Beautiful Friend Card

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Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. I’m excited to share this 6″ x 6″ mixed media birthday card I created for my best friend, Kim. I also plan to enter it in both of this week’s Simon Says Stamp challenges. Monday’s challenge is Butterfly Beauty, and Wednesday’s challenge is entitled Make It Girlie. Yay! I think this card fits both of those challenges perfectly. Don’t you?


There is so much to this card that I think I’ll just discuss some of the highlights and then list out products at the end. Please send me a message if you have any questions.


I have used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Melange Tissue Wrap on several projects lately, and I just love the effect. I think this card is my favorite use of this tissue so far. I added it to both the background paper and the tag. Isn’t the transparent subtleness dreamy?


One thing I wish you could see better is how the tag turned out. I crinkled the tissue first, and then left it pretty wrinkled and gathered when I glued it down. After coloring with distress inks and then using Tim’s Distress Vintage Collage Medium, I decided it was too dark, and so used a Pickett Fence Distress Crayon to soften the brown color. I love how it settled into the crinkles of the tissue paper.


I am addicted to Tim’s Grungeboard paired with Sizzix Bigz dies. The dies cut beautifully through almost anything, and the Grungeboard is thick for lots of added dimension. For this card, I used the Elegant Flourishes die, and painted it with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Next I used Distress Crackle Paint, and then finished it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Another die I can’t stop obsessing over is the Tattered Florals Bigz die. I know! You’ve seen flowers on almost all of my recent projects, and this die has been on the market for a while. I really love how pretty these flowers are when added to projects. FYI – I use a glue gun for a strong, instant bond so that I can mold the petals in exactly the shape I want.

I use the Vintaj foils anytime I can for pretty interest. Can you see it on the butterfly? (Sigh! Love, love, love this stuff!)

Most of these supplies can be purchased at Simon Says Stamp.

Papers: Canson 90 lb. watercolor, Kaisercraft Blue Bay 6.5″ pad, Prima Marketing Nature Garden Collection 6″ x 6″, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Melange Tissue Wrap, Tim Holtz Grungeboard, Ranger #5 Manila Tag,

Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Victoran Velvet, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade

Distress Spray Stains: Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Tarnished Brass, Brushed Pewter

Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Crackle

Distress Crayon: Pickett Fence

Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Dies: Thinlits #660225, 660212, Bigz Elegant Flourishes, Bigz Tattered Florals, Framelits with Stamps #660189 Limitations

Embossing Powders: Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold, Ranger Silver Pearl and Clear

Ranger/Tim Holtz Vintaj Foils

Tim Holtz Distress Crazing Collage Medium & Vintage Distress Collage Medium, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Tim Holtz paper distress tool and sanding block


So what do you think? Yeah, yeah…I know it’s another Tim Holtz product love fest, but what can I say? Who isn’t in on that celebration? I can’t wait to send this to my beautiful friend for her birthday. I will have to send it in a small box so that it doesn’t get smashed.

Thanks again for stopping by! I’ve received so many great comments lately. I love to hear from everyone! Love and artsy hugs!




8 thoughts on “Beautiful Friend Card

  1. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!! This will be the most beautiful birthday wish I’ve ever received! I have already decided to frame it in a shadow box and hang it on the wall. So, no changing your mind and sending it to someone else!😉 I love you, dear friend of 28 years! Thank you so much for thinking of me. I will truly cherish this work of art! ❤️ Happy Birthday to you!


    1. I would never send it to someone else! I made it just for you! I can’t believe that you are going to frame it, but that’s fun. Have we really been friends for 28 years? Are we that old now? Love you and miss you tons!


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