How to Make a Tim Holtz Holiday Scrapbook Cover

Document your travel memories in a beautifully decorated holiday scrapbook using Tim Holtz products, there’s so many embellishments, ink pads, papers and ephemera to choose, creating a stunning mixed media album cover is a doddle.

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make

1. Trim a piece of paper from the 8 x 8” paper pad to fit the front over of the album and cut a slit for the ribbon tie. Ink the edges of the paper with a distress ink and a blending tool.

3. Glue the paper to the album cover and distress the edges with sandpaper or an emery board.

4. Add strips of washi tape to the bottom of the album. Trim a piece of patterned paper and distress the edges. Glue a piece of frayed canvas to the top left of the album and adhere the patterned paper at an angel over the top.

5. Make your own aged ticket ephemera by spraying Distress Resist Spray over a piece of kraft cardstock. Leave to dry or use a heat tool to dry the spray. The resist spray leaves an orange peel effect where misted and larger droplets where those have fallen. The resist spray doesn’t soak into the cardstock, it rests and dries on top to give a dimensional effect.

6. Cover the kraft cardstock with Distress Oxide inks, blending colours like colours together with foam blending tools. Spritzed water droplets over the inked areas of Distress Oxide to create cool effects and dry with a heat tool. Water- based inks such as the oxides will be resisted by the resisted spray and therefore not adhere to them leaving the kraft base to show through.

7. Use Archival Ink to stamp tickets over the coloured areas using the Stampers Anonymous ‘Ticket Booth’ stamp set. The archival ink is will stamp over the resist spray unlike pigment based (water-based) inks.

8. Cut out the tickets with scissors. Arrange tickets and ephemera pieces on to the album cover and glue into place.

9. Trim a 6 x 6” map from the 12 x 12” paper pad and distress the edges with a distresser tool, finger nails or sandpaper. Add stitching details such as flight lines and a heart with 3 strands of embroidery thread.

10. Cut travel words from the ‘Chatter’ Design Tape and place them on the top right of the map. Fix a ‘Typed Token’ with a brad beneath. Adhere the map piece on to the album cover and rough up the edges.

11. Add the title with chipboard tiles.

12. Glue three metal stars to the cover with strong all-purpose glue.

13. Add a splatter of Distress Resist Spray, by removing the top of the bottle, around the edges of the cover. Dry the resist spray.

14. Finally lightly blend some grey and brown ink over the areas with the resist spray to reveal the drops beneath.

Hints and Tips

• By careful not to get the Distress Resist Spray over your work area, clean up straight away if you do with a wet wipe. Also clean the nozzle after use.
• The Distress Resist Spray is milky in colour and consistency when wet, but is clear and raised when dry.
• Pierce holes in your paper before you begin stitching. This leaves neater holes and helps prevent mistakes or tearing of paper.

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