CHA spotlight: Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz never fails to amaze me – and this show is no exception! This post is going to be a long one – I’ve got a LOT to cover.

When I first saw distress paints thrilled wouldn’t begin to cover it! For the few years I’ve resorted to using re-inkers or stains with white acrylic paint to make distress colored paints. Which works, but it isn’t quite the same as having distress paint. So imagine my delight when I found that Tim found a way to make distress in paint form!

As Tim explained on his blog:

The distress paint formulation works on multi-surfaces including paper, chipboard, grungeboard, fabric, wood, metals and plastics.  it is also reactive with water while the paint is wet allowing you some great blending ability and awesome textural effects.  the best part however, is once the paints are dry, they don’t rewet so you’re able to layer these with the other distress products like inks and stains to achieve incredible effects.

I will be working up tutorials and a review once these are in stores. They are now available for pre-order at Simon Says Stamp as a set or individually. You will also find Tim’s stamps (some shipping now!) and all his other products as available at Simon as well. Speaking of his other products- WOW. From stamps to dies to ideaology Tim did not disappoint! Let’s start in idea-ology:


Those clocks are my favorite new thing – can’t wait to try making one! Next up, let’s visit the sizzix booth – which was my personal favorite for amazing samples and eye candy not to mention all the new die designs…

New Core’dinations cardstock…


And last but not least, here are photos from Stamper’s Anonymous…

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It’s going to be hard to wait for all these amazing products to hit store shelves!

19 thoughts on “CHA spotlight: Tim Holtz”

  1. Great photos and writeup. Thank you very much for posting this. I can’t believe all the new items he is releasing – simply incredible!

  2. I always love Tim’s releases but this CHA release has me even more jazzed than normal!! I Love the Christmas blueprint stamps and CAN”T WAIT to play with the new ones…and don’t even get me started on the distress paints! They are going to be TOO fabulous for words!
    The clock is Uber cool…as is the configurations book….and that clipboard die will be a fun one also!
    So can’t wait to play and this year I was smart and made notes of all the ideas that flooded my head!

  3. Just too much amazing TH stuff… jaw-dropping! Been seeing his sneak peeks but these are the best pics I’ve seen of the booth itself… like a treasure trove of stash that I’d love, love, love to have!! Thanks for sharing them, May…
    Alison x

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this insight into all of Tim’s doings! I love it all and will have a hard time waiting until all these goodies start to show up in stores!

  5. Cannot wait to get my paws on the distress paints! I keep thinking what else can they come up with??? and just look at all the fabulous “add ” ons to their already popular, unique line of crafting supplies. I mean..come on! Awesome stamps, ideology parts and trinkets….(love the little trinket that has the teeny tiny album), new dies (gotta get all of em) ….and the alterations line is top notch….!!!!!! Can’t wait to see what has inspired you and what is in store for all of us!!!

  6. Out of all the folks who have posted pics from CHA, yours are the best quality/resolution. Thank you! Love your shots of the TH booth……..looking forward to the texture fades; love the Eiffel Tower card! Do you know if the colors are paint, mist, distress pens or all of the above? Thank you.

  7. thank you for the kind words about my photos!! The show floor is always a challenge, so I was excited by how well mine came out.
    Julie – I do not know what they did the card with maybe a combo of pen/stain/ink?

  8. Love looking at all the photos. You did a wonderful job taking pictures. Hopefully a store near me will carry the Distress paint. I think they would be a lot of fun to play with.

  9. Wow – great pictures. Sure are a lot of great new products coming out…we’ll spend the rest of the year working out all the inspiration they bring.

  10. Hi May,
    Finally back from CHA and reading/looking at my blog feeds. First I wanted to send kudo’s to you for the fabulous photos taken in Idea-ology, Ranger and Sizzix. I am not a photographer so I really appreciate the seeing the booths from new angles. Just terrific photos. Makes me excited for the next show when we will unpack it and set it all up again…
    On a side note, the Eiffel Tower card in the Sizzix booth was made by Mou Saha. I believe she used Distress stains to create the card.
    thanks May!
    kind regards,
    paula c

  11. Wow! I liked a lot of the items in this release of Tim’s but after seeing your post/pictures I am so much more excited. You did a really bang up job here. Great Job!!!

  12. Thank you so much for all those fantastic photos! Can’t wait to see your tutorials and reviews

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