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Friday, August 10, 2018

FOR THOSE TIM HOLTZ LOVERS!

Tim Did It Again!

Yes, it's quickly becoming that time of year when the children are off to school, there's a crispness in the air, bright colors in the forests of Wisconsin and it's HALLOWEEN at Stampers Anonymous! Officially on 8/8/18, the Halloween line started shipping out. (How cool is that?)



Tim Holtz presents Stampers Anonymous Halloween!

Stampers Anonymous

Stampers Anonymous is an American based company located in Cleveland, Ohio. You might already own some items for Halloween but I can assure you, they are NOT like these! What is really, really cool is the fact that they will never, ever retire one of Tim's products! So if you liked the witch that came out last year, they have it. Or if you liked the chandelier or leaves from 5 years ago, they have it! 

One thing that was explained about the stamps was the difference whether a sheet of stamps was 'weeded' or not. They give you the whole sheet of rubber with some stamps because of their size. If they are small, it is easier to store them if you pop them back into place.

New Stamps

For example, the new stamp set called Natures Wonder has the whole sheet to hold the several different leaves and sentiments.

So many beautiful stamps in Natures Wonder

Backgrounds


Tim loves his backgrounds and this release is no different. 

One of his new backgrounds mimics the crazing texture that naturally happens in old china and pottery. At times you can hear the ping of the fired glaze cracking. The companion to the set of Crazing and Planks is, you guessed it, planks! The uniqueness of this stamp is the image of the planks goes the short way instead of the long way like so many others do. Tim continues his great detail in both of these stamps!

Background stamp Crazing and Stamps

Tim also wanted something that was detailed but turned out gorgeous when embossed! Sometimes the image of the stamp gets lost when embossing powder melts on the paper. Ornate and Lace were created with that in mind. The detail stays when embossed, leaving the image clear and ready to be blended. 

Ornate and Lace have a perfect tattered look about them


These background stamps are so versatile, they can be used all year long. Imagine the tattered Lace embossed in gold on a Christmas card or for Valentines!

Creepiest Images


The cocky looking gentleman with the tilted top hat and leering grin is none other than Mr. Bones. He is the perfect example of a stamp set that is weeded.

Mr. Bones is welcoming you to
the Halloween collection!


How many stamps of spider webs does one person need? Well, you'll need this one! Tim compares the different stamps of spider webs he has done over the past 5 years or so. Each year he put out a stamp of a web that was different and a little better than the year before.  

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Comparing his own evolved webs

This year, Tangled Webs, is like none other! The thin detailed lines are authentic enough to be used in the foreground as well as the back! The favorite is the corner web. It looks just like its been bothered by the wind, a leaf or even yourself as you walk by! How spooktacular is that? It's truly the look we go for when we drape the fake web at Halloween through our bushes, trees, and doorways!

Notice the difference in Tangled Webs?

An eerie addition to the ever-popular Inventor Series is Inventor 4! Something is so fascinating about the measurements and schematic of the images in this stamp. 

Goosebumps about Inventor 4

The next images of Spooky Scribbles are not his original work but he has licensed them as his own. They remind him of his favorite childhood icons but he couldn't help but add, of course, a little bit of GRUNGE!

Notice the trademark grunge look of Spooky Scribbles?

This will be the final stamp set in this series and it echoes a popular trend. Zombies is exactly what it implies. Icky, gooey, weird, messed up bits and parts of people that are NOT people! Know what I mean?

Zombies is a good name for this stamp set

Again, these were shipped out to the stores on Wednesday, 8/8/18. Watch for them to start appearing. Some of your favorite online shops may be taking pre-orders for them. Sometimes waiting a bit longer, you can find better prices on Blitsy, Scrapbook.com or even Amazon! Watch for possible announcements of these sales on the Koala T Crafts Facebook and Patron Pages!!

Stencils too

Yes, there are stencils included in this new release. At first glance, they look like many of the other stencils on the market, stripes, polka dots and harlequin. 

Very common looking stencils

When have you ever known Tim Holtz to be ordinary? Along with a set of minis, like his other stamp sets, he has created stencils that look quite basic.

At a closer look, they are very unique because they have the same sketched pattern right next to them. They are called Shifters and Tim does an amazing job showing you how to make these stencils create awesome holiday backgrounds!

Shifters in action!

Original Size

Why not include a mask in the stencil? In the demonstration, Tim uses Black Soot Distress paint to bring out the mask outlines. Once the paint dries it becomes permanent and nothing added to it will wipe it away, not sprays, stains, inks or oxides!  Wait until you see the sample Tammy B. did for Tim. She took it to a whole another level!

Read the blog for close up pictures of each of the sets for the Halloween release at Stampers Anonymous. 


This will take you to Tim Holtz's blog


I urge you to watch the video as Tim tells you so much more about each item. He shows you how to use his new stencils too. The picture below will take you to the video!

Link to watch the video

If you follow my blogs (and my purchases at the Garage Sales!) you should know how I adore Tim Holtz's grunge approach to things. It adds that little aged look to my favorite vintage style of creating!

Tim is smiling at me!


HINT: September will be the Stampers Anonymous AND Idea-ology Christmas release!

I wish I had more links to information and purchasing for you this time! I was so excited about this I just had to share! I hope this puts you in the mood to start your Halloween projects!

Watch Jen LIVE on Wednesdays at 5:00PM CST for One in Ten by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece! where the viewers send in their scraps and challenge Jen to create a card in less than 10 minutes, timed! 

On Fridays, watch Friday Free Play LIVE on Jen's YouTube Channel. Tutorials, techniques, and tips are shared in this hour-long video. Share the fun with your friends!

Hope you'll join us for extra videos as one of the perks of being a Patron.


What is a Patreon?

When you make a monthly, or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, receive free monthly digital stamps and just hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! Sign up with Patreon!

Remember, great things happen to those that create!
Artistically Yours,


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Monday, August 6, 2018

Making a Vignette!

What the Heck is a Vignette?

Vignette (vin-yet)
~noun
1. a decorative design/illustration used on the title page of  a book/chapter
2. engraving, drawing, photograph shaded off at edges to leave no border 
3. small pleasing picture
4. small literary sketch
5. a form of diorama

The word vignette originated in 1751 and at that time meant tendrils around the borders of a book page, from the French word Vigne "vineyard". It became very popular in the mid-19c. It became known as a decorated small photographic picture first recorded in the 1880s!

Being asked what a vignette was and then given 'homework' to find out, I found the experience rather challenging and exciting! We should all stretch our horizons once in a while and reach out of our comfort zones! Joining in on some of the card swaps in Koala T Crafts Facebook Group is a good way to start!
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Dusting off the memories that go back to my mixed media and minialbum days, I set out to create a new item, a vignette. After doing some research, I decided on a theme, butterflies. I really wanted to use Susan Winget's Cardstock and Acetate Die Cuts. I knew I wanted it to look vintage as if it was from the late 1800's but I wanted it to stay pastel and feminine.

The selection I made for my first vignette!

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Wooden Vignette Boxes


K&Company Susan Winget Die-Cut Cardstock and Acetate, Botanical


First Things First

To do the embossing technique I wanted on the inside, I knew it would have to sit a while to dry. Wanting to have some of the natural stain and wood grain come through, vellum was chosen to line the inside of the vignette box. 
Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stash-Vellum 12x12

Using Tim Holtz Design Ruler to measure
inside and outside of the box.

I decided to put vellum on the back of the box also.

Design Ruler by Tim Holtz Idea-ology, 12 Inch, Plastic and Metal, Clear


Worn Wallpaper by Tim Holtz was going to be placed on the sides and front of the largest box. 

I found some teal paper that matched the Worn Wallpaper in my stash.  This paper I die cut twice with a decorative corner from the mixed media thinlet die set.


This paper I used to die cut a decorative
 corner with a mixed media thinlet twice.

One of the die cuts was to be used as a stencil.



Sizzix Mixed Media #2 Thinlits Die Set by Tim Holtz 

WOW! embossing powder in platinum was chosen as the color to compliment the vellum which would be placed in the back of the vignette. It was mixed with Ranger's Embossing Paste. The paste was spread over the stencil. The stencil was lifted and a beautiful dimensional effect was left to dry!


One of the cuts was used as a stencil for the
vellum that went on the inside back of the box.



Using the stencil, the paste was spread across the vellum.

When it dried overnight,
it had a velvet-like look to the raised florals! 

The next day...

All the paper pieces were distressed with the edge of a Cutter B Scissors and Momento Espresso Dye Ink.

Worn Wallpaper was used on the rest of the box.

EK Success Cutter Bee Precision Scissors

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper

  
Distressed edges of the paper and die cuts
The die cuts were then added to the vignette box. The edges of the box were distressed with the Espresso dye ink and a foam blender. 



Platinum flower by Spare Parts Paper Studio 
and Susan Winget's Die Cuts were added



Distressed Die cut added to inside of the box

Prima Marketing Sunrise Sunset Mechanicals Metal Vintage Trinkets-Flowers Small

After carefully deciding, E6000 was used to attach the metal embellishments to the vignette. (ATTENTION: The fumes from this glue are harmful! It should be used in a well-ventilated area!)


Adding metal embellishments


Brand New Idea-Ology Curio Knobs


Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hinges 


Nature Adornments by Tim Holtz Idea-ology, 6 Charms per Pack, Various Sizes, Antique Nickel Finish

E6000 Adhesive with Precision Tips


Finishing Touches

With the back and sides satisfactory, I moved on to finish the inside. Wanting the vignette to be a card, of sorts, I wanted a sentiment and a space to write a note if one wished. 

I found the letters F, L, and Y in my stash distressed them and added them to the inside back bottom. I created a journaling spot by layering papers, rounding corners, adding die cut butterflies. A sweet sentiment in the upper right-hand corner read, "the world is a little happier with you in it"!

Just one little thing was needed to the inside bottom. I wanted it to have some dimension but also fit with the theme of the vignette. I found a word band in my stash that had the perfect words "possibility begins with imagination"!

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Word Bands


The Reveal

Here are the pictures of the sides and back of my first vignette!
The right side with metal rose and butterfly

The left side with hollyhocks and hinges

The back with floral vellum, distressed die cut corner, distressed Susan Winget die cut and metal flower adornment

Front with hinges, curio knob, and raised die cut


As you can see in the pictures, one more item was added to my mini masterpiece! It was the vignette bottom that was given to me. I was to find out what it was and use it! 


The finished project!

Mission accomplished!! What a fun and challenging three days or more, making decisions and feeling so much gratitude for having the items available to me. 

A great many of the items I have used came from Koala T Craft's Garage Sales. They have been on occasional Saturdays and are LIVE on Jen Evers' YouTube Channel.


Watch for ads and posts for dates and times on the Facebook community page and the Patron group! 

Also watch Jen LIVE on Wednesdays at 5:00PM CST for One in Ten by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece! where the viewers send in their scraps and challenge Jen to create a card in less than 10 minutes, timed! 

On Fridays, watch Friday Free Play LIVE on Jen's YouTube Channel. Tutorials, techniques, and tips are shared in this hour-long video. Share the fun with your friends!

Hope you'll join us for extra videos as one of the perks of being a Patron.


What is a Patreon?

When you make a monthly, or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, receive free monthly digital stamps and just hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! Sign up with Patreon!


Remember, great things happen to those that create!
Artistically Yours,


Koala T Crafts Original Store


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