Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Stamped Toile Christmas Cards

Happy Wednesday everyone, and one week to go...I'm still not ready! Today, another set of cards that I was so excited to make, but didn't quite fulfill my expectations. I have to learn to embrace imperfection...hard to do. Anyway, my cards are filled with Tim Holtz stamps from Stamper's Anonymous in a toile type pattern in red and blue. My house it filled with Christmas toile items during the season, and I absolutely love it.
Using images (outside per the toile look) from seven stamp sets, I planned out my pattern, and thought I would just repeat it until this 12x12 piece of Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper was all covered.
I stamped the images in Wendy's Red Geranium Archival, and dried the paper thoroughly with a heat tool and left it out all night to dry. I loved the red so much that I decided to do a blue as well, and used a combination of Cobalt and Cornflower Blue Archival. My pattern did not repeat like I wanted it to, because I couldn't get the images to fit correctly, so I just filled in with the images that worked...oh well, I still liked it.
I trimmed down the paper to size for my cards and found out that the red smeared a little. So I dried again and again, but still had some smudge. I think I must have used too much ink, and I did reink the pad before I started. I will keep that in mind for next time. The blue did not smear, and I didn't reink those pads, so that is why I think I had the problem on the red. So to alleviate the smearing and so the embossing powder wouldn't stick to the red, I pounced on an antistatic embossing bag of powder, and that worked well. I stamped and embossed the 'Merry Christmas' with Jet Black and Black Sparkle Embossing Powder.
Tim has such a great selection of papers from his last too Christmas Stash pads, so I selected various plaids for the backgrounds. I also added a strip and bow of black velvet.
(Craft Sheet, Stamping Block, Heat Tool, Paper Trimmer, Stamp Platform, Two Sided Tape, Scissors)
-Ranger Surfaces: 12x12 Specialty Stamping Paper, Black Cardstock
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Scenic Holiday, Scribble Woodland, Festive Overlay, Holiday Greetings, Christmas Magic, Mini Holidays 3, Just Believe, Christmastime
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Red Geranium, Cornflower Blue
-Ranger Archival Ink: Cobalt, Jet Black
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Black Sparkle
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Ink Blending Tool
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Christmas Paper Stash (2018), Christmas Paper Stash (2019)
-Ranger Multi Medium: Matte
-Black Velvet Ribbon, Cream Card Bases

Thanks again for all the comments this week...I so appreciate it, and I'll be back tomorrow with more.
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. these are absolutely beautiful... and look like something that I might be able to do.. it's funny i have one of those anti-static pouches and i was never sure when to use it or for what (bought and couldn't remember for what project/product) thank you again for sharing of your creative projects and processes....

  2. Your designs are wonderful Anita, I love the toile effect you have created and the bold sentiment is such a lovely touch. Beautiful cards! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. I absolutely adore these cards, I may even try to n KB are some like this for next year! I love toile papers and paired with the patterns and black velvet makes them tres jolie! xxx

  4. Oooh, la, la! You had me at toile! Beautiful papers you've created with these stamps and inks and the finished cards are so elegant. Some of my favs from this season!

  5. That's such a great way to make use of all those gorgeous detailed stamps - the intricate toile look is perfect for them. You won't be surprised to learn that the blue is my favourite - (not to mention the misbehaviour of the red ink!) - but they all look splendidly festive.
    Alison x


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