K. Andrew over at Getting Cricky posted a challenge on her blog to create something in the altered style of Tim Holtz. With only one night to work on our projects, Joe M., Betty and I sat down to crank out something completely free flowing. No planning. No fretting. Just heart-to-hands creating.
Here’s what we came up with.
Joe M created this , “lovely to sea you” card. He covered the base card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink and put it aside. For the top piece, he stamped the card with a coral glimmer screen and glimmer mist. He sprayed red glimmer mist on a craft mat, pressed the screen on to it, and then pressed the screen on to the cardstock, just like you would use a rubber stamp. Then he sprayed the entire piece with blue glimmer mist. Lastly he stamped the seahorses and sentiment. He inked the edges of the piece and adhered it to the base card. He added rhinestones for a finishing touch.
Betty created a tiny journal. She started with a used manila folder and cut it in to three strips. She trimmed the edge so each folded piece was about 3.5″ tall by 4″ wide. She applied Colorbox pigment ink directly to the card to distress it. Then, she stamped images on each panel and added metal embellishments. She punched holes 1/2″ apart inside the crease of the fold and sewed the three pieces together to form the journal.
I started in the same place as Betty, with a used manila folder. I also cut it in to three strips, but rather than cut the edge straight, I created 3 small tabs. I distressed each panel with Tim Holtz distress ink. On the inside pages, I layered pieces of old manuscripts, the strip from a fortune cookie, pieces of a Chinese newspaper and small (2″ x 2″) pieces of cardstock (to be used as photo mats). I stamped layered images on the pages, including world maps, birds, butterflies and sentiments. I added a couple of metal embellishments and sewed the strips together with a fun ribbon I picked up at Big Lots.
It was fun for all three of us to sit together at the table, pull out the supplies and just start creating something. Although many of the materials are the same, each piece looks very different from the others. A couple of hours flew by and we were all thrilled with what we made and having spent an evening together paper crafting.