Saturday, 3 December 2011

Christmas 2011 - Tag 3 - Custom Stamp Pad

The main technique for today's tag from Tim Holtz is to make and use a custom stamp pad from felt. Now the only felt I have is in small pieces for the Adirondack ink applicator. So, being somewhat limited in the size of stamp pad I could make and hence the size of stamp I could use, I opted to make a card background with multiple stamped images.

"Tag 3"

A custom stamp pad was made for a snowflake stamp using distress reinkers in three colours (Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans). A piece of card was coloured with the same distress inks (using the matching pads), then the custom stamp pad used to stamp snowflakes all over the inked card. This background was fixed to a dark blue card blank, leaving a small border.

"Main image"

The main image is a very recent freebie from the Graphics Fairy (thanks Karen!). Four copies were printed and cut into decoupage layers, then stuck together with dimensional glue.

A few snowflakes were diecut & punched from spare inked card, and these were also stamped using the custom stamp pad and snowflake stamp. Small pale blue pearls were added to the centres.

"Lace & pearls"

Some lace and a gorgeous blingy string of pearls (thanks Lee!) were added to the bottom of the card for an icy finish. Finally, holographic glitter glue was used to highlight areas of the image, and the centres of the remaining snowflakes.

Entered for the following challenges:
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge Week 84 - Use Your Favourite Embellie
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Snow
Sugar Creek Hollow - Non-Traditional Christmas Cards


  1. Whoo hooo Welcome back! glad you got it sorted.
    Great cards - love the colour.

  2. Just had a lovely trawl through all your latest Tim Holtz style projects - they are all fab - I love all his stuff too and will eventually get around to trying to replicate his tags - love how you have used what you have - just shows we don't need to have all his stuff to get the look.

  3. Gorgeous card Maddy, I love your gorgeous snowflake and the image is brilliant. Love your icy scene too. Lee x

  4. Lovely. Wonderful job. Thanks for joining Speedy the Cats Friends.

  5. Stunning! Love all the added dimension!

  6. Wow! What a lot of care and work you've put into this! Love the effect of the stamped snowflakes. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

  7. Well I must say this card is gorgeous.. I just love it.. The image looks wonderful!!

    Hugs, Linda

  8. This is just spot on, really

  9. very nice environmental card. I like the ice floes on the bottom. Thanks for sharing with Friends of Speedy @ Mark's Finest Papers.

  10. How did I miss those images at GF, Izzwizz?! Shame on me...gotta go there and find them now- your cards are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

    Visiting from Brag Monday at GraphicsFairy today,
    Smiles but chilly here in NW Illinois this morning,
    Suzanne at WhyCuzICan

  11. What a pretty card ;o)
    Thank you for playing with us at Sweet Stampin'

    Janneke XO

  12. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week with your beautiful card.

    Pam x

  13. Absolutely gorgeous image - love your image and that divine blue! Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.


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