Hello everyone, Emma here and today, I'm here to share my latest project with you, using dies from Tim Holtz's recent Chapter 2 release for 2020, combined with some older dies from Tim.

As soon as I saw the Feathered Friends die set, I fell in love. They are just such a charming and beautiful set of birds and can be so easily bought to life by using inks and watercolor techniques to add color and dimension.

You will need:

Sizzix Big Shot Machine (660200)

Sizzix Feathered Friends Thinlits Die Set (664433)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set ~ Alphanumeric Classic Lower (664224)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Stacked Tiles Circles (664437)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Garden Greens (661206)

Tim Holtz Mediums: Matte Collage Medium

Tim Holtz Distress Marker Pens

Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Ground Espresso, Tumbled Glass

Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint

Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs, Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon

Tim Holtz Spray Stains; Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters and Squeezed Lemonade

Ranger Ink White Gesso

Ranger Ink Texture Paste Opaque Crackle

Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock Mixed Media Card

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour Card Stock

Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Stash Card Stock

Tim Holtz idea-ology; Clippings Stickers, Bouquet Findings

Stampers Anonymous Small Etcetera Tag

Water Mister and Water Brush

White Seam Binding Ribbon (Crafty Ribbons)

Versamark Watermark Ink Pad

Craft Mat


Twigs and Moss

Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Old White Matte Wax

Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops ~ Bottle Green

Emerald Creek Seth Apter Baked Velvet Embossing Powder ~ White Cloud

Crystal Gems

Palette Knife

Sizzix Heat Tool (663706)

Sizzix Glue Gun (663550)

How to make:

  1. To begin with, use the Stacked Circles die set to die cut a selection of different sized circles, from Heavystock Mixed Media Card using a combination of dies. Vary the shapes of each of the circles, die cutting some solid pieces, and some outlines of different shapes and widths, created by placing the dies inside one another to cut the circles.

2. Arrange the circles onto the small Etcetera tag to create a pattern to the background. Adhere each circle into place with Matte Collage Medium and allow to dry.

3. Apply a coat of gesso over the surface of the tag.

4. Once the medium is thoroughly dry, paint the surface with two coats of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint. Once again allow the surface to dry, or use a heat gun to gently heat dry the paint, before applying another layer of Matte Collage Medium over the top to seal the paintwork.

5. Scribble a light coverage of Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the top of the tag and then using a semi dry baby wipe, rub the wipe over the top removing the majority of the crayon but allowing the color to accentuate and highlight the die cuts. Repeat using Gathered Twigs and Pumice Stone Distress Crayons, gradually building up the layers of color to create the background.

6. Using your fingertip, apply a small amount of Old White Matte Art Alchemy Wax over the top of the raised die cut circles to accentuate the edges and make them pop against the background.

7. Apply Crackle Paste down the edges of the tag, and leave to dry. Once the paste is dry and the crackles have appeared, apply the Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the crackles and using a waterbrush, blend the crayon into the cracks.

8. Paint the hole reinforcer piece for the tag using Ground Espresso Distress Paint. Once it is dry, lightly apply a layer of Old White Art Alchemy Wax over the surface. Attach the hole reinforcer piece with Matte Collage Medium, placing it over the hole at the top of the tag.

9. Die cut a selection of foliage from green card stock using the Garden Greens Die Set. I used a combination of card coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and also Classic Kraft Stash.

10. Using a hot glue gun, attach garden twigs across the bottom section of the tag. Attach the die cut foliage amongst the twigs, together with some garden moss. Add small dots of Bottle Green Nuvo Crystal Drops to the foliage to create the appearance of berries and allow to dry.

11. Mist a bunch of Bouquet Findings with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and heat dry these before snipping each flower from the stems and attach the flowers amongst the foliage.

12. Taking the Feathered Friends Die Set, die cut the two birds from Watercolor card.

13. Watercolor each layer of the bird die cuts using Distress Marker Pens and a water brush to blend the colors.

14. Once each layer is completed and the paintwork is dry, layer the pieces together using foam pads between each die cut section, forming two separate birds. Attach the birds with foam pads, placing them to stand on the twigs.

15. To create the 'Fly Away' wording, die cut each individual letter from chipboard three times using the Alphanumeric Classic Lower die set.

16. Layer the individual pieces over the top of one another to form each letter.

17. Gesso each of the letters. Once they are dry, dab the surface of each letter with the Versamark Ink Pad before sprinkling Emerald Creek Baked Velvet Embossing Powder over the top. Heat emboss until molten and shiny.

18. Attach the letters to the top left hand corner of the tag, adhering them into place with Matte Collage Medium. Underneath the wording, add the 'all the world is bright' Tim Holtz Clipping Sticker.

19. Place sparkly adhesive gems onto the background.

20. Cut 8 strips of seam binding ribbon, approx 10" in length and hand dye four of the strips using Shabby Shutters and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains and the remaining strips using Squeezed Lemonade and Antique Linen. Scrunch the ribbon tightly and then heat dry thoroughly before threading it through the hole at the top of the tag.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you've enjoyed all the tips and techniques that I've used to create this mixed media tag full of texture, dimension and all using the versatility of dies to create each element.

See you again very soon,

Emma x