I’ve wanted to use this fabulous Tim Holtz sentiment stamp for awhile! The focus of my layered tag is the largest stamp from Tim Holtz’s Way with Words stamp set. Highlighted links are affiliate links which means I’ll earn a few cents on your purchase if you buy through them. Your cost won’t be affected in any way.
It’s one of my favorite sets for the sheer variety in fonts and sizes, not to mention the very cool sentiments themselves.
Combining Sizzix Dies
I made this tag using three Sizzix dies: Tag & Bookplates, Elegant Flourishes, and Pediments. Before I started diecutting, I adhered Ranger’s Manila Cardstock to grunge paper because I wanted it to be extra sturdy. I also wanted those flourishes to be raised up when I adhered them to the tag. Of course, you could achieve the same look with thick cardboard.
I inked up my stamp and die-cuts with Distress Inks and stamped the sentiment onto the tag with Jet Black Archival Ink. Next, I laid my inked flourishes on top of scrap paper (where I’d already stamped the sentiment) and stamped the sentiment again on top of them:
I ran the die-cut Pediments through my Sizzix Vagabond machine using the Mini Rays Texture Fades embossing folder. The negative shapes from these are very interesting. I might use the negative of this one as an arrow head:
and attached them with redline tape and long fasteners. Long Fasteners are brads with extra long prongs. As a result, they easily do the job of piercing these 2 layers of manila and 2 layers of Grunge.
As can be seen below, toothpicks are the perfect tool for applying Matte Medium to the back of the flourishes. In case you have applied too much, it’s helpful to have a cosmetic sponge handy to quickly dab away any excess.
Once everything was attached, I hammered the brads for a more distressed look.
I really like the way this came out. The Matte Medium was the perfect adhesive because it dries clear, so any overages are unseen.
A few close-ups
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