Sunday, April 8, 2012


Hello everybody!  If you were one of the lucky people who recently completed Tim Holtz' 
then you will be ready to jump on this week's challenge from Simon Says Stamp and Show....
"A Lord Tim Technique".

 I chose to do the "Archival Resist" technique (among others) from Day 3 of Tim's Creative Chemistry classes.   It is done using Archival Inks as a resist against Distress Inks.  Ready?  Here we go...

The background for my steampunk tag was done using the Archival Resist Technique.  I began with an extra large tag (measuring 4 x 8 1/2") cut from Gloss Paper.  

Before I did any stamping, I used a masking technique to create my clock face.  I stamped the clock face from Tim Holtz' Curiosities stamp set onto a piece of scrap paper, cut it out and temporarily adhered it to my tag.  (More about it's construction in a minute).

  Then I I randomly stamped images from Tim Holtz' Ultimate Grunge and Dyan Reaveley's Basic Backgrounds stamp sets out of Archival Inks.  The colors I used are:  Vermillion, Monarch Orange and Aquamarine.  They are oil based permanent inks and when mixed with Distress Inks; which are water based inks, the Archival Ink will resist the Distress Inks.  As Tim would say because, "oil and water don't mix."

The basic background when completed.

After I stamped all of my background images, I used Gathered Twig Distress Ink and rubbed the ink pad all over the Gloss Paper tag.  I went around the masked clock face with an Ink Blending Tool to be sure that I better defined the circle for the clock face.  I removed the mask and buffed the tag with a soft cloth.  I put the clock face mask back in place and stamped the images that look like broken glass randomly around the masked clock face and elsewhere on the tag using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then I lightly distressed the outside edges of the tag with Black Soot Distress Ink with an Ink Blending Tool.  Next I placed the scrap paper that I had cut the clock face from on the tag and lightly distressed the area that would be my clock's face with Wild Honey Distress Ink followed by Black Soot lightly around the edges.  Then I stamped the clock face directly onto the distressed circle using Jet Black Archival Ink and heat set it.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz' Words for Thought stamp set.  Finally, I stamped the image of the hot air balloon directly onto the tag.

I decided to make my hot air balloon dimensional, so I stamped a total of 6 images onto a piece of manila cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.  I colorized the balloons with in Ink Applicator Tool and Barn Door Distress Ink.  I added more depth of color to the balloon by sharing areas with a Fired Brick Distress Marker and then blending it with a Small Sakura Water Brush.

Then I swiped the Jet Black Archival Ink pad across a script stamp and stamped all of the balloons with the script image.  Here you can see the shading of the balloons and the light script image on the balloons.  Next I cut out all of the balloons, glued 4 of them back to back and cut off any excess paper that did not match up.  Then I inked all of the edges with a black cats eye pad so that only black edges showed.

I folded two sets of balloons in half lengthwise and stacked them.  Using Tim Holtz' Tiny Attacher, I stapled two sets of the balloons together on the center fold.  I glued one balloon onto the stamped image on the tag.  The final balloon is what I used for the center.  It was just one stamped balloon that I folded in half and glued (wrong sides together).  I attached it to the center of the dimensional balloon with a 1/8" piece of double sided tape.  It worked perfectly! Where there was a hint of the tape showing, I simply painted over it with a Barn Door Distress Marker to hide it.

Before I attached the dimensional portion of the hot air balloon on to the tag, I added some elements.  First, I distressed some Trimmings Ribbon, cut it in half and tied it to a large game spinner.  I then added a silver Foliage flower with a Long Fastener and bent the flower so that it would cover the "construction" of the top of the hot air balloon.  I also attached a piece of chain to the game spinner that would stretch over to my clock face using a couple of Jump Rings.  Then I hot glued the game spinner in place at the top of the balloon on the tag.  Next I added the little pennants on the balloon by colorizing a scrap of Gloss Paper and cutting double sided pennants.  I folded them in half, glued them onto a piece of black cording and attached each end of the black cording underneath the first dimensional balloons.  I hot glued the center pennant to the center folded balloon.  Then I hot glued the center back of the hot air balloon in place on the tag (allowing all of the sections of the hot air balloon to be dimensional).

Next I completed the clock face that I'd started with the masking technique.

The stamped, masked face was already in place.  But I wanted to really make it POP!  So, I added a pair of the smaller Regal Adornments Wings and a 7 Gypsies Optical Lens.  The lens was plain so I stamped a small "man in the moon" type of image on the underneath side of the glass using Jet Black Archival Ink and heat setting it.  I LOVE how it turned out!!!  Very ghostly and quirky!  Then I wired the Word Key onto the handle of the Optical Lens.

I gave dimension to the sentiment by popping a couple of the words and altering them from the original stamp.

On the other side of the tag, I filled up the blank area underneath the balloon with more dimensional elements:  a couple of Gears, a Pen Nib and a Light Bulb that were hot glued into place.

I love Tim Holtz' style, techniques and his you can tell by my steampunk tag!

Now it's YOUR turn to create some magic using one of Tim Holtz' Techniques.  Then post it to our challenge at SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW.  Check out the incredible "Tim Techniques" that my amazing Design Teammates have waiting for you ... AWESOME!

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Have fun with this challenge!!!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!


  1. Hi Candy, this tag is nothing short of aMaZiNg!! It is a true piece of art, I love it. I need that balloon stamp for my collection. I thoroughly enjoyed Tim's Chemistry class.

  2. WOW! Love this! That hot air balloon is fab. Love all these techniques!

  3. Hi Candy. I absolutely love everything about this piece. It is fabulous. The tutorial has certainly given me inspiration as always. I entered the Studio 490 challenge as you suggested so hope you like my French Fancy submission, Wendy certainly liked it, which made my day. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs Annie x

  4. Corrr, CAndy, this is totes-amazeballs hunny, LOVE what you did with the balloon... totally rocks!! Hope you having a lovely Easter xx

  5. Love love love how you did the balloon!!! Your tag background is awesome as well! You never fail to impress! This is the coolest tag eva!

  6. Terrific tag Candy, love the way you have done the balloon. Happy Easter, x

  7. Gorgeous tag Candy, I love love the clock face with wings, inspired element to your tag which works beautifully with the balloon image. Love the dimension you added along with your pennant, lovely. One very creative tag using a wonderful technique. Tracy x

  8. Gorgeous Tag! Love the clock face and all the embellies! I think I will have to get my hands on the hot air balloon stamp. Incredible ;)



  9. I love this card, the balloon is amazing

  10. Beautiful tag, Candy! I really love the background stamps you used and the bright red color you chose for your balloon really makes the piece pop!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Awesome tag Candy, love how you used the optical lens! so creative.
    hugs Lynn

  12. Candy-- WOW!!! This is so freaking cool!!! Perfect composition, brilliant details-- LOVE, love it!!! You're rocking the Tim techniques, my Airport Sister!

  13. Sorry to be a copycat but, WOW. Came over to see the colors better and was amazed by this probably-20-hour project. Wonderful!

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