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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

June Michael's Card Tricks featuring Tim Holtz Distress Inks

The June 5th Card Tricks class at Michael's in Latham highlights the Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress inks and features one Tim Holtz stamp set-French Market For the first card I blended various distress inks and them stamped the various images on the inked canvas. This simple collage look is layered on patterned paper.

The second card starts with card stock run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. The cardstock is then colored with distress inks. The top layer is stamped and then watercolored with a waterbrush and distress inks. Some jute and a metal tag are added to embellish the card. It doesn't show well here but the top layer has a spritz of Perfect Pearls mixed with Distress ink and leaves a fabulous shimmer. I love this look.

This card is also a collage technique. The background is lighter inks and the top stamps the focal image in a darker ink. This is layered on patterned and solid papers. The popped images are with two older Hero Arts travel stamps that I thought go well with these images.
This one I love. It used light colored Archival, or in this case Memento, inks on glossy paper which are heat set then the distress inks are blended on top. The light ink resists the distress ink and then the highlights and focal images are stamped in darker Archival or Memento. Looks so great.Finally, this card features the kraft resist paper which has varnished images (which look like clear embossed images) on top of printed kraft paper. The advantage of the varnish is that it won't be altered by further heat when you work on the paper. I painted this with Picket Fence distress stain, dried it, then added distress inks both to blend and to stamp. It's topped with Tim Holtz printed paper tape and some buttons.

This class is $25 to make two each of five unique cards and learn lots of techniques. If you have a water brush or paint brush it would be helpful but not necessary. We'll have everything else you need. See you there.



  1. Those are awesome! I'll be there, I'll sign up tonight. - Colleen

  2. I brought the cards to work and am showing them off...everyone is just amazed and excited. Love them!