A Good Day with Sizzix and Tim Holtz- A Tutorial

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!
And Happy 4th of July!

My dear friend, Paige, had her big 50th birthday this weekend. The girls and I are getting together in a few days to celebrate, and in the mean time, I’ve been working on her card. It’s a tag and a card, all rolled into one, made with some of my favorite Sizzix Tim Holtz dies. And today I wanted to share it with you.

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I think my most well-loved Sizzix die has got to be this Tag & Bookplates die by Tim Holtz. It’s just the perfect size for art tags or gift tags, or even card tags, like I’ve made here. This will work great for hanging on Paige’s gift bag. And what I like is that this tag opens up with plenty of room for a note on the inside.

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I keep gravitating back to this Barista collection by BasicGrey. Love the color combo so much, and since Paige is a neutral-lover like me, I think she will like it, too. I pieced several prints for the background of the tag, and die cut one of Tim’s new doily dies from patterned paper, as well. And then topped them all with a few of Tim’s new Wildflowers, water-colored to match.

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Here’s a quick tutorial, if you’d like to learn more.

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Begin by die cutting one whole tag and one partial tag from patterned paper. I die cut the hole re-inforcer, included on the die, as well. When die cutting with Bigz dies like this, simply sandwich the die and paper between two standard cutting pads before running through your die cutting machine.

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Next, die cut the new Doily #2 Thinlits die from contrasting patterned paper. Here it is after going through my machine, and you can see how intricate this cut is. Instead of trying to poke all those little pieces out one by one, here’s a good tip.

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Place the die and stuck paper down onto the Sizzix Foam Pad, and roll over the back with the Die Brush. The paper will pop right out of the die, and the brush will remove all the little inner pieces, too.

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Adhere the partial tag onto the bottom of the whole tag, trimming off any excess, as necessary. Add the doily to the center, cutting off the outside edges.  Lightly ink over the edges of the tag and doily with brown Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. Add a thin strip of paper over the seam where the two paper edges meet, and tie a ribbon around the middle of the tag.

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Die cut a variety of Wildflower Thinlits from watercolor paper. I used three pieces for my tag.

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Watercolor the flowers using Distress Inks mixed with water and a wet paintbrush. I pulled colors from my patterned papers for my flowers. Pumice Stone and Black Soot for stems, and Mustard Seed and Wild Honey for the flowers.

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Add die cut flowers and sentiment sticker to the left side of the tag, popping up a few areas with foam tape for dimension. Apply clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the flower heads.

To create the card opening, die cut another whole tag from matching paper. Using a bone folder or scoring tool, score across the top of the tag. Fold the top flap back and forth a couple of times to loosen the hinge. Apply adhesive to the top flap, and adhere the two tags together.

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Now your tag opens like a card, with lots of space for messages and notes.

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It’s overcast and rainy here today, so not a great day for picnics and fireworks. I hope that whatever you are doing today, it’s filled with bright, sunny skies. And from my holiday house to yours…

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Happy Independence Day!!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers Shapers Alterations Die Cutting Template Tag BookplatesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - WildflowersSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Doily 2Sizzix Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY 659798Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Mustard SeedTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320Sizzix - Accessory - Die Brush and Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin DiesRanger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT409653M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE PermanentSizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

BasicGrey Barista Collection: Patterned Paper, Cardstock Sticker, Embellishment Kit


16 thoughts on “A Good Day with Sizzix and Tim Holtz- A Tutorial

  1. I hope you are enjoying the 4th of July; have a lovely day! Your tag/card is amazing. Stunning design and the mix of the almost graphic pattern of the leafs and the subtle wildflower die cuts is jaw dropping gorgeous. Wow!

  2. Love the Tag/Card you made for your Friend!
    How cool to have your birthday on the 4TH!
    Your decorations are classy and beautiful!
    Hope you’re enjoying the day despite the poor weather


  3. What a fabulous tag/card! I love the yellows!
    Your home display is gorgeous as always! Hope you had a great 4th!

  4. This tag is gorgeous! Your friend will love it. You combine such amazing layers. I’m really loving the wildflower dies. I will have to be on the lookout for those.
    As always, a thoughtful and beautiful project. Happy 4th!

  5. Oh yes, Paige will love this! Your tag is beautiful with the yellow and neutrals (and that gorgeous doily, too). I also adore your red, white and blue wares (and not too surprised to see that we share some very similar, if not the same, pieces)!

  6. Oh wow! That tag is so cool from top to bottom and front to back. LOVE those wildflower die cuts and the pretty doily. Great paper choice and a awesome idea for adding space to a tag. 🙂

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