Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Merry Christmas - Inventor 5

I think this one ended up being one of my favorite sample cards from the 2018 Christmas release from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. It features the Christmas Tree from the Inventor 5 CMS359 set.
I started by stamping two different pine boughs from the Winter Watercolor CMS354 around the edge of a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock in Iced Spruce Distress Ink and Pine Needles Distress Ink.
For the tree background, I did the wrinkle-free distress technique on a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock with Ice Spruce and Pine Needles Distress Oxide. Then when dry I applied Distress Micro-glaze to boost the color and bring back the shine. Once it was dry I stamped the tree onto it with Black Soot Archival Ink.
The sentiment is really easier than it looks.  I cut a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavy stock out of the Planks die. It needs to be a flat paper, not the woodgrain.  Then I stamped the sentiment onto the plank and embossed it with White Embossing Powder.
Once that was done, I took the plank and stained it brown with and brown Distress Stain. Then I ran it through the 3-D Lumber Embossing folder. To get a nice wood grain, I apply Ground Espresso Archival Ink to the raised grain areas of the top piece of the folder, then when I run it through the ink is applied to the depressed areas.
Now it looks like you stamped on an uneven surface, but you didn't so you can actually read the sentiment.

I finished it off with a couple of Pinecone Adornments and a File Clip.

I have another giveaway! It’s a pile of vintage ephemera and trinkets I got from shopping Tim Holtz’s Vintage Stash Sale at Carson. ❄️❄️
If you want to be entered, to win some of Tim’s Vintage Stash, comment on any of my posts here with #timholtzchristmas2018 ☃️☃️
I’ll pick a couple of names on Monday Dec 10 at 12 noon PT. 🌟🌟


nancy buzzard said...

I love, what seems like, the "beautiful simplicity" of this card, even though there are several layers and steps. I think the layers and color all add to the beautiful finished card! And the sentiment is just plain genius! I love that idea; thanks for sharing that tip. I would love to be considered for the giveaway, #timholtzchristmas2018. Your generosity is awesome! Thank you!

Megan Swain said...

I actually bought the lumber die set after I saw this card so I could try similar techniques for my cards. I really appreciate everything you share with us and recognize your work from Tim’s video last October. #timholtzchristmas2018

Sherry Tipton said...

Now this would be a great Christmas card to give the Man in your life...has a very backwoods, out doorsy (another new word, LOL) feel to it...#timholtzchristmas2018

Kathy said...

Wowzers! I had no idea how you achieved the sentiment on this card until I read your process. You're so awesome at explaining your techniques and I love learning from you. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us! #timholtzchristmas2018

Sara Barker said...

This one really, really speaks to me! I love the watercolor pines on the back panel and your stamped tree is a gorgeous focal point. So sad I didn't get that set this year--you have showcased it beautifully here along with the woodsie touches. Merry Christmas!