Hello! Today I have another card to share with you from CHA. This one features more new Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. This card is one of my favorites because I have a mad mad love for the Feather Duo die (shipping now!). mad love.
I started with a blank white card base. I covered the front of the card with pattern paper from the Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stash. I added a layer of vellum next that was slightly smaller than the card. Next, I added another layer of Wallflower paper cut slightly smaller than the vellum to the top. Each layer was inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. I machine stitched through the layers near the inside edge of the second piece of pattern paper.
I die cut a Wave Frameworks border (ships in April) from manila cardstock. I painted the die cut with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. When the paint was dry, I sanded it with a Sanding Grip in different directions to add striations to the surface. I added Mushroom Alcohol Ink to an ink applicator tool with felt and tapped the ink over the die cut. The finished piece looks like an aged and worn piece of metal.
I die cut two feathers with the Feather Duo
die from manila cardstock. I embossed both feathers with the included Texture Fade embossing folder.
I misted one feather with Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain. I misted the second feather with Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers Distress Spray Stain. After blotting the excess stain with a dry cloth, I dried them with a heat tool. I then misted both feathers with Mint and Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearls Sprays. I let the mist sit for a few moments and then blotted the excess away before drying with a heat tool.
I rubbed over the raised areas of the feathers directly with a Black Soot Distress Ink pad. I rubbed a Gathered Twigs Distress Ink pad directly onto the quill part of the feather. I sprinkled clear embossing powder onto the wet ink. I tapped off the excess embossing powder before melting it with a heat tool.
I shaped the finished feathers and adhered them to the front of the card with adhesive foam tape.
I selected a piece of Emporium Ephemera to use as a label under my sentiment. I tore a piece of corrugate from the Textured Surfaces pack to fit behind the ephemera. I lightly painted the raised areas of the corrugate with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I inked the edges of the corrugate with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I also inked the edges of the ephemera before adhering it to the corrugate. I tore a piece of vellum to fit on top of the ephemera. I inked the edges of the vellum and adhered it to the ephemera with Collage Glue Stick.
Before adding a number brad to the piece I inked it generously with Mushroom Alcohol ink. After the ink was dry, I sanded the surface of the brad to give it age and wear. I didn’t sand all the color off of the surface so that it would look like it had worn away. I love that when you sand these brads you can expose the copper color base metal under the silver finish. I think having hints of the copper showing adds to the feeling of the piece being old and worn.
I die cut a sentiment for the card from manila cardstock using the new Friendship Words Scrip (shipping in April). I inked the die cut generously with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I sprinkled clear embossing ink on the wet ink. After tapping off the excess, I melted the embossing powder with a heat tool. I ran the die cut through my Xyron and adhered it to the front of the card over the label.
I love the gloss and added strength that the embossing powder adds. You could add shine with Glossy Accents also. I tend to not be as steady or neat on a fine line with Glossy Accents (or Perfect Pearls, or Stickles). It seems the finer the detail and the harder I try to be super tidy the more likely I am to get a sudden onset of the shakes!
There is just so much I love about this card! I can’t decide if it is the faux aged metal on the die cut, or maybe the feathers, or maybe the soft blue and green color palette (my current favorite combo). It just all really comes together so nicely.
I think maybe it too is that it reminds me why I love inks and paints and die cuts so much. Look what you can do with a simple piece of manila cardstock thanks to a great die and amazing inks and paints. It really is magical to me. <3