Sunday, October 17, 2021

Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2021 - Winter Watercolor 2 Night Christmas Card

Hello All! Today, I have another Christmas Card made with the new stamps from Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous...this from the Winter Watercolor 2 Set and the sentiment from Jolly Santa. This card is simple yet full of texture and color, and I love how it turned out. Enjoy!

Cut White Heavystock to 4.75 x 6.25 inches for card front. Gather Moon Mask and a sheet of paper to cut a hill from for masking. Place solid Moon Mask in upper left corner and stick down with tape or Sticky Grid. Lay the hill in place at the bottom and tape down over the card where you want it. Ink over the moon and hill with Prize Ribbon Distress Ink with an Ink Blending Tool, until nice deep sky is created.
Keep Moon Mask and hill in place and lightly ink a circular motion of Picket Fence Distress Ink with an Ink Blending Tool, around the moon area creating a glow. 
Keeping Moon Mask and hill in place, lightly mist Snow Flurries Distress Mica Stain over sky area, after shaking it well. Clean off Moon Mask and let this dry a few minutes, and clean nozzle of Mica Stain. Place open coordinating Moon Mask over the solid Moon area, and lightly ink in with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. Remove mask and clean. Lightly dry the card front with a heat tool.
Place the card front into the stamp platform and secure. Add the tree image from the Winter Watercolor 2 Stamp Set to the left side of the card so that the tip is in the moon area, and figure out how much of the bottom part of the tree to mask as it is larger than you need. Close the lid to secure the stamp. Place the sticky note over the area of the bottom of the tree you don't want stamped, and ink the stamp first in Forest Moss Distress Oxide. Remove the sticky note and stamp the tree. Place the sticky note back on and ink the stamp in Pine Needles. Remove the note and stamp. Repeat if necessary alternating the greens. On the last stamping, pour Frosted Crystal over the tree and heat emboss until the powder just barely turns frosty. Remove the tree and add the two holly twigs with berries to the right side of the card front so that part is on the moon and part off and the smaller one is below. Close the lid to secure and stamp first in Forest Moss and then in Pine Needles and repeat to darker the images, and on last stamping pour Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder over and heat emboss.   

Pounce an anti static pouch over the bottom right of the card to make this part cleaner and easier. Using the sentiment from the Jolly Santa Stamp Set, stamp it at the bottom right corner of the card front using Prize Ribbon Distress Ink (or whatever you have on the table as the powder is opaque and it really doesn't matter too much) and pour Silver Embossing Powder over and heat emboss. You are finished stamping.
Paint in the berries with a little bit of Festive Berries Distress Paint and using a detail paint brush. Let dry a few minutes, and then shake up the Peppermint Stick Distress Mica Stain. Pour out a tiny bit onto the silicon mat and pick up with the paintbrush and paint over the red berries to deepen the color and add beautiful sparkle. Clean the brush and shake up Tree Lot Distress Stain and pick up and paint in some of the pine tree area making diagonal type marks for branches and getting rid of any masking lines that might be showing through. Clean the brush and shake up Holly Branch Distress Mica Stain and paint over parts of the holly leaves and make wavy lines on the pine tree to look like the edge of branches. Dry this all slightly with a heat tool. 
You can seal the card front before doing this next part to make sure ink doesn't bleed by spraying it with Spray Fixative, or just go for it. Using a small flathead paint brush scoop out some Snowfall Grit Paste, and apply a light layer of the paste over the tree and holly branches. Once the layer has dried a bit you can add more on top. Let this dry, and then mist the whole card lightly with Snow Flurries Mica Stain. Cut and fold a kraft card base to 5 x 6.5 inches. Cut silver Metallic Kraftstock to 4 7/8 x 6 3/8 inches and mount onto the kraft with two sided tape. Mount the card front to this with the tape. 

(Paper Trimmer, Paper for Hill Mask, Scissors, Tape or Sticky Grid, Ink Blending Tool, Heat Tool, Glass Mat, Stamp Platform, Sticky Note for Masking, Anti Static Pouch, Small Detail Paint Brush, Small Flathead Paint Brush, Two Sided Tape) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: White
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Layering Mask: Moon (Smallest Size) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Prize Ribbon, Picket Fence, Hickory Smoke, Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain: Snow Flurries, Peppermint Stick, Tree Lot, Holly Branch
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Winter Watercolor 2, Jolly Santa  
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Forest Moss, Pine Needles 
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Frosted Crystal., Silver 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Festive Berries
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste: Snowfall 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology:  Metallic Kraftstock  
Thanks so much for stopping by here. I'll be back again this week. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Ranger Tim Holtz Pearl Disress Crayons Cards

How about the surprise on new Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons?!! The creamy dreamy Pearl colors are wonderful. To show as much as the shimmery color as possible I kept these two real simple and blended the backgrounds with my fingers and watercolored in the embossed images. Enjoy! 

Cut White Heavystock to 4.5 x 6 inches and 3.75 x 8.75 inches for two cards. Take the 4.5 x 6 inch piece and arrange the leaves from the Nature's Wonder Stamp Set from Stamper's Anonymous, around the edge of the card, and close the lid to secure the stamps, leaving a space for the small leaf as it will need to be stamped again. Pounce an anti-static pouch on the paper. Stamp the images in Distress Embossing Ink and heat emboss with Gold Powder.  Remove the small one  and place it back in the empty spot as well as a sentiment from the same set, and stamp those and heat emboss in gold. Leave the stamps in place in case you need to restamp later.

Take the 3.75 x 8.75 piece and arrange three large snowflakes from Swirly Snowflakes in the middle and the smaller ones from Mini Swirly Snowflakes around the border on the platform, and close the lid to secure the stamps. Stamp the images in Distress Embossing Ink and heat emboss with Silver Powder. Stamp a sentiment from the Nature's Wonder set on a separate piece of White Heavystock and emboss with silver, and cut out. Leave the stamps in place in case you need to restamp.

Color in the images on both card fronts with the new Pearl Distress Crayons and a Detail Water Brush, using the silicon mat as your palette.  I used the warm tones on the leaves, and the cool tones on the snowflakes.

Apply the cool tones crayons to the silicon mat, and pick up with your finger, and using the warmth of your finger to blend the crayons, rub the crayons over the card front, switching colors and blending them as you go. Do the same with the leaves card and warm tones. Completely cover the white areas of the card. Restamp any images if need be if the crayons cover up too much of the embossing as I had to restamp the leaves using Vintage Photo Archival to make them pop a little more. Mount the leaves card front to gold Metallic Kraftstock cut 4 7/8 x 6 3/8 inches then onto a kraft card base folded to 5 x 6.5 inches using two sided tape. Mount the snowflakes card front onto silver Metallic Kraftstock (12x12) cut to 4 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches and then to a kraft card base folded to 4.25 x 9.25 inches using two sided tape. Ink the edges of the card base with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
(Paper Trimmer, Stamp Platform, Anti-static Pouch, Heat Tool, Glass Mat, Detail Water Brush, Ink Blending Tool, Two Sided Tape) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: White 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Nature's Wonder, Swirly Snowflakes, Mini Swirly Snowflakes 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Embossing Ink, Gathered Twigs 
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Gold, Silver
-Ranger Tim Holtz Pearl Distress Crayons: Set 1, 2, 3, 4  
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Vintage Photo 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Kraftstock, 12x12 Metallic Kraftstock 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll be back again this week.  I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas 2021 - Paper Village Mini Kaleidoscope Wrapped Curio Box Ornaments

Hi everyone! Hope this post finds everyone well. Today, I have a big post showing how I made these Paper Village and Mini Kaleidoscope wrapped Curio Box Ornaments for Christmas from Tim Holtz, which were my favorite makes from the Sizzix Christmas Live that I made. I had such fun with these and the time it took was worth it, as I'll have them for years to come. Enjoy!
For the houses, using Kraft Heavystock, die cut all the parts for the shorter house and tower, and then add in the windows and front door. The pic shows a window in the tower, but I later had to scrap the window to make it fit in the Curio Box. Die cut extra windows to use for frames, and an extra door to cut out, as well as save one of the window parts to use on the front door. Fold the house roof in half and use a ruler to cut an opening that the tower will fit in once constructed. FYI...I used Tim's trick for the folding of the flaps on everything by butting up the score lines to the edges a stamping block and then folding so nice. 
Die cut the taller house (this will be the church) and another tower using the Heavystock, and doing the same on the windows and doors. Do the same on the taller house roof as well. 
Add the Stripes Background Stamp from Stamper's Anonymous to a stamping platform and stamp the eight house and tower piece horizontally with the stamp using Picket Fence Distress Paint by lightly rubbing the paint over the stamp and then stamping once lightly. Remember to clean your stamp immediately with water to remove all the paint when finished. 
Taking the two house front pieces, ink the back of them where the shutters are with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then turn it over to the front and fold the shutters out. Ink over the extra door piece with Gathered twigs and then adhere the four window pieces to the door with Collage Medium, and then ink over the window pieces to finish the door. Adhere the door to the existing door. Ink over the extra windows with Gathered Twigs, cut around them leaving a nice border and then adhere them over each window on the houses and tower. 
Cut pieces of acetate to fit over the windows and remove one of the backings then add Collage Medium to the borders and adhere the windows in place on the backside of each piece. When dry take off the other backing on each window. The pic shows two towers with windows, but remember only once tower needs the window (the one for the church). Add thin two sided tape to each flap piece to have that ready. Ink the sides and edges of each house piece. Assemble the house pieces together with the two sided tape and Collage Medium. Add Collage Medium to the sides of the tiny porch roofs and adhere those above the doors (you might need to cut them to fit well between those shutters like I did.) Let dry. Do not do the roofs yet.
Insert the towers into each roof and figure out how tall you need each tower to fit the Curio Box. The pic shows a tower with a window on the larger roof, but remember I had to scrap that idea and short the tower even more. In order for the towers not to be seen through the windows, cut between each wall of the towers below the roof, and adhere the wall to the roof with two sided tape (the walls parallel with the roof), and trim off the overage and trim the other two walls to match. Use two sided tape and Collage Medium to adhere the tower roofs on only. Let dry. 
For the boxes, die cut two sets of Curio Boxes with Kraft Heavystock. Use the largest rectangle frame Thinlit and die cut on the front of the box (the one with flaps).  

For the top box, cut silver Kraftstock to fit the top of the front of the box, and use the same rectangle frame Thinlit to die cut the cardstock. Place the frame in the Mini Kaleidoscope 3D Texture Fade and run through the machine three times (no need to mist the paper). Adhere the frame to the front top of the box with Collage Medium. 
Cut silver Kraftstock to fit the four outer side of the top of the box, and then run each piece in the Mini Kaleidoscope Fade. Adhere each piece to the box with Collage Medium. One box top will be horizontal for the house and one vertical for the church. Add Ring Fasteners to the each side of box top up at the top. Set these aside for now.  
For the bottom box, cut silver Kraftstock to fit inside the bottom box and the back of the box except not the bottom inside as it will be covered with felt, and use the Mini Kaleidoscope Fade for those. Adhere all the pieces on with Collage Medium, minus the bottom inside. Do the same on the other box going the other direction.
Cut a 1 1/2 inch wide (by the length of the bottom edge piece) piece of white felt for each box. Cut an opening the size of the base of each house on the left side of the felt. Remove the wooden base of two small Treelot trees. Punch a hole in the felt where the trunk of the tree will go on the right side of the felt. Add two sided tape to the bottom piece of the bottom box. Add the wooden tree base in place on the sticky tape. Insert the house into the hole in the felt so that the sides of the felt are turned up so it looks like a snow drift on the edges of the house and then add a good amount of Collage Medium to the bottom edges of the house and on the wooden tree base. Set the house in place on the sticky tape and press the felt down over it for a nice blanket of snow, making sure the holes match up on the tree base and felt.  Leave these to dry in a safe place.
Using a palette knife and Opaque Distress Grit Paste, add the paste to the roofs of the houses and towers, and the little porch roof above the doors and anywhere you want snow on the houses only.
Punch a hole at the bottom right of the back of the box where the trees will go. Run Tiny Lights through the hole and use Velcro to secure the battery pack to the bottom back of the box. Wrap the tree with the lights leaving about 5 lights on the strand for the inside of the house. Once the tree is wrapped, push the trunk of the tree in the hole on the wooden base that is covered up. Make sure it's nice and tight, if not add Collage Medium. Coil up the rest of the lights and place them inside the house. If you can make them look nice in the windows the better for you as I could not manage that. Remove the two sides tape backing on the flaps for the roof, add lots of Collage Medium to the flaps and press the roofs down in place. Let these dry. 
Use scotch tape and tape the edges of the box together making sure everything is secure and fits nicely inside. Add a tiny tree next to the large on the horizontal box with the house using only the tree (discard the base) and Collage Medium. Take the Grit Paste again and apply it over the tree covering up the wires but not the lights. 
Using about 2 1/2 feet of silver wire per box, fold it in half, twist it on one of the Ring Fasteners, make a loop in the middle twisting it to secure, and then adding the other end to the other Ring Fasteners and twisting the wire to secure. Cut off any extra. Add a bow to the bottom of the loop with Velvet Trim. Taking the bottom of the box, add Collage Medium to outer sides and push into the front cover box, pressing the side together for the glue to adhere. Let dry, and make sure the snow is all tucked in on the inside.  
 Because I just didn't feel like they were finished yet and couldn't sleep, I decided to add a tiny bit more. Die cut some evergreen sprigs and berries from the Festive Bouquet Thinlits using silver Kraftstock...two berries and four sprigs plus another sprig for fill in if making two.  Adhere the berries to the extra branch pieces (these are supposed to be layered but I used them as two separate) using Collage Medium. Adhere the sprigs and berries to the top left corner of the box. Add a sentiment from the Christmas Sticker Book to silver Kraftstock, cut around and fish tail the end. Add sentiment to the top corner. Cut extra sprig for fill in around the sentiment. Use Platinum Stickles to add to berries and sprigs, and even add some to the lighted trees. Let dry. Now it's finished!

(Paper Trimmer, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Stamp Platform, Ruler, Pencil, Two Sided Tape, Scissors, Ink Blending Tool, Palette Knife, Hole Punch, Scotch Tape, Pliers) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Heavystock: Kraft
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Christmas 2021): Paper Village #2, Festive Bouquet 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Stripes and Holiday Type 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Picket Fence 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Hickory Smoke 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz XL Die w/Framelits: Curio Box 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Kraft Stock, Ring Fasteners, Woodlands Tree Lot, Tiny Lights, Christmas Velvet Trim, Christmas Sticker Book
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Multi-Level Texture Fade: Mini Kaleidoscope 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Opaque Grit Paste 
-Ranger Stickles: Platinum 
-Acetate, White Felt, Velcro, Silver Wire
Phew, that was long. Thanks for staying with me. I'll be back again with more Christmas makes soon. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!