the Alphanumeric Stretch Thinlits from Distress Heavystock and used the same technique to color them that I used on the flowers. The rest of the sentiment was created using the Tiny Text Stamp Set and Vintage Photo Archival Ink. I trimmed the piece into single words and then adhered them to the card.

To finish off the card, I added a machine stitched border and then layered the entire panel onto a piece of Distress Heavystock ink blended using the same colors and technique that I used on the frame.

Thanks so much for your visit today! I hope you're inspired to create something using the Tim Holtz Brushstroke Flowers 1 and the Alphanumeric Stretch Thinlits. As always, if you have any questions about this project please reach out either in the comments here or you can also DM me on Instagram.


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1 comment

  1. Beautiful card Juliana. The colors are so pretty and I just love the flowers. I just got this die this week so I grateful for the inspiration!


Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa