Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How I professed my love to Tim Holtz

By watching him demo for over 3 hours without getting up. lol
He is such an amazing instructor! And a very funny, witty guy!  I had such a blast in Cincinnati last weekend! 
And I learned so much on inking and stamping techniques! You will be seeing alot of my "new skills" with next month's projects! YIPPEE

That is my friend, Sharon, that I went with. She surprised me, too, with 'A Compendium of Curiosities' and had him sign it that night. 
I will tell you this! This book is not just for looks, it REALLY does show you how to do ALOT of his techniques!! A lot of what I learned from him in Cincinnati are in this book.And that is helpful because I learned so much, I had to go back in the book to remember some of the steps. Plus, Tim hates when books will not lay flat nor sit up. This book does both. 

So, today, I want to show you some 'other' Tim Holtz products.
I love the Lost & Found paper pack by Tim Holtz!! It includes: 12x12 designs, 6x6 designs, 2x2 snippets, ATC and borders!! And it's only $14.99! YOW! 

The 'Z' is some old license plates (I am pretty sure) that someone cut up. They were selling them cheap at the Convention last weekend, so I picked up a few packs. 
This layout is for Michelle. This is her son, Zane. 

I used my 1" circle punch to cut that clock from one of the 6x6 page designs in the pack. I then used a mix of barn door and rusty hinge (which are both on sale!) distress inks to color it. I also backed it with a 1" circle grungepaper to give it some strength and thickness. Added a little spinner and it's good to go! 

The strips above are some of the borders found in the paper pack.
I also had some grungeboard stars, so I covered them with another design also found in the pack, distressed the edges with sandpaper and put them throughout the layout.
The staples above were used by my Tim Holtz tiny attacher

I also want to point out that the main background paper on this layout is alot more vivid. I used a water-downed gesso technique that I learned from Dani a while back to tone it down.

yes, that is my nephew, Rhett, with birthday cake all over his face. and yes, that is a glass of wine in the corner and yes, I have so many distress inks that it is tacky.....moving on.. (lol)

Dip your paint brush into water, then into gesso and paint over your paper. WORK IN SMALL SECTIONS. Then, take an old washcloth/rag and wipe away in circular motions. You are actually working it into the paper while wiping away the excess. Then, repeat until the page is covered. You can do more layers for more washed out effect. 
Also, it is wise to back your paper with a 12x12 (or respective size) cardboard or another thick paper. This is due to the water and paint will make your paper buckle. Mine still did somewhat, as you can see in the first photo, but I like how it turned out.

I hope you have enjoyed my stalker..er, I mean, my TRIBUTE TO TIM post! lol



  1. *julie is still extremely JEALOUS of b* just sayin' :):):):):):):):):):):):) I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee that lo!! YOU ROCK! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. Beth!! BETH ... BETH!!! OOO Your sooo lucky!! TIM HOLTZ ROCKS.. and whoa.. your layouts.. are amazing TIM-NESS HAPPINESS!!
    with a grin,

  3. Beth, just received my Lost and Found papers and have been hoarding lots of grunge board and metals. I love what you did !!!!!!!! I cannot wait to see more!!!! You guys were so lucky to go to see Tim in action:)

  4. woot woot...excellent layout and fun pics Beth!!!

  5. Wonderful fun!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Awesome project, Beth, and thanks for the tutorial AND the fun photos! :-)

  7. How cool that you got an autographed copy of Tim's book! Love your layout, so inspiring!

  8. Very cool layout! And super cool you got to take one of Tim's classes! Sounds like they are loads of fun!

  9. Sounds like you had a great weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. i'm so jealous!!!! so happy you had some fun!