Posts Tagged ‘tim holtz’

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day!

I’m not one of those people who work on their Christmas cards all year long… and I’m not one who does more than one or two Christmas cards in July.  However, I DO buy Christmas stamps after Christmas and our blog hop today gave me an opportunity to make a card with one such stamp set that was at the top of my wish list in 2020.

But first, let me tell you about our blog hop!  We’ve kept the theme pretty flexible this time, so you’ll see a variety of Christmas card inspiration ranging from elegant to cute and everything in between!  I’m always so impressed with the diversity on our design team, and I hope you enjoy it too!  You’ll find the full list of blogs & links at the bottom of this post.  You can also enjoy some Christmas shopping in the SNS online store this weekend- lots of fabulous Christmas items are on sale 20% off!  Have fun!

Today I’m using Sketch Greenery Stamps by Tim Holtz, which I fell in love with last fall when it was a new release.  I missed out on all the after Christmas sales, but still had to have this one when I found it this spring.  I love the mix of greenery and the collection of lovely, simple sentiments… and I can totally envision myself using some of these images during the rest of the year, too!  Just watch for it to show up in future projects 🙂

I kept things very simple for my card, going back to basics as it were by featuring gold embossing and plain white card stock with Kraft.  I stamped one of the greenery images multiple times and heat embossed with gold, then stamped the holly design with Picket Fence Distress in the open spaces.  I added a bit of loose color (aka I scribbled) to the gold leaves with a white watercolor pencil.

I selected one of the many sentiments in the set and heat embossed it as well, then trimmed it down and cut it into a flag shape before mounting it on a white layer.  I added a small piece of white sheer ribbon to the flag before gluing it all to my white card base.

As I said, I kept it really simple! Gold heat embossing was one of the first things I learned to do when I started stamping in the early 90’s and it still makes me smile!  This card really is a throwback for me though… my VERY first project with stamps was making personalized Christmas wrapping paper on Kraft shipping paper!  So fun to think back about what started it all!  I’d love to know, what was your first stamping project?

Next up you’re going to hop over to see what KIA has made!  And she’ll keep you going from there. If you need it, here’s the full hop list:

 

Happy Hopping!  I hope you’re inspired to get going on some Christmas makes… or at least that it gives you a bit of a mental cool down in the midst of all this heat 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 306} Cheers!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Y’all, I’m born & raised Canadian living my married life in the Southern States… and I’m over here feeling sorry for the heat you are currently enduring in Western Canada right now!   (My home town is facing another day of triple digits Fahrenheit again.)  I hope you’re staying cool and staying safe and hopefully enjoying a cold drink!  If it’s morning, an iced coffee sounds perfect.  If you’re reading this after noon (or sooner- no judgement here!) a fruity cocktail like the ones featured on my cards today would be amazing!  Cheers!

Today’s card inspiration started with this cute die cut sentiment from Lawn Fawn, Scripty Cheers.  There’s a ton of great products in the SNS store that you could pair with this, from shakers to stamps, but I chose to use an older Tim Holtz stamp set, Mini Blueprints 10 and this fruity cocktail.  I selected coordinating stickers from the larger version of the Snarky Small Talk Stickers for a fun twist.

I added some shine to my card by using pearl Cardstock for my die cut and adding Nuvo Glitter Drops to the drink (I had a minor crisis and ran out of Glossy Accents.  Guess I need to go shopping!) and a touch of bling with Studio Katia Crystals.  All of this works together with a couple of my favorite things… book print & thin twine.  Add a snarky sentiment and I really don’t think you can go wrong!

I often stamp & die cut at least two of something when I’m making a project, just in case I mess up my coloring or haven’t made a decision on color choices.  Today I took the extras and made a second card with them- it’s pretty simple, but I think it’d brighten someones day!  For this card I simply added the elements to a pre-printed card I had leftover from another project.

Here’s a look at the two cards together.

Suddenly I’m feeling a bit thirsty… Cheers!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 304} Typed Father’s Day

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Tara here, back with a Father’s Day card that went together really quick thanks to a background & card base I put together previously!  (Read about that background HERE– isn’t Salvaged Patina lovely with Crackling Campfire Distress Stain Sprays?). I really love this effect on the 3D typewrite texture fades embossing folder- I’ll be playing with this one some more and using the letters individually as well!

It really is a fabulous background, so I wanted to keep whatever element I added on super simple!  I remembered I have a vintage typewrite movers & shapers die by Tim Holtz (it’s retired, but there are other fun ones that are still available, like this from Hero Arts)!  I cut the die from black Cardstock and added a bit of ink to accents the details.  I used my computer to type & print the sentiment in a typewriter font.  I printed it in a few different sizes so I could pick the best fit, since I hadn’t measured first 🙂

I finished off the typewriter with a few highlights with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen for a subtle bit of bling for this masculine card.   Since I mail a lot of my cards internationally (when I actually remember to mail them- I’m the worst at that!) I kept this card fairly one dimensional.  The colors on the background have so much texture that I didn’t really feel the need to add it elsewhere!

I hope you like it, and I hope my dad will too when he finally gets it in the mail 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara