Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2020 - The Poinsettia Mixed Media Card

Hello there! I have thoroughly enjoyed making all of these Christmas cards for Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous this year, but this one (and maybe the next two) is my fav of all the ones I made, I think. I love poinsettias, and love using Specialty Stamping Paper like this. Enjoy!

Make sure Glass Mat is clean...alcohol works well. Cut Specialty Stamping Paper to 4 x 8 1/2 inches. Apply Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Vivid Chartreuse, and Peeled Paint Archival directly from the pad to the glass mat liberally. Mist with a good amount of Alcohol until you have big droplets. Swipe SSP through wet inks several times until background is covered. Apply single ink and mist and tap paper into the wet ink to create a mottled look. Repeat until you like the look, but note until it's completely dry, it will change and lighten. SSP can take lots of ink and alcohol. As far as I know SSP is the only paper that can do this with the alcohol to reveal all the layers of ink. Let dry or use a heat tool. 
I did these three using the technique above. 

Using a stamping block and music notes, stamp the image randomly in Fossilized Amber three times. Stamp the script randomly three times using Vivid Chartreuse. Dry as ink on SSP stays wet longer.
Using a stamping block, stamp the flourish randomly using Peeled Paint Archival five times. Stamp the registered letter image once in Black Soot in the upper right corner. Dry.
Using the stamping platform, stamp the poinsettia in the middle of the card using Black Soot, and then heat emboss using Gold Embossing Powder. Repeat this with a partial stamping on both side edges of the card, heat embossing in gold. Stamp the sentiment to the right of the center poinsettia in Black Soot using the platform, and heat emboss in Clear Embossing Powder. Ink the edges of the card in Fired Brick Archival.
Use a Twisted Citron Distress Crayon and water brush to color in the center of the main poinsettia. Color in all the other petals with Festive Berries Crayon and the brush. You will probably need to go over each petal twice for a bolder look. Let each layer dry before the next. Coloring beside a bright window will help you see the gold embossed lines better. Clean off any crayon on the embossing with a paper towel. 
Cut black cardstock to 3 7/8 x 8 5/8 inches, and mount the card onto this using two sided tape. Then mount this onto a kraft card base measuring 4 x 8 3/4 inches. Ink the edges of the kraft in Black Soot. Use a black fine permanent marker and ruler to draw a thin border around the card between images to help draw the eye in. Stamp a few snowflakes in Picket Fence Distress Ink randomly around the card just holding the stamp in your hand. Let dry or use heat tool.
(Paper Trimmer, Glass Mat, 91% Alcohol, Stamping Block, Heat Tool, Stamping Platform, Ink Blending Tool, Two Sided Tape, Design Ruler) 
-Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper 8.5 x 1
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Black Soot 
-Ranger Archival Ink: Vivid Chartreuse 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mister with Alcohol
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: The Poinsettia 
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Gold, Clear 
-Ranger Surfaces: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Festive Berries, Twisted Citron 
-Ranger Detail Water Brush 
-Fine Permanent Marker: Black
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Picket Fence
I'll be back in a few days. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Beautiful, love how you can see all the layers...

  2. Oh, that is so beautiful - I can't say I'm usually that wild about poinsettias (even the real thing, unless they're white) - but these look stunning against that wonderful background and with such delicious translucence and shimmer.
    Alison x

  3. Fabulous, I love the background.

  4. This is stunning. I wonder why you used black ink to emboss with gold powder? At first I thought you were using Distress Inks but then I blew up the photo to see they are Archival. It sure turned out great - lots of lovely layers.

  5. this is such a beautiful card Anita. I love the Alcohol Ink background you created and then the stamped poinsettia is makes it even better. So, so beautiful.

  6. I'm about to faint! Love this card and all the inky translucent layers topped with those gorgeous poinsettias. This is a stunner of a card. Let me know if you don't have my address on file. Tee Hee!

  7. This is a beauty, Anita. The background is wonderfully made.
    Thanks for the instructions!!

  8. Amazing! Love the wonderful colors and blending of the background...the stamped musical note paper just kind of hiding there in the golden ink...the wonderful gold embossing on the poinsettia and the realistic look you created in coloring the the red "petals". Just a beauty to behold! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

  9. I do love your poinsettia card. The flowers almost look like stained glass. You should link it to Try It On Tuesday and our embossing challenge. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment. Hugs-Erika.

  10. I was so intrigued when I saw this card on Tim's live, in fact I bought the poinsettia stamp on the strength of seeing it! It is such a great technique you used and the result is absolutely stunning! Pinned!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. I need need need this stamp set!!! beautifully elegant card my friend!

  12. I was looking for an idea with this Tim Holtz stamp. Had lots of fun going thru a few years of your Christmas posts. Thanks for all the cool ideas.


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