How to Make a Tim Holtz Floral Frame Card

Create a wonderfully detailed floral frame card with layered die-cut flowers and leaves surrounding an antique looking frame with vintage style ephemera, all positioned upon a gorgeous inked background.

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make

1. Die-cut a variety of flowers and leaves from white and coloured cardstock using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits ‘Funky Florals’ and ‘Garden Greens’ die sets.

2. Add detail to the flowers and leaves by blending Distress Oxide inks over the edges of the die-cuts to make them look more realistic.

3. Use an embossing tool from the Sizzix Paper Sculpting Kit with a foam pad positioned underneath to add vein lines to the die-cut leaves, this makes them look real and gives them dimension.

4. Assemble the flowers by gluing the centres in place. Use a white pen to add shine to the berries. It’s a good idea to make plenty of flowers and leaves to give you lots of choice, any you don’t use on the card can be used for other projects.

5. Make a cool inked sky background panel for your card. Do this by pressing the Distress Oxide ink pads (Broken China & Faded Jeans) directly on to a non-stick sheet.

6. Spritz water over the ink with a spritzer bottle.

7. Mix the ink and water together with your finger, but don’t completely blend the two colours together.

8. Place a white cardstock panel (trimmed slightly smaller than the card blank) face down onto the ink. Lift and press down again, repeat until you’re happy with the effect. Dry the panel with a heat tool. Adhere to the card blank.

9. Position the frame on the inked background panel and lightly pencil around the outside edge, remove and begin to glue the leaves and flowers into position. Use a variety of liquid glue and foam pads to give dimension. Curl leaves and petals up for realism.

10. Glue the ephemera pieces and a word strip to the frame and nestle the frame in the flowers on the card blank. Use glue dots or strong liquid glue to adhere the frame securely.

11. Add a metal butterfly to the frame with glue dots or with a hot glue gun.

12. Ink the edges of the sentiment word stickers with brown ink. Use a blending tool or cotton buds.

13. Adhere the inked word stickers inside the frame. Distress the edges of the frame with sand paper or an emery board and apply some grey and brown ink to age the revealed chipboard.

Hints and Tips

  • When using a heat tool, allow the tool to heat up before holding it close to your project. This will help to reduce warping of the paper or card.
  • Back the frame with patterned paper for a different look and add word strips on top.

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