Sunday, November 10, 2013

Simon Says Stamp Tim Holtz Card Kit 2

Hi everyone! I am back with a second post with cards made with Simon Says Stamp Holiday Card Kit inspired by Tim Holtz. In the first post, I shared four cards, in this one there are three. I still have plenty of leftovers. The kit is full of fabulous stamps, ink, papers and embellishments.
Simon Says Stamp Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit - Layers of ink
I love the stamp set in the kit, which is made up of various Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps, and they are of a different size than the same stamps in the ordinary sets. The stamps are perfect for building little winter scenes and here I used the sheets of Ranger's watercolour paper, which are also in the kits, as my base. By varying the stamps, placements, orientation of the card and inks you can create a lot of different scenes. 

The kit comes with three seasonal Distress Inks: Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough and Festive Berries. These are all great colours and they look wonderful together. I started out by smearing Iced Spruce on my craft sheet and misting it with a mix of Perfect Pearls and water. There is a mini mister and a jar of Perfect Pearls in the kit. Simply scoop a few ice cream stick scoops of Perfect Pearls into the mister, fill with water and shake. You have created your own glimmer mist.

I picked up the ink with a paint brush and painted two simple hills and some clouds on the smoother side of the watercolour paper. Leave to dry or dry with a heat gun.

To continue the watercolour look, ink up the trees with Evergreen Bough, mist about three times with water and stamp. Repeat two more times, varying the placement of the trees. You can wipe of the base of the trunks a bit to make it look like they are standing in snow (I forgot this on the trees to the left). Ink the snowflakes with Iced Spruce and stamp twice. Finish with a sentiment stamped and Festive Berries.
The stamped ink sinks underneath the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls, giving a cool snowy look to the card. I also added dots of Glossy Accents and sprinkled the Pumice Stone Distress Glitter from the kit on top.

Simon Says Stamp Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit - Layers of ink
For a second scene, I wanted to use the pretty sleigh stamp. The background was done very simply, by smearing Iced Spruce on my craft sheet, misting with water and the Perfect Pearls mist, and pressing the card into the ink. When the background was dry, the sleigh was inked with Iced Spruce, misted with water and stamped. If it doesn't look great at first, wait a little bit, and the magic happens. The trees were stamped repeatedly using second and third generation stamping - first stamping on a piece of scrap paper. Again, I forgot to wipe the base of the trunks on one impression (to the right).

I gave the sleigh a shadow by picking up some of the leftover Iced Spruce ink on the craft sheet with a paint brush.

The stars were die cut from the piece of mirrored sheet in the kit. Love that they really look like mirrors.

Simon Says Stamp Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit - Layers of ink
The kit also contains a whole bunch of kraft-core cardstock, something that I use a lot in my crafting. It is one of my favourite papers. One of my favourite things to do with kraft-core cardstock is to dry emboss it, and it makes for a quick and great background. After embossing, I sanded the card to reveal the kraft-core and inked it with Gathered Twigs. Finally, I used the Rock Candy Stickles in the kit and smeared the whole background with a very thin layer.
The kit also contains two manila and two kraft tags. Here I used one kraft tag and stamped it with Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough, both of which looks great on the kraft. The tag was embellished with rub-ons from the kit, linen ribbon, a mini paper clip and a sentiment spelled with label stickers (it means 'Merry Christmas').  All of these items are in the kit.

Here you can see the vintage shine of the Rock Candy better.

Thank you so much for looking! For more inspiration, check out my first post using the kit. Hurry so that you can get your kit before they are sold out!

Happy stamping!


Card Kit: Simon Says Stamp Holiday Card Kit inspired by Tim Holtz

Supplies not in the kit:
Dies: Sizzix: Crescent Moon & Stars
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Christmas Background & Borders set
Ink: Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs


  1. Lovely cards Anna-Karin, love the scenes you have set and the touch of shimmer is gorgous. Tracy x

  2. Such lovely cards - am very tempted by that sleigh stamp!
    Alison x

  3. You are such a perfect stamper! Your work is always such an inspiration :)

  4. Beautiful cards! And I agree, your work is very inspiring!


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