Hi, Jan here today! I'm happy to be back on the Sizzix blog, sharing a card using dies from the Tim Holtz® Chapter 2 release.  With this card I've used the Doodle Art #2 as my background. You can use these background dies as you would with stencils, altering with mixed media materials.

You & Me Card By Jan Hobbins

You will need:

Doodle Art #2 (664432)

Frame (664440)

Media  Marks (664436)

Mini  Type Alphanumeric  Lower  (664407)

Mini Type Alphanumeric Upper  (664406)

Faceted Heart  (664156)

Mixed Media Heavystock

Distress Paint - Antiqued Bronze, Frayed Burlap

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink - Mushroom

Black Chipboard

Black cardstock for card and heart

Embossing powder (Chunky and I used two colours copper and black)

Tim Holtz Woodgrain cardstock, Metallic Kraft Stock

Sizzix Adhesive sheets (656802)

Dimensional foam adhesive squares

You & Me Card By Jan Hobbins

  1. Die-cut the Doodle Art#2 Thinlits with Mixed media heavystock. This die does not have a cutting edge around the outer edges, so you get to choose how wide of a border. I trimmed mine to about 1/4"around. Cut out another piece of mixed media heavystock, slightly larger than the die-cut piece.  Glue these two together with liquid adhesive. (needs to withstand the paint)
  2. Next, paint Antiqued Bronze Distress paint(or a metallic paint) all over the die-cut piece. Let this dry.
  3. Once your paint has dried, apply a small amount of Mushroom Alcohol ink with the felt and applicator, randomly on top. This gives your die-cut piece a mottled antique look.
  4. I decided I wanted a more distressed flat look, so I dry brushed with Distress Frayed Burlap paint over my whole piece. The dry brushing technique is just removing most of the paint off of your brush(I use a paper towel) and lightly brushing on a very small amount of paint.

You & Me Card By Jan Hobbins

  1. Die-cut a Frame with chipboard (i've used black chipboard so I didn't have to paint it black). A small piece of woodgrain cardstock was coloured with Distress Oxide sprays and cut to fit behind the frame center.  Adhere this behind the frame.
  2. Die-cut your words out using the tiny type upper and lower case alphanumeric dies. I've used black cardstock backed with Sizzix double sided adhesive sheets.  Adhere these to the woodgrain cardstock.
  3. Metallic kraft stock was die-cut with the Media Marks Thinlits die (the squiggle).
  4. Next, I die-cut a small Faceted Heart with black kraft stock, sanded the creases and assembled.

You & Me Card By Jan Hobbins

  1. I've used two kinds of chunky embossing powder, one in bronze tones and the other black. I first applied the the clear embossing ink, not too concerned about it covering the entire surfaces of the squiggle and heart.  I did this a few times so that the embossing was thicker.  Next I applied the clear ink randomly in a few areas, and applied the black.  I wanted it to be uneven, lumpy and thicker in some areas.
  2. Your pieces are ready to adhere to the front of the card. For the last step, adhere your layered card front with dimensional foam squares to a metallic kraft stock mat, then your black card base.

Thanks so much for visiting, hope you enjoyed my tutorial!