Saturday, September 23, 2023

Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2023 - Festive Print Ticking Christmas Cards with Removable Snow Globe Ornament

Hello Everyone! The Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Christmas Release LIVE is still playing, and oh my word is it ever so inspiring! The makes are beyond fabulous and all so different using the same five sets...always impresses me so much. Here is one of my makes from the LIVE, featuring the Festive Print and Ticking and Grain Stamp Sets plus the Twinkle Mini Layering Stencil. I thought is would be so fun to add the gift onto the card, so I added a magnetic Snow Globe Ornament to the front that can be taken off and hung and then placed back on after the holidays for storage. I think it would be so fun to receive this. Hope you enjoy!  
(For two cards) In order to figure out the sizing on the snow globe, I played around with the 2.5" Circle Shaker Domes and the Stitched Circles Framelits from Sizzix, along with the two snow globe images on the Festive Print Stamp Set. Of the 6 Stitched Circles you will need #3 and #4 (from littlest to biggest). Using #4, die cut two circles using Distress Watercolor Cardstock from Ranger, then two more but this time add two sided tape on the back before you die cut. Set the two without tape aside. For the two with tape, add the smaller #3 die in the center and die cut so you will have one small circle and a frame for both pieces. Set the two frame pieces aside. Take the two smaller circles and stamp a snow globe image onto each using Speckled Egg Archival from Ranger, centering the images best as you can. Set all these aside for now. (I set these aside to figure out my card front from here, but you can continue on with Step 6 to finish these if you want and then come back to the card.) Note: I also stamped two small houses with the heart, but I wasn't sure at this point if I was going to add them to the snow globes.

Using a piece of scrap paper, cut it to 3 5/8 x 5 1/8", and then die cut the #4 Stitched Circle from the very center, to use both of these as a mask. Cut two pieces of Distress Watercolor to 3 5/8 x 5 1/8" for the card fronts. Place the frame mask on one, and ink in the circle with Speckled Egg Archival with an Ink Blending Tool, and then do the other. Place one in a stamp platform and add the Ticking Background Stamp over and close the door to secure it. Place the circle mask over the inked circle and stamp the Ticking over with the Speckled Egg, and repeat with the other. You are finished with the Ticking. Place the circle mask over the inked circle and lightly ink around the circle mask with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool to create a light halo around, and then do the other. Ink the edges of both card fronts with the Gathered Twigs.
Place the frame over one of the card front and lay on a paper towel or in a spraying box. Shake up both Frozen Fog and Winterfrost Distress Mica Stains, and then lightly mist each over the circle. Let the mask dry a bit and then repeat with the other. Clean the nozzles of both to prevent clogging later.

Place one of the card front into a platform and add the moon, stars, a house, and two trees to create a scene, and close to secure the stamps. Pounce over the card with an Anti-Static Pouch to prevent powder sticking where you don't want. Lay the frame mask over to expose only the circle. Stamp the images with Speckled Egg Distress Ink or Archival a few times to get plenty of ink down, and then quickly remove the mask and pour White Embossing Powder over. Tap off excess and heat emboss with a heat gun. Repeat with the other card front. Select a sentiment from the stamp set and stamp it below the circle in Speckled Egg and this time pour Speckled Egg Embossing Glaze over, and then heat set. Do the other, and then you are finished with the stamping on the card front. Lay the circle mask over the center, and then lay the Mini Twinkle Layering Stencil over the left side. Ink in any of the images with Speckled Egg Archival to form a border around the circle and sentiment, and then leaving the stencil in place, use a palette knife and the Sparkle Distress Texture Paste and apply the paste over the inked stars. Remove the stencil and clean and wipe any paste from the circle mask. Let dry completely, and then do the other side. Repeat with the other card front.
Use a bit of Picket Fence Distress Paint to paint in a white snowy area between the tree bottoms and the bottom edge of the house. Let dry, then apply Snowfall Distress Grit Paste over the white area and anywhere else you'd like. Let dry. Use a brown permanent pen to draw a line around the circle to make a border. Cut and fold a Kraft Cardstock base card to 4 x 5.5" times two, and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Cut a Silver Sparkle Classic Kraftstock piece to 3 7/8 x 5 3/8" times two, and ink those edges. Then run a distress tool around the edges of the silver. Add two sided tape to the back and add these to the card bases. Take one of the mini craft magnets and adhere it to the center of the Silver Kraftstock with a bit of two sided tape, using the frame mask to help you locate the center. Then add the card front on with two sided tape, centering on the silver. Do the other, and then set these aside.
(Back to the snow globe.) Take the two small circles with the snow globe images, and color the sky in a little darker with the Winterfrost and Frozen Fog Distress Mica Stains with a Detail Water Brush. Add watered down Frozen Fog to the moon, stars, and all snowy areas. Use Distress Watercolor Pencils and a Detail Water Brush to color in the mountains, trees, and houses. Outline with a brown and black pen, and add white details with a white pen. Color in one small heart house and cut out, and adhere to the mountain scene on the right. Use a small brush and add Sparkle Texture Paste to all the snowy areas and let dry. Take the circle frames and ink over them with Speckled Egg and then mist them both with Winterfrost and Frozen Fog. Set them aside. 
Take the larger white circle (smooth side up), and add two sided tape at the top and secure a silver ribbon loop to it (about 7 inches long), and then add a tiny piece of tape to the middle and secure the magnet to it making sure it's the correct side so that it will magnetize to the other on the card. Remove the backing on the colored images and press onto the larger circle in the middle, matching top side up with the ribbon hanging, and smoothing around the magnet and pressing well to will be slightly raised in the center from the magnet. Pour some Rocky Candy Glitter and Mica Flakes into a dome about a teaspoon full together (I put too much.), then remove the sticky backing, add a little Collage Medium for extra strength, and then lay the top larger circle on top while lifting above your head and pressing to seal well, and not turning it over it. Keep pressing and lay it somewhere to dry before flipping it over so that the glitter moves around go the glitter doesn't stick to any glue. Leaving it on a cup rim that is smaller will keep it secure until dry. Do not put on ring frame yet.
Cut two pieces of Silver Sparkle Kraftstock to about 1.5 x 6" and set one aside. Lay one in the stamp platform and add one sentiment to one side (two words on top of each other) and close to secure. Stamp the sentiment a few times using Speckled Egg Archival so you can see the image well on the sparkle and then immediately pour Speckled Egg Distress Embossing Glaze and heat set. (NOTE: When you heat set the Silver Sparkle the glitter sort of melts away leaving just a flat silver foil look. I thought this was so cool, so I kept it.) Flip the paper to the other side and add another sentiment and repeat the steps. Add two sided tape to the back and secure the other Silver Sparkle on the back. Cut the sentiments apart about 1/8" away from bottom last letter. Cut around one to look like a tapered base, and then cut a round shape at the top that will fit snuggly against the edge of the shaker. Use this sentiment as a guide to cut around the other sentiment so they look the same. Ink the edges of this with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. and add a tiny strip of two sided tape to the curved cut at the top of each. Adhere the base piece on to the bottom lip of the shaker. Add a tiny bit of Collage Medium around the lip of the shaker and secure the circle frame on pressing tightly to make sure everything is secure. Ink the edges of the frame with Gathered Twigs.  Tie a small bow using the same ribbon, and fish tail cut the ends and cut short. Use Collage Medium to adhere the bow to the bottom of the shaker above the sentiment base. Lay the snow globe shaker on the card front to magnetize in place.

(Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Two Sided Tape, Die Machine, Stamp Platform, Scrap Paper, Ink Blending Tool, Anti-Static Pouch, Heat Tool, Palette Knife, Distress Tool, Small Paint Brush, Detail Water Brush)
-Sizzix Circle Shaker Domes: 2.5"
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Stitched Circles
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Speckled Egg
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Festive Print, Ticking + Grain 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Speckled Egg
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain: Frozen Fog, Winterfrost
-Ranger Embossing Powder: White
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze: Speckled Egg
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Mini Stencil: Set 57(Twinkle)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste: Sparkle
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Picket Fence
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste: Snowfall
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Sparkle Classic Kraftstock, Metallic Trimmings
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter: Rock Candy
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Flakes
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Brown and Black Permanent Pen, White Pen, 4 Mini Thin Craft Magnets (for two cards)
Thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate you. I'll be back soon. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, September 15, 2023

Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas 2023 - Sparkle and Layered Stripes with Candleshop and Trim A Tree Christmas Cards

Hello Everyone! Here is my other project from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas LIVE from last week. These two were made with the Layered Stripes,  Colorize Trim A Tree, and Colorize Candleshop, along with the Sparkle 3D Texture Fade.  I am in love with the Sparkle Fade. These beads looks totally real...gotta love the 3D technology. Really, I am in love with all the dies from this release. Tim knocked it out of the park. Enjoy!
Cut two sheets of Ivory Mixed Media Cardstock from Ranger the same size as the Sparkle 3D Texture Fade. Take Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide and rub it over the larger side of the Sparkle Texture Fade, completely covering it. Working quickly, lightly mist one sheet of the Cardstock and place it into the Fade. Rub through the machine a few times and remove. The ink should have transferred to the paper. Clean the fade with water, and repeat, this time with Peacock Feathers Oxide and the other sheet. Let them dry. Cut and fold two Kraft Cardstock base cards to 4 x 9 inches. 
Ink around the base cards with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Cut two pieces of more Mixed Media Cardstock to 3 7/8 x 8 7/8, and mount onto each base card. Take the two Sparkle embossed pieces and trim off both long side to make each 3.75 inches wide. Ink the edges of those with the Walnut Stain, add two sided tape and adhere those to the top of the base cards. Take the Layered Stripes Thinlits and papers from the Classic Kraftstock (a brown and a green) and papers from the Metallic 3 Kraftstock (platinum), with more Mixed Media Cardstock and cut the pieces for the dies (solid piece using the Mixed Media, next using a Metallic, and last using the colored Kraftstock for each one. Assemble the pieces using two sided tape. Trim each of these to 3.75 wide by about 2.5. Ink the edges with Walnut Stain, and adhere to the bottom of the base card.
Using the same papers, plus adding the brownish Metallic one from the Confections Metallics, adding regular Kraft Cardstock, adding Manila, and adding another green, die cut the pieces for the two trees (don't die cut the largest piece as you don't need it, and use Kraft for the very bottom layer, and alternating manila and Mixed Media for the layers on the white one, and alternating greens for the green one), the pots, one candle stick with thin candle (alternating the brown and platinum Metallic for the metal and alternating manila and Mixed Media for the candle), one shorter candle (alternating manila and Mixed Media), two flames (manila, orange, yellow and black for wick), two stars, 8 ornaments for each card alternating the colors of them, and two candle stick bases (brown and platinum Metallic) (saving that inside piece for base trays for the candlestick and short candle).  Confusing a little but just refer to my pics as I didn't take more photos, sorry. Cut the thin candle shorter so it doesn't cover up the ornaments that will go on the Sparkle part.  Ink the pieces lightly with Walnut Stain and them assemble using two sided tape and Collage Medium. For the buckets, I flipped each one a different way just for fun.
For the two candles, take the Antique Linen Distress Watercolor Pencil and a Detail Waterbrush or paintbrush and using a little water, color around the darker portions of the candle for a little more depth, especially in the center where the hot melted wax would be. Use the Mustard Seed Pencil to add a little yellow around the wick area of the flame. Unscrew the bottle of Distress Resist Spray and dip a brush in. Paint over the hot wax areas for a little hot wax sheen. Wash your brush immediately after.

Adhere everything except the candles and trees to the bottom portion of the cards. Adhere four of the ornaments to the bottom parts of the dangling garlands. Stamp the sentiments with the same colors of Oxide from the Modern Christmas Stamp Set from Stamper's Anonymous onto Mixed Media, and mount onto Kraft. Squirt out a tiny amount of Platinum Stickles onto the mat and pick up with the tiny end of a stylus and add the dots of glitter to some of the hanging down garlands and to the trees for light and to the ornaments. Do the same with White Opal and Bisque Liquid Pearls just on the garlands. Let dry, and then adhere the trees on with two sided tape. Add foam tape to the candles and adhere those on so they look raised and 3D. 
(Water Mister, Die Cut Machine, Two Sided Tape, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Die Pick, Ink Blending Tool, Detail Water Brush, Foam Tape, Stylus Tool, Stamping Block)
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Cardstock: Ivory
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fade (Christmas 2023): Sparkle 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Gathered Twigs, Peacock Feathers
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Classic Kraftstock, Metallic Confections Kraftstock, Metallic 3 Kraftstock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Christmas 2023): Layered Stripes, Colorize Trim A Tree, Colorize Candleshop 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils: Antique Linen, Mustard Seed
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray
-Ranger Liquid Pearls: White Opal, Bisque
-Ranger Stickles: Platinum 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Modern Christmas
Thank you for all the comments on Instagram and Facebook about the projects. I really appreciate you all. I will be back next week. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Saturday, September 09, 2023

Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas 2023 - Holiday Knit Forest Shadows and Reindeer Sleigh Christmas Card

Hi Everyone! I know I always say it, but that Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas LIVE was mind blowing! After every single one my mind is filled with ideas, and to tell you the truth I never feel worthy to be apart of it. The makers are awe-inspiring to say the least. Here is my first make using the new Forest Shadows and Reindeer Sleigh Thinlits, as well as the Holiday Knit Multi Level Texture Fade. This card was pretty easy to put together once I finished the sky which took me a few tries until I liked it. Hope you enjoy!

Using a glittery white felt that I added two sided tape to,  I die cut both of the trees and stars from the Forest Shadows, as well as the snow parts from the Reindeer Sleigh. I don't think the roof part (the three part) that I used is meant to be snow, but I liked that it looked like snow drifts so that is why I used it for the snow. I set the roof, snowy parts, and stars apart until ready.

Taking the two tree lines, I placed them inside the Holiday Knit Multi Level Texture Fade, and ran them through the machine a few times for a wonderful textured look. It's so cool that you can emboss felt.
Using gray Kraftstock with two sided tape on the back, I die cut the second roof part. Then using Black Kraftstock with two sided tape on the back, I die cut all the other parts from the Reindeer Sleigh Thinlits, and the single reindeer again.  I assembled all the pieces for the roof part, then set everything aside.
I cut a piece of Black Kraftstock to 4.75 x 6.75. Using Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide from Ranger and an Ink Blending Tool. I inked over the top portion of the sky in a flourish type of shape for a swooshing effect. I shook up the Winterfrost Distress Mica Stain, poured out a bit, and then painted over the flourish. Then I lightly misted over the top with it.  
I poured out a bit of Picket Fence Distress Paint, misted a tiny bit of water in it, and then used the Splatter Brush to pick it up, and then I strummed the bristles over the paper to create white dots for a starry and snowy look. I let this dry
I layered on all the tree die cuts, and trimmed off the overage. I cut a bit of the bottom of the rooftop off to be able to see more of the trees, and added foam tape to the back. I took a cotton ball and pulled some cotton off and pulled it to elongate and rubbed it between my fingers. I shaped it into wisps to look like smoke and used Collage Medium to adhere it behind the chimney stack only and did not secure the tops yet.
I cut and folded a Kraft Cardstock base card to 5 x 7 inches, and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I  mounted the Silver Sparkle Kraftstock over cut to 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches, then mounted the card front on. I die cut the sleigh and reindeer again using the Silver Sparkle Kraftstock to layer the black pieces on top slightly off to give the appearance of a highlight, but I decided to only go with the two closer reindeer and sleigh as it was just a little too much going on, so I'll save that piece for another project. I cut off the sentiment from the Christmas Remnant Rubs and used the rub on tool to adhere the rub on over the lower right corner on the snow. The rub ons worked fabulously on the felt. To finish up I adhere the stars on.

(Two Sided Tape, Scissors, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Paper Trimmer, Ink Blending Tool, Paint Brush, Splatter Brush, Foam Tape, Remnant Rub Tool)
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Christmas 2023): Forest Shadows, Reindeer Sleigh 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Multi Level Texture Fade (Christmas 2023): Holiday Knit 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Black Kraftstock, Neutral Kraftstock, Sparkle Classic, Christmas Remnant Rubs
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Prize Ribbon
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain: Winterfrost
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Picket Fence
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Glittery White Felt, Cotton Ball
Thank you so much for stopping by and especially for commenting! I will be back next week with the second project from the Live. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!