Monday, November 01, 2021

Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2021 - Bold Tidings Mini Rosettes with Jolly Santa Gift Tags

Hi everyone and happy November! This is my last project of the Tim Holtz Seasonal Lives, particularly the Stamper's Anonymous Christmas Release.  I had such fun making these tags and the stenciling the wrapping paper. Enjoy!
For four rosettes, cut four pieces of White Distress Heavystock to 2.5 x 8.5 inches. secure a strip in place horizontally with Sticky Grid Tape or equivalent. Using the biggest and widest 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 Barn Door Archival Ink with an Ink Blending Tool. Keep moving the stencil over until you've covered the paper all the way across. Shift the stencil over covering the first stripes and ink in again using the same ink. NOTE: I did two this way and two without shifting so the stripes are much wider on the last two. Dry slightly with a heat tool.  You do not need to cover the whole strip, only as long as the Rosette Die, but leave room to cut a circle to secure the rosettes.  
Die cut two each of the diamond cut out strips from the Rosettes set, and adhere the two pieces together with two sided tape and Collage Medium. Fold the score lines on the now longer strip back and forth like an accordian, and then adhere the last two edges together with two sided tape and Collage Medium making a wall. Let dry a few minutes. I tried die cutting the circular piece to hold the Rosette in place, but I needed it bigger so I ended up free hand cutting a larger circle from the extra piece. Take the rosette wall and press it down so that only the white backing is shown, and add Collage Medium to the hand cut circle and press it over the center of the back of the rosette and let dry while having something heavier over the top to help keep it pressed down while drying. Do all four the same way.
Die cut four Seals from the Seals Switchlit using the triangle border and more White Heavystock. Stamp a different sentiment from the Bold Tidings Mini set using Black Soot Archival into the center of each seal.
Ink over each seal with Antique Linen Distress Ink heavily. Ink the edges of the seals with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Take the Icicle Crackle Paste and a small paint brush, and brush over all the seals, covering them completely, and let dry. Clean the brush thoroughly. Once dry and crackled, ink over the seals using the Antique Linen pressing the tool into the cracks. Use a paper towel to remove any ink from the top of the crackle. Add two sided tape to the back and adhere the seals to the front of each rosette.  
Use Tidings Stickles to add dots and lines to the seal fronts following the raised patterns. Let dry. Take four Mixed Media Tags and cut them down to #5 size but leaving them longer. Cut fish tales in each one. Use the thinnest of the Stripes Shifter Layering Stencils and ink in Antique Linen Distress Ink over the tags, not shifting them so leaving the stripes wider. Dry slightly with a heat tool. Use a ruler and a black permanent pen to draw stripes on each side of the Antique Linen. Ink the edges of the tags with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Use Twinkle Stickles to draw lines down the middle of the Antique Linen stripes on the tags. Let dry. Once the Stickles are dry on everything, adhere the rosettes to the tags, matching the opening on the diamonds to the opening on the tag hole, using two sided tape. Set the rosettes aside.
Using the stamp platform and Jolly Santa image, stamp four of the Santas and two of each of the long labels on more White Heavystock using Black Soot Archival. Cut out all the pieces...straight cuts for the labels and cutting around Santa. Set the labels aside for now, punch a small hole at the top of the Santa's hats using a Crop-O-Dile. Color in all the Santa's using using a Detail Water Brush and Distress Crayons, and the silicon mat as your palette. 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, Salvaged Patina on the shadow lines of the white parts of his hat, and Twisted Citron 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 paint over all the others. Let dry at least 30 minutes, and clean your brush. 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 Santa's if you wish. 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 an eyelet and set it with a Crop-O-Dile. Add dots of XMas Red Stickles to the berries. Let this dry. Set these aside.
Take the four label pieces and cut the labels into a tag shape, fish tailing the ends long and sharp. Ink over those with Antique Linen Distress Ink for a nice aged look. Ink the edges in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Apply Icicle Crackle Paste to the surface of each label and let dry. Clean the brush. Once dry, press more Antique Linen into the cracks, and wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Punch holes at the top of each label, add an eyelet and set it with a Crop-O-Dile. Set these aside.  
Taking a kraft colored box and the largest and thinnest of the Stripes Shifter Stencils, ink over the top of the box with Barn Red Archival and the largest stencil, repeating the pattern on the sides and NOT shifting. Use Picket Fence Distress Ink and ink in the thinnest of the stencils between the large red stripes, repeating the pattern and again not shifting. Dry. Use string to tie around the box. Taking the same string, add the rosette, Santa, and label and then tie a knot at the top. Tie these to the front of the box or wherever you want the gift tags. 

(Paper Trimmer, Ink Blending Tool, Heat Tool, Die Cut Machine, Scissors, Ruler, Stamp Platform, Glass Mat, Detail Water Brush, Two Sided Tape, Small Flathead Paint Brush, Crop-O-Dile) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: White
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Shifter Multi Stripes (thinnest and largest pattern) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Barn Red, Black Soot 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Rosette Set 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Picket Fence
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Bold Tidings Mini, Jolly Santa  
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Switchlits: Seal
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paste: Icicle 
-Ranger Stickles: Tidings 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Tags: #8 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: Festive Berries, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Hickory Smoke, Salvaged Patina, Twisted Citron
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste: Snowfall 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: String 
-Black Permanent Marker, Eyelets, Kraft Gift Box
I'm in the middle of my personal Christmas cards and tags, so I'll be showing you those sometime soon. Good luck with all your holiday makes, and truly a big thank you for all the love, support, comments, and follows during all these Tim Holtz makes. I so appreciate you all. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Great tags! I think I'd use one for an ornament after the gift was unwrapped.

  2. So bright and fun!! You're so ahead of the game...that must be an awesome feeling!!

  3. Oh so much work but it was definitely worth, I am totally in love with the wrapping paper, I would never want to unwrap that one! The rosettes are such a perfect accompaniment. Thank you again for sharing all the 'how to' with us. xx

  4. Love these timeless beauties so much - just as I do the inclusion of Stickles here. That will forever be one of my favourite paper crafting products.

    Big hugs & the happiest of festive season crafting wishes!

    Autumn Zenith ๐Ÿงก Witchcrafted Life

  5. These are just so stinkin' clever! A clear case where the gift wrapping and trims outshine the gift!

  6. OMGoodness, are these ever so cute! I love all the details you put in these! I love seeing your work on Tim’s Lives…waiting for your You Tube Chanel.๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I just ADORE these tags Anita and your awesome layering! So cool my friend! xx, Autumn


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