Tim Holtz inspired Valentine for Hubby

Hubby is away in a curling bonspeil, so last night I didn't have to make supper. Had the whole late afternoon and evening for crafting. Wahoo! A glass of wine, some cheese and crackers was my supper.

I was watching some of Tim's Youtube videos from CHA, in particular the one where he was demo'ing diffusers. I have a set of ovals and rounds but have never gotten around to using them, so this started the thinking process.  I was also given a link to a challenge blog A Vintage Journey which stresses Tim Holtz techniques, etc. After reading a quote on their site for the current Love is in the Air challenge, "A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and a man cannot live without love", I used this as the basis for my card for hubby.
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The first thing I did was to cut a 4 x 6" sheet of Tim's Coordination paper and embossed it using the Sizzix Bingo card folder. The oval diffuser was used leaving an unbossed area near the bottom. Tim's hint: when using diffusers, remember they replace one cutting pad. The cutting sandwich is - diffuser on bottom, embossing folder, then cutting pad on top.  I sanded off the top surface exposing the kraft paper underneath, and distressed the edges.

Next I created a flower using the Alterations Tattered Florals die and canvas fabric. I stamped images on each petal with TH Ultimate Grunge stamps, dots and checks (though they are hard to see, they do add some dimension to the plain canvas) I sponged and frayed the edges finishing with a heart brad. Used Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo DI.

I found a chipboard kraft heart with an opening in my stash which I placed over the #14 of the bingo sheet. It was swiped with TH Gold distress paint and Aged Mahogany DI. 

Using Spellbinders heart dies, I cut a heart from a brown paper bag, spritzed it with water to crumple and crease. Let dry. Then I stamped a love definition verse, the words xoxo, hugs, kisses and a small heart over the verse. Flicked some dots of ink and swiped over the surface with Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy DI. Distressed the edges and swiped with Barn Door and Aged Mahogany DI.

The little cherub is a Quickutz die I've had for ages. I used the same paper as the card base, brushed some TH Gold Paint on the wings, and Aged Mahogany over the edges of the body. The bow and arrow is cut from gold cardstock.

In the area of the bingo card where the diffuser was placed, I used TH kraft chit chat stickers. I went around each sticker with TH Brushed Corduroy distress marker (the technique Tim used in his January tag). The "i" sticker is smaller than the other two but I like that!

A Tim's ticket and gold key completes the card.

All in all, this card took quite a bit of time to put together, but I know hubby will like it and I enjoyed the quiet evening crafting! I've made him a few Tim's tags for bookmarks which he faithfully uses and he seems to take an interest in my crafting, especially the different techniques!

Jan. 23, 2015


A Vintage Journey Love is in the Air

Craft Hoarders Anonymous -Choose your Challenge    Column 1 paint,ink, markers; Column 2 canvas; Column 3 die cutting, stamping; Column 4 sandpaper distressing; Column 5 ephemera,flower

Try it on Tuesdays: Add some fabric - handmade canvas flower


  1. Sharon all I can say is Wow this is stunning you have some much detail and texture on this card . Great step by step tutorial on how you created this card . I'm sure peter will love this one !

  2. Wow Sharon what a stunning make! Your hubby is one lucky fellow, - I absolutely love how you put this together, it looks truly stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey with this fabulous card!

  3. Your card is very special...I love all the love references and hearts! I'm sure he will love it! Your card caught my eye because I just made a card (also red) for my sister using the Bingo folder, but a little differently, and thought I might use a red Bingo card as my background to enter in this challenge. Still time left, and I usually don't know what I'll actually make until it's done! Ha! Ha! Great job here!

  4. Your card looks fantastic, Sharon! I can see how much work went into it. Love that sweet little cherub and the bingo embossing folder. Really beautiful work!

  5. This card is so fabulous. Love the great background with the bingo embossing folder and color, and I love the details, specially the heart, the angel and the amazing flower.
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.

  6. Fabulous Sharon! I love the embossed background and all the rich reds! Your hubby will love it!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday for our 'Add Some Fabric' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  7. Hi Sharon, I'm so pleased you decided to join us at AVJ, your card is fantastic. I love how you explained your process and your collage is perfect for Valentines Day. My favourite part is your heart die around the number 14 of your Bingo card and the cute little cherub. Good Luck.
    Julie xx

  8. Beautiful card, love the embossing and all the elements you added. Thanks for sharing with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. What a gorgeous card you have created! I love all the embossing and texture you have created and I really love your flower. Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for the January Challenge!

  10. So, pretty and love the fabric flower. Great take on the challenge and thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  11. Lovely work. Love the distressed embossing and your reds.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  12. Beautiful Card, love the embossing. Thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Blog.

  13. ohhh lovin this, and the bingo card, perfect!!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  14. Fabulous card, love all the different elements.

  15. I have a love affair with bingo cards! This textured project is just fantastic. I keep going back to it! And thanks for the idea to watch some of Tim's videos. I have not looked in a long while, but it will entertain me today while I wind ribbon! ;) Thanks for playing along in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!

  16. Glorious card Sharon, beautifully designed and put together and perfect for hubby methinks - I bet he will love it.
    Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and thanks also for sharing your talent at AVJ.
    hugs Brenda xxx