Sunday, October 03, 2021

Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2021 - Plaid Jolly Santa Card

Hi Everyone and happy October! Here is a quick Christmas card made with the new  Jolly Santa Stamp Set from Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous and using the Stripes Shifter Stencil to make a plaid background. Hope you enjoy! 

For two cards use a full sheet of White Distress Heavystock, and secure it in place horizontally with Sticky Grid Tape or equivalent. Using the thinnest of the Stripes Shifter Layering Stencils, lay the stencil on the edge and secure it in place with tape, and while holding the other end with your hand to prevent it moving, ink in Salvaged Patina Distress Ink with an Ink Blending Tool from top to bottom, working in a straight line to keep the lines of the stencil from moving. Keep moving the stencil over until you've covered the paper all the way across. You do not need to do the bottom area of the paper. Remove the stencil and clean it. Place it back where you started and 'shift' it over covering up the first stripes inked in (this is why Tim says to paint in the shift lines before hand so you can see the lines easier to shift over.) and ink in the new stripes with Antique Linen Distress Ink the same way as you just did. Remove and clean the stencil as you are finished with this one. Give this paper a quick dry with a heat tool.

Turn the paper vertically and secure. Take the medium Stripes Shifter Layering Stencil and tape it in place. Ink in the same way as you did holding the stencil so the stripes don't move and inking in a straight line using Festive Berries this time. Keep moving the stencil over following the pattern. After the row is inked in, move the stencil down to lengthen the pattern and cover up the rest of the paper. You will not shift with this stencil so you can clean and put away. Give this a quick dry.
Turn the paper back horizontally and use a ruler and black Fude Ball Pen to draw lines down the middle of each Antique Linen stripe to continue the plaid pattern. Dry when finished. There are millions of plaid patterns you can create using these stencils, inks, and directions, so feel free to play.
Cut the plaid paper to have two pieces 5 x 6.5 inches. To distress the plaid paper for a more vintage look, use a paper scratcher working up and down the plaid stripes to make light scratches. Go over this with a bit of steel wool to soften the colors as well. Ink the edges and surface with Antique Linen Distress Ink. In the pic, the one on the left is not distressed and the one on the right is so you can see the difference. Take the telegram words from the Jolly Santa Stamp Set and stamp the image repeatedly down the left side of the plaid using Vintage Photo Archival Ink. Cut and fold kraft cardstock to 5.5 x 7 inches. Cut blue Metallic Kraftstock from Confections Kraftstock to 5 3/8 x 6 7/8 inches and mount on the kraft with two sided tape. Cut black cardstock to 5 1/8 x 6 5/8 and mount onto the center of the blue metallic. Set the card bases aside for now. 
Using the stamp platform and Jolly Santa images stamp them on more White Heavystock...the Santa, Holiday Greetings, and December 25 using Black Soot and heat embossing with Clear Embossing Powder...Special Delivery and 2 for .25 using Festive Berries Distress Ink and heat embossing in Clear Powder...the sentiment and Christmas goods using Salvaged Patina Distress Ink and heat embossing in Salvaged Patina Embossing Glaze. Note: When I heat emboss with Distress Ink colors I often also stamp the last image (I like to stamp a few times for a nice crisp look.) using Distress Embossing Ink to make sure the powder sticks well, so that is why you see the pad in the picture.  
Cut out all the pieces...straight cuts for the labels and using a medium circle punch to easily cut out the price seal, and cutting around sentiment and Santa leaving a slight border. Set Santa aside for now. Use Antique Linen Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool to ink the surface of all the pieces (except the Santa) for a nice aged look. Use Gathered Twigs on the edges of all the pieces except the sentiment. Set the sentiment aside with the Santa for now. Add two sided tape to the back of all the other pieces and adhere to the card front as shown. Use two sided tape to adhere the card front to the base card. 
Using a Detail Water Brush and the silicon mat as your palette, use Distress Crayons to color in the Santa. I used Festive Berries for the hat and berries of holly, Tattered Rose for his face, Spun Sugar for his checks and lips, Hickory Smoke on the shadow lines of his beard and eyebrows, Speckled Egg on the shadow lines of the white parts of his hat, and Rustic Wilderness on the leaves of the holly. I color in softly first and then add a darker layer for shadows. 
To make Santa look porcelain, use the Icicle Crackle Paste and a flathead paintbrush, and paint over the whole Santa liberally, especially on his face, and saving the hat and berries to paint over last as some parts might bleed a little (You can spray the Santa with Spray Fixative first to prevent this.). Clean the brush a little incase of bleed, and then paint over all the adhered label pieces on the card taking care not to get any on the plaid parts. Paint over the sentiment as well. Clean your brush well, and let all of these dry about 30 minutes to be safe. You can use a heat tool after about 10 minutes to help out the drying time if you wish. Once dry and crackled, you can use the Antique Linen and a blending tool to push the ink into the cracks to further distress and age the pieces if you wish. I did this to Santa's face and all the label pieces. Use a paper towel to wipe off any excess ink. 
Using the same paintbrush, scoop out some Snowfall Grit Paste, and working a little at a time, brush the paste over Santa's hat parts that are supposed to be fluffy, brushing while pushing the paste in, working slowly to control where it goes. Once you have a thin layer on it's easier to add a thicker layer on top. Be careful not to cover up any of the holly berries and leaves. Let this dry. Add foam tape to the back of the Santa as well as the bottom parts of the sentiment, and adhere the Santa to the card front and the sentiment partially on the beard area with Collage Medium. Add dots of XMas Red Stickles to the berries. Let this dry. Ink the edges of the card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. 
(Ink Blending Tool, Heat Tool, Ruler, Distress Scratcher, Steel Wool, Paper Trimmer, Stamping Block, Stamp Platform, Scissors, Medium Circle Punch, Glass Mat, Detail Water Brush, Two Sided Tape, Small Flathead Paint Brush, Foam Tape) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: White
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Shifter Multi Stripes (thinnest  and medium pattern) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Salvaged Patina, Antique Linen, Festive Berries, Embossing Ink, Gathered Twigs 
-Ranger Fude Ball Pen: Black 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock, Black Cardstock 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Confections Kraftstock
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Jolly Santa  
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Vintage Photo, Black Soot 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze: Salvaged Patina 
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Clear 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Festive Berries, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Hickory Smoke, Speckled Egg, Rustic Wilderness
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paste: Icicle 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste: Snowfall 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Stickles: XMas Red 
I'll be back again this week, and this time with a Thanksgiving make. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Anita!! I love this card! Perfection

  2. Thanks for the how to on making the plaid, yes I imagine there are so many patterns to be are fantastic!!!

  3. Wow Anita, that plaid you created is amazing, such a beautiful backdrop for that gorgeous vintage looking Santa. Thank you for sharing all the details! Anne xxx

  4. Total "wow" holiday season greeting, Anita. You are a total stamping queen whose creative work never fails to inspire me (TY!).

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  5. Wonderful plaid background.
    Such a happy Christmas card.

  6. Almost every year I start out by making one of your cards and this year is no exception. Having fun stamping all the images and coloring Santa. then time to tackle the plaid. will post a pic in Addicts when done. thanks as always for sharing.


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