Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Winter Wishes

The merriment has begun! Tim Holtz Holday Inspiration 2017 series is well underway. Have you been able to follow along with all of the amazing inspiration he is sharing? Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram for daily inspiration posts and weekly recaps on Tim's blog. 

This Winter Wishes card is a sample card I made for Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Christmas 2017 stamp release. I used both sets of Swirly Snowflakes, and a basic watercolor stamping technique using Distress Inks and Distress Watercolor Paper.
To make this card you need Distress Watercolor paper, three mini Distress Inks, the Tag Press, circle punches, and some Tag Press Rings.
I used the mini Distress Ink pads to apply ink to the large CMS319 Swirly Snowflakes on the background. I started with the lightest color first and applied it just to the center of the stamp.
Then I applied the second color around the first and closer to the edges of the snowflake.
With the darkest color, I applied it to the outer edges of the snowflake.
Once the inking was complete I spritzed the stamp twice with water and then stamped onto the Distress Watercolor Cardstock.
The bits of snowflakes showing in the tag embellishments were a mixture of the large Swirly Snowflakes and the CMS320 Mini Swirly Snowflakes.
Making the tag embellishments on this card was a snap with the Tim Holtz Ideaology Tag Press
I still have a very old similar tool, made waaaay back in the day by another company and it never impressed me. It was difficult to use, didn't press evenly, and frustrated me to ruin so many of the rings. 
Having had that experience, I wasn’t sure Tim's new and improved version was going to be much better, but because it’s a great price point, I figured I’d give it a try. I could tell right away that it was much better in quality and will readily admit that it didn’t disappoint. It was so easy to use and it pressed the tags down evenly with no trouble. Perfect results every time. And look at how cute it makes the embellishments on this card! 

If you are wondering how it works, look no further for a great tutorial on how to use the Tag Press,  than this one from Tim himself!


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