Tim Holtz - Sizzix Chapter 3 Launch

Hello Lovelies! It's about the 1-year anniversary since Tim Holtz invited me to do makes for some of his brands and I'm thrilled to feel like I have grown along the way and delighted to share these designs with you.

As Makers, we are able to choose the dies that we would prefer to work with and I immediately went for these 5, all available now for purchase at Simon Says Stamp:

Feautured Supplies

A full supply list is available at the bottom of this post.

Today's cards feature no stamping, but focus on creating eye-catching backgrounds with simple ink-blending, alcohol-inking and watercoloring techniques that showcase these gorgeous dies! I'll share a few tips and photos on each if you are interested in giving this a try.

THINKING OF MONDRIAN CARD - Direct-inking Cardstock with Mini Ink Pads and Simple Die-cutting

Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"


Artwork is supposed to leave an impression on you, whether you like it or don't get it. I didn't understand Mondrian's work when I first saw it, but it stuck in my brain and was memorable. Maybe one day I'll get to see it in person but today it's inspiring this card.

Key Techniques:

  1. Make diecuts with Varsity Alphabet and Rectangle dies using Distress Heavystock

  2. Layout rectangles on a scrap piece of A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") paper in a pattern that you find pleasing. Some of the rectangles will need trimming to fit the final design

  3. Ink select rectangles by applying the Mini Distress Ink Pads to the rectangle diecuts, dragging the ink pad across the diecut until you achieve even color. Use the following colors: Barn Door, Blueprint Sketch, Squeezed Lemonade and Hickory Smoke

  4. Arrange and adhere the rectangles on an A2-sized piece of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Black Cardtock, leaving even borders between each

  5. Trim excess and embellish card with diecut letters and stickers and adhere to an A2 card base

It's super simple and but if you get Mondrian, you'll love it!