Tim Holtz Home Decor


Hi readers! How’s your weekend going? Check out this amazing art by Monday Challenge Design Team member, Emma Williams! It’s a Tim Holtz Wonder! For more detailed pictures and info on how she made it, read on and enjoy!


Hey everyone!

It’s Emma here and I’m thrilled to be back on the Simon Says Stamp blog today, sharing a piece of home decor that was inspired by my love of vintage ephemera and photos. I love how these wonderful little pieces of history can tell a story of yesteryear and wanted to incorporate these in today’s project together with lots of other products from Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink to create my altered embroidery hoop!


  • To begin with I took a plain wooden embroidery hoop and applied a coat of gesso over the surface. I dried the paint layer thoroughly and then applied Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top. I then added small amounts of Hickory Smoke, Antiqued Bronze, Peeled Paint and Broken China over the top of the white to create a shabby chic, aged frame. I find that applying the paint with your fingertip is easier and gives you more control over the paints and I also dry the paints between layers so that they don’t become too sludgy in appearance.
  • Next, I cut a circle of sticky back canvas the same size as my embroidery hoop and adhered the canvas onto thick white card, trimming away the excess card around the circle of canvas.
  • Apply a light layer of Gesso over the top of the canvas and heat dry. Don’t overheat the card/canvas as this might cause it to curl and you need it to remain as flat as possible. When thoroughly dry, mix together some Picket Fence and Antique Linen Distress Paint and paint the surface of the canvas.


  • When dry, I used a small amount of Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and dry brushed the colour across the surface to create a vintage look to the canvas.
  • I then added torn strips of Tissue Tape and Film Ribbon, applying it horizontally and vertically to create a background on the centre of the canvas.
  • Using a blending tool, I inked Watering Can Archival Ink through the Dot Fade stencil directly onto the central area of my background.
  • Mix Spun Sugar Distress Paint into a small amount of Texture Paste and using a palette knife, apply the pink paste through the Blossom Layering Stencil around the edge of the canvas circle. Leave to dry.
  • Next, I used a paint brush or water brush to pick up small amounts of Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze and Peacock Feathers Distress Paint and then flicked them across my canvas. Ink around the edges of the canvas circle with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


  • Apply some Glue N Seal onto the back rim of the embroidery hoop and mount the hoop directly onto the decorated canvas.
  • Now comes the fun part of adding the ephemera and I started by inking and distressing the edges of selected ephemera and pocket cards and then layering these cards over the top of one another, offsetting each card as I attached them with adhesive foam. At this stage, I also tucked a coil of wire thread behind one of the cards.
  • I inked the quote with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamped onto a piece of manila card coloured with Old Paper Distress Ink. Distress the edges of the card before attaching onto the cluster of ephemera. Remember, this is all about building layers!
  • As the final layer and the focal point for my project, I painted a gorgeous metal Ornate Plate with Picket Fence Distress Paint, allowing the paint to become slightly tacky before taking a piece of kitchen towel to remove some of the colour from the metal. I attached the frame onto my layered background and added a vintage photo-booth image directly over the top of the metal frame, which creates a background.


  • Apply Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Stains to your craft sheet, mist with water and toss the crinkle ribbon through the stains, picking up the colour. Dry the ribbon with a heat tool and tie into a shabby bow. Attach the bow to the canvas.
  • Add a few drops of Latte Alcohol Ink to the Heirloom Rose and attach to the centre of the bow.
  • Place various painted pieces of Idea-ology, including an adornment arrow, token, mini paper clip and sprocket gear into the arrangement and add small torn pieces of cheesecloth.
  • Finally, I punched six butterflies from vellum and layered each piece to create three double layered butterflies. I attached the butterflies onto my canvas and added various Remnant Rubs onto the background as a finishing touch.


I really hope you’ve enjoyed the creative process for this project and if you haven’t got an embroidery hoop to work with, then these techniques will work equally as well when used on a canvas or even a card!

Thank you so much for stopping by today…

Happy Crafting!




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  1. Absolutely Stunning! Emma n such a creative idea to alter an embroidery hoop. As always your composition and attention to every last detail are of the highest order and so professional . Thank you for sharing how you made this exquisite piece of home decor n so pleased to see you back on the SSS blog . hugs x

  2. Emma, what a stunning piece of art. Down to the very little details. Lots of planning went into this I’m sure. This will be something to treasure in years to come. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday!

  3. I would have never thought to use an embroidery hoop and I love how you made it look old. Great project. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  4. Oh, how I love this! So harmonious, just lovely. You have given me some ideas and good tips, too.

  5. How gorgeous! At first I thought it was a paint can lid with all the fabulous paint layers! Love the vellum butterflies. Absolutely stunning piece of art.

  6. this is beautiful. And I just gave all of my embroidery hoops away – I don’t stitch any more.
    Never thought about using them for paper projects.

  7. What a beautiful project, and thank you for sharing all the instructions and details. Love the old photo, the butterflies, and the heated ribbon! All of your tips are very helpful. This is a must try!

  8. I’ve this soft, vintage art piece, thanks for tutorial on all the layering and working with ephemera

  9. So much work! You uniquely created a WOW project. The way you put everything together takes talent and the ability to have a s sense of the whole picture while it is being pieced together. Your directions are excellent and easy to follow. I appreciate how you told us step-by- step how to paint, texture and arrange the elements. You outdid yourself. This is a work of art.

  10. Beautiful piece. Love the vintage look of it. Your choice of ephemera is wonderful. The colors are simply lovely. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  11. While I am not a “vintage” style person, this project is very appealing…thank you for sharing it!

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