Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase today.  I ordered the Wildflower Stems #2 set recently and thought I would share some projects I made with it.

My first project is a little canvas I am calling a field of lilies.  This was a learning piece, which I will explain later.

I started with an 8" square of mat board that I covered in tissue that had been crumpled up and then opened back up before it was glued to the board.  Once the tissue was dry, I gave it a light coat of Collage Medium Matte(Tim Holtz) and then inked it with Peeled Paint and Stormy Sky Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Next I pulled out the dies from the Wildflowers Stems #2 set and cut some stems to be used as "grass" and coloured them using Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz) and a water brush (Tim Holtz).

I added some stenciling with Forest Moss Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and the negative of my die cut.  Make sure you take a good look at this because you will see that I  covered it all up in the end - great use for your die cut waste though.

The next step was to cut and colour my lilies.  All the stems were done with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide and the stamen tips with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  This one was done with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.  I did go back and add a bit more shading to all the lilies after the photos were taken.

The colour combo on this one is Fired Brick followed by Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide.

This lily was coloured with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide.

Mustard Seed Distress Oxide followed by Fosalized Amber Distress Oxide was the colour combo for this lily.

I used Dried Marigold Distress Oxide followed by Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide to colour the final lily.

The next step was to glue some of the "grass" to the canvas and then add the lilies.  After they were glued down, I added more "grass" with teeny pieces of dimensional foam.

Finally, I added some butterflies that were punched from this scrap of inked card stock that I found in my scraps stash.  It had been sprayed with Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Cherry Pie and Bubblegum Pink spray inks (Dylusions).

When this little canvas was done, I was looking at it and did not like it.  I wondered why the lilies looked like soldiers standing at attention and then it hit me that I had forgotten to give them some shape.  I decided to share it anyway as an example of what not to do.

The second project I made was a card.

I started with a 5" x 7" card blank.  I made a faux wood fence panel by scoring a piece of card stock, turning it over and dragging some Distress Ink pads (Tim Holtz) over it in this order - Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Hickory Smoke and finally Walnut Stain.  This panel was added using double sided tape (Scor).

Next I made the bouquet of flowers.

I cut two lilies and used a water brush to colour them  The stems were done with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and the tops with a combination of Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks.  The stamens tips were coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

These stems were coloured with Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet, Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.

By colouring these stems with Peeled Paint, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Distress Ink, I made them look like flowers and not "grass".

For this greenery, I inked a piece of card stock with the Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then die cut them.

I created a vase by cutting a bottle shape from a scrap of black card stock and then covering it with some pumice gel.  Once it was dry I sprayed it with Tarnished Brass and Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

I fashioned a loose bouquet from my flowers and added them to the card front.  Notice that I remembered to shape all the pieces.  The vase was added next and then I made a loopy little bow from some burlap string, added a sentiment and adhered it to the vase.

A couple small clean and simple cards came next.  The patterned panel was already in my stash and if my pea brain remembers correctly I made it by blending some Distress Oxides and then removing some of the ink through a stencil with a baby wipe to create the pattern.

The stems were die cut as was the sentiment and both added to the patterned panel.  Finally the teeny bow, which came from a package in one of my orders from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I never throw the little bits of dyed seam binding away that come in those orders because they will always be useful at some point.

This one started when I found a scrap of gloss paper that had been inked with some Alcohol Inks.  Sorry but I can't figure out what colours I had used but I know that I had dripped them on and then dripped some blending solution over them to make them move.

I used a circle die to cut the inked scrap into a circle and then die cut the stem and added it on top.  A die cut frame was added next and then the focal point was added to the card blank.  Finally I matted a computer generated sentiment on more black card stock and added it to the card.

I hope you are inspired by just a few ideas for using the Wildflower Stems.  I know now that I want need the other Wildflower Stems sets because they will all work so well together and provide great design opportunities.

Supplies links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Wildflower Stems #2 by Tim Holtz
Distress Oxide Pads - Tim Holtz
Distress Ink Pads - Tim Holtz
Distress Spray Stains - Tim Holtz
Dylusions Spray Inks
Alcohol Inks - Tim Holtz
Tim Holtz Water Brush, Detailer Brush Tip TIP33080
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte TDA47933
Scor Double-sided Tapes
Burlap String - 12 Colors
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965


  1. lovely pieces all. the wild flowers are great fun to play with. thanks as always for sharing.

  2. A fabulous post with so many wonderful ways to use the Wildflower Stems dies! Actually, I really, really love your lily canvas with those beautiful blooms in that grassy meadow. But your cards are all amazing, too--I especially love the last one with that gorgeous AI'd focal panel. This really shows the beauty of that intricate die cut--my favorite of the four in that pack. Thank you for all your inspiration! Hugs!