Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2020 - Sketch Greenery Cabinet Card

Hi!!! A big thank you for all the love on my last post. Today, another card using the new Sketch Greenery Stamp Set from Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous. I was going for a chalk board look on this Idea-ology Cabinet Card, and had a problem coloring in, but I solved it. Hope you can incorporate this tutorial into your crafting if you are watercoloring on a slick surface. Enjoy!

Using steel wool, lightly sand the shiny finish off of the Cabinet Card for easier coloring later, rubbing vertically and horizontally to create a crosshatch scratch look as well . Rub the Cabinet Card (and black tag) with the anti static pouch so powder won't stick. Place card in stamping platform and stamp holly from Sketch Greenery in upper right corner (Cabinet Card will open to the right) in Jet Black, and heat emboss with white powder. Stamp the holly twice with sticky note for masking and cut out.

Stamp two more holly images in lower left corner, and heat emboss in white powder. Mask holly and stamp greenery with berries in upper and lower areas creating a swag in both corners, heat embossing with white. Stamp leaves as well, again heat embossing in white.

Place tag in platform, and stamp sentiment and holly in Jet Black so that it will be seen through the hole in the Cabinet Card. Heat emboss in white powder.  Mask holly and stamp pine needles and leaves and heat emboss in white powder. I don't like the color of the tag hole, so I always color mine with Black Soot Distress Paint fyi.

To give the embossing a more matte chalk board look, lightly sand the white embossing on both the Cabinet Card and tag with steel wool until the shine is gone. This happens quickly so make sure not to take too much off.
Color in all the greenery on the tag with Distress Oxide Ink and a detail water brush using a silicon mat as a palette. To deepen the soft chalky look of the Oxide, layer Distress Crayons on top again using the silicon mat as a palette and the water brush. I tried to do the same coloration technique on the Cabinet Card, but due to the paper and coating I could not get the Oxide Ink to stick. I swatched off a few areas coloring in the Oxide with a water brush filled with 91% rubbing alcohol and it worked. I don't know the chemistry on it, but it worked. You don't want to leave alcohol in the brush as it will tear down the bristles, so make sure to empty it out when finished. I also add washi tape around the barrel of the brush that has alcohol in it so I know which is which. Add Distress Crayons to also deepen the color of the greenery on the Cabinet Card as well. Let this dry completely several hours to continue on.

Ink edges of Cabinet Card and tag with Jet Black Archival and ink blending tool. Place the velvet through tag hole and loop around to make a tie looking knot, and fish tail ends with scissors. Place tag inside Cabinet Card so that greenery is peeking through and sentiment is in upper right corner. Making sure not to move tag, use a white pen to add in dashed lines following the oval hole shape. Add dots of Xmas Red Stickles to each berry on the card and tag. Let dry completely before moving.

(Steel Wool, Stamp Platform, Anti Static Pouch, Heat Tool, Sticky Note, Silicon Mat, 91% Rubbing Alcohol, Ink Blending Tool, Scissors) 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Cabinet Card, Velvet Trimmings 
-Ranger Surfaces: #8 Black Tag
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Sketch Greenery 
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black 
-Ranger Embossing Powder: White 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Black Soot 
-Ranger Detail Water Brush (One with Alcohol and One with Water) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink: Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Pine Needles, Forest Moss 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Festive Berries, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Forest Moss 
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: White 
-Ranger Stickles: Xmas Red  
I'll be back again next week with another Christmas card. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Anita, this is stunning, so creative and beautifully constructed, I love it! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. holy moly girlie!!! I love this.. I will for sure be trying my hand at recreating one of these!!!

  3. The coloring on this is off the charts. So beautiful! I love the striking effect between the black and the white embossing.


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