Retro Background

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope your day is full of love, family & good food!

I’m still busy exploring and playing with new Tim Holtz dies that I picked up a while ago at the store.  When I first saw the Retro Repeat die set I can’t say it was on my must have list.  That is until I saw a video on how it works…..wow blown away!  Like the name says ‘Repeat’ and yes you can!

I was just fooling around testing out all four to see how they work using a scrap piece of plain white cardstock.  It’s so easy to use and the ideas are swirling in my head!!

Of course I couldn’t waist these pieces I cut so I thought let’s play with plain old white cardstock, Tim Holtz dies and Distress!

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I started these cards by coloring the Retro Repeat backgrounds using Distress Stain and Spray.  I added splatters of more Distress and water to  each of the backgrounds.  They were then layered on top of cardstock I colored using Ground Espresso Distress Ink to show off the patterns.

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I thought the background n this first card looked like honeycomb so I added this pretty butterfly which I cut from the Tattered Butterfly die, yes another new one that was added to my collection!  The butterfly was colored using Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Broken China Distress Inks.

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I knew I had to use those adorable toadstools again from the Funky Foliage die set, they’re just too cute!  The toadstools were colored using Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Ground Espresso Distress Inks.  The flowers were cut from the Wildflowers 1 & 2 sets and colored with Squeezed Lemonade and Warn Lipstick.

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This tea cup from the Tea Time die, oh my goodness it’s so sweet and pretty!!  It was colored with Shaded Lilac and stamped with Dusty Concorde.  The tea cup is filled with leafy greens from the Garden Greens die which I colored using Crushed Olive & Bundled Sage.  The tiny roses were cut from the Tiny Tattered Florals set and colored with Squeezed Lemonade.

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Finally I pulled out one of the first Tim Holtz dies I purchases, Sewing Room to adorn the last card with this vibrant dress form colored with Fired Brick and Barn Door.  I couldn’t resist adding wings to this one, cut from the Detailed Butterfly die and colored with Broken China.

It’s been a long time since I played with my Distress inks and dies creating fun little projects!  This challenge I gave myself helped me fall in love with these products again and test my creativity to see what I can create with nothing more than white cardstock and some tools!

Take a little break from the Easter festivities and pull out some much loved supplies and get creating!!

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This post was written by Lisa on April 21, 2019

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Industrial Canvas

We all get excited bringing home new supplies to play with and this weeks project features two new Tim Holtz dies that I added to my collection!

When I saw Tim’s new die release I immediately knew I HAD to have the new Voltage Die, it’s so perfectly industrial. which I love!

I think it also appeases my love of electronics, it was one of my favorite classes in school!

His new Faceted Heart peaked my interest right away too, and as I saw how people were using it I knew that it would be another welcome addition to my hoards of dies!  Yes I said hoards……..if only you knew! LOL

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I brougtht the two new dies together to create this industrial 5×5 canvas.  I started by adding texture to the background with Ranger Texture paste and a circuit board stencil, then covered it with black gesso.  The Voltage die I cut from chipboard and gave it a coat of black gesso as well.

To color the background I pulled out some Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Black Soot, Broken China and Antiqued Bronze.  The dial of the Voltage die was covered in Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, then sanded to give it a weathered look allowing some of the black to show through.

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I wanted the Voltage die to be raised, and look like I had salvaged it from some kind of electronic device, so I raided my husbands hardware stash for bolts and washers to give the paper straws a good base.

The gears are of course from Love Is In The Details custom laser cut chipboard, which I painted with a mix of Distress Paint and Finnabair Rust Paste.

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I cut the small Faceted Heart from rusty colored cardstock and inked each of the folds using Pinecone ink.  I actually made two and glued them together for a full heart.  To finish it off I added a screw head brad, and chain so it can hang from the canvas!

The Faceted heart is very easy to put together, and gets easier once you’ve made a couple!  I am already planning on using the big one soon!

Now off you go taking advantage of the day to put those new supplies to use!!!

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