Friday 3 April 2015

Watercolouring for Tim's April 12 tags of 2015, Jane's Journal style

Yes I know, 2 posts in 2 days, unheard of for me but I had such a great day of crafty play yesterday that I thought it would be ideal to get my April card version of Tim's tags under my belt.  This month Tim has really explored his more delicate side and designed 2 gorgeous floral watercoloured tags. Here they are

All the details of the techniques are over on his blog post here.

Now I know that I often struggle with not having all the products he uses but this time I was well and truly stumped with which stamps to improvise with. I don't own any long stemmed single flower stamps at all. I sorted through my stash and the only large floral stamp I have is a tulip but I did and very old floral bouquet Penny Black stamp .

I love colouring using many different mediums; Promarkers, Inktense, Prismacolor and watercolouring. I also have few Distress markers so I was very limited by my colour ways. I chose a yellow/green/red colourway for the tulip stamp and a red/blue/yellow one for the bouquet.
I stamped the images onto mixed media card and then made a wash of colour as Tim did using my ink spritzer.

I used distress pens and ink pads using a detailer pen to colour my images.
I decided to leave the image below for another day as I wanted to concentrate on the tulip card and these things take a long time to come together. I had a very multitasking day..every time I went upstairs to cut or get things I did a bit more cleaning...I go the whole of the upstairs cleaned yesterday!

For the first time I coloured some seam binding with the same inks to make matching ribbons....oh my goodness, what fun this is and I will definitely be doing this more often.

Instead of plain Kraft which Tim used as his backing I decided to give my cards an embossed background. I embossed my Kraft card and using my finger applied some bronze gilding paste to the raised areas.

Tim also cleverly die cut and inserted  his sentiments but as I do not have his shadow dies again I improvised with a birthday sentiment I have.

It was then time to put on my creative hat and bring all my elements together in my card design.

This is my finished card.

You can see that I made some "faux" stitching around the focal as I don't have easy access to a sewing machine.
a couple of close ups, I love this hand dyed ribbon

and for me, instead of a star, a touch of bling in the corners ;0)
and one last arty shot

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of 2015 April
Frilly and Funkie put a ribbon on it
The Emerald Faeries spring flowers/Easter
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Natalie and Amy frame it
Noor! anything goes
The Artistic stamper flora and fauna
Country View use Kraft card I used this for my embossed background
Our Creative Corner colour your world, spring
Craft stamp, take a technique colour

Thanks for looking at my April card version of Tim's tag. Thanks Tim for your limitless creativity and for exploring another, more feminine side of it...more please ;0)

Back again very soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Lovely Jane, I love tulips and your card is so pretty. The ribbon is such a good idea! The other little posy image is beautiful too, looking forward to seeing what you do with it. I love Tim's flowers too.
    Have a lovely weekend my friend, Happy Easter,
    V x

  2. Beautiful Jane! Love your tulip and your embossed background is gorgeous! Great job with the seam binding, those colours work really well together! Wonderful version of Tim's tag! hugs :)

  3. What a simply beautiful tulip card lovely Jane! (birthday girl) I have been buying tulips at the food store lately and so this card is just perfect for this time of year! That Tim Holtz sure is a talented guy! So happy you had a productive day yesterday and time to play. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! I'm going to Amy's first wedding gown fitting today, so off to Boston soon : ) xoRobin

  4. Your certainly super organised and what a great version of Tim's tag this month and very inventive. Your faux stitching looks fab, along with a great background to show off your pretty Tulip.
    Hope your lucky,
    Julie xx

  5. Beautiful great version of Tim's tag . The dyed ribbon is stunning on your card

  6. Hello dear Jane,

    Lovely, lovely card, tulips are always my favorites! And that faux stitching is a great idea - you really do not need a machine for that, I am going to copy that :) even I have machine(s) around, thank you!

    Have a wonderful Easter-weekend!


  7. Lovely card! The watercolours look so pretty!
    Thank you for playing with us at Take It, Make It Challenge! ♥

  8. wow - that was quick work Jane - wonderful take on Tims tag - can't wait to do this one - fabulous x

  9. Lovely card, I love the ribbon! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. I love your card and the way you painted the tulip!
    Beautiful job Jane, thanks for sharing the creative process ;)
    Have a beautiful celebration tomorrow!

  11. Your April tags are so pretty Jane and your card is beautiful! ...the hand dyed ribbon is a lovely addition and makes it extra special ;)
    Hope you're enjoying the Easter break,
    Susan x

  12. Love your take on Tim's tag - a great colour scheme and I see Abandoned Coral goes very well with Mowed Lawn!!

  13. Fabulous creation with lovely colors and design. Love background. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations. Agnieszka DT

  14. I loved the different techniques you used for this project. Happy Spring! Thank you for entering it in our challenge at Our Creative Corner. xxx Laurie Moore

  15. Gorgeous tags and card, you have colored the flowers so beautifully!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Artistic stamper this month.

  16. LOVE your take on Tim's ideas here Jane. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  17. Great take on Tim's tag. Love the watercoloured images. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  18. This is just gorgeous,thanks for sharing with us at Country View .xxx

  19. Great take on Tim's tag. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge. Linda xx

  20. HI Jane, I always look forward to your Tim Holtz style project. Such fun and very creative. Thanks for joining us at Noor Design UK for our Anything Goes challenge.
    Tracy x

    Owner - Noor Design UK

  21. Great project! Thank you so much for playing along with the Colour Your World challenge at Our Creative Corner! xxx

  22. This very pretty. Thanks for sharing at Noor! UK
    Hope you'll join us again.
    HUGZ Fleur xxx


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