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 how you coloured your die cuts! I want to try this! They look gorgeous on your card, which is also gorgeous! Love the tropical theme, which is so hot right now!

  2. LOVE this Tiki card!!! I remember that Brady episode! LOL We are just getting better with time just like fine wine! TFS!

  3. I like how you created a color palette and then colored each piece then assembled everything together. Very cool card!! Makes me want to create a beachy themed card! Great job!!

  4. What an awesome card! You’re right, it’s packed with texture but it all works together. The colors are so vibrant and I like the use of the sprays to color quickly and easily. I like that embossing folder also!

  5. Wanda, I LOVE your card! Wonderful colors & design, & the mottled effect is so pretty. You did a great job, & thanks for the tips!

  6. This is AMAZING!! I love the contrast between the green and orange against that stunning blue background.

  7. LOVE all of the distressing here! gives such a wonderful look and feel to the fun, tropical card!

    and yes, I so remember that episode of the Brady Bunch. :) it was my favorite way to spend Friday nights as a young girl. 7pm would find me right in front of the t.v ready to watch my favorite family! :)

  8. Wanda, you hit this one out of the park and right on to the beach ! LOVE IT :-) Thanks for all your inspiration :-))

  9. Hi Wanda!! This card makes me want to go the beach. LOL. It also reminds me of the Tulume ruins in Mexico. We were fortunate enough to visit them on one of our trips to Mexico in the late 90’s to early 2000’s. The breath taking landscape and ocean right there was gorgeous, albeit a little creepy when they started talking about sacrifices… I still took some beautiful photos while there. Love these new TH dies! Thanks!

  10. Wow, I love this card. The scene you created is so cool and I love the layout, coloring and I love the textured background. Well done as usual. I pinned.

  11. This is a magnificent card. I was just in Maui for the first time at the beginning of July, and it takes me back there.

  12. Fabulous card! Love all the texture and colour! The Tim Holtz products are all amazing and fun to use! I can’t wait to give this card a try…thanks for the inspiration today! :)

  13. EXCITING technique and card!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION Wanda :)
    … I have some distress stains being shipped as I type, so I can’t wait to try this!!!

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