Tuesday, 13 December 2011

12 Cards of Christmas T!m Holtz Style Card 7

Well here I am on the home stretch. Tag 7 is done and dusted :). Tag 8 is giving me a headache already but I am determined to get it knocked out tonight lol. Here is my Inspiration from T!m.

Card 7

I started by pilfering an old book off my eldest daughter. It has nice thick pages, almost like mulberry paper but thinner than that.

I used my ecraft to cut leaves in a few different sizes. The leaves are from Fundamentals 1. I didn't end up using the rounder ones. I'll use them for something else.

 I started with the 3" leaves and coloured them using my distress inks and tool. I used a combination of Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Iced Spruce and Gathered twigs.

I took my water mister and sprayed them so they were very wet. I carefully lifyed them off the craft mat and scrunched them into teeny balls. I opened them  very carefully, then dry them with your heat gun. As I was working I decided I didn't want to use the big leaves so I also made some 2.5" leaves.

If one happens to break or tear one slightly overlap the break or tear and hold that spot with your tweezers while you dry it with your heat tool. I used glossy accents to stick the two pieces together.

Once dry I used some more distress ink with my distress tool to add some extra colour and dimension to the wrinkles. I then used some Pearl-ex in the colours of Spring Green, Interference Green and Mink over the leaves for some extra colour and sparkle.

Using another free svg I have in my svg stash I cut a lamp post using DCWV White Core cardstock in black from the Jewel stack. I learnt while doing this intricate cut a couple of things. First turn the side of cardstock you want to use to the bottom when cutting as the top ends up a bit raggedy. Second is to use the T!m Holtz method of sanding which is to leave the cut in the cardstock while you sand. Pop it out when your done.

I inked the lamp post with Walnut Stain, probably should have left it in the cardstock to do that as well as there are some very fine details. I used Perfect Pearls in Perfect Gold on the lamp post to make it a little more interesting.

Back to the big leaves before I decided I wasn't using them ;). I pinched the bottom of the leaves and used some glossy to stick the folds together. This gives them a little shape. I didn't do this step with the smaller leaves.

To make my background I took Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone Distress Stains and layered them on white cardstock. I started with Tumbled Glass, then went over it with Pumice Stone then another layer of Tumbled Glass. I then spritzed a little water in spots and flung big drops in others.

I grabbed the large flourish die from the Boundless Flight Stampers Anonymous set and  inked it up with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I stamped the flourish over the whole background.

I grabbed three 8mm red pearl beads and two different size head pins and my beading tools.

I added 1 bead to the shorter head pin and two to the longer one and used my tools to loop the ends around. I am not the best at doing this but it works lol.

I bought an old lace curtain from a second hand shop and cut a random ribbon like strip. I used Pumice Stone and Tumbled Glass Distress Stains to colour the lace. if you dry lace with a heat gun don't get too close!

I grabbed a copper jump ring and looped the beads onto it. I then threaded the coloured lace thought and tied it in a bow.

I thought it was still a little bland and decided to add some gold ribbon. The ribbon was too bright so I went over it with some Pumice Stone Distress Stain. I looped it through the jump ring and tied it in a knot.

First I grabbed a piece of cream cardstock and used Pumice Stone Distress Stain over it and sprayed with water. . I stamped with Perfect Medium and used black embossing powder. I then used some Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls in a few spots and reheat set. Unfortunately I swiped my finger over it before it had cooled completely and wrecked it lol. So I had to start again.

I cut around my sentiment out and then distressed the edges with Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough.

Now is the point I played with the different sizes of leaves I made for ages trying to decide what to do lol. How many to use, where to put them, what sizes etc. In the end i took the three 3" leaves and two 2.5" leaves and layered them together and glued with glossy. I placed the ribbon and bead bow in the middle and used a good blob of glossy to glue it on.

I stuck my lamp post down on the left, then the leaves and berries over the top. I used dimensional tape to pop my sentiment off the background. I then added some glossy to the little windows in the lamp post to make them look more glass like. card Done :)

Woohoo seven down five to go!
Happy Scrappin'


  1. The work and effort that goes into making these cards, has certainly paid off. The end result is fantastic, I would certainly like to receive a card, that has been made by hand. Well done.

  2. Very cool card, is just christmas personafied.

  3. I love this and I think your step by steps are great.

  4. love tim holtz and your tags are wonderful too - love the detailed instructions too -a great blog to visit

  5. Aww thanks for the lovely comments :D