Friday, November 15, 2019

Christmas Greetings - Seasonal Scribbles

There are so many terrific ideas out there for using these delightfully whimsical Seasonal Scribble Stamps from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. Tags, gift cards, and so many super cute makes. 

When I saw these stamps, they reminded me of the postcards and postage stamps that line the exit of Disneyland's It's a Small World ride.  So I set about making a card that with that in mind. I also used one of my favorite older techniques -- Distress Marker Stamping.
 Pick and image and a sentiment from the Seasonal Scribbles set. Put them very close together on a stamp platform. If you are going to be die cutting this image, you will want to die cut the paper first and then center the stamps on the shape before doing the following steps.
Use various colors of Distress Markers to color in the image directly on the stamp.
When you are done coloring it should look like this.  Now you need to breathe on it like you breathe on glasses when you want to clean them or like you used to breathe on the car window in the winter when you wanted it to fog up so you could write on it.
Then press the image onto a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Breathe on it again and stamp again.  If you want the colors to be more vibrant, you can color it again, breathe, stamp again.
For my images I cut several postage stamp shapes from the (now retired) Stacked Postage dies from Sizzix and Tim Holtz. I stamped the snow in Tumbled Glass, then the flakes in Faded Jeans and then sentiment in Chipped Sapphire.
This image is stamped in Festive Berries, Peeled Paint, and Gathered Twigs, with the bit of postage lines peeking from the corner stamped in Black Soot. The postage lines are from a set from two years ago called Holiday Postmarks.
I used Festive Berries, Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint.
This one was fun! Wild Honey, Festive Berries, Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint.
The Holly Leaves have Peeled Paint and Pine Needles on them, berries were Festive Berries and then postmark and sentiment were in Black Soot. You may also note that I did machine stitch around all of the stamp shapes after I stamped them. This is completely optional, or you can draw the stitching with a fine tip pen. I was just compelled to do it and I couldn't finish the card unless I sewed on them.
The background was made by stamping all of the various postmark stamps from the Holiday Postmarks onto a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock in Brushed Corduroy. I stamped each postmark individually so that they ended up making a pattern.  Then I went over the whole piece with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink on a blending tool.
I lightly spritzed it with a bit of water to make some water drops.
Then I sprayed a tiny bit of Festive Berries Distress Stain into a plastic cup, sprayed a tiny bit of water in it and then used the Distress Splatter Brush to add some red flecks to the background. I did the same with Forest Moss Spray Stain.
The final bits were to pop the stamped shapes up off the background, and arrange them on the front of a 4.25x5.5 card. I added some Long Fasteners to the corner and tied some black twine around the edge.
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Tami

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Season's Greetings - Into the Woods

This card takes us Into the Woods for a holiday greeting card with a rustic feel. Three new Christmas Stamp sets from Tim Holtz and Stampers anonymous work together well for this woodsy card.
To start, lets make the background paper. You will need some Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, some Ranger Watermark Resist Ink, and the plaid stamp from the Lumberjack set.
Stamp the plaid onto the Heavystock with the Watermark Resist Ink.
Dry the ink and then grab a red Distress Spray Stain and a red Distress Oxide Spray.
Spray them onto the stamped surface.
Then add some Ground Espresso for a little depth.
By the time you get all three colors sprayed on the stamped paper, it will look like this.
Spray some water onto it and let it soak in for a minute and then dry it.
When it is dry it should look something like this. The Watermark Ink kind of grabs the ink color and leaves a light image. I really love this technique and have enjoyed using it several times in the last year with various stamps and ink combos. I encourage to experiment with this technique and see what happens now that we have all of the ink colors in Spray Stains and Spray Oxides.
Next I wanted to add a bit of snow, so I put some Picket Fence Distress Paint on the Distress Splatter Brush and splatter some "snow" across the piece. Dry it quickly with a heat tool so that it doesn't have time to soak up the red ink and turn pink.
From the Christmastime 2 set, stamp the Season's Greetings sentiment onto the card in the upper right area. You need to leave room for the fox and trees. Stamp the sentiment with the Black Soot Distress Oxide and then cover it with Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder and heat with an embossing tool.
Stamp the trees from the Into the Woods set in the Forest Moss and Peeled Paint Oxide Inks onto some Distress Mixed Media Cardstock. Fussy cut them out, then ink the edges with the same oxides, spritz them with water to add a little bit of oxidation. Attach one to the background and pop the second one up a little bit and overlap them.
Stamp the Fox in Black Soot Oxide, fussy cut it out and ink the edges. Sprinkle a few drops of water to add some oxidation. Pop it up and and layer it it below the sentiment and in front of the trees.
Add some of the Idea-ology Metallic Droplets across the front. I also added a couple of pieces of greenery from the Sizzix Deck the Halls die set.

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Tami

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Desktop Candy Box Part 3 - Christmas Ideaology 2019

For the last part of the tutorial on this Candy Box, we are focusing on the trees and the bauble ornaments. This is a quick, simple final bit to finish off our festive piece.
You need one of each of the Woodland Trees (not one of the half trees) large, medium and small.
If you have trees in this bubble packaging this won't be a problem, but I have trees I've collected over the years and some of them are pretty wonky like the one in the bottom right.
To fix this you need to spray it with some water and the sisal bristles will straighten out and fill in nicely!
You may notice once it is dry and full again, that some of the sisal bristles grew a little and need trimmed. Just trim them off with your snips. Super easy.
Spray all three trees with some Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain. Let them dry. It may not seem like you did very much with the Picket Fence, but you can see in the picture above that the one on the left is significantly lighter than the one on the right.
Now you want to add a little sparkle, so you need Distress Rock Candy Glitter, a Glitter Duster, and some Distress Collage Medium.
Using your finger, put some Distress Collage Medium on it and run it down the tree on the very outside tips of the bristles. Not too heavy or it will clump and you won't be able to get the baubles in the trees.
Then immediately apply Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter using a Glitter Duster if you have one. Sprinkle it on with your fingers if you don't.
While the trees are drying, separate a pack of baubles, removing the three larger sized baubles and keeping the four smaller sizes. Then separate the four smaller sized bauble into three groups with equal amounts of all sizes.
You need a small disposable container (I use a small condiment cup and lid) for each color of alcohol Ink.
Put one group of baubles in the container and put several drops of one alcohol ink color in the container with them.
Put the lid on and then swirl them around to get them covered.
 Once they are nicely covered, put in a couple of drops of Mushroom Alcohol Ink to distress them.
Swirl them again and then I pour them out onto the lid and let them sit to dry while I do the other colors the same way.
You need to do each color in its own clean container or you will end up with mud colored baubles.
Once they are nice and dry you can see how the Mushroom really added a nice deep vintage touch to the color.
When the baubles are all colored and dry, use a glue gun or a small amount of Collage Medium and then press the baubles one at a time into the tree.
Press them in so that the bauble is even with the outer edge of the bristles.
Hold it and let the Collage Medium or hot glue take hold and then move to another bauble, alternating colors and using smaller sizes as you move up the tree. Continue until the tree is covered.
Put baubles on the large and medium trees. Leave the tiny one white. You do need to save a few baubles to adhere randomly under the trees and on the presents and shown in these photos.
You can see that I have baubles on the front and the back of the trees so that this piece can be enjoyed from the front and the back side.
And that is it. I hope I've given you all the information you need to be able to recreate this piece. If you have any questions, please contact me through the form on the right. I don't know if I will ever figure out how to reply to comments on here. LOL!
Thank you so much for stopping by, reading, commenting, and supporting my blog. I appreciate it so much!
Tami

I am an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com so the links below send you to one of those stores depending on which logo you choose.  If you wish to purchase something from either store and use one of my links below, I get a small percentage of your order, at no additional cost to you. This helps me to defray the costs of this blog, the time, the ideas and tutorials I post here. Your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!