Sunday, August 23, 2020

Stamper's Anonymous Halloween 2020 - Skull Full of Flowers

Hi Everyone! Today I have my first card for Tim Holtz's new Stamper's Anonymous Halloween 2020 Stamp release. To say that I was happy to be asked to design some cards for Tim for this release is an understatement. I was absolutely moved and honored, and I had the most fun doing so. It truly rejuvenated me, and I just couldn't stop making. Thank you Tim, Mario, and Paula. All of the samples by the other designers are wonderful so don't miss their blog posts, or Tim's so you can see where to go. Here is my first card, a Skull Full of Flowers, using the Anatomy Chart and Dearly Departed Sets, as well as the Mini Script Layering Stencil. By the way, a lot of people of Tim's Live typed that this looks like something from Day of the Dead. That was not my original intent, but I totally see that now, and I like that idea too. Enjoy!
(Hint: Always prime your new red rubber stamps by applying ink (I use Jet Black Archival.) and letting it dry a few minutes or longer before using so your images will be crisp the first time you stamp, especially if you are not using a Stamping Platform.) Cut watercolor cardstock to 4 1/4 x 6. Stamp skull along bottom left using Jet Black Archival and Stamping Platform. Using the platform enables you to stamp again and again to make a crisp image on the watercolor, as watercolor paper soaks up the ink and doesn't give you a super crisp look the first stamping.  Stamp the flower shop label on the lower right with Jet Black.
Stamp the flower image on top of skull so it angles to the right...use sticky notes to mask the top of the skull if needed. Mask off some of the flower portions and stamp the flower again so that the bouquet will be more full looking. Stamp two extra flower images onto a separate piece of watercolor to cut out later for layering.
Apply Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the silicone mat and water color in the skull using a Detail Water Brush. Dry.
Use the Distress Embossing Dabber and apply the medium over the skull and spread it with a paintbrush. Pour Antique Linen Embossing Glaze over it (on top of a sheet of paper for easier clean up), and heat emboss. Do the same with the flower label using Rusty Hinge Embossing Glaze. Use Distress Crayons and the silicone mat to water color the flowers on the card and the extra flowers you stamped, using the Detail Water Brush.
Lay the Mini Script Stencil over the right side of the card, and use a clean ink blending tool foam and Micro Glaze over the stencil, taking care not to cover up any of the stamped images. Mist the card lightly with water, and then mist Antique Linen and Speckled Egg Spray Stains over the card. Let it blend and soak in, and respray if desired. Use a paper towel to clean off sprays from glazed areas and flowers, and to remove the left behind Micro Glaze. Dry. Ink edges of card with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Using the Distress Crayons on the flowers made them resist the spray.
 Sew around card if desired. Mat card onto black cardstock, distress the edges, then mat again onto rust colored cardstock, and finally onto card base. Cut out extra flower and leaf pieces, and ink their edges. Adhere flowers and leaves to the arrangement, bending edges if desired so it looks more 3D, using Collage Medium.
Mist 5 bouquet flowers with Squeezed Lemonade and then Antique Linen Spray Stain, and let dry. Spray Antique Linen on one beaded berry and let dry. Adhere dried bouquet flowers on, cutting stems off first. Cut the berries off of each end, and adhere those to the large flower centers.

(Glass Mat, Heat Tool, Scissors, Sticky Notes, Distress Tool, Stamp Platform, Ink Blending Tool,
Detail Water Brush, Paint Brush, Water Mister, Two Sided Tape )
-Ranger Surfaces: Water Color Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Anatomy Chart, Dearly Departed 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber: Clear
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze: Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Twisted Citron, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, 
 Rusty Hinge, Squeezed Lemonade
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Layering Stencil: Mini Script 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Antique Linen, Speckled Egg, Squeezed Lemonade
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Bouquet, Beaded Berries, Classic Kraft Stock

I will be back very soon, and here is a huge cyber hug for stopping by. Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments during the Live as well. My cup runneth over! I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Such fantastic makes with the new release, Anita... and this was one of my favourites of yours. The flowers look flat out gorgeous, and the skull vase is completely inspired!
    Alison x

  2. Fabulous, love the semi-dimensional flower effect...great idea. Thanks for the cyber hug too, here is one back to you...hugs are always the best!

  3. Such an imaginative take on these stamp sets. Fantastic card x

  4. Thank you for sharing another wonder-filled Tim Holtz project

  5. I absolutely LOVE that card. The flowers were such a great addition Thanks for the inspiration! Off to purchase more stamps 😁

  6. Wow!! Totally fabulous card using Tim's new stamps x You rocked it !! Wonderful details and I adore the flowers, sitting perfectly in the skull vase xx

    Sending my best wishes xx

  7. Such a great card Anita! The flowers layered over the background is a great idea and something I didn't notice till Tim said it during the Live. Very cool!

  8. Well, I am not surprised that you were asked, your cards are always a delight to behold and this one is particularly fabulous. I just adore the skull and adding the flowers to create your Day of the Dead was so inspired. A wonderful blog post and a brilliant make, just like all your samples. Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Wonderful tutorial and a fabulous card.

  10. First of all, congratulations on being asked to design for Mr. Holtz; it comes as no surprise as you are such a talented girl! And here's the proof of this statement--your card is amazing! I love the layered flowers, the coloring of the skull and your gorgeous stenciled background; thank you so much for your brilliant tutorial and your amazing inspiration!

  11. Hello Anita! have seen your card around and love it. Now I come here to see how it all came together so beautiful. Wonderful to see. Now I have a wishlist even though we do not celebrate Halloween in The Netherlands :-)

  12. That is awesome! I had to see how the floral teaser made it to Halloween. I love it!

  13. you have so inspired me on the flowers.. I am digging them out tonight for tomorrows AJ page!! thank you as always for the inspiration my friend!


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