Weekender with Wanda – Summer Tiki with new Tim Holtz Dies!

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Aloha! Happy Saturday! It’s time for the latest edition of Weekender with Wanda here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog! I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Summer weekend! I missed seeing you here last weekend, but oh man, wasn’t that an awesome blog hop last Saturday?! Wow! I am very happy to be with you here today because I have been so anxious to share this card with you! I went bananas when I first saw the new Summer 2016 collection of dies by Tim Holtz for Sizzix! I practically stalked the SSS store until they were available! I love anything Hawaii, tropical, tiki related, and these new dies are perfect for our Summer crafting! So, today, I am featuring three of the new Sizzix die collections by Tim Holtz along with loads of vivid Distress Inks and Stains. Aloha!

I started this card design by die cutting a bunch of the pieces from the Tropical Dies and playing with them on my craft mat… Arranging and re-arranging until I got a layout I liked. Then I chose my color palette. The embossed background came into the picture because I wasn’t really liking patterned paper with all this color. And, I really love the Airmail Embossing Folder. I use that one a lot!


This color palette makes me think of Summer and the beach. Bright orange (Carved Pumpkin) with lime green (Twisted Citron) and ocean blue. I grounded all of the bright colors with beautiful brown ink in the form of Ground Espresso.  In this photo you can see that the pieces are adhered to the card using foam squares for dimension and interest.


Here is my Summer Tiki Distress Ink Color Mix for this project! Don’t these colors look nice together?


Here is a close up of the palm trees and the Summer Die cut. The Summer die cut comes in a package with 18 other Vacation Words in this retro cool font. I know I will use it all the time – and it’s perfect for Summer scrapbook layouts too.


I used the Compass Charm from the Ideaology Souvenir Charms package. I snipped off the attachment part on the top and then colored the metal with a brown Copic Marker! Did you know you can color on glass, metal, plastic with your Copic Markers? Yes! I wrapped some Linen Ribbon around the card and glued the compass on top. On every card I like to use something soft (ribbon, linen, twine, cord, vellum) and something hard (enamel dots, gems, metal charms) to give balance of textures. This card has no shortage of texture!


I typically will use Distress Ink Pads for most of my Tim Holtz projects. For this card I wanted to try something new and different – a different medium. Almost all of the color used today is from Distress Spray Stains. Distress Stains are fluid, water based ink very much like the ink used in the Distress ink pads. The liquid form makes for very interesting and unique effects. I started by die cutting my pieces out of Tim Holtz Watercolor paper. I started with the trees. I sprayed the trees with clear water using the Distress Sprayer. Then, while it was wet, I sprayed Antique Linen and Ground Espresso Stains onto the paper. You can see how the colors really sort of ‘melted’ together to make a neat effect. Then I did the same thing on the top of the trees with Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover Spray Stains. Then I dried the pieces with my heat tool.


This is what they looked like after they all dried. I added drops of water as you can see here. This might be my new favorite technique!


I colored the orange flowers the same way as the palm trees. For the Tiki statue I tried something different. I simply sprayed the Ground Espresso Stain directly onto the dry watercolor paper. I love the mottled effect that came out!


As my final step, once all the pieces were dry, I spritzed Ground Espresso Spray Stain on everything to give an aged look.



The embossed background panel was attached to a white card base using foam squares. The Tiki was glued directly onto the background and then everything else was layered on top. I cut one of the palm trees to look as if it was coming in from the side of the card.


Thanks for coming along with me on this tropical journey! Does this card remind anyone else of the Brady Bunch episode where they went to Hawaii and Bobby finds the ancient Tiki!? I’m totally dating myself! Have a great week and I’ll see you here next weekend!


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  1. I love the bright colors you used! This is one super fun card. I don’t think I would give it away, it’s so fun to look at. (I sometimes leave my cards out to look at for a couple days before putting them up. I guess it’s kind of like framing them temporarily;)

  2. Wonderful card! Taking the step to distress the pristine vibrant tropical colors, makes your project really cool! Thanks for the great inspiration.

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