'All Bottled Up' Tapestry - by Tami Bastiaans

Good day! I’m Tami and I’m so pleased to have been invited back to share a project on The Making Journal using some of the new Chapter 1 Tim Holtz® dies. With this project I wanted to highlight  the Crochet 2 dies and the Bottled Up die with a textural piece for spring. I’m ready to get this started and I hope you are too!

Products used:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Crochet 2 (664413)

Sizzix Bigz die - All Bottled Up (664408)

Sizzix Thinlits die set 5pk - Wildflower Stems 1 (664163)

Sizzix Thinlits set 5 pk - Wildflower Stems 2 (664164)

Small Stamps

Black Embossing Powder

Light colors of Distress Paint

Light colors of Distress Inks

Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon

Antique Linen, Pumice Stone and Brushed Corduroy Distress Spray Stain

Cotton Canvas fabric

Idea-ology Framed Panel

Distress Crackle Texture Paste

Sizzix Mat Board

Sizzix 6x6 Permanent Adhesive Sheets


Start with and Idea-ology Framed Panel. Adhere the frame to the panel with Distress Collage Medium and paint the entire piece with Antique Linen Distress Paint. When dry, lightly sand it and then using your finger, spread a thin layer of Distress Crackle Texture Paste on most of the frame. Let dry.

Rub some Distress Crayon onto the frame then with a wet finger, rub the crayon so that it dissolves down into the cracks and crevices, highlighting them.

Cut a piece of cotton canvas material to fit inside the frame. Leave the edges rough. Spray the canvas with water and Antique Linen Distress Stain. Sprinkle a few drops of Pumice Stone and Brushed Corduroy as well. Spray with water again so the stain soaks in and then dry.

Cut 3 of each of the new Crochet 2 dies. Using light colors of Distress Ink, such as Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender, Scattered Straw, Pumice Stone, Bundled Sage, etc. lightly color the pieces, then edge in either Pumice Stone or Walnut Stain. Spray with water and Dry.

Adhere the Crochet 2 pieces to the canvas piece with some Distress Collage Medium, taking care to only use a little bit on the solid areas of the pieces. Hold each one in place until it stays.

Sew across the top of each piece of crochet as well as around the edges of the canvas. This step is optional, but I liked the look of the stitching and the bits of thread hanging.

Apply enough pieces of Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to the back of the canvas that it is covered. Then peel off the backing and attach the canvas to the inner panel of the frame.

Cut 3 of the Bottled Up bottles from both mat board and Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Attach the Heavystock to the front of the mat board bottles.


Choose some stamps that fit in the middle of each bottle. I used stamps from two of Tim Holtz®’s newest stamps called Field Notes and Urban Elements.

Stamp one stamp in the middle of each bottle and emboss with black embossing powder. Cover with a few drops of light colored Distress Paint. I used Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, and Hickory Smoke. Wipe off excess paint revealing the embossing underneath.

Tie some thin jute or twine around the neck of the bottles. Bend them and shape them a little so that they give a hint of being round.

Cut three of the Wildflower Stems. One for each bottle. Water color them with some of the same light Distress Ink colors as the crochet pieces.

Put some dimensional adhesive on the back of the flowers if desired. Trim them as needed to fit in the bottles, but still remain within the frame.

Adhere the stems and bottles in place with Distress Collage Medium.

Add a few vintage buttons if desired.

And there you have it! A lovely spring tapestry in a frame. I think this could be a versatile project depending on the colors chosen and things in the bottles. You could make a bright, summery tapestry, a dark Halloween apothecary tapestry, and a festive, holiday/wintery tapestry. There’s no limit to the uses and themes you can achieve with these two very versatile dies.

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