Thursday, July 01, 2021

Stamper's Anonymous Summer 2021 - Inquisitive Patriotic Card

Happy July everyone! I'm back with another make for the Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Summer release. This one uses the Inquisitive Stamp Set and is in those gorgeous famous colors perfect for Independence Day. Enjoy!
Cut Specialty Stamping Paper from Ranger to 3.75 x 9 inches. Gather Barn Door and Faded Jeans Archival Ink Pads and a  mister filled with rubbing alcohol (I add washi tape around the mister I use for Alcohol so I know the difference between the one with water and the one with the rubbing alcohol.). Using the Glass Mat, apply the two inks randomly to the mat in several places straight from the pad. Mist liberally with alcohol and run as well as tap the SSP through the wet inks. Once you like the look, use a heat tool to dry this or let it dry on its own. Using an Ink Blending Tool and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, ink over any white areas as well as the borders of the paper. Dry. 
Lay the inked SSP in the Stamp Platform, and arrange the three gents from the Stamper's Anonymous Inquisitive Stamp Set in a row spaced out evenly, and secure the stamps by closing the platform. Using Black Soot Archival, stamp the gents onto the SSP and heat emboss with clear powder. 
Either stamp the gents on sticky note and cut out,  or just cut the sticky note to fit over all three gent's hats. Mask the hats with sticky note and stamp the circle of rings image above the middle gent so only half of the rings show using Barn Door Archival and the platform. Clean the rings, and then replace over another gent's head this time higher so only two of the rings show, and stamp the rings in Barn Door. Repeat with the last gent. You want the rings to look like a banner or bunting. NOTE: When working with SSP, you always need to dry ink before moving on to another step as the ink stays wet a while on SSP, and you don't want to smear it. Using a small piece of SSP, ink over it in Barn Door Archival, dry, and then die cut the medium star from the Falling Stars Thinlits from Sizzix. Stamp only the '4' from the number line image using Faded Jeans Archival. Let dry. Place the SSP card front back in the platform and stamp the number line along the bottom middle of the card in Faded Jeans. Stamp the dots vertically between the gents in Faded Jeans. Remember to dry between stampings as to not smear the ink.
Using a small stamping block and the pluses image, stamp the pluses on each side of the numbers and along the right and left borders vertically on the card using Faded Jeans. Dry. Use Collage Medium to adhere the star over the '4' on the card front. 
Cut a piece of black cardstock to 3 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches. Distress the edges with a Distress Tool. Fold a kraft cardstock base card to 4 x 9 3/8 inches. Adhere the black cardstock onto the kraft base using two sided tape, ink the edges of the card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and set this aside. Apply Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon to the silicone mat and use a Detail Water Brush to pick up the crayon and color in the gent's hats. Color in the gent's hair with Gathered Twigs Crayon. Color in the faces with Tattered Rose. Color in his eyes, shirts, and the open stripes of the buntings with Picket Fence Distress Crayon. Color in the bows and any areas on the red parts of the bunting with Barn Door crayon. Color around the pupils with Stormy Sky crayon. Add shadows around the gents, the bunting, and the star with Pumice Stone crayon. 
Ink the edges of the SSP again with Gathered Twigs and then adhere to the card base with two sided tape. Use a black pen to trace the border of the last stripe on the bunting and draw loops underneath to look like ruffles. Use a white pen to add dots to the eyes, and to trace around the '4'. Use Glossy Accents to fill in the gent's monocle and let dry.  
(Paper Trimmer, Glass Mat, Mister with 91% Rubbing Alcohol, Heat Tool, Stamp Platform, Sticky Note, Small Stamping Block, Ink Blending Tool, Scissors, Detail Water Brush, Distress Tool, Two Sided Tape) 
-Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Barn Door, Faded Jeans, Black Soot
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Inquisitive 
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Clear 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Falling Stars 
-Ranger Surfaces: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Hickory Smoke, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Picket Fence, Barn Door, Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone 
-Ranger Glossy Accents 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte 
-Black Pen, White Pen 

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all the lovely comments. If you are in the U.S.A. Happy 4th of July to you!!! I'll be back soon!  I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Very cool! Happy Independence Day!

  2. This is beautiful, Anita.Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. I can see you've been having so much fun with these chaps - very dapper!
    Alison x

  4. Anita, I'm happy to take a few minutes to visit your blog today, because now I am finally in the 4th of July mood! What a fabulous card using these guys! I love how you envisioned a banner with the circles stamp and how you gave importance to the 4th. But most of all, that background is wonderful! I often use alcohol with paints, but never, ever thought to use with inks; what a great technique! Wishing you a happy 4th!

  5. I'm impatiently waiting for demos on some of your other new cards. :). Will you be sharing how you did them all or should I beg for a tutorial? Thanks for all you do share!!

    1. Lol... You made my day! Yes, tuts for all!!! Two more this week. Thanks so much!

  6. One of my favorite cards from the day!! I just love every every thing about it - the colors, the background (never would have thought of that), and the bold stamping...just wonderful!

  7. Terrific design! Love the molted quality of the inked background. It's eye-catching, but doesn't dominate the design, instead it is a festive supporting player that teams marvellously with this charming trio of gents.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life


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