Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wannabe Tim Holtz Type Card

Okay, so you might be wondering what the title of this post is supposed to mean...well I have been experimenting lately with a lot of different crafting techniques and one of my favorite craft designer's is Tim Holtz.

(I don't think I have to tell most of my visitors who he is, but if by some small chance there is a new visitor out there that doesn't know about him, you can click here to see his about me page on his website.)

So, I have been wanting to try some of his distressing techniques on my card making endeavors.

I don't know that I am very happy with how this card turned out though.

For some reason when I "distress" just puts me in DISTRESS! LOL!

It never looks like Tim's just tends to look like my cat spilled some of my art materials all over the table and it leaked onto my card!

I anguished over whether I should post it here or not, because I don't want to be embarrassed, but I have to learn, so I figured I'd post it and maybe some of my talented crafty friends and followers out there can give me some suggestions on how to make it better.

Here it is in all it's glory:

Personally...I prefer this shot I took with my iPhone Hipstamatic Camera App:

It kind of makes the card look less...uhmmm...scary, shall we say?!

One of the problems I seem to have is that after distressing the item it gets warped and wrinkled, even if I dry it with my heat tool.

I had to lay a big heavy piece of marble tile on top of this card overnight, just to make it lay down flat!

It's still not perfect as you can plainly see in the photo, but I'm hoping it's acceptable because I was hoping to send this out to a fellow blogger who's blog candy I won awhile back.

I just have to move on and consider this a learning experience, but I get so frustrated when something doesn't turn out the way I had envisioned it.

I'm no Tim Holtz for sure...maybe I should try to take one of his classes and gain some confidence in this technique.  I watched some of his videos and thought I had a good idea on how to do it, but clearly that is not the case.

Let me know what you all think.

Is it good enough to send to a friend to say "Thank-You", or is it just too darn messed up?

Here is a picture of the tools/materials I used to make this card: case you are wondering what the heck I did with the Copic Marker in this project, I actually colored the polyester white ribbon with it!

I never would have thought of doing this until I saw a great tip posted by my Crafty Blog Friend, Joy at

Here is a link to the post if you want to check it out:

Materials/Tools List:

Folded Card, Pre-made, White, (5.25" x 3.625)
Marvy Uchida, Embossing Heat Tool
Rubberstamp, "Thank You", Stamp Craft #440D384
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tea dye, #T I M19510
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peeled Paint, #T I M20233
Inkadinkado Pigment Ink, Black, #61-30034
Clear Mini Stamp, Bird Streamer, #98868, Dimensions Crafts LLC
Clear Mini Stamp, Studio 112, Paisleys, #60-30410 

Clear Stamping Block, Studio G, #VC0028
Ranger Superfine Detail Embossing Powder, Clear, #SF J06954
3-D Floral Embellishments, Mini Flowers with Gems, Forever in time Scrapbook Collection #SE174
Beacon Adhesives, Fabri-tac, Permanent Adhesive for Fabric
Ranger Inkssentials, Mini Mister, #MIS22701
Off Ray Spool o' Ribbon, White, 1/8 inch, 100% Polyester, #CA07795
Copic Sketch Marker, #E09 Burnt Sienna
Spool Ribbon, Olive Green, Polyester, #3980, Devrian Global Industries LLC

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Nikki said...

Lisa! I can't believe you don't love this card! i think it's AWESOME! You are soooo much cooler than me! xox Nikki

Emily said...

So... I came here to say Thank You for the lovely card that you sent me Lisa... and HERE IT IS!!! :-) What a beautiful card! Thank you so much for being such a sweetheart! I hope you continue to check out my blog, I'm hosting my own blog hop in May and it's going to be a beach themed one, so check back for lots of cool giveaways! :-)