Hello friends and welcome…I hope that you’ve all been well.
***AS OF EARLY THIS MORNING, THIS STAMP SET HAS SOLD OUT***
I’m back today to share a card I created for the new release of the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Tim Holtz Stamp and Stencil set. If you’re not familiar, every year Simon Says Stamp celebrates their love of rubber-stamping throughout the whole month of September, selling exclusive stamp sets, products and special items made by a variety of companies. The products are exclusively made for the event and only available for a very limited time from Simon Says Stamp (click here to check out the Simon Says Stamp website, specials and more information about the event)
…and, guess what? Today is Tim Holtz’s turn! 🙂 I was very excited and grateful to get the set ahead of time to make a sample and to have been asked to create with it… thank you Heidi and Tim!
My card combines my love of classic Christmas and aged vintage simplicity. The Santa scene instantly reminded me of framed lithograph scenes in beautifully tattered and worn frames. I am lucky to have a few of the framed pieces hanging on the walls of my home, and love the feelings that spark from the ageless scenes, and hoped to create that feeling in this card.
I stamped the Santa Scene onto the smooth side of a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper using my Stamping Platform and Ground Espresso Archival Ink. The stamp platform makes it so easy to stamp, reink, then stamp again… which I found was important with this particular stamp because of all the tiny details and sketchy marks that are on the stamp.
Using a detail water brush, I colored the trees, roof top and background using both watered down Distress ink and Spray Stains. The trees were highlighted with one of the Holiday Mica Spray Stains from last year, Holly Branch. This was watercolored on to add a little shimmer to them.
Then, onto the Santa and Chimney…that’s when I grabbed by shiny new (well, sort of, they’ve been used quite a bit these days because they are so AWESOME!) Distress Watercolor Pencils.
I scribbled the Fired Brick and Barn Door Pencils directly onto my craft mat, then using my watercolor brush, watered the pigment down and then directly colored them…don’t you think they’re the perfect colors for Santa? I dried the area, then, colored in some of him using both colors of the pencils. I then took my water brush and blended out the colored areas. It’s so cool that these pencils can be both colored directly, or watered down and colored. Then I layered on some more color to the trees, his Santa sack, the house and the chimney using a variety of the pencils, then slightly blended some of the area out with the brush, and leaving some for visual interest and layers.
The Chimney was colored with the same reds as the Santa but some Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain pencil was added to give the Chimney that brick look.
Once the areas were all colored up, I took my splatter brush and some watered down Black Soot Distress Paint, and splattered the background, then dried with a heat tool.
Next to add some sparkle, using the snowfall stencil provided in the stamp and stencil kit, I placed the stencil to the top of the scene and used a palette knife to scrape some Snowfall Gritpaste through, then set it aside to dry.
Using some Distress Collage Medium and Clear Rock Candy Glitter, I highlighted some of the snowy areas with glitter, then dried it with my heat tool.
The phrase, which is not in a straight line in the set, was trimmed by me, then placed into my stamp platform and stamped onto a piece of clear vellum and embossed with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder.
I cut the background into a square, placed the vellum phrase, then stitched with Black Thread around the edge using my sewing machine. I matted the piece onto a few pieces of patterned paper, Distress Kraft Stock and a piece of white mixed media heavy stock that had been trimmed with the Distress Deckle Paper Trimmer. The deckle edge was rubbed with collage medium then sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy Glitter and Mica Flakes. Two small holly leaves were cut from some inky scrap papers, then tucked and adhered them behind the vellum along with some holographic shimmer thread, and with that, my card was complete!
Here’s a look at the entire stamp set and stencil. Click here to go directly to the set!
Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my creation and be sure to hop over to timholtz.com and simonsaysstamp.com for more information, details and beautiful creations by so many talented makers!
Products used to create this card… to shop at Simon Says Stamp CLICK HERE.
Simon Says Stamp/Tim Holtz exclusive Stamptember 2022 Stamp Set and Stencil, Distress Watercolor Pencils, Distress Inks, Holiday Mica Spray Set #2, 2021, Snowfall Grit-Paste, Clear Rock Candy Glitter, Mica Flakes, Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, Vellum, Distress Watercolor Paper, Distress White Heavystock, idea-ology Christmas 2020 paper, Sizzix Deck the Halls Colorize, and more…
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