Tim Holtz Inspired Challenge

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Project Description

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.


"lovely to sea you" Tim Holtz inspired card by Joe M.

Tim Holtz inspired card by Joe M.

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.


Altered mini-journal by Betty

Altered mini-journal by Betty

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.



Joe R's mini journal inspired by Tim Holtz

Joe R’s mini journal inspired by Tim Holtz

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.


  1. Kristi February 17, 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

    very cool! love it!!

  2. Dusti February 17, 2011 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Love it… what talent to create this in one evening



  3. Dusti February 17, 2011 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I browsed your blog looking for a badge I could place on my blog, could not find one. If in the future you have a blog badge please let me know and I will be happy to place it on my blog.

    Have a creating day


    • Joe Rotella February 17, 2011 at 9:45 am - Reply

      We're working on badges and blinkies, so I'll keep you posted for sure! Thank you!!

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  5. Tina M February 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your creativity! I just found you awsome blog, I will be back regularly!

  6. Kari McKnight-Holbro February 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    These are GORGEOUS! I got to see them in person and they really rock!

  7. K Andrew February 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Absolutely amazing–each one of them! Thank you allfor playing along at Getting Cricky! You guys are all talented!

    Big Cricky smooches,


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