Sunday, 27 November 2011

A Tribute to Tim Holtz - 12 Cards of Christmas - Card 5

Much more traditional colours are used on this card, based on Tim's Tag 5. I was missing most of the items used on the original tag so have made a few substitutes. As you've probably noticed by now, I don't have a Father Christmas stamp. I usually manage by substituting a vintage image, but today have used a snowman and a Christmas tree to go with the sentiment from an old Papermania set.

"12 Cards of Christmas - Card 5"

The edge of the background was created with a small tube of white acrylic paint and my finger instead of the paint dabber used by Tim. A similar effect is created of a snowy edge to the topper.  The large green ornate tag was cut from an empty cat food box (no grungepaper) using a Spellbinders label die (no ornamental die) and covered with a thick layer of green acrylic paint (no distress crackle paint) followed by a small amount of white mixed in with the paintbrush to create a marbling effect. The edges were sanded and stained with distress ink. Luckily, I did have some Tim Holtz music paper, which was torn and stained with inks before adhering with PVA.


The fake enamel numbers were cut from empty cat food box using a strip die, then heat embossed with alternate layers of hi puff and white embossing powder to build up a good, thick layer of embossing. Pretend nail heads were formed from tiny blobs of Liquid Pearls dimensional paint. The edges were inked with black promarker pen.

"Coloured enamelling"

Cheap Chinese charms were "enamelled" by heat embossing with different colours of embossing powders and stuck in place with Pinflair. The holly sprigs were decorated with green and red Papermania glitter glue.

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  1. Wonderful card! I particularly enjoyed seeing all your substitutions, since I rarely have all the items Tim uses, too.

  2. I love the way you've used up all your odds and ends to make this great card - what a clever girl! Thanks so much for your good wishes on my blog. xx Jill B

  3. I love this Maddy. The embossing on the charm is fantastic and I love the number 25 too. Looks amazing. Sending your tags out tomorrow my friend and maybe a few wee extras. Lee xx

  4. I missed this earlier.
    This is great. You have marvellous ideas.

  5. Love all the techniques you have used here, it's fab, thanks for taking part in our Challenge at Truly Madly Crafty :o)


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