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Monday 25 May 2015

Destination Inspiration - May Recipe #4 - Memories of Paris

Hi everyone, Annie here, and welcome to the fourth of this month’s Destination Inspiration posts using our May recipe: 

Product: Any of Tim's dies with the word ‘Vintage’ in the title 

Colour: Stormy Sky 

Technique: Tissue Wrap Collage from Compendium of Curiosities (Vol. II page 38 ) 

Substrate: Cardstock 

Below is my finished make, using all of the items above, although I did have to improvise on the tissue wrap.

As I did not have Tim Holtz tissue wrap in my stash I took some tissue paper and stamped on it using Tim's Paris Memoirs Stamp Set and Jet Black Archival Ink, which I heat dried. Then I was able to continue with Tim's Tissue Wrap Technique from CC2 as detailed above. Once the tissue paper was dry I chose Vintage Photo Distress Paint and Stormy Sky Distress Ink, which you can view in the background of the finished card.

I then took Tim's Vintage Cabinet die and made a card. These TH Sizzix Bigz dies can cut two layers of card with ease. The folded edge of my card was placed slightly away from the left hand side of the die, enabling me to make my card shape. ( see below) I also took another die, which fits inside and cut 2 frames.

I love Tim's Sizzix dies French Flight, which comprise of both stamps and dies and you can see the result above. 
One of the frames was inked with Stormy Sky and then layered flat on to the card. The Tissue wrap background was then placed within the arch. Both were adhered with Cosmic Shimmer Glue.

Tissue tape was adhered to the second frame as you can see below. 

Distress Markers in Barn Door and Cracked Pistachio were applied to the butterflies. Tumbled Glass Distress Marker was used to colour in the word 'Paris'. 

Vintage Photo Distress Ink was then applied to all of the die cut stamped images, not forgetting to ink the edges :-)

So that's the fourth May Recipe......wonder who will creating for next week!!
Can you Guess ???
Until then.............................Crafty Hugs and keep inky

Annie xx


  1. Love your Paris theme framed within the Cabinet Die - great make with your own stamped tissue paper Annie - wonderful touch of bold color with the Markers on your pretty butterflies - a lovely May Recipe creation! Julia xx

  2. What a fabulous card Annie. Love the cabinet die and the way you have improvised on the tissue wrap. Love all the additional features you have added to bring this card to life. Great tutorial and TFS. Hugs Rita xxx

  3. Love how you improvised the tissue wrap Annie, very clever! The whole piece is put so well together with fantastic step by step photos too! It's a gorgeous card and a great tutorial, love it!!

  4. Fantastic improvisation Annie with a really beautiful result! I just love those beautiful butterflies. You certainly made great use of the recipe ingredients and your tutorial is wonderful. Hugs, Anne xx

  5. fabulous project Annie and well done on the adapt and overcome tissue wrap adventure xxx

  6. So clever, the finished piece looks amazing.

  7. What a great cabinet card - I love the golden nostalgic glow, and the pop of colour from the red and green - and your handmade tissue wrap works brilliantly.
    Alison xx

  8. Wow! That is just beautiful. And I love the cabinet die. :D I love the tissue wrap you used and all the techniques you showed. Thank you

  9. Fabulous Annie - love all those dies myself! Great idea for tissue wrap! Jennie x

  10. A beautiful cabinet card Annie and I love your tissue paper improvisation. Great job xxx

  11. Annie, I love the tissue wrapping on the cabinet card and tissue stamping! Wonderful DI project and fabulous design! Hugs!

  12. This looks so beautiful Annie and love the tissue stamping. You really cooked up something lovely. S@ndy xx

  13. Great creation Annie - love your homemade tissue wrap! Nikki x

  14. Love how your Tissue wrap turned out and a super designed cabinet card.
    Julie x

  15. Fabulous, Annie!! I don't have any of Tim's tissue wrap either, and your brilliant idea to stamp onto tissue paper is marvelous!! Simply love this awesome card!! You've cooked up a great dish with all of the DI ingredients!! XOXO-Shari

  16. Wonderful Annie, love how you created your card using the vintage cabinet die, brilliant! Gorgeous layers and elements, springtime in Paris :O) Thanks so much for sharing your techniques, it's so amazing how the same products can produce so many wonderful and varied results.

  17. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments, they are so appreciated xx

  18. Sorry, only just catching up before we go away again!! This is the most beautiful card and I love the way you made your own tissue - I had to resort to doing something similar one at our caravan! This is a brilliant layered card and I love those vintage style colours! Hugs, Chrismx