Creative Chemistry 102… 3 Ways

Hello! I decided to take some time to play along with Tim’s Creative Chemistry 102 class. If you haven’t signed up, you still can! There are lots of incredible techniques and card examples. Not to mention hours of videos by Tim.

I picked three techniques from class and a new fabulous stamp set from Avery Elle and got inky! It is fun to show the many looks you can get from the one set.

Now, I am not going to go into details on how I created all these since that is part of the class content. :) But you are welcome to check out class anytime – it never goes away.

Alcohol Ink: Tinted Pearls

In class, Tim shows ways of changing the colors of embellishments and such with Alcohol Inks. I decided to do this on some plain pearls and give them a golden marble look. Really cool in real life…

I used the new Avery Elle Winter Wreath stamp set along with the bow from their Laurels set. So much you can do with that wreath!

Here is a closer look at those golden pearls. Just pounced some Butterscotch alcohol ink on them…

Distress Paint: Eroded Metallic

In the first day of class, Tim showed a technique he called “eroded metallic.” My first attempt didn’t turn out nearly as well as his, but I went with it anyway!

I first create a background by blending areas of Broken China, Salty Ocean, Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage Distress Paint on white cardstock. Once it dried (and is therefore permanent), I covered it with Brushed Silver Distress Paint and added splotches of water. After part of it dried, I dabbed off the still-wet paint with a paper towel, leaving the splotchy areas of silver. Love it. (In class, Tim shows how to do this with great ease – a must-see.)

I then white heat embossed the images on top and cut out the center to reveal the greeting. Wish you could see the shine of the background in the photo. (Oh – and I used water with Perfect Pearls in it for some added shine.)

Embossing Effects: Faux Chalkboard

Everyone is trying to achieve the perfect faux chalkboard look these days. And Tim nailed it with the technique her shared on the last day of class

Black cardstock + Frosted Crystals Embossing Powder + chalk = perfection! Again, check out the class for how this is done. So easy.

That’s it! Three different techniques with three different looks with the same stamps. Boom. :)

See you soon!

(For more information on Creative Chemistry 102, visit Online Card Classes.)


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Avery Elle Winter Wreath Stamps (SSS|EH)


Avery Elle Laurels Stamps (SSS|EH)


Alcohol Ink Applicator (SSS|EH)


Butterscotch Alcohol Ink (SSS|EH)


Brushed Pewter Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Salty Ocean Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Broken China Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Bundle Sage Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Weathered Wood Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Ranger Mini Misters 3 Pack (SSS|EH)



Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (EH|SSS)


Hero Arts Green Hills Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Grass Chalk Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Punch Chalk Ink (SSS|EH)




Ruby Red Liquid Pearls (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Medium Pearls (SSS|EH)



A PEEK into Creative Chemistry 102 Class!


Tomorrow is the first day of Creative Chemistry 102 – Tim Holtz’s class over at Online Card Classes.

I wanted to share a few sneak peeks with you. If you took Creative Chemistry 101, you know that the class was packed with hours of videos and many techniques from Tim himself. For CC102, he has added a new feature – LOTS of cards from guest artists! The guests put Tim’s techniques to use and created some amazing cards. And the guests include some all-stars, including some from Tim’s team and some regulars from Online Card Classes. Check out this list: Paula Cheney, Jennifer McGuire, Shari Carroll, Kaz Hall, Richele Christensen, Wendy Vecchi, Shelly Hickox, Joy Kennedy, Debi Adams, Tammy Tutterow, Lisa Spangler, Mou Saha, Tami Hartley, Chelle Fowler, Kelly Rasmussen, Kristina Werner and Debby Hughes. Yay!

Aren’t these peeks awesome?

For more information, head HERE.

Are you signed up? What are you looking forward to most? Hope to see you there!

Insider Starts Wednesday!

Wednesday is the first day of our newest Online Card Class – Insider! I thought I would come share a few sneak peeks with you…

Turns out this class (which focuses on what to do on the insides of cards) is a popular one! Are you signed up? Would love to see you there!

Giveaway of Tim’s New Class!

In my last post, I announced our newest Online Card Classes called Insider. This class focuses on being creative on the inside of cards.

And guess what? We have another great class coming up… from Tim Holtz!

Creative Chemistry 102 is the sequel to Tim’s first and very popular CC101 class. Here’s more info…

Packed with techniques galore, this one-week course is designed to further your artistic confidence and technique know-how to take your creations to the next level. Building on the ideas and concepts introduced in his first Online Card Classes course, Creative Chemistry 101, Tim will teach you the technique “hows” and “whys” using his signature products from Ranger to get the most out of these creative tools. And, because it’s an Online Card Classes course, there will be loads of giveaways, step-by-step instructions, examples from guest artists, and more. Plus, Creative Chemistry 102 includes hours of technique demonstration videos and downloads from professor Tim himself!

My favorite part? In the class, Tim will be creating technique tag swatches with step by step instruction labels on the back. And you can make them at home!

Class starts October 7. Also, CC101 is a per-requisite for CC102. If you haven’t taken cc101 yet, you can now at a discounted rate! Head HERE for more info.

Hope to see you there!


Three lucky winners will get a spot in Creative Chemistry 102! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/15/13. (If you already bought a spot, your money will be refunded.)



Creative Chemistry 101 is a Required Prerequisite for this course.

Giveaway of New “Insider” Class

Hello! I am really excited to announce our next class from Online Card Classes – Insider

Here is a bit more about this mini-class…

You know what they say: It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Especially when it comes to handmade cards! In Insider, you’ll learn the ins and outs of continuing card designs on the inside of your cards…in very clever ways.

Join Online Card Classes instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Laura Bassen, and friends for four creativity-packed days filled with tips and tricks designed to make your cards as delightful on the inside as they are on the outside. With 16+ follow-along videos, PDFs, giveaways, an inspirational gallery, helpful forum, and more, you’ll have loads of ideas to add a special touch to all your handmade greetings.

Insider runs September 25-28 and only costs $12! Head over to Online Card Classes for more information.

Hope to see you there!


Three lucky winners will get a spot in Insider! Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/14/13 for your chance. (If you pay for class and are chosen as a winner, your money will be refunded.)

Good luck!

(Oh – I have a winner from of the SSS Thanks combo – Angela. I emailed you! By the way, if you won on my blog and did not receive your prize, please email me. Occasionally prizes are shipped from manufacturers and I want to be sure you got them! Thanks.)

Technique Toolbox Class Sneak and Giveaway

My friend Claudine Hellmuth recently asked me if I would be a guest in her upcoming class, Technique Toolbox. With a topic like that… of course!

Here is more about the class…

Technique Toolbox consists of 25 instructional videos and 25 professionally designed “recipe cards” that outline each technique. You’ll file these printable recipes inside an adorable handmade toolbox you’ll create in class. And that’s not all! Claudine has invited 20 fellow artists and crafters (including me!) to create exclusive projects with her techniques, giving you plenty of ideas for creative, real-world applications—from scrapbook pages to wall décor.

Class is five weeks and starts 7/15/13. Go HERE to learn more and sign up!

And how about a peek at my class project?

I love techniques! Will see you there.


Want to take Technique Toolbox? I am giving away a spot! Leave a comment here by 7/15/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win! Good luck.