Background technique with Distress inks:
S.S.D. Swipe, Spritz and Drag.
Swipe your chosen colour on a craft sheet, Spritz with water and drag the card stock through the ink. This give a nice even layer of colour. Dry with a heat tool. Further layers of ink can be dragged, blotted or dabbed to great effect.

Project: In the City

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This Die set is so much fun and has so many possibilities. There are quite a few steps to this card that evolved as I was creating, but it is worth the effort!
See a Christmas version here - Peace on Earth

I used:

  • Tim Holtz Thinlits Cityscape Metropolis die set
  • Tim Holtz, Butterfly Frenzy Decorative Strip
  • Die'sire Alphabet Contemporary Uppercasr die set
  • Stamps:Dylusions, Clearly the Right Words
  • Ink:Distress Oxides, Fossized Amber, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo
  • Ink:Distress, Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge
  • Ink:VersaFine, Vintage Sepia
  • Card stock: White, Black, Grey, Gold engraving board, corrugated cardboard
  • Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist, Gold
  • Zig glue pen
  • Gold Glitter
  • Big Shot Plus die cutting and embossing machine

Die cut and colour the metropolis set. This die set has quite a few microscopic die cuts that can easily get lost. I worked on an abnormally clear craft sheet, sorted the cuts into buildings and worked systematically colouring with Distress oxides, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber and Iced Spruce. When the pieces are dry, make up the buildings.

Cut a 14 cm2 panel and distress with Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs. Swipe, Spritz and Drag then blot to give texture.

Tear a strip from some scrap paper and use as a mask. Position across the sky area and spray with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Gold mist.

Edge the panel with Hickory Smoke.

Put a torn piece of corrugated card towards the bottom of the panel – Amazon box packaging is excellent for this.

Arrange your city above the corrugated card strip, get a nice mix of colours and heights, and overlap as necessary. Use a 3B pencil to add shadows between the buildings.

Die cut the letters for CITY from the Die’sire Contemporary Uppercase set. I used engraving board in gold and sanded the coating off leaving them a little tarnished. Cut a second CITY from black card and use this to create an offset shadow by gluing the letters together.

Position and stick the letters – I went for an uneven look.

Stamp the quote with VersaFine Vintage Sepia onto some white card and fussy cut.

Stick the quote onto the design. You can use a 3B pencil to give the words a shadow.


Highlight the windows by applying glue (Zig Pen) to the windows and add gold glitter.
To add a little colour and as the quote was about wings I used two butterflies in Rusty Hinge from the Tim Holtz Alterations Butterfly Frenzy decorative strip – a very useful die, one strip gives oodles of butterflies for many projects.
Mount the design onto a grey card mat

Mount the whole project onto a white base card.

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Metropolis in gold tones on a tag.

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Metropolis in silver tones on a tag.