How to Make a Die-cut Tim Holtz Card

If you’re just starting out on your Tim Holtz mixed media journey this intricate die-cut panel card, revealing a lovely inked background, is the perfect place to start.

The beautifully blended background peeking through the die-cut panel has been created using a selection of the fabulous Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks along with the Ranger ink blending tool – two must haves from the collection.

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make

1. Gather your supplies; smooth cardstock for inked background and die-cut panels, a card blank, Tim Holtz Distess Oxide ink pads, blending tool and sponges, intricate corner dies, alpha dies and foam pads.

2. Using the floral corner die from the Sizzix Thinlits ‘Mixed Media #2’ die set, die cut two opposite corners on a piece of smooth white cardstock trimmed to the same size as the card blank.

3. On a piece of white cardstock trimmed slightly smaller than the card blank apply Distress Oxide inks with a foam blending tool. Apply the ink heavily and blend between colours. The oxide inks blend beautifully together. Apply as many colours as you like.

4. Apply water droplets over the inked surface with a water spritzer or flick water droplets with your fingers. The water reacts with the oxide ink revealing a lighter colour creating a really cool effect.

5. Dry the coloured panel with a heat tool to set the inks.

6. Adhere the inked panel to the card blank with double sided tape and adhere the die-cut panel to the inked panel with foam pads.

7. Create a smaller similar inked panel and die-cut letters from it for your card sentiment using the Sizzix Thinlits Alphanumberic Script die set. Adhere these to the top panel with a glue pen.

8. To complete the card, distress the edges of the card by wither using a paper edge distresser, or by using the blades on an open pair of scissors. Make sure to be extra careful if using scissors to distress the edge of the card, and always make sure to do this away from you.

Hints and Tips

• Use low tack tape such as washi tape to hold the dies in place as they make their way through the die cutting machine.
• Be generous when applying the Oxide ink as this will make blending easier and give you a richer colour.

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