Glorious Gathering Christmas

When I saw this new stamp from Tim Holtz I purchased it for my stash of Christmas images. When I dot it in the mail it was HUGE and I thought, “how in the world am I going to use this?”

I first stamped it on a half sheet of Strathmore Bristol Smooth with Ink-On-3 Fade Out Ink for a no line watercoloring, but I just can’t do no line. I’ve tried several times and I never like the results, it just isn’t defined enough for my style.

As with most Tim Holtz images they are very detailed. I knew that using a gold embossing with just make it so that there wasn’t enough real estate left over to get a good color so I stamped it with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and at the last minute decided to use clear embossing powder on it. It just makes it easier to watercolor. I used my Arteza watercolor pens because they have more vibrant colors than the ZIGs.

For the most part the watercolor went okay. The large berries however, didn’t have enough open space for any color to show through, so I just pulled out some Purple Stickles. I also used Christmas Red Stickles for the smaller berries.

I cut down the image with the largest Lawn Fawn Stackable Stitched Rectangle, which covers the front of an A2 cardbase. I decided that the feel of the card was more rustic so I ink blended the edges with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. This did cause the Arteza inks to reactive in a few spots on the green leaves, but I was okay with that since it was in keeping with the rustic feel.

I stamped the sentiment in Vintage Photo and heat embossed it clear using Vintage Photo onto Gina K. Designs Kraft Cardstock. I then cut it down using a Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and popped it up with some foam tape.

It isn’t my favorite Christmas card, but I am happy with the results.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Glorious Gatherings
  • Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and Antique Linen
  • Arteza Real Brush Markers: 132 Forest Green, 126 Crocodile Green, 122 Moss Green, 146 Olive Green, 134 Coffee, 102 Chocolate, 182 Wine Red, 183 Blush Red, 101 Red, 1094 Tomato Red, 169 Orange Rust, 118 Autumn Red, 156 Sunset Yellow, 121 Honey, 184 Light Magenta, 148 Grape Purple
  • Ranger Stickles Christmas Red, Purple, Cinnamon, Orange Peel
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft and Ivory Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Chevron Background Hello Card

This is the second card I made using a stencil and Distress Oxide Inks.  This time I used the Tim Holtz Chevron Stencil and ink blended blue and green Oxide Inks on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  Another clean and simple card with a lot of punch because of the beautiful design in the stencil and the smooth blending you get with Distress Oxide.

The word “hello” was die cut from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock using Paper Smooches Quote Tag Die.  I love the way adding a mat of black behind the image makes it pop off the card front.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the rectangle and then adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase of Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Tim Holtz Chevron Stencil
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feather, Broken China, Salty Ocean
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Paper Smooches Quote Tag Hello Die
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and White Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet

Latticework Background Hello Card

I participated in the Online Card Class Rainbow Maker.  One of the days was using stencils to create interesting card backgrounds.

I pulled out my Tim Holtz Latticework Stencil and ink blended blue and green Distress Oxide Inks on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I love the way it turned out.  A clean and simple card with a lot of punch because of the beautiful design in the stencil and the smooth blending you get with these amazing inks.

The word “hello” was die cut from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock using Paper Smooches Quote Tag Die.  I love the way adding a mat of black behind the image makes it pop off the card front.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the rectangle and then adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase of Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Tim Holtz Latticework Stencil
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feather, Broken China, Salty Ocean
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Paper Smooches Quote Tag Hello Die
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and White Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet

Enjoy the Journey Masculine Birthday Card

With this masculine birthday card I decided to go outside my comfort zone and use some distress images by Tim Holtz and a craft tag.  I don’t remember using a tag before when creating a card and I also heavily distressed the cardbase and focal images, but I like the way it turned out.

The stamp set used for this card is Tim Holtz Visual Artistry The Journey. I really like the long, narrow sentiment, which was stamped on the left of the tag with Memento Rich Cocoa and the ticket image was stamped on the right.  On the bottom left the clock image was stamped and the tag edges were ink blended with Distress Vintage Photo Ink.  The card image was stamped on 80# Gina K. Designs Ivory Cardstock with the same Memento ink.  Vintage Photo Ink was also blended over the entire car image.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  I opened the card and masked off the back of the card with Post-it Labeling and Cover-it Tape and then ink blended the entire card front with the same Distress ink, leaving a lighter section in the middle.  I took some brown and cream bakers twine and ink blended it as well so that it would match the rest of the card.  The sentiment was stamped on the lower right of the card with Memento Rich Cocoa.

It was now time to assemble the card.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the tag and adhered on an angle to the card front.  The car was adhered on top of the tag with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and a little foam tape on the section that was hanging off the tag.

This is a very distressed and vintage card, but I think it will be enjoyed by whomever older friend is the recipient, and I learned to do something I hadn’t tried before.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Tim Holtz Visual Artistry The Journey
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Vintage Photo Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Craft Tag
  • Brown and Cream Bakers Twine
  • 3M 1/2” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue