Channeling My Inner Tim Holtz

For any of you who have followed my blog or Instagram account for any amount of time, you know grunge cards aren’t something you see me create very often. Today is one of those rare exceptions. I’ve had this card idea in my head for a while. I knew exactly what I wanted to do on the tag, but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do to add some interest and texture to the card base behind the tag. That all changed when I got my hands on the new mini layering stencils from Tim Holtz. The striped stencil was just what I was looking for and never even knew it! LOL

Mel's Card Corner | Channeling My Inner Tim Holtz

I started by creating the tag. I used one of the size 5 manila craft tags from Inkssentials/Ranger. All of the stamped images are from the September 2017 STAMPtember exclusive collaboration set from Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp. Sadly, this stamp set is no longer available, but you could easily substitute other images to achieve a similar look.

All the stamping on the tag was done using Distress Oxide inks. The diamond border at the bottom was stamped with Picked Raspberry, the trees were stamped with Frayed Burlap and Evergreen Bough, the snowy background was third generation stamped with Cracked Pistachio, and finally, the stag and sentiment were stamped with Walnut Stain. To give the tag more of a vintage look, I sponged around the edges lightly using Frayed burlap.

Mel's Card Corner | Channeling My Inner Tim Holtz

Next, I created a top-folding card base using some kraft card stock. I adhered the Mint striped stencil from the Shifters Mini Stencil Set 37. For the first application, I applied Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink through the stencil using a mini ink blending tool. I cleaned the stencil then shifted it using the guide marks on it and did a second application using Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. To continue the vintage feel of the card, I also sponged around all the edges of the card front using the Frayed Burlap again.

To assemble the card, I adhered the tag to the card base using foam tape. Since the craft card stock was a little dark, I cut a piece of vanilla cardstock down to 4 x 5-1/4″ and sponged around the edges with the Frayed Burlap again. I adhered this panel on the inside of the card for a signature panel. For a final touch, I looped a few strands of linen twine through the opening in the top of the tag and that completed my card.


I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

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  1. Ann Williams says:

    I just read about you. I live right smack dab in the middle of Big Orange Country. As you know, we have not had much to cheer about in recent years. If you are a true VOL fan you still bleed orange. Love your blog and your inspirations that you share.

  2. Izzy Scrap says:

    Beautiful card Melissa ! Love the mix of bright colours over kraft colour paper, an amazing combo for a non-traditional colours Christmas card. Gorgeous design with a lovely tag. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

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