Hey cardmaking friends, welcome back. Today I have two Tim Holtz Holiday Brushstroke 3 Cards created for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The theme this week is Holiday Cheer and they are featuring Tim Holtz. I so love holiday themed cards and I purchased these dies a while ago, so it’s time to get busy with them and do some creating. My cards also cover the Simon Says Stamp I.G. Challenge for December which is Die Cutting….Double whammy, yeah!
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I was having so much fun with these dies I ended up with enough pieces to create two cards, so one dark one and one light one.
To create the Poinsettias, I sprayed a 9 x 12 piece of watercolor paper with water and then added Picked Raspberry and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide Inks, then a light spray of gold over the entire surface. For the highlighted overlay pieces, I painted them with Lumberjack Plaid, watering down the spray slightly so they were lighter.
To create the dark background:
I again sprayed a piece of watercolor paper with water and then sprayed Distress Oxide Sprays: Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Mica Sprays, Tree Lot, Holly Branch and Antique Bronze.
PRO-TIP – make the paper much larger than you need, then you have spares for other projects when you don’t have time to spray.
How to create Tim Holtz Holiday Brushstroke 3 Cards #1
Start with the background and spray using the colors listed above. When dry, cut down to a 4 x 5-1/4 card front. Attach to a green card front and then to a top folding white A2 sized card base.
Next, cut the poinsettia pieces out of the pink sprayed paper. Glue the overlays into place and then paint them with watered down Lumberjack Plaid Distress Spray. Set aside to dry.
Then, die cut the rest of the foliage from watercolor paper, lay them on a craft mat and paint them with distress sprays and mica sprays.
PRO-TIP – I prefer to paint instead of spraying. It cuts down on the mess and I don’t waste as much spray.
Browns: Vintage Photo, Antique Bronze Mica Spray Greens: Distress Oxide Spray: Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint. Mica Spray – Holly Branch
Blue: Distress Oxide: Mermaid Lagoon and Unchartered Marine Spray Stain.
Finally, use the Wow, Mixed Media embossing Brush and lightly brush embossing liquid around the edges of the pieces. Cover with gold embossing powder, shake off the excess and heat set.
Then, use foam squares to attach the poinsettia, and add the springs around. Die cut the white mistletoe berries and glue on. Die cut a sentiment using Tim Holtz Bold Text 666062, and embellish with dark gold gems.
How to create Tim Holtz Holiday Brushstroke 3 Cards #2
Start by using the steps above to create the Poinsettia and foliage – NOTE, there are two layered Poinsettia on this card.
Next, cut a piece of white hammermill cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″ and using a blending brush to add Kitsch Flamingo ink down the left side.
Then, Place the Holly Bough Layering Stencil over the piece and add a second layer of pink.
Finally, Splatter with gold paint and let dry.
Then, attach to a top folding white A2 sized card base.
Add the florals and embellish with gold gems.
Hop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog to load your card and play along with the challenge this week. And, don’t forget to add the hashtag #SSSIGChallenge to your post over on I.G. to get in on the die cutting challenge too.
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