Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101

In Creative Chemistry 101 Tim Holtz teaches the “science” behind it all. This class will give you the confidence to experiment with an abundance of techniques and give you ideas for ways to use all the creative mediums in your stash. This jam-packed online workshop is your front row seat to 100% technique know-how.


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Join instructor and artist Tim Holtz for Creative Chemistry 101!

Embrace your creative freedom as you take the journey of artistic discovery with Tim Holtz!

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between many of Ranger’s inks, paints, and powders, and what makes them work? Well then this is the workshop for you!

Complete with videos, downloadable tips and tricks, and printable technique labels – this is not your typical project based class. In fact it’s more of an artful exploration where our main objective is the mastering of technique as we focus on creating technique tag swatches with step by step instruction labels on the back. These handy tags will be a useful tool for you to reference on all of your future projects and take the guess work out of how to do it all.

No doubt there will be some inspiration to apply these along the way, but the objective is to share the creative chemistry no lab coat required…

Throughout this workshop something to keep in mind (and I’ll say it over and over) is that this is all about technique. Our goal here is not to just make pretty things, our goal is to understand the “how’s & why’s” of the products too – you know, the “Creative Chemistry” of it all? I will be working on a tag for each technique, and there will be step by step instructions for you to print out and adhere to the back of each tag for quick reference. I will be sharing this information through a series of videos with a more personal approach. I’ll provide some insight of my creative ways of thinking, the process behind techniques, and a tour of my own creative space with storage ideas, and more.

Creative Chemistry 101 Features:

  • Instructional videos
  • Downloadable PDFs with daily content
  • Printable technique labels
  • Class forum (viewable only)
  • Student Gallery to see work from fellow students (viewable only)

When you register for class, you have LIFETIME access to all Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 videos, PDFs, and class materials.

Nothing is going away! Whether it’s a week after class, a year, or three years down the road, as a registered student you will still be able to login to Creative Chemistry 101 for inspiration.

***Class content originated in 2012, some products highlighted may be subject to availability.

Week 1

Day 1: Discovery & Understanding
  • Characteristics & Properties of Products
Day 2: Distress Ink Intro
  • Techniques on Blending, Stamping, and Layering with Distress Ink
  • Discussing water-based dye inks
Day 3: Archival Ink Uses
  • Techniques on Stamping and Resist with Archival
  • Discussing oil and solvent-based inks
Day 4: Re-inkers & Maintenance
  • Techniques on Coloring and Background with Re-inkers
  • Discussing maintenance and storage tips for your inks
Day 5: Spray Inks & Stains
  • Techniques on Backgrounds, Stamping, and Marbling with Stains
  • Discussing various spray inks and their effects

Week 2

Day 6: Distress Markers
  • Techniques on Coloring and Stamping with Distress Markers
  • Discussing the differences and features
Day 7: Embossing Basics
  • Techniques on Embossing with Distress Inks and Powders
  • Discussing various embossable inks and powders.
Day 8: Paint Primer
  • Techniques using Distress Crackle paint
  • Discussing various types of paints and their effects
Day 9: Perfect Pearls
  • Techniques using Perfect Pearls Powders with Inks
  • Discussing Perfect Pearl Mists
Day 10: Dimensional Mediums
  • Techniques using Distress Stickles
  • Discussing Stickles, Liquid Pearls, and Sealers

Wrap Up

Day 11: Show & Tell
  • Gallery featuring finished cards using the techniques from class.

***Class content originated in 2012, some products highlighted may be subject to availability.


***Class content originated in 2012, some products highlighted may be subject to availability.

A complete supply list of all stamps, papers, etc. that Tim uses for each project will be provided throughout the class. We encourage you to learn the basics of his techniques and then create projects using a combination of suggested supplies along with products you currently own.

If you are unsure of what products on the Suggested Supply list you would like to purchase – do not worry!  You have lifetime access to all available class content including videos, PDFs and other class downloads. Many of our students like to follow along throughout the interactive class to learn the various tips and techniques being taught and then decide to place an order for specific items afterwards.

After each product listed, you will find links to one of our favorite online retailers, SSS (Simon Says Stamp).

We also encourage you to call your local craft stores as many of them carry these great products, too.


  • Craft Sheet (SSS)
  • Ink Blending Tool (SSS)
  • Ink Blending Foam (SSS)
  • Mister (SSS)
  • Mini Mister (SSS)
  • Heat Tool (SSS)
  • Stamps/Rubber or Clear (SSS)
  • Distress Ink (SSS)
  • Distress Reinker (SSS)
  • Distress Stains (SSS)
  • Distress Markers (SSS)
  • Distress Crackle Paint (discontinued)
  • Distress Embossing Powder (discontinued)
  • Distress Stickles (discontinued)
  • Distress Refresher (SSS)
  • Adirondack Paint Dabbers (discontinued)
  • Distress Micro Glaze (SSS)
  • Clear Embossing Powder (SSS)
  • Perfect Pearls Powder (SSS)
  • Archival Ink (SSS)
  • Ink Palette (SSS)
  • Waterbrush/Detailed (SSS)
  • Waterbrush/Flat (SSS)
  • Vagabond Machine (SSS)
  • Texture Fades (SSS)
  • Craft Scrubbie (SSS)
  • Alcohol Inks (SSS)
  • Ink Applicator Tool (SSS)
  • Metallic Mixative (SSS)
  • Blending Solution (SSS)
  • Grid Blocks (SSS)


  • Tags/Manila (SSS)
  • Tags/Kraft (SSS)
  • Specialty Stamping Paper (SSS)
  • Sticky Back Canvas/Natural (SSS)
  • Watercolor Paper (SSS)
  • Grungeboard or Chipboard (SSS)
  • Glossy Paper (SSS)
Class Type Class Dates Class Price
Independent N/A $35