Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A tribute to Tim Holtz - 12 Cards of Christmas - Card 8

There are plenty more cheap substitutions in this card, based on Tim Holtz' tag 8 from 2010, but I must admit I really wished for the "On the Edge Townscape" die because his houses with the wire smoke were so cool :). 

"12 Cards of Christmas - Card 8"

A piece of strong card was used to diecut the Reindeer Flight die, and the negative used as a mask with distress inks to ink the reindeer onto white card, and with archival ink to stamp the snowflakes. Then the positive was used to mask the reindeer while the background was inked with distress inks. If you line the reindeer up carefully, you end up with a thin white line around the main image which helps it to "pop" from the background.

In place of the label machine & mini attacher, I used some sentiment ribbon from my friend Linda (thank you), cut into two pieces and stapled in place with an office stapler.
"Metal corners"

I had great fun coming up with this cheap alternative for the metal corners. One of the dies from Spellbinder's "Elegant Posts" sets was used to cut two layers of silver mirri foil at the same time. The top layer doesn't cut all the way through, so you can remove the outside edge but retain the inner pieces. Stick the two pieces together and cut into a suitable corner shape and it looks like silver embossing. I used the symmetrical post die, so that I could cut two corners that were reflections of each other for this project. All the swirly bits left over from my experimenting were used to make a background for the card topper.

"Iron Gate"

Guess what the iron gate was cut from? Yup, empty cat food boxes :). The die-cut was painted with green and white acrylic paint, then left to dry before decorating the top with holographic glitter glue for an icy look.


This little watch and key combo were a pressie from Lee (thankyou again :). I just attached them to a small key ring, added a piece of ribbon and threaded through an eyelet punched into the card.

Entered for the following challenge:
The Ribbon Reel - Anything Goes
Scrapmasters Paradise - Colour Combo
Truly Madly Craftly - Inspiration Picture
Panpastel UK - Animals


  1. Ohhh Maddy I love this card. The masking of the reindeer is genius and I love the gate. The wee charms look amazing too. Fabulous card. You really seem to be enjoying doing these tribute cards. Lee xx

  2. Beautiful! Love the mirri corners, and the fabulous leaping deer. Thanks for joining us at The Ribbon Reel this week!

  3. this is stunning thank you for joining us at panpastels uk this week linda x

  4. How lovely is this thanks so much for sharing your stunning Christmas Design with us for Animal theme week over at PanPastel UK.


  5. Fab card, love the colours and those charms look fab.Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  6. Fantastic hun...
    hugs and xxx

  7. Gorgeous card- and the shiny stuff is a personal favorite! Thank you for joining us at SPCC.

  8. Very cool! I love the little charms you've used. Thanks for playing at SPCC this week!

  9. Love the reindeer and those cute charms, fab card and thanks for taking part in our Challenge over at Truly Madly Crafty :o)

  10. Great card! Thanks for joining us at SPCC and I hope to see more projects from you soon :)

    SPCC - DT

  11. Lovely card - love the corners you created and the majestic looking deer. Thanks for joining us at The Ribbon Reel this fortnight .


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