Feb 12, 2018

Tim Holtz Illustrated Garden and Distress Oxide Cards


Happy Monday friends!  My precious friend Sara Emily sent me the sweetest, most amazing Valentine in the world this week!  Find her amazing card HERE.  <3  Inside she included these gorgeous stamped Tim Holtz botanical images for me to play with.  Thanks my friend!  I was in the mood to experiment more with Distress Oxides on Alcohol ink cardstock.  I had a good old time layering my puddles of ink onto these matte panels, then over stamped with the beautiful lattice stamp by Tim.  I decided against using the Distress Glaze like I did in THIS card, as the result was so soft and ethereal.


The matte finish cardstock gives such an amazing result with Oxides.  To get this look with the lattice stamp, I inked the stamp with Cracked Pistachio randomly, not covering the whole stamp, then went back over the uninked spaces with Faded Jeans.  I gave the stamp a hefty mist of water before making the impression.


I used the same colors of ink to watercolor the images and then fussy cut them and gave them a coat of DecoArt clear crackle paste.


I layered with one of Tim's ephemera cards and some die cut borders, then sponged the Small Talk sentiments with Frayed Burlap.  A simple twine bow gives the cards a bit of dimension.


I love the softness of these, but look forward to trying the same background with the Distress Glaze on top.  So many ideas, so little time...  :)





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33 comments:

Lys Scrap said...

I love these shades of blue. Gorgeous tags, they make me think about Spring!
Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge!

Mac Mable said...

Love those botanical images and such gorgeous colours on your wonderful creations. Thank you for the 'how to' on that artsy background. Yes so many ideas, so many techniques and so little time x

Lisa said...

Wow, these are so artistic and gorgeous!! The botanical images are beautiful!! You've showcased them so perfectly!! I love the background and the layers!! Fabulous cards, Autumn!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! What beautiful cards - and another set to add to my stamp needs list!! I really want to try that background technique too! Hugs, Chrisx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh these are STUNNING, I adore how you have layered up those beautiful stamped images Sara sent, and the colours are so soft and beautiful! LOVE them both and feel really inspired now to pull out my stamps and oxides! Thanks for that!

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous backgrounds and beautiful botanical stamps
Carol x

Linda Kunsman said...

really beautiful cards Autumn. Your backgrounds are fab!

Kate said...

These are gorgeous! I am not up on the newest products with a minus crafting budget but these botanical images are beautiful. I love your soft colors in the background and the lacy details. Perfect.
Kate

Margaret Mifsud said...

What a wonderful surprise and gorgeous gift Sara sent you, Autumn! Those botanical images are stunning and you have showcased them so beautifully on your cards. The background is awesome .. I love the lattice stamping, it looks amazing!! Beautiful colours and fabulous layers too! Have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

Ellibelle said...

These are really beautiful Autumn, love the inky background!

Angela Radford said...

Loving the cards Autumn, gorgeous. Everything works so well together and the different shades of blue look so stylish. Have a lovely crafty week, Angela xXx

Sara Barker said...

Hi ya! I popped over to grab your link, and oh, my goodness! My jaw is on the floor! How beautiful! I will be back to soak these in! Sending hugs!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Beautiful use of the oxides Autumn, love that mat chalky impression that they leave behind. These remind me of aged ceramics, the botanical stamps are fabulous. Beautiful, Thank you for sharing..
Big Hugs Tracey xx

brenda said...

Beautiful creations and really pretty with the blues and soft sepia colours, many thanks for joining in with our 'Flowers' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Marjan K├╝ppers said...

Beautiful cards with wonderful colours togehter and great layering!

Annie said...

Fabulous makes and I adore the images and stunning soft colours...so beautiful

Huge hugs Annie x

Anita Houston said...

So gorgeous, and so vintage danbury blue looking! LOVE!

Ann Barnes said...

These cards are gorgeous Autumn. I love the palette you have used and those images are perfectly suited for the amazing backgrounds. Thanks for sharing your talents. xo

Sue said...

These are so beautiful Autumn, I love your choice of colours xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Autumn, hope,you are well. Your artwork is beautiful. These remind me of something you would find in a Vintage botanical book. Beautiful detail and the colours are perfect. Your backgrounds compliment the focal image perfectly. Tracy x

Monika Gulyas said...

Beautiful vintage card, Autumn!!! I love it!!! xx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful cards! Lovely colours! X

TLady said...

HOW BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE the blues & what you've done with the Distress Inks! TOTALLY GORGEOUS! AND your friends Valentine's card is BEAUTIFUL TOO!!! WHAT A LUCKY LADY you are!!!! ;) Thank you so much for coming over & leaving me some love on my blog! I SO APPRECIATE your taking the time to visit! (((HUGS!)))

Donna Ellis said...

Gorgeous creations, Autumn, with beautiful colors!

Debbie Mageed said...

Ah, your blog is always the place to go for inspiration, Autumn! I love how your created that background. The blues together definitely gives them a vintage/feminine feel. Perfectly done!

Jackie P Neal said...

Wow You totally found the perfect placement for those images Sara sent you- such beautiful cards!! What a sweet friend!
Jackie xo

Linda Manning Findley said...

Love these ... so soft and lovely ... Oxidized inks makes it so easy to do this kind of look ... but you put the icing on the cake!!!!!

Sara Barker said...

I'm back for another look; my goodness, how I love that background! NO ONE does the inky oxides like you, my friend! And having colored my botanicals in another color for an upcoming project already, I'm happy I have another chance to do it in these beautiful blues! I am so happy you were able to use those flowers--inspiring! Hugs!

Mrs.B said...

Love the botanical images and they look fabulous in those soft shades of blue, love the background,
Avril xx

Lynne K said...

Stunning designs, Autumn! The blue shades are just gorgeous (my favourite colours!) and I love the botanical images. Thank you for sharing them with us at Stamping Sensations.

Lynne

Craftyfield said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the faded effect of the background and the colours scheme is perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges!

Emma Williams said...

These are so beautiful Autumn and I adore all your layering and the stunning backgrounds you've created, they just work so well with the botanical images you've added ~ I love them! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

Helen Wallace said...


Oh these are gorgeous, I adore how you have layered up those beautiful stamped images, and the colours are so soft and beautiful! I'm crazy about my oxides and you've demonstrated yet another way of using them to advantage. xo

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