“ Manufacturer: Tim Holtz / Type: Stickers „
As you may have gathered from some of my other craft reviews I love Tim Holtz products and style of crafting. His products lend themselves to a range of projects most especially those in a grunge, shabby chic or distressed style are a great for altered art, cardmaking and scrapbooking.
The Tim Holtz range includes a wide range of papers, inks, paints, stains and embellishments as well as several books that he has written. He also runs workshops and I would love to attend one.
The Tim Holtz Idea-ology words sticks are metal aged silver sticks around 1/2 wide and 1 1/2 inches long. They are each printed with a word such as Love, Live, Wish, Hope etc. A pack of 12 with each printed with a different word costs around £7 they are widely available from craft shops and online. They have a hole in the top to allow them to be attached by ribbon or thread. I have also seen pictures online of them being used in steampunk jewellery and other steampunk projects.
I love to use these to add detail and interest to my projects. I tend to thread with ribbon, string or thread and then attach to my projects either using this, or depending on how I want the to sit with a heavy duty glue such as Glossy Accents. As they are quite heavy you really do need a strong glue. They really do look stunning on cards and scrapbook pages as well as altered art or steampunk projects.
You can change the effects of the word sticks using Tim Holtz Distress inks or Adirondack Alcohol inks. I like to use Adirondack paint dabbers to add colour to the word. To do this I dab lots of paint over the word wiping off the excess so that in the end only the embossed word is coloured, this really does help to tie in colours with your project and adds a totally different look to the word stick.
The major downsides are the price for 12 word sticks £7 is quite expensive working out at around 58p each. Also I find that some words are much easier to use than others, and sometimes I have a few left over and no idea what to do with them as the word does not seem to work with any project I have in mind.
However they are a really lovely embellishment adding detail, texture and interest to a project and they do look really stunning and are very versatile. I do recommend these but I save mine for special projects.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.