Hello there…remember me??
oh my goodness, it feels like ages since I posted last. A bit of life got in the way of my creative endeavors, and I’ve found myself creating in a different way, as in, creating a new home and a slightly smaller tattered nest.
I hope that this post finds you well and deep into decorating your halls and preparing for all that is the holiday rush. This years festivities may be a little different since we will be doing them in a pandemic style. But I hope that the extra down time has given you some time to do some of those things that you always said you wanted to do, but didn’t have the time.
Since my last post, we bought a new old home (which we completely love), moved into said home, prepared a home to sell, sorted through everything that I never knew that I owned, prepared for a giant downsizing moving sale, plus have unboxed and settled into our new place. Which, as I write all of these things down, it’s no wonder that I’ve not been spending time in my studio, life has been a bit hectic! Believe me when I say, when you are a collector and the descendants of collectors and you decide to downsize…it takes a while.
Anyways…I am back today with a Christmas card that I created using some of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix products. The products featured are the new Engraved 3D Texture Fade and the new Darling Deer.
Both of these new products are wonderful to work with..the Engraved 3D folder is a fantastic way to dress up a background when combined with Distress Ink and to add to the festive feel of the card, I used Statue Alcohol Ink Alloy and Clear Rock Candy Glitter to glitz it up a bit.
Here’s a peek at some of that yummy texture.
So, let’s get to it…
I started by directly rubbing the deep textured side of the 3D embossing folder using a Walnut Stain Distress ink pad, then lightly spritzed a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper with water, then ran it through my Vagabond.
After the paper was embossed, I dried it with my heat tool and then lightly rubbed a tiny bit of collage medium on to the texture, using my finger. I then applied a small amount of Clear Rock Candy Glitter using a glitter duster, then set the paper aside to dry. Collage medium dries pretty quick, and especially fast when you are impatient like me and have a trusty Ranger heat tool.
Once the glitter was dry, I again, lightly rubbed a little Statue Alloy onto the embossed areas using my finger. Normally, Alcohol Ink isn’t used on regular paper, it is a medium that normally must be used on slick surfaces, but, I’ve experimented and found that by applying the alloy to my finger and then rubbing it onto paper, it works perfectly to add a little metallic accent or guilded look to my cardstock projects.
Besides having messy fingers, you can get some pretty yummy results…
I cut a couple of the Darling Deer out of paper that had been inked and blended with a variety of brown distress inks. The large deer antlers were rubbed with a small amount of collage medium and sprinkled with clear rock candy, then dried.
I created another background to place behind the deer by stamping (Holiday Type CMS281) with Aged Mahogany then lightly sprinkled some of the stamped area with clear and gold embossing powders and then, embossed with a heat gun. The background was then trimmed to fit the deer and stitched using a sewing machine and red thread. I rubbed collage medium onto the background edge and sprinkled some glitter randomly and set aside to dry.
I cut some greens (Sizzix thinlet sets Funky Festive and Pine Branch, from some scrap distress papers, blended the edges of the greens with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and rubbed on a small amount of the Statue Alloy.
All the elements were then applied to the backgrounds and with that, my card was complete.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for bearing with me through my creative drought. I hope to be back in my creative space feathering my nest and sharing with you very soon…
Have a great day and stay well my friends!
The ingredients to create this card… Distress Inks and sprays, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Distress Sprayer, Distress Watercolor Paper, Sizzix Thinlet Darling Deer, 3D Engraved Texture Fade, Funky Festive, Pine Branch, Stampers Anonymous Stripes and Holiday Type CMS281, Clear Rock Candy Glitter, Statue Alcohol Ink Alloy, Clear Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder.
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Sheila Segil says
Love love this card!! Just beautiful as always. Soooo very happy to see you back, I was getting worried.
Joanne Kirkbright says
So elegant and beautiful – I love using alcohol inks in this way too, it’s like metallic wax without the hassle.
OMG Stacy!!!!! I just got this texture folder from Simon this week and I am off for the next two days so I am SO excited to start playing with it. Your tutorial just filled my head with more excitement! Gorgeous card, as always!! Can’t wait to see your next beautiful creation!! Stay safe and healthy!! PS- Congrats on the new house!! Could a photo tour of your new studio be next?? Hmmmmm, I wonder!
Always a stunning piece of vintage goodness!
Joanne Quagliara says
I absolutely love this card. It’s fabulous. I loved how you described so concisely each step of your creative journey on this card.Well done. It’s definitely inspired me to try it at some point. Thank you for sharing.👏👏👏❤️
Sheila Rodriguez says
Simply gorgeous, and congrats on your new home. So exciting!
Wow! Love everything about this!!!
Vickie Swanson says
Missed your posts Stacy! The new old house sounds wonderful…enjoy! Love this card, you are always an inspiration to me…Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Susie Beverly says
Yay! So happy to see your wonderful creativity again. You were missed! Love the card; it is beautiful!
Dixie in Montana says
WOW…you have been beyond busy! So much to do and so many changes! It would take me MONTHS to just reset up my studio! On top of everything else we are in the middle of the holiday season! Good for you to even get this post done! I remember this card of yours from Tim Holtz’s Sissix release video and loved it then. Thanks for telling us how to do it! You are amazing!
It is so good to hear from you. I am so glad you are somewhat settled. Thank you for your inspiration.
Beautifully done, Stacy! Love this gorgeous card. Congrats on your new/old house. Enjoy your first Christmas in it!!
Rhonda Stubbs says
Thank you for sharing. I am new to card making and have been buying stuff. Now that I have it, I don’t know what to do with it. This gives me instigation.
This card is perfection! Your attention to detail is amazing. You’ve not only motivated me to get in my craft room but also to get down into my basement to start clearing out the clutter. Yikes!
I am glad to hear that your time away was for a happy reason. You have totally blown me away, again with your creativity. Your projects are always so natural and organic. Just beautiful.
Welcome back, hoping you and yours are well and the move sounds like it went well with all the re-discovery of collected treasures. We never sized up, I have always said, the house you live in is never big enough, you always fill it up no matter the size, so I refused to sell and re-buy. So I guess we don’t need to size down…LOL. I can’t imagine sizing down!! How hard to deiced what to keep and what to sell/let go….so glad to see your special creativity and wonderful tutorials…
Pam Galloway says
Your artistry is stunning. What a beautifully serene tribute to this winter season.
I hope you enjoy the holidays in your new, old home, Stacy! This card is beautiful. The background looks like a piece of carved wood! Enjoy your weekend.
Lynn Luikey says
Congratulations on your new home, Stacy! Thank you for taking time from your very busy life right now to post this for us. Like other commenters, I too never thought to use my alcohol inks like this. I have so many of them that I’m very excited to start experimenting with them using your technique! Very best wishes for a happy holiday season!
Another beauty! Thanks for the alcohol ink tip!
Beth Butterbaugh says
We’ve missed you! This is gorgeous, thanks for sharing the details. Your work is always so amazing in all the layers and the ways you add depth and color.
Kathy Sheely says
As always, I love seeing your name show up in my mail box! This is beautiful. I just received that embossing folder and haven’t used it yet. You’ve inspired me to use it for some Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing AND congratulations on your new/old home.
Oh my gosh! I DO remember you 😉, but it been ever so long and I have missed all of your fantastic makes to keep me inspired. MERRY CHRISTMAS and congratulations on the new home, I know it will be decorated with perfect “Stacy style.”
This is a gorgeous little project! I did not know the inks could “go rogue” and be used in such a beautiful way on paper, gonna try that for a little Christmas shine. Thanks so much, Stacy!
Lisa Says says
This is EXTREMELY beautiful !!! wow !!
Thank you for sharing-beautiful and classy. Well worth waiting for!!!
I now know which cards I’m copying for my Christmas cards. Love, love, love this card-
Debbie G says
nothing but absolutely amazing👏❤️
Michelle Stratten says
Absolutely stunning make Stacy, thank you for the inspiration and “how to”. I would never have thought to add alcohol inks with my finger to a project, I certainly will now. Lovely to have you back and I’m pleased to hear you are settling into your new home xx
Glad to hear the happy news! When you don’t hear from someone while this virus is going on you always worry about that person’s health. This is a gorgeous project that I’m going to try this week. Stay safe and thank you.
Wanda Hentges says
I’ve missed you, Stacy!! It’s wonderful how much progress you’ve made with the move and downsizing. It makes me tired just thinking about it, lol. This card is so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love every detail!!!
Wow! You’ve been through so much in really quite a short time! So good to see your blog post, although I am quite late to the party! I may be late, but nevertheless so impressed with this detailed card and your tutorial. I am so thankful you share of your ideas, as I am (also) late creating and sending out Christmas cards and this has given me much needed inspiration! Merry Christmas!