Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Tim Holtz and distressing!

Morning!! Well I made it to the NEC!!!! All on my own, with no directions or satnav (don't ask LOL) just the names of the motorways in my head!! I had a fabulous time and spent far too much (gulp) and got the biggest blisters on the bottom of my feet I've ever seen! But, the best bit was I got to meet Bev and Jacqui finally!! woohoo!!! I also met Caz and Dawn. We had a great time having a little shop and natter until unfortunately I had to leave them to it as it was time for me to head for home. Oh and I met Barbro and John on the Just Magnolia stand too and thanked them for publishing my "Kara" letters in the MagnoliaInk magazine! Anway, back to business, and our challenge this week at Simon Says Stamps challenge is distressing. All the design team are showcasing Tim Holtz products (how can we not, he is the King of distressing LOL!). I knew as soon as I saw this Tim Holtz stamp that I wanted to create a wall hanger to hang above my oh so tidy (not) craft desk!
I started with some white card and splodged some ink from my distress ink pads onto my non stick craft sheet. The colours I used were Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage and Antique Linen. I then sprayed it with water and pressed my card into it to get the lovely soft mottled background you can see. I also added some bleached out splashes with water. (you can see all of the instructions for this and many more techniques on Tim's own amazing blog here!! I used a variety of techniques from his 12 tags of Christmas from 2009 - thanks Tim!!

After distressing all the edges and inking with Vintage Photo I set about stamping. I stamped a couple of Hero Arts butterflies in Versafine and then coloured them with distress inks. I also stamped a Magnolia swirl and a ledger stamp from Simon Says Stamp's own stamp range.

I have then embossed in gold parts of a Hero Arts letter stamp over each butterfly.


The flourish is from Tim Holtz grungeboard elements and I've painted it with Frayed Burlap crackle paint and then once that was dry I covered it in Stardust Stickles.

This great saying is from a Tim Holtz stamp set - it really makes me chuckle and it is so true LOL!!! I have stamped it with espresso adirondack ink onto vellum and then distressed the vellum with antique linen distress ink.Now for the best bit (in my opinion)!!! I have made two roses following Tim's amazing tutorial! These are so gorgeous and desceptively easy to make! The metal flowers are also Tim Holtz.
Hope I have inspired you to join us this week at Simon Says Stamp! You have to check out the rest of the DT's work - absolutely incredible! Thanks for looking! x
please scroll down for my Whiff of Joy challenge post x

22 comments:

Kimba-Slydog said...

So wonderful!!! I love this vintage style so much.

Hugs,
Nicole

Anonymous said...

Truly Scrumptious. Chrissy. xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

This is lovely Jane, the colours, and the elements are just gorgeous. The sentiment expresses my work desk exactly! Judith x

maranda said...

hi jane, howe are you? yes that is a beautiful card, and also nice colors.
hugs maranda

Marina said...

Wow! That's absolutely wonderful and I love it!

Hugs,
Marina

Debbie said...

So beauiful. It will look gorgeous hanging in your craft room. Glad you had a great time except for the blisters. Can't wait to see what you create with all your new goodies

Smiffy's Particrafting adventures said...

Fantastic...Love distressing and will happily distress anything that stays still for long enough!

kmassman said...

I love this! The colors are so nice together and I love crackle paint!

craftymum said...

Absolutely fantastic Jane. Glad you had a good day at the NEC
Love Sarah XXX

Anne said...

So pleased you're back Jane - I was worried you'd still be driving round the motorways of England! And the trip's certainly done wonders for your Mojo. The wall hanger is fantastic and so many techniques! Will definitely have a go at the flowers. Thanks for the inspiration. xxx

Kim Piggott said...

Oh Jane you are so amazing getting there I would never be so brave!
So in love with your awesome creation it is divine!
hugs
kim x

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous wall hanging Jane :-) Absolutely gorgeous! I am sure it looks fantastic hanging above your desk :-) I LOVE those roses you made, I saw them on Tim's blog and have to have a go at making them too ,,,, lovely :-)

Luv
Lols x x x

Jackie Thomas said...

OH Jane, this is absolutely stunning. I adore everything about it and those flowers are out of this world. wishing you and your family a Happy and safe Easter. xo Jackie

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Wow, absolutely amazing and stunning Jayne and every bit Tim Holtz but with a gorgeous girly touch - well done you !

Have a fabby Easter weekend.

Love 'n' hugs,

Jo xxx

Juls said...

wow!! so soft and beautiful!! Hugs Juls

Mina said...

stunning Jane, I love the vellum sentiment...it has a lush rich feel to it
Mina xxx

Anneke said...

this is stunning jane and love the vintage look

Diane J said...

Absolutely beautiful...

Tasha said...

Beautiful, lovely distressing, it gives such a gorgeous vintage effect
love tasha xx

Tracey said...

Wow this is fantastic, love those new ink colours and another fab quote - oh so true in my house too lol - you brave girl going all the way to Birmingham on your own - would have terrified the life out of me XXX

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

This is just sooo beautiful! Lovely colors and those fantastic butterflies! Very, very beautiful!

Mvh
Gunn

Pam said...

I love this! Tell me did you make the pink roses here? If you did you sure mastered your technique. Also if they are yours how did you get them sooo beautifully perfect!They curl under so gorgeously.
~Pam
Already a big fan and I just found your blog!