How to Make an Inked Tim Holtz Notelet

Create beautiful watercolor backgrounds for your cards and notelets, simply by using the Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. These clever little ink pads can be used on their own, but they really come into their own when water is spritzed over them (a water mister is ideal). 

The pads are great if you want to blend different ink colours as the ink sits on top of the paper rather than being absorbed in it. If you choose to add layers of colours on top of each other (with drying in between layers), the Distress Oxides will keep their colour and not muddy like dye based inks, which all makes for beautifully vibrant designs with great tonal effects.

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How to Make

1. Begin by trimming down the card blank to measure 17 cm square. Keep the off-cuts for later.

2. Then cut a sheet of watercolour paper in half to A6 size. This will be used to create an inky watercolour background panel.

3. Apply some ink from the Evergreen Bough oxide pad onto a craft mat and spray with water until it beads up nicely. Dab the watercolour paper, face down, once or maybe twice to pick up colour across the centre area. Use a heat gun to dry the ink in place. Dab the paper again collecting more of the remaining ink, adding more interesting splodges to the background pattern.

Top Tip – Always heat dry the ink after dabbing the paper no more than a couple of times. This will help produce nice splodges of ink and not one big pool of colour. The secret is to layer up the ink splodges for a more interesting pattern and a good coverage of colour across the paper.

4. Repeat this process using the Tattered Rose ink pad. This time focus on picking up the ink mainly in the top right hand corner. 


5. Now use a third colour of the darker Forest Moss ink. Again concrete on applying this in the bottom left hand corner of the paper. 


6. When all the ink is looking nicely placed on the paper, give it another dimension by lightly misting all over. This helps to bring out the oxide effect of the inks. Also add a few larger splashes of water drops to create an even better effect. Dry with a heat gun.

7. Using an offcut piece from the card blank, trim a banner to measures 10.3 cm x 1.2 cm. Score and fold under a tab piece 2 cm in from the left hand side. Add a light pencil line to mark out the baseline for the lettering. Hand letter a Thank You sentiment using the XS Pitt Artist pen from the set. Rub out the pencil line.


8. Trim down the inked background panel to measure 14.8 cm square. Fix in place onto the card blank with plenty of glue from a glue stick. Die cut five of the wildflower stems in spare white card to make up the card design. 


9. Arrange the sentiment banner and flower stems in a nice grouping. Fix the bottom of the delicate stems using a glue stick, and add 3D foam pads under the flower heads to give dimension. Also apply 3D foam pads to the main part of the banner.

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