Spring Hop Home Decor Tag using Tim Holtz® designs! - by Emma Williams

Hi everyone, it's Emma here and today, I'm thrilled to be sharing a project with you, using Tim Holtz®'s recent Chapter 1 release for 2020.

Before you know it, Spring will soon be here and inspired by all the colours of the season, I created a project using dies from the release, combined with a few older favourites and a Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Tag and what's so great about dies is their versatility ~ it doesn't have to be a tag, you can also use the inspiration I'm giving for cards, canvases and framed projects.

You will need:

Sizzix®Big Shot® Machine  - (660200)

Sizzix Thinlits® Die Set - Bunny Hop (664421)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower (664407)

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doodle Art (664417)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Wildflower Stems 1 (664163)

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Wildflower Stems 2 (664164)

Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Tree Rings (664232)

Sizzix Adhesive Sheets (656802)

Sizzix Heat Tool (663706)

Tim Holtz Mediums: Matte Collage Medium

Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Walnut Stain

Tim Holtz Distress Marker Pens

Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso, Tumbled Glass and Walnut Stain

Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks; Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Old Paper

Tim Holtz Spray Stains; Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar

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 idea-ology; Mummy Cloth and Collector Layers Ephemera

Stampers Anonymous Small Etcetera Tag and Scalloped Etcetera Trims

Water Mister

Water Brush

White Seam Binding Ribbon


Craft Mat


Wooden Mushroom Embellishments, Moss, Cotton Wool and dried flowers

Kraft Card

Palette Knife

How to make:

Spring Hop Home Decor Tag using Tim Holtz® designs! - by Emma Williams

1. Apply a layer of gesso to the surface of a small sized Etcetera Tag and allow to dry.

2. Using Mixed Media Heavystock card, die cut two panels using the Doodle Art die.

3. Adhere to the surface of the gessoed tag using Matte Collage Medium.Once the medium is thoroughly dry, paint the surface with two coats of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.

4. 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 die cut panels.

Spring Hop Home Decor Tag using Tim Holtz® designs! - by Emma Williams

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 colour to accentuate and highlight the die cuts.

6. 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 Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the crackles and using a waterbrush, blend the crayon into the cracks.

7. Take the diary ephemera piece from the Layers Collector's Ephemera Set and distress the edges to create rips and tears before inking with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Tie some twine around the spine of the page before attaching the diary page to your tag using foam pads to add dimension.

8. Lightly splatter Ground Espresso Distress Paint across the surface of the tag and allow to dry. Paint the hole reinforcer piece with Ground Espresso Distress Paint and attach to the tag. Hand dye a strip of Crinkle Ribbon with Tea Dye and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and loop through the hole in the top of the tag.

Spring Hop Home Decor Tag using Tim Holtz® designs! - by Emma Williams

9. Take two of the Scalloped Etcetera Trims and gesso the surface of each trim. Once dry, spread a thick layer of the Crackle Paste over the top and allow the paste to crackle before applying colour using Walnut Stain Distress Crayon. Attach both trims to the tag using Matte Collage Medium so that they create a ledge.

10. Die cut two small sized Tree Rings from thick chipboard and one from Mixed Media heavystock card. Layer the pieces together with the heavystock card on top.

11. Gesso the layered tree ring before colouring it with a combination of Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso Distress Spray.

12. Cut a selection of Wildflowers from watercolour card using a combination of set 1 and 2 of the dies. Watercolour the flowers in colours of your choice using Distress Marker Pens and a water brush ~ I used Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Peeled Paint on the daisies, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss on the leafy stems and Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint on the lavender stems.

Spring Hop Home Decor Tag using Tim Holtz® designs! - by Emma Williams

13. Ink a piece of watercolour card using a blend of Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Old Paper Oxide Inks and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Using the Bunny Hop die, die cut a bunny from the paper and a second image of the same bunny from chipboard. Layer the water-colour card die cut over the top of the chipboard to create one bunny. Ink around the edges of the die cut bunny.

14. Roll up a piece of cotton wool to create the bobtail and attach to the bunny using Matte Collage Medium. Cut a strip of Mummy Cloth and hand dye with Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain. Once the cloth is dry, tie the strip around the neck of the bunny to create a scarf.

Spring Hop Home Decor Tag using Tim Holtz® designs! - by Emma Williams

15.  Using foam pads to add dimension, together with Matte Collage Medium for the Wildflower Stems, arrange and attach all the die cut elements onto your tag to create the springtime scene.

16. Attach small pieces of moss and dried flowers onto the ledge with Matte Collage Medium and place two wooden toadstool embellishments.

17. Cut the wording, "Spring Hop" from kraft card that has an adhesive sheet placed on the back and using the Tiny Type lower Thinlits die and attach to the diary page, placing two hearts either side. The hearts were left over from a previous project and cut using the Falling Hearts die.

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 my Springtime mixed media project ~ it's been such a fun piece to bring to life!

See you again very soon,

Emma x

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