Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Framelits and Stamps

Hello and welcome, Zoe here hosting this weeks Saturday Showcase. This week I am showcasing the Tim Holtz flower jar stamps and framelits dies. Occasionally, Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix partner up to create matching stamps and dies for the Tim Holtz line. Not to be confused with "thinlits" dies (which are standalone dies), "framelits" are named (quite literally) because they frame the stamp. So if you ever wonder if there are dies to match Tim's stamps, check and see if there is a framelits set.

I had so much fun using the flower jar sets to make a card for the Bloomin' Marvellous challenge that I wanted to share how I made it and even made a smaller card and a tag too. Here's how (click on each image for a closer look)...

Step 1: Squish antique linen and frayed burlap distress oxides onto the craft mat portion of the glass media mat and spritz with water.
Step 2: Pull distress mixed media heavystock through the antique linen distress oxide.
Step 3: Dry with a heat tool.
Step 4: Spritz the frayed burlap distress oxide with lots of water to wash out the colour and drag the edges of the heavystock through it and dry with a heat tool.

Step 5: Ink up a background stamp with frayed burlap distress ink and mist with water, (I used Tim Holtz Slight Alterations CMS060)
Step 6: Holding the stamp in your hand (without a grid block) gently stamp in random places on your background,
Step 7: Blend frayed burlap distress ink into the edges of the background with a blending tool.

Step 8: Using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, stamp a background stamp over the heavystock, (I used Tim Holtz Etcetera CMS302).
Step 9: Distress the edges with a paper distresser tool and blend in walnut stain distress ink with a blending tool.
Step 10: Create a a faux background with Tim Holtz Design Tape. Adhere around the edges of your cardstock. Simple right?!
Step 11: Stitch the edges of both backgrounds using a sewing machine. For those of you with "the fear" you could use the Tim Holtz Ornate Trim stamps (CMS326) as an alternative to sewing. ;)

Step 12: Gather the flower jar stamps (CMS297) and framelits dies.
Step 13: Stamp onto heavystock using archival ink.
Step 14: Colour the stamped images with distress markers and then brush over the top with a water brush and dry with a heat tool.
Step 15: Position the framelits dies over the matching stamped image, secure with a tiny piece of design tape and run it through your die cutting machine, (I used my sidekick). I know it seems like a waste to use design tape in this way, but I honestly haven't found a better tape for this. It stays in place but also peels away without tearing your cardstock or leaving a horrible sticky residue.

Step 16: To create the flower stems in the bottom of the flower jar, stamp the stem of one of the flower jar stamps onto heavystock, run a distress marker down each one and mist with water. Die cut the stems, (or you can fussy cut these if you find it faster).
Step 17: Adhere the stems inside the jar making sure they meet the twine bow to look as though they continue up to the flowers*. Blend walnut stain distress ink into the edges of the flower jar with a blending tool.
Step 18: Cut a large and small jar from acetate, (Sizzix packaging from the BIGZ dies is perfect for this too). As the acetate is quite thick, I recommend using a precision base plate for this, alternatively, just keep running it through your die cutting machine until it cuts. With the base plate, it cut through in just one pass.
Step 19: Run a few dots of collage medium glue along the bottom and top edge of the flower jar, adhere the die cut acetate piece over the top and hold in place for a few minutes until dry. Adhere the separately die cut twine bow over the top of the acetate.

*If, once you have assembled your flower jars, you can see where the stem ends, snip a couple of leaves of foliage and adhere under the twine bow to hide the join.

Step 20: Stamp and fussy cut a small and large flower jar lid. Using a craft knife, cut a hole into the lid top. I cut directly onto my glass media mat and it didn't scratch the tempered glass or dull my craft knife blade. This glass media mat is a serious game changer for me!
Step 21: Poke your flower stems through the hole in the lid. You may need to snip off some of the leaves near the base of your foliage to get it to fit through the lid. Secure in place at the back with a dot of distress collage medium and a strip of design tape over the top. Once dry (takes seconds) trim the stems flush with the bottom of the lid.
Step 22: Adhere the lid to the top of your flower jar with distress collage medium.

Step 23: Using distress collage medium, adhere JUST the flower jars to your background, leaving the flowers to lift slightly from the card/tag and give a nice dimensional look.

 A5 card 
 #8 Tag
 A6 card

I hope you have enjoyed this Saturday showcase and take a look at the current Bloomin' Marvellous challenge. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I hope you have a great and creative weekend.


  1. Your projects are amazing, thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Absolutely LOVE the tutorial Zoe!!! Really good to know the Media Mats will stand up to blades that well and so many tricks revealed (will use my Design Tape with dies and hide things with leaves in future!) Thank you for sharing xx

  3. What a great tutorial! I've got some shopping to do. TFS Zoe!

  4. Such beautiful creations Zoe and, as always, your tutorial is fabulous! xx

  5. Wow, great project, thank you for sharing!

  6. Awesome creations! Thanks for the details!

  7. WOW Zoe! this is a great masterpiece. I love these cards a lot!
    I've always loved this set but I lacked the courage to use it because I imagined so much difficulty, but now, with your suggestions and instructions, I really have to try it.
    Thank you

  8. What a fabulous tutorial for this gorgeous set of cards/tag. I am always delighted by your color choices and how every element is perfectly placed. You are a stamping wizard, Zoe, and I am a fan girl! Thanks for all the time and effort that went into this wonderful Saturday Showcase!

  9. I absolutely love these Zoe and love the great simple layering in the background. Brilliant inspiration!

  10. I adore these! I saw them popping up in my reader and love how gorgeous they are!

  11. Gorgeous. I really like your design and choise of colors.

  12. thank you sooo much for this....I want to use this set but was unsure of how to put the jars together....this really helped me.