Saturday, October 07, 2023

Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2023 - So Says the Cat Watercolored Festive Art Christmas Cartoon Cards

Hello Everyone! I'm back with the other make seen on the Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Christmas Live from a few weeks ago. This set of fun cards were made with the Christmas Cartoons Stamp Set, all but one of the Festive Art Element Stencils, and with the trio of Set 57 Mini Layering Stencils. With all those stencils you can add so so much to the cute images on the set. This set brings back memories to me of always reading the Sunday comics in the big newspaper, especially the Family Circus, so that is what gave me inspiration, and I decided to voice the poor old cat. Hope you enjoy!

Cut Watercolor Cardstock from Ranger to 4.25 x 4.25" squares for as many card fronts as you want to make (I made 6 different designs). Place into the stamp platform and arrange the Christmas Cartoon images on, and close the lid to adhere the stamps. Stamp the images with Black Soot Archival a few times to make sure the images are nice and crisp since you are stamping on Watercolor helps to reink your ink pad beforehand. On the ones that will be layered, stamp onto sticky note for masking. Take the sentiments from the Snarky Cats sets and stamp those at the bottom close to where the cat will be. I also cut the egg nog stamp in two for easier stamping, and masked off the parts on the couple with sticky note so those parts would not be stamped. I rounded the corners of all.

Here are all six of the card fronts with all the stamping, and the space I left for the stenciling.
Using a permanent fine point pen, I traced around the images on all the stencils from the Festive Art Elements (The only one I didn't use was the candy cane one.) and the Mini Set 57. I free-handed the borders, the floor planks, the movement marks, the bow on the mistletoe, trim on windows, and table cloth.

Here are all six of the card fronts with all the stenciling and pen work.
I colored in all the images with Distress Watercolor Pencils and a Detail Water Brush, as well as a Broad Water Brush on the backgrounds.

One the three outside cards I applied Snowfall Distress Grit Paste to the snowy areas using a palette knife. I used Frozen Fog, Wonderland, Sugary Gumdrop, Yuletide, Wicked Elixir, and Harvest Moon Distress Mica Stains on all the ornaments, bows, tree skirts, and some of the clothing, applying with the Detail Water Brush. I mounted all the card fronts onto colored Kraftstock cut 4.5 x 4.5", then onto Black Cardstock cut 4.75 x 4.75", and then onto Kraft card bases cut and folded to 5", all with rounded corners.

(Paper Trimmer, Stamp Platform, Sticky Note, Scissors, Corner Rounder, Detail Water Brush, Broad Water Brush, Palette Knife, Two Sided Tape, Ink Blending Tool)
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Christmas Cartoons 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Black Soot
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Snarky Cat Christmas, Stamptember 2020
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Element Stencils: Festive Art
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Mini Stencil: Set 57
-Ranger Tim Holtz Watercolor Pencils
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste: Snowfall
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain: Frozen Fog, Wonderland, Sugary Gumdrop, Yuletide, Wicked Elixir, Harvest Moon
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock, Black Cardstock
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Classic Kraftstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-Faber-Castell Pitt Pen: Black
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: White
Thank for stopping by, and for all the wonderful comments on IG and FB. I so appreciate you all. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Excellent job combining the stamps and the stencils. I love the Sunday comics idea - and the cat voice is now inside my head! These are fabulous!

  2. Fantastic ideas and creativity! Love it all x


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