Apr 19, 2017

Tim Holtz Memoranda with Paper Dolls and Handmade Flowers


It's time for another fun challenge at Scrapy Land.  Our theme this time is Flower Dies.  I really appreciated this boost to get a little stash of flowers crafted up.  I went in a rather vintage direction and hope you like it.  Let me tell you a little about my flower making process...


I cut oodles of Small Tattered Florals and the next size up in the Tattered Florals (which is one of the smallest on that die) from plain white card.  These dies are both by Sizzix.  Next I set up an ink range from Mermaid Lagoon to Cracked Pistachio to Evergreen Bough to Frayed Burlap.  This is my favorite way to ink up my flowers.  I spritz my palette with ample water then dip each flower cutout into the inks randomly, front and back.  I love the variation in color this achieves.


Nest I squeeze and twist all the petals together, heat set lightly, then open up my flowers.  See all of the varied color.


I gather the colors and sizes that work best together, without gluing so that if I run short I can still change the composition.  When I have all of my bundles just so, I glue them together with Eileen's Tacky Glue.  For the largest blossoms I used these stamen I picked up at Joann's with a coupon.  They are found in the cake decorating isle.


For this card I only used two flowers.  I tried to pick the grungier colors.


Three of them ended up on THIS Easter card.  These three were more on the vibrant side.


Back to my card.  I used the Tim Holtz labels by Sizzix to cut three different patterns from Tim's new paper stash, Memoranda.  I used the ATC sized grid paper, which was the perfect size for these label dies and gave me smaller patterns.  I inked the edges of each label with DI.  I cut a Sizzix doily by TH and inked it up.  I added it to break up some of the lines.


I turned this label into a tag.  The Paper Dolls found a home and complimented my sentiment perfectly.  Don't they look so in love!


TIP: To stack your layers for dimensional mixed media, cut a separate die from thin chipboard to mount your patterned paper onto.  This gives you a sturdy base to build layers and will save you in foam tape.  For a group like this, I start with the foremost element, in this case the people and build my layers back, adding additional support as needed.


I inked and wrinkled up my backing paper and gave a splash of DI, then layered with another wrinkled up kraft sheet.  Beacon 3 in 1 glue works best for adhering paper layers like this.  And here's a closeup of that wonderful stamp (Cats Life Press).  Isn't' it wonderful!  Now go on and break out your Scrapy Land dies for a chance to win a $10 GC to the shop.  Find much more inspiration from our team of designers on the blog today.


22 comments:

  1. Perfect in every way, my friend! I love that you went vintage/grunge with this, something I haven't been able to do for quite some time! Why???? The colors and the flowers are gorgeous, as is your amazing collage! Love this to bits! Hugs!

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  2. Aren't these colors yummy, Autumn? Beautifully assembled details, and a lovely story with your hand made flowers and carefully cut out "paper dolls". I love seeing the vintage photos, as it brings a connectedness of history to our culture of today. I see photos from the 1930s or 40s and think of my parents as children, and photos from the early 20s and am reminded of my grandparents, and the things they lived through during the Progressive Era, and WW1. The further back I go, the more I feel connected to those who lived long, long ago, and marvel at all they accomplished to bring me here. Sometimes I imagine what people in 50 or 100 years will say about our generation - what is the Norm today, and what will be the Norm then, and how they will likely shake their heads at how "primitive" we were LOL

    Anyway, when I see incredible stories such as the one you have created for today's post, always a myriad of thoughts flow through my mind, making me grateful for the inspiration, and for the Gift of Life.

    Have a great day, my friend! hugs, de

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  3. Love the pop of color with the blooms and a pretty bow to complete this vintage scene.
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  4. Thank you so much for the tips along the way in your interesting post today. Love how you did your flowers and great way to get the ink onto the petals. Yes they do look in love x Creative way to use the label and make it into a tag. Great layout with gorgeous colours. Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration x

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  5. Your flowers are amazing! Thank you for the inside scoop on how you make them! Love the vintage photo on your project!

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  6. Absolutely Beautiful Autumn!! I just LOVE the way you created those flowers! They are stunning!!
    Your artwork is amazing! thank you for sharing!
    Hugs,Jackie xx

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  7. Wow! This looks amazing and your flowers are stunning. Thanks for all the tips and the step by steps!

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  8. This is amazing Autumn! Adore the fabulous papers and layers. Gorgeous flowers too!
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  9. This is so gorgeous!! I love the papers and the colors!! It`s so stunning!! I love it!!Big hugs :)

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  10. Very beautiful Autumn and this is such a great way to color your pretty flowers, i love this vintage look.
    Greetings, Danoesja

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  11. So spectacular, Autumn!! The flowers are stunning!! The layers are beautiful and I love the papers!! Shabby vintage perfection, my friend!! Love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  12. Wow! Autumn your card is absolutely amazing!!! Thanks for sharing the process of creation!
    hugs

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  13. GORGEOUS vintage design! I love the fantastic papers and pretty flowers~The image is beautiful~Awesome job my friend!
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

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  14. Oh wow--stunning work, Autumn!

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  15. This is fabulous and I love those flowers! Who would have thought you can get flower stamens in the cooking section! Thanks for that.

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  16. Love the beautiful flowers, Autumn!!!! You are so good at doing vintage looks!!!!

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  17. I always love your vintage direction Autumn and the flowers and elements on this are gorgeous xxx

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  18. Loving your signature vintage style and 3D embellishments!

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  19. Stunning vintage creativity. I'm crazy about the Tim Holtz images and words. We are waiting (not so patiently) for them to arrive down under in Oz.

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  20. Gorgeous vintage layers, Autumn - this makes me happy. Lovely to see all your inky flowers taking shape - thanks for sharing your tips.
    Alison x

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  21. gorgeous card Autumn and I love those inky water splashed flowers...thank you so much for sharing with us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

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  22. Great card and Beautiful flowers! Thank you for showing how you make them...I am going to have to try that. Thank you for joining us at Simply Create Too. Cindy (DT)

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