Sunday, September 19, 2021

Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2021 - Holiday Things Christmas Tree Card

Hello Everyone and welcome to a Christmas post! This time it's Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous goods. Oh the new stamps are so great! I hope you were able to catch the Live yesterday with all the amazing amazing samples...just a WOW!!! I had fun with this first make, but I have to admit that I redid and started over a few times. When you are stamping this much...I used all 13 images on the set to make this's a lot of stamping and masking and planning. Since I already have it laid out for you though, you should be able to breeze right through and make this card in no time if you choose to. Enjoy!
Cut Ivory Heavystock to 4 x 9 inches, and place in a stamp platform.  Lay out the first five stamps (star, tree, santa, sleigh, candle) as shown from the Holidays Things set on the paper to see the placement. Starting with Santa, stamp him in Black Soot Archival, and then stamp him again without reinking (to clean) onto a sticky note for masking. Cut him out, and place this onto the stamped Santa. Place all the other stamps onto the platform and secure them. (NOTE: It would be a good idea to keep the stamps in place just in case after you color them in, that you might need to restamp them in a darker color to help them pop.) Stamp the sleigh in Hickory Smoke Archival under the Santa so that it looks like his feet are on the sleigh, and make a mask of it.  Stamp the candle in Hickory Smoke below the sleigh. Stamp the tree above Santa in Peeled Paint Archival, and make a mask of it. Then stamp the star above that in Hickory Smoke, and make a mask of it. 
Stamp the next four images (and masks) the wreath in Hickory Smoke, and globe and both branches in Vintage Photo Archival. Remember it's best to leave the stamps on the platform for restamping, but if you only have only platform (yes I am lucky to have a few) then stamp and color in with Distress Crayons and restamp, then add the new stamps after. 
Stamp the snowflake in Faded Jeans Archival and the deer in Hickory Smoke, with masks.  
Finally, stamp the pinecone and juniper branch in Vintage Photo Archival with masks. 
Use all the masks and stamp the corner of the pine branch and fill in all the areas in between the stamped images to look like a tree, using Peeled Paint Archival Ink.
Color in the images with Distress Crayons and a Detail Water Brush, using the silicon mat as your palette, working lighter and then drying and adding more color to the shaded areas for depth.  I used Faded Jeans, Festive Berries, Salvaged Patina, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke, Iced Spruce, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Picket Fence, Crackling Campfire, Rustic Wilderness, and Pine Needles crayons. When you like the look of everything, restamp any images that might need more definition if you haven't already. For example, I stamped the wreath originally in Hickory Smoke Archival, but after coloring in I thought it needed to be darker so I restamped in Black Soot Archival. 
Taking a piece of computer paper, fold in half and in half again, and cut around in an oval type shape, and open up. Fit the paper (now mask) over the card to see if it covers up the tree area leaving a small border. If it doesn't continue to cut until it does, and if it does grab the thinnest pattern of Stripes Shifter Layering Stencil. Lay the oval mask over the tree area leaving a slight border and lay the stencil over this and secure with tape. Ink if the first color over the stripes, Faded Jeans. Move the stencil over and ink in again continuing the first pattern of stripes until the ink stripes cover the card. If need be (like I did), shift the stencil down to continue coloring in the stripes. Clean the stencil. Pick up the stencil, and cover the first Faded Jeans stripes (shifting) and ink in the new pattern of stripes with Vintage Photo Archival. Move the stencil over and continue the pattern, all the while remembering to keep the oval mask on. 
To give the scene a slightly more vintage feel, ink around the borders with Antique Linen Distress Ink, carrying the ink into the oval area. Ink the edges of the card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Use Twisted Citron and Rustic Wilderness Distress Crayons to color in the Christmas tree branches a little for some more depth, using the water brush. Use the Tarnished Brass Crayon and color over the star, candle holder, deer, and pinecones for some subtle sparkle.
Use a gold paint pen to draw lines on each side of the Faded Jeans stripes for more of a vintage wall paper look.  Cut and fold a kraft cardstock base to 4.25 x 9.25 inches, and a Gold Metallic Kraftstock piece to 4 1/8 x 9 1/8, and mount the gold to the kraft. Then mount the card front onto the card base using two sided tape. Ink the edges of the card base with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Add Twinkle Stickles to the snowflake, Lime Green to the juniper berries and the rest of the tree like ornaments. Add Xmas Red to the other berries and then more to the small tree and the rest of the tree like ornaments. Add dots of White Opal Liquid Pearls to Santa's suit trim. Finally, add Glossy Accents to the raised areas of the star, all the pinecones, the deer's eyes, Santa's spectacles, buckle, and boots, all the land areas on the globe, and then to the candle flame and candle holder. Let dry.

(Paper Trimmer, Stamp Platform, Sticky Note, Ink Blending Tool, Glass Mat, Detail Water Brush, Heat Tool, Scissors, Computer Paper, Sticky Grid Tape, Two Sided Tape) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: Ivory
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Holiday Things  
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Faded Jeans, Festive Berries, Salvaged Patina, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke, Iced Spruce, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Picket Fence, Crackling Campfire, Rustic Wilderness, Pine Needles, Tarnished Brass
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Shifter Multi Stripes (thinnest pattern) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: 12x12 Metallic Kraftstock, Christmas Trim Tape 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock 
-Ranger Stickles: Xmas Red, Lime Green, Twinkle 
-Ranger Glossy Accents 
-Ranger Liquid Pearls: White Opal 
-Marvy Deco Color Extra Fine Gold Paint Pen

I'll be back again tomorrow afternoon with a super special and secret make. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Wonderful! Such intricate detail.

  2. This card is amazing...a lot of work went into it for sure. Love all the details you added...Stickles, Glossy, and the way the Liquid Pearls makes Santa's suit look is perfect. Thanks for that tip...and thanks for such a fabulous tutorial on all the masking and coloring and finishing...what a masterpiece.

  3. Beautiful! You have a great talent for detail. Thank you for your tutorial.

  4. Bah humbug Blogger!!

    I was so intrigued by this on the live, so very happy you showed how you built it up, it is an amazing card and even with so many stamps you have managed to retain so much detail. I love this beautiful card and it looks even more beautiful in your close up photos! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Enchantingly beautiful card! So creative, festive, fun, and timelessly pretty. Your work never fails to inspire and delight me, sweet lady.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life


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