Tim Holtz Map die “Across the Miles” Card with Shari Carroll

Happy Friday everyone!

I have a card inspiration for you today which carries a lot of meaning. My oldest sister turns 60 next week and we are 1834 miles away (I Googled it :o)… So, since it’s such a milestone age, I thought it would be nice to make something special for her.

I started out with watercolor paper and the Tim Holtz United States thinlits die. I painted the states with mini Distress inks and a little water.I used a wide variety of colors and even mixed a few.

Shari Carroll TH Map 600

I put a string between Illinois and Nevada and added the distance of miles with Tim Holtz Number Brads. I also added Happy Birthday and “60” using Chit Chat stickersCelebration Words and  Mini Numerals.

Shari Carroll TH Map 2

I figured a way to put all the tiny states back together on a card by using a sheet of acetate. I’ve put together a process video, you can view it below or on our YouTube channel.

Thanks for coming by today. I hope you have found some inspiration in my card and have a terrific weekend!


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  1. What an inspirational and meaningful card. Very very well done. Love the idea of the acetate. I’m sure your sister will love it.

  2. I can’t even tell you how special this card is, Shari! Your sister is gonna treasure it, for sure! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! ♥

  3. What a super card, packed full of meaning and texture and love! I thoroughly enjoyed the tutorial too! I hope Shari’s sister doesn’t view this until 3 July! Hugs, Lesley

  4. Oh my goodness! This card is over the top WOW! I sure hope your sister can appreciate the amount of time and love you put into this. Amazing!!!!

  5. Wow! That map is gorgeous! Love how the states were colored…..the appearance of so much texture in each one. Fantastic ♥

  6. Oh wow! Really awesome!!!! One of the most creative project that I’ve never seen! Love it!

  7. What a sweet card! Her sister will love it, and all the thought and work she put into it.

  8. Love this awesome card! My sis has a milestone birthday coming up so may have to buy some new goodies & create something similar. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Your sister is going to love this card Shari. I have three older sisters and they all adore my sending handmade cards. This one is a stunner!

  10. Wonderful card. Wish this die was around when we were doing a lot of traveling. I might have to get this for my scrapbooking. Thanks for sharing this with us, great video.

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