Saturday, September 30, 2023

Tim Holtz Stamptember 2023 - Christmas Card Set

Hello All! Today was the release of the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Stamp Collection, which this year included two stencils, and small jars of the new Glow Distress Grit Paste and Sparkle Distress Texture Paste from Ranger. I was so honored to be asked to make a project for the release, and I had such making these whimsical Christmas cards.  The images on the set are so so FUN, and I love the addition of a few snarky sentiments. Enjoy!
Cut Distress White Heavystock from Ranger to 4 x 6" for as many card fronts as you want to make (I made 4 different designs). Take the second to largest circle from the Sizzix Stitched Circles Framelits and place it in the very center of the one of the papers, and die cut. You can use a pencil to mark where the center is and the edges of the circle to help. Do all the card fronts with the die, and set the circles aside for now. Take the new stamp set and using the mittens, all three stockings, and snow flurries images, place them onto one of the card fronts so the mittens are on the top left side and snow next to it in the center all at the top (you will be stamping another mitten on the right) and all three stockings are at the bottom equally centered. Take the arrow looking pine tree from the Festive Print Stamp Set, and place it below the mittens about 1/2 inch down (you will be stamping another directly across, and then two more above the stockings later). Use a ruler and pencil to mark where to make a line under the mittens and snow, then under the arrow tree, then above the stockings, then above where the other row of arrow trees will be. Go ahead and place the paper into the stamp platform and close the lid to secure those stamps. Remove the paper and lightly draw the lines with the pencil and ruler. Using a scrap paper for a straight edge mask, color in the top and bottom lines with Festive Berries Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool, then the lines under those with Twisted Citron, and the middle part with Speckled Egg Distress for a colorblocked look. Repeat doing all the rest of the papers.

Place one of the papers into the platform and stamp the images with Glacier White Pigment Ink (It's a good idea to reink the pad beforehand so it is nice and saturated. Stamp the images a few times so they are nice and white. Repeat with the other papers keeping them separated for the ink to dry as it stays wetter longer. Remove the snow flurries and all the stockings as you are finished with those, and then move the mittens over to the right, as well as the arrow tree. Stamp those now on all the papers. Remove the mittens as you are finished with those, and move the arrow tree down to the other row, and stamp this on all the papers, then repeat again stamping it on the opposite side doing all the papers. Set those aside to dry.
Taking the die cut circles now, place one into the platform and then place one of the main stamp images on the circle centering it. Close the lid to adhere the stamp. Stamp the image with Black Soot Archival a few times to make sure the images are nice and crisp. Remove and do the next one on another circle. When you do the presents and sweater, stamp the presents first, then onto a sticky note, cut that out, and place over the presents to mask then stamp the sweater over.

Take a black fine tip permanent pen and draw a wavy line across for the Santa and snowman that will divide snowy land and sky. Add a few lines under the snowman and Santa's feet for snowy build up. Finish drawing the rest of the reindeers body on the other side of the wreath, and then a dividing line for land and sky, and a line straight up from the wreath like it's hanging from it. Color in the sky on the reindeer and snowman with a Speckled Egg Distress Watercolor Pencil and a Broad Water Brush, as well as the area around the sweater and presents, but don't extend the color over the cut and embossed stitching around the circles. Take the star stencil and a yellow pencil with Detail Water Brush and add stars around the sweater and around Santa. Take the flurries stencil and a light blue pencil and brush and add flurries around the snowman and reindeer. Color in the rest of the images with the pencils and water brush. For the snow areas only add light blue lines tracings around the black lines leaving the snow white. For Santa's sky, use the Black Soot Pencil and color around the stars. Take the stencils again and a small paint brush and brush the Sparkle Distress Texture Paste through the stencil over all the stars and flurries. Then add more Sparkle to the snow areas, Santa's hat and the snowman's body. Using a red crayon and brush color in the triangle parts of the border stitching leaving the very outer border white. Let dry. 
Cut and fold a Kraft Cardstock base card to 4.75 x 6.75 inches, and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Cut a black cardstock mat to 4.5 x 6.5 and mount to center of card base with two sided tape. Cut a white cardstock mat to 4.25 x 6.25 inches and mount to black. Take the colorblock piece, and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs and then mount onto the white. Mount the circle to the middle. Use the black pen to draw in lines between the colorblocking to look like stitching, and do the same over the cut lines on the circle. Shake up colors of Distress Mica Stain and pour a tiny bit out and use the Detail Water Brush to color in some parts of each image, like the bows on the presents, Santa's boots, belt and buckle, the snowman's hat, the ornaments on the wreath. Stamp the sentiments onto Vellum with Black Soot, and cut apart leaving space on each side. Fish tail cut the left side and add a tiny piece of two sided tape to the right side and adhere to the right side of the card front. Add two sided tape to the bottom of a light blue drop, and place that over the tape part under the sentiment.

(Paper Trimmer, Pencil, Ruler, Scrap Paper, Ink Blending Tool, Stamp Platform, Sticky Note, Scissors, Detail Water Brush, Broad Water Brush, Two Sided Tape, Small Paint Brush)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: White
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits: Stitched Circles (second to largest)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Speckled Egg, Twisted Citron, Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamptember 2023 Set 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Festive Print
-Ranger Pigment Ink: Glacier White
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Black Soot
-Ranger Tim Holtz Watercolor Pencils
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste: Sparkle
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain: Frozen Fog, Unravelled, Snow Flurries, Tree Lot, Yuletide, Wicked Elixir, Fallen Acorn, Iron Gate
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock, Black Cardstock
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Christmas Droplets
-Permanent Fine Black Pen, White Pen, Vellum
Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back next week with the other Stamper's Anonymous Christmas make. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Love the masking and faux layering. Those are some straight drawn stitch lines. Mine would be all over the place...LOL. Love!!!

  2. Such detailed directions! They really are great cards - love the effect you get by stamping with the Glacier White.


Thank you so much for viewing my blog and commenting on it! It truly means so much to me.