Friday with Friends by Monica Taylor

Welcome to our Friday with Friends segment. Today Crew Member Monica Taylor shares her creative journey pairing
Tim Holtz Distress products and Idea-olology with 7gypsies Architectures and Canvas Corp.

In Monica’s Words

I think I have been a Tim Holtz fan as long as I have been a 7gypsies fan. I love vintage and both brands have products that work so well together. I decided to create a Faux Shadow Box using some paper from the 7gypsies Architextures 8×8 paper stack, the Canvas Corp Postal Screen Printed Card Board and some of my favorite Tim Holtz Products.

Ranger Inc. manufactures the Tim Holtz Distress products, which is a great way to turn something new into old or vintage. I regularly use the Distress Crayons as well as Distress Inks to compliment my 7gypsies products. The Idea-ology products by Tim Holtz are additional items that I regularly use to add interest to my projects. For this Faux Shadow box, I combined some of the Ranger Distress products, 7gypsies Architextures, Idea-ology and the Canvas Corp Screen Print to create this awesome dimensional Wall Hanging.

Step 1

Cut paper to 9″ x 9″ and distressed edges with Distress ink – Walnut stain. Adhere it to 12 x 12 Canvas Corp ~ Postal printed cardboard.

Step 2

Add 8 x 8 paper from 7gypsies Architextures paper pad, to create the faux vignette boxes.

Step 3

Add ephemera, 7gypies Architexture Findings and elements from 7gypsies Architextures Junque Packs

Step 4

Use Distress Collage medium to adhere ephemera and paper items.

Step 5

Add 7gypsies Architextures Treasures ~ Sunshine Coffee Jar to create a great focal point. Then, add paper doll from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection. Stamp images and add 7gypsies Architextures Coins for added interest.

Step 6

Use distress crayon – walnut stain to edges of Canvas Corp printed cardboard and add a knob at top 

Products Used

Architextures™ 8×8 Paper Pad
Canvas Corp Screen Printed Cardboard
Architextures™ Findings – International Coins
Architextures™ Findings – Vintage Keys Collection
Architextures™ Findings – Found Glass Bottles
Architextures™ Treasures – Sunshine Coffee Jar
Architextures™ Junque Pack – Attic
Architextures™ Findings – International Coins
Ranger Collage Medium
Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
Ranger Distress Crayon – Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz – Rubber Stamp Set – Etcetera
Black Archival ink
Tim Holtz – Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz – Quote Chips
Tim Holtz 12 x 12 Paper – Dapper
Tim Holtz Ephemera – Layers
Tim Holtz Mini Pocket Watch
Foam Tape


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'Friday with Friends by Monica Taylor' have 2 comments

  1. March 10, 2018 @ 10:34 am Julia Cotrim

    This is a super fun project! Love the colors, layers, embellishments and the originality! TFS!


  2. March 12, 2018 @ 8:46 am Carolyn Hasenfratz

    I have a few of those faux shadow box papers around, have been meaning to make myself a faux shadow box for some time! What fun! Hopefully this will inspire me. I’ve made some real shadow boxes and want to make more of those also.


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