For this tags I used Distress Inks by Ranger to create the background, along with images from two retired CTMH stamp sets. The sentiment is from Pure Love and the heart and flourish are from Key To My Heart.
The second technique that I’m loving is the Alcohol Ink Monoprint. Again, this was something I had to try a few times until I got it right, but it’s definitely a keeper. I’ve used alcohol inks in the past to colour metals, and to achieve the Polished Stone effect, but the Monoprint is cool too. It’s meant to be subtle. I did learn pretty quickly that you can overdo it and wind up with something that’s not so pretty, but once you learn when to stop you can create some beautiful backgrounds. Here is a card I created with the focal panel featuring the Alcohol Ink Monoprint background.
- Spiral bindings lay flat when the book is sitting open on the desk – this is great for how-to books that you are referencing while you are crafting.
- At only 8.5 inches square, the book is very portable and you can easily slip it into your crop bag for quick reference when creating on the go, or even in your purse for some light pleasure reading in the car or at the soccer field — well whenever you’re away from home.
- The book is full of photos! Don’t be fooled by its small footprint – it is absolutely packed with information and photographic evidence.
- Other than the gallery – there are no ‘projects’ in this book, but this is a pro because the book is designed to inspire your creativity, not lead you through it. Tim gives you the ‘source’ for inspiration, but the rest is up to you! As a result, you’ll find yourself leafing through it again and again.
- While the cover price of $24.95 might seem a bit high at first since I know you can get a lot of this information for free on Tim’s blog and YouTube the quick reference nature of this volume is worth the investment.
- Since many of Tim’s techniques are a bit messy, it wouldn’t be a surprise if it got a bit ‘dirty’ while you were crafting (think ink smears, paint splatters etc.). But don’t worry….the cover (and pages) have a bit of a sheen to them so wipe clean fairly easily, especially if you catch it right away.
- While I love the spiral binding, for the number of pages in this book the spiral could have been a teensy bit larger. I find that the pages ‘catch’ sometimes as I’m turning. Not good.
- It was published in early 2010, so it does not include new products launched at CHA in July — perhaps we’ll see a Volume II in the future?
- If you don’t already own any of Tim’s Signature Products before buying the book, you might find that you’ve got to make a sizable investment to stock up on supplies just to get started. I have a small assortment of his stuff, but after reading, I’m definitely wanting it ALL! (The good news is, I know exactly what’s going on my holiday wish list this year!)
In summary, A Compendium of Curiosities is a must-have for all die-hard fans of Tim Holtz but is equally useful for crafters just beginning their creative journey. If you have some of Tim’s Signature products already, this will be a handy resource for you to learn how to use them all. If you’ve never heard of Tim Holtz and aren’t sure what he’s all about this is a more than perfect introduction. Even if you decide that you don’t like his grungy, eclectic and vintage style, you can take what you learn from this book and apply it anywhere – putting your own spin on it. It is a book that is sure to unlock your creativity and inspire thousands of future projects.