Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Dies & Stencils

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase this week and I have made a very shabby tag to share with you - something bright and cheerful since winter has set in.

Like many of you I am waiting for all the new products from Creativation to arrive in the shop so I decided to focus on items we all need or certainly should have in our craft supplies.  I would call inks, stencils and dies staples and most of them are usually available in the shop at all times - if not the ones I used from Tim Holtz but alternatives for sure.

I didn't take process photos at every step but here is how to create this tag:
  • Cover the tag with White Gesso

  • Using a dry brush add a coat of Blushing Acrylic Paint  Note:  I used the paint because it was on my desk but afterwards I remembered that I had some Abandoned Coral Distress Paint and could have used that as it fit in my colour palette - next time.

  • Use a palette knife to add Texture Paste through the Crossed stencil in random areas
  • Once the texture paste is dry, spray the tag with Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Scattered Straw Distress Spray Stain along with a little White Linen Spray Ink
  • Replace the stencil and use a wet towel to remove some of the colour from the stenciled areas

  • Cut the small butterfly from the Tattered Butterfly die and ink it with Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Scattered Straw Distress Ink
  • Add the body to the butterfly and then add some adhesive pearls on top of the body
  • Cut a couple flourishes and leaf branches from the Garden Greens die

Now it is time to assemble the tag.

  • Start by gluing the flourishes in place
  • Build the floral bouquet in the centre - I used flowers from my stash adding stamens to single layer petals in a couple cases
  • Tuck some tulle and the leaf branches in and around the flowers
  • Add the butterfly popping it up with some dimensional foam that was coloured around the edge using a marker to make it blend in
  • Add some dyed seam binding and crochet ribbon to the top  Note:  The seam binding I used came tied to a package from The Funkie Junkie Boutique so I don't know what colour ink was used to dye it but seam binding is a definite must have in your supplies because you can use any of your inks to change the colour to coordinate with your project

So while you anxiously await the new products, I would encourage you to do an inventory of your must have supplies and add the missing ones to your shopping list.  It would not be fun to get a new stamp for example and start to make something special only to discover that you have run out of a product that would make the difference in your desired outcome.  While you are at it, don't forget to stock up on adhesives and tools.

Supplies list:

Note: Sometimes you will see that a product with a message that says  "Email me when Back-in-Stock". That means the item is only temporarily out of stock so be sure to click on the message and then you will find out when it is available.

Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock #8 Tags TDA53828
Dina Wakley Media Mediums - White Gesso MDM41689
Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte INK44444
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Blushing, 1oz Bottle
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Abandoned Coral, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick)
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains (Abandoned Coral, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick)
Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Ink Spray - White Linen DYC37873
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Crossed THS090
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Butterfly by Tim Holtz
KAISERCRAFT Pearls - Self Adhesive - Latte
Artificial Flower Pearlized Stamen - One Bundle
Rayon Seam Binding
May Arts 5/8 Inch Crochet Ribbon - Light Pink
Scor Tape
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlets Die
Spellbinders Venetian Motifs Die
Tim Holtz Coredinations Paper
Wild Orchid Crafts, Recollections and Dollarama Paper Flowers
Dimensional Foam


  1. Lovely tag, I like the background.
    Was there a winner from the december giveaway, I can't find it.
    Gr, Elly

  2. WOW! Gorgeous card, love these colors!

  3. Beautiful tag! Love the texture and the colors!

  4. Wow, Cec! This is so beautiful! Love those sunny colors that remind us spring is just around the corner! Great tutorial and reminder to keep stocked up on the basics. Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting this together! Hugs!

  5. This tag is beautifully popping!! It's the kind of 3D I love doing, & coloring the popdots is a hint that I had to pick up along the way- the reminder is needed, for myself anyway.
    You are sooo right on about waiting on the new stuff... sometimes it helps to wait longer as the price goes down. It depends on how crazy ppl will be over the product. So in my case, I always have to weigh cost against availability; if it's a hot item, (like the Etcetera Arches) the chance to get any at all slips through my fingers if I wait on price.
    The GREAT thing about waiting: older TH items end up on bargain -or even clearance- prices! So I have been able to find Distress Oxide & Regular Ink Refills, or Pads that I missed, or was low on, at a fraction of the starting costs!
    I always check the Clearance on TFJB list first!
    THANKS for the tip on Out of Stock; I don't think I knew that before & it's a HUGE comparison in my shopping.
    From this loooong comment, I guess you've figured out how CRAZY I am over TH stuff...
    GUILTY, as accused!!! lol!!