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. Very fun card Shari. Love all the personal touches you added to make it your own. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love, love, LOVE this card, Shari! This is just gorgeous and what a keepsake for your sister! I really need to add that die to my collection! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Very creative and a fabulous card! I’m sure your sister will treasure this. A great video full of tips – thank you! You’ve inspired me :)

  4. HB to your sister! Just love watching the process. That is one cool die set. Too bad it’s out of stock. Would love to give this technique a try.

  5. Wow! What a terrific birthday card! I love that Tim Holtz United States die and the beautiful watercolor job you did on it! Thank you for sharing your video tutorial!

  6. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this card!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration- will definitely put my die to work!!!!

  7. COOL card Shari!!!
    LOVE the colours & textures and think it is REALLY AWESOME how you have included the miles between you both – THANK YOU for sharing!!!

  8. This is such a cool idea! I love it! I can see this being made by many of us! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I’m a huge fan of maps so this card really caught my eye! I love the creative design and all the special embellishments. Wonderfully done!

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