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Q & A with Tim Holtz

We’re excited to feature celebrity crafter, Tim Holtz on the Glue String. Get a sneak peek of Tim’s favorite crafts, inspiration, and everything that goes behind his successful line of Tim Holtz products.  9-9 Tim Holtz HeadlineTim has been a crafter for the last 17 years and enjoys the creative process of making things, as well as developing and designing cutting edge products. He is the Creative Director for Ranger Industries and enjoys traveling worldwide to educate and share techniques, project ideas, and inspiration for the creative journey.

1.   What does DIY mean to you?
DIY means taking creativity into your own hands by assembling or making something yourself. This approach to a creative life gives you the ability to add your own personal touch to everything you make.

2.   How would you describe your crafting style?  9-9 TH Image 1
My crafting style definitely has a distressed and vintage look and feel. I love to create with time-worn finishes and a nostalgic color palette in my projects.

3. Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere, but I’m certainly intrigued by elements of the past sharing a story of the salvaged remnants of days gone by.

4. We all know projects don’t always turn out in reality the way we envision them. Do you have any memorable crafting “fails”?
To be honest, I don’t as I truly live the motto to embrace imperfection. Whoever said creativity has to be perfect, clearly isn’t one of us.

5. What are you up to when you’re not crafting?
When I’m not crafting, I’m traveling the world teaching my craft. I love to education, inspire, and empower everyone to tap into their own personal creative genius.

6. What are your must-have craft-room essentials?  9-9 TH Studio
Ink, ink, and more ink. I love the alterability of what inks can do to anything.

7.  What is the best crafting lesson you have learned?
That thinking is overrated. Sometimes we are so caught up in our own heads striving for perfection in what we’re making, that we lose the ability to play. So remember to embrace imperfection and enjoy the journey.

8. How do you overcome creative blocks?  9-9 TH Image 2
My approach to overcoming a creative block is to step out of the studio and do something completely different. Creativity isn’t something that can be turned on and off – it’s either ready to go, or it’s not.

9. How do keep up with trends in the craft world?
I think the best thing to do is to not try and follow trends. Crafting is all about personal expression so dance to the beat of your own drum.

10. We live in a society where convenience is king and everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand?
Because there is really nothing better in life, than to make something by hand and sharing a piece of your own personality with the world.TIM_HOLTZ_-_idea-ology

Handmade Cards – A Guest Post by Tim Holtz

A handmade card from Tim Holtz

Who doesn’t love to receive a handmade card in the mail. These quick and easy cards are sure to impress your friends and family. Gather your favorite supplies, Stamps, Distress Markers and Ink, Mirrored Stars, Word Keys, Linen Ribbon, Rub ons and sit down to create some beautiful but simple cards.

Stamping with Archival Ink and Coloring with Distress Markers

Stamp Blueprint images onto watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. Color the images with your favorite colors of Distress Markers.

Blending with a Detail Water Brush and Distressing the edges

Using a Detail Water Brush blend the colors out to create a watercolor effect. Trim the images to size. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Use a circular motion with light pressure and create a darkened edge around the images.

Distress Technique using Hand Sander and Distress Ink

Cut a card base from Kraft-core cardstock. Score and fold in half. Cut a mat a little larger then the colored images. Cut a piece of Crowded Attic Paper Stash for the background of the card. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool to create a darkened edge.

Adding pieces to base card with foam tape

Adhere pieces to base card. Use foam tape to adhere images to card. Foam tape is a great way to add interest to your card.

Adding rub-on and key embellishment

Add Remnant Rubs “Life Quotes” as desired. Tie Linen Ribbon around card attaching the Word Key with a bow.

The perfect finished card!

Easy as 1..2..3… and just think how happy someone will be to receive a beautiful handmade card. I call that happy mail!

– Tim Holtz