Saturday, September 26, 2020

Tim Holtz STAMPtember 2020 - Snarky Christmas Cats Cards

September means STAMPtember and Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous have released a Christmas set of Snarky Cats. I created a matching set of cards using every stamp on the set. Oh my gosh, these cats are so stinking fun! I never tire of looking at them and reading the things they say. I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I did making them!

Cut papers first...kraft card base 5 x 6 1/8, blue cardstock 4 7/8 x 5 7/8, and pattern paper 4 x 4 7/8...times 4 if you make all of them. Stamp snowflakes on both edges of the blue cardstock in Picket Fence. Let dry thoroughly. Stamp snowflakes on pattern paper all over randomly in Jet Black. 
Mount patterned paper to middle of blue cardstock, then ink edges in Gathered Twigs. Add a strip of Design Tape where the patterned paper and blue cardstock meet. Mount on kraft base and ink those edges.
Stamp sentiments in Jet Black on kraft leaving plenty of space between each and in front for cutting talking bubbles.
Cut around top, right, and bottom of sentiment squarely, and cut a pointer in bottom left corner. Ink edges in Gathered Twigs and draw white line around the border of the bubble.
Trim blue cardstock to 1 7/8 x 1 7/8, and stamp bird and 'meowy Christmas' under him in Jet Black. Stamp snowflakes in Picket Fence around the bird, and let dry.
Color bird and twig with Distress Crayons and Detail Waterbrush, and add transparency window to the top with Collage Medium. Ink edges in Gathered Twigs.
Trim 1/2 inch off bottom of #5 tags, and turn upside down so now tag hole is on the bottom. Stamp cats in Jet Black on each one. Stamp all but stocking cat onto sticky notes for masking. Mask cats and stamp present below them. Stamp starry snowflakes around the cats in Jet Black.
Color in background with Stormy Sky crayon and Broad Waterbrush. Ink over background with Antique Linen for mottled look. Color in cats with Distress Crayons and Detail Water Brush. Ink edges of tag with Gathered Twigs, and stitch around tag with red thread.
Foam tape tags to card front making sure tag hole is not adhered for the next part. Adhere transparency frame and foam tape talking bubble. Spray Crinkle Ribbon with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain then Fired Brick, a foot for each card. Scrunch up and let dry or use heat tool to dry. Cut off three inches and thread through hole of tag laying flat. Loop the rest around three fingers, then place in the middle of flat piece, and tie that into a knot to make a bow. Fluff up the bow.
Add Glossy Accents to eyes of cats and bird. Add to candy cane, lights, bells, and cup as well. Let dry.


(Craft Sheet, Paper Trimmer, Stamping Block, Scissors, Stamping Platform, Sticky Notes, Ink Blending Tool., Two Sided Tape, Foam Tape) 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Kraft Stock Classic, Christmas Stash 2017, Christmas Design Tape 2019, Christmas Layers and Baseboard Frames 2019, Crinkle Ribbon 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Stamptember 2020 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Picket Fence, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen 
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock Tags: #5 
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: White 
-Ranger Water Brush: Detail, Broad 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Stormy Sky, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Tarnished Brass 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Candied Apple, Fired Brick 
-Ranger Glossy Accents

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the blog love. Until next time...I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. I think I let out a little squeal when Tim showed these on the video, I LOVE them so much. The layering is superb and I love the transparencies, they are just perfect. I am so thrilled to have this stamp set on its way to me - cannot wait now! Pinned (of course) Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Seen your cards everywhere, Anita!! They are awesome. Love your idea with the little birdie. Now to come up with an original idea myself. Stamps are ordered. Still waiting on the Halloween cats. These tree snarky cats are a hit.
    Thank you for sharing your how to make it. Have a lovely day.

  3. how freakin fun are these right!!! so many great tips and ideas !! I forget about the sticky note masking thing.. these turned out brilliant!!!

  4. I’m waiting for my stamps to arrive and then I’m gonna use your ideas to make a bunch of cards. Thanks!

  5. Simply wonderful showcasing of the Stamptember specials, Anita! I adore how you combined some of the sentiments to make a longer "conversation" in some of your fab speech bubbles. And the colouring on the images is perfect. The cards are layered up brilliantly, and the little robin looking on from his slide in each one is the perfect final touch. Just fantastic!
    Alison x

  6. great way to layer your cards and use of some older paper. gotta love those cats. thanks as always for sharing.

  7. Adorable! Love the cards and the crazy cats are a fun Christmas theme!

  8. I love these - as I said on FB these were my favourite makes of that whole FB live for this set - I don’t have the set as it’s not available in the UK but I can use some other stamps or even crazy cats - thanks for the tutorial

  9. So excited I ordered these Christmas Snarky Cats as soon as they were featured in Stamptember yesterday!!! LOVE THEM and can't wait to get them so I can make these cards!!! As usual your samples are wonderful!!! You inspire me!!!

  10. Oh My GOSH, your cards are just too cute!! Love all the details...your word bubble idea is brilliant-love the white outline, birdie transparency is darling, tag on upside down tag with bow on bottom-so cute! Love the colors and how you created stamped backgrounds ANd added stamping to printed papers! These cards are so much fun. The recipients are going to love theses! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!

  11. So adorable, love the red ribbon!

  12. I loved seeing the teacup on the live show. Amazing piece of work and creativity

  13. These are sooo fabulous! Love the red ribbon. It ups the festive feel all the more and has a sweetness that perfectly counterbalances the cheekiness of the snarky (adorable!) kitties.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  14. I love these stamps. So sad they are out of stock. I would like to buy if someone sell 😁


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