Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – “Metallic”

Today’s theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was “Metallic”. I’m usually only a card maker out of neccessity, and even then, sometimes I just don’t take the time. I know, Say it ain’t so. I made one a few weeks ago and posted it on the Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook Page. A few ladies there said I needed to be making more. So, this Wednesday challenge should encourage me to make cards and create a stock pile of them.

Next week is going to be my 30th Anniversary. When I saw this paper doll by Tim Holtz, I decided to make my card pertaining to that. After all, we were just children when we got married. Haha. No really, we were.

The first thing I did was gather up some goodies that I might could use to make this card. For someone who doesnt make many cards, I have tons of blank ones. So, I chose a blank made from kraft paper that was 5″ x 6-1/2″. I used Dylusions Mixed Media paper cut down to 4-3/4″ x 6-1/4″ for my background. I also went thru my Tim Holtz goodies and found this lovely paperdoll of the children, a journaling card that had speckled eggs on it, and a chipboard frame and a sentiment that says “Adventure Awaits”. Marriage is an adventure. Ain’t it the truth?

For my choice of inks for this make, I went with Distress Oxide Ink pads. The colors were Vintage Photo and Speckled Egg. I smudged a little of the Vintage Photo ink on the nonstick mat on my Tim Holtz Media Mat made by Tonic, and spritzed it with a little water for some nice big ink droplets. I then dabbed my paper in the mix until I was happy with the coverage. Next, I took my Ranger Heat It tool and made sure it was good and dry. I then did the same thing with the Speckled Egg. I used Speckled Egg last, because I wanted it on top. I then took my Ranger Blending Tool and distressed the edges of my background with some Distress Oxide Walnut Stain. I just love how distressing a background just frames it in nicely. It gives it that nice vintagey feel.

Once I was happy with the inks on my backgrounds, I used the stamp set Faded Type from the Tim Holtz Collection at Stampers Anonymous and stamped a little bit of writing. I used my X-Press it double sided tape to adhere the background to my card blank. But yes, I did distress the edges of the blank with my walnut stain before sticking it down.

Here’s where the experimenting began. Haha. For the baseboard frame, I used my Distress Embossing Dabber and my Speckled Egg Distress Embossing glaze to give it that nice shade of blue that has become my favorite. I heated it with my embossing tool, and it gave it that nice shine that almost looks porcelain. Then, since the theme is metallic, I took my Translucent Distress Grit Pasete and just dabbed a tiny amount around the edges of the frame. Then, with the Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Ranger Ink, I embossed the edges. It gave it the NICE metallic shine. I think this is my favorite embossing powder, I’m not sure why I don’t use it more. I think this may be a new start, for sure. I love this new technique. If you’re not following the FB Live demos that Tim Holtz is doing on Saturdays, you should. I am learning so many new ways to use products that I have had for years. I’m also buying new, so there’s that. Haha. But now, I’m starting to drift. Back to the make.

I think that this next step has quickly become another favorite technique. I used my Distress Embossing Pen to highlight just a few areas on the paper doll and embossed it with the Distress Embossing Glaze Speckled Egg. I love how the little highlighted details just pop once the paperdoll has been adhered to the make. Don’t you agree?

And last but certainly not least, I did the same technique on the edges of my sentiment piece and hit it with my blending tool to give it a little color, as compared to the stark white that they come in. I really enjoyed making this card. It had a little sentimental value so that may have been what aided in the make.

Until next time,


List of items used in todays make:

Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock

Distress Oxide Speckled Egg

Distress Oxide Vintage Photo

Distress Oxide Walnut Stain

Distress Embossing Dabber

Distress Embossing Pen

Distress Embossing Glaze Speckled Egg

Ranger Ink Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder

Ranger Blending tool and Foam

Tim Holtz Paperdolls

Tim Holtz Baseboard Frames

Tim Holtz Baseboard Sentiments

Tim Holtz Jounraling Cards

Ranger Heat it Tool

Embossing Gun

Distress Collage Medium

X-Press It Double Sided Tape

Stampers Anonymous Faded Type CMS397

Stamping Block

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