Friday, June 14, 2013

June Tag With A Twist

Now that I've settled down from being on Tim's Blogworthy Links it's time to post my June "Tim Tag".
 In my world it just seems that Karen Burniston Dies and Tim Holtz Stamps were made to work together.  This month I used Karen's Twist Cube Die (I've  posted the links to the instruction videos at the bottom) and Tim's Birthday Blueprint Stamps. 

A fun Birthday Card with a special twist of festive elements inside.
Just untie the bow for a surprise! (get it? Surprise!!)

                                        When the card is opened the inside looks like this.

With a simple pull of the knob it pops up to become a 3-D canvas of birthday fun.
                                                    So let's give it a whirl -



Tim used Distress Markers on his tag, however, I don't have those yet so had to use other resources.  I chose to use Distress Stain and a water brush.  I couldn't use watercolor paper because it's too thick to twist correctly so I used white cardstock.  Using the stains on cardstock was a little tricky because the color behaves differently than on watercolor paper. 
            I made a few practice runs before starting to paint on the die cut pieces.

                                                A few "easy" steps later --
                Start out by cutting all the pieces on the die as shown in the instructions.

This was both fun and challenging - making sure the stamps were right side up after the cube is assembled was interesting.  Thankfully Karen made the side and top tabs different sizes so that helped.  Thanks Karen, I'm sure you did that just for me! 
I stamped all the images in black and then embossed with clear embossing powder from Ranger.

After painting all the images -  assemble the cube following the directions that come with the die or watch the video. In my case - several times.

For the outside of the card I simply covered chipboard cut to the proper size and covered with paper.  Be sure to make the side panels high enough to accommodate all the embellishments on top of the cube.  Since I choose to use a knob the sides are nearly 1".

This was a fun project - A Party In A Card - Enjoy!!

Here are the links to Karen's instruction videos:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Dance!!

Just had to share the news that my post "Time Traveler" has been mentioned on
Tim Hotz's blog today.   That makes me do the HAPPY DANCE!  Click on the link below to see all the amazing artists in Tim's Blogworthy Links.