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. 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!

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!

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

  7. 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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