Monday, 10 December 2012

Variations On a Timmy Theme

This week, Simon Says Stamp and Show.."Inspired by Tim's 12 Tags", and boy was I inspired! Hubby brought me home one of those cans of air to play with, and I used it to make a frosty, spiky effect on some gloss card inked with alcohol inks using Tim's method from Tag 2 of 2008.

"Reindeer in frosty trees"

I like to work on A6 card (roughly 6" x 4" for my American friends ;-)) rather than tags since it is nice and easy to mat and layer onto an A5 card (about 8" x 6"), creating an interesting focal point. The reindeer is heat-embossed in gold onto white card and fussy-cut. A few of the flowers in the embossing pattern are picked out with a red promarker for a splash of colour. I actually managed to resist the red nose for once lol! The background is inked using the "swoosh it about on a craft sheet" method and overstamped with snowflakes using the same inks. Some glitzy ribbon and some of my gorgeous lace (thanks Lee!) are stuck across the card before adhering the matted image. OK, I like that one, but I have some more card. Do I stop? Nooooooo...

"A different reindeer..."

I decided the background needed a frame, and it would be nice to have a sentiment on the front too, so the design is tweaked and another card arises. This time, I kept the background a bit more simple by using patterned paper, but still overstamped with snowflakes. Using paper, I was able to mat onto silver card for a frame. The sentiment is stamped in black archival in the top right of the main image (it's a bit hard to see in the photo with all the reflection from the camera flash, but it stands out better in real life). A diecut reindeer is a lot quicker, and much easier to match with a couple of diecut snowflakes to draw the eye up towards the sentiment. More lace and a strip of teal ribbon is understated and takes less away from the main image. I prefer this one, but there's more card. Do I stop? Nooooooooo...

"Christmas in Pink"

I have a niece who loves everything pink. I wondered how this card would look with a different colour scheme. This time I used a sentiment from a free vintage image I found on the internet, and cut the deer from some papers that came free with a magazine. I thought she looked more girly! The background paper (more free stuff) is overstamped with images fromt he same stamp set, again in pink. It's not a colour I work with very often, but I think it turned out funky and makes for an unusual Christmas card. Do I stop? Noooooo....

"Green and Camels"

You don't have to use reindeer. What about camels? These are heat-embossed in gold on white card, fussy cut and stuck onto the front of the card with some blobs of Pinflair to raise them up. Some metal snowflake charms are used just for something different. I never make two cards the same, but this is the closest I've come so far and I call them "variations on a Timmy Theme". I hope you have enjoyed the journey, have a great week. Maddy x

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamp sets: Reindeer Flight CMS052, Joyful Song CMS119
Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes
Spellbinders Create-A-Flake Four, Snowflake Pendant 2012, Frosty Forms
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Spun Sugar
Adirondack alcohol inks and metallic mixatives
can of air
Versamark ink pad
Stampendous embossing powder: pirate gold, clear
Archival Ink pad: Jet Black
cardstock: glossy white 200gsm, plain white 300gsm, plain white 200gsm, gold 200gsm, silver 200gsm
patterned papers
lace and ribbon

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show...inspired by Tim's 12 Tags


  1. These are gorgeous and so unusual. Love them.

  2. WOW you have been busy, these are just stunning, love the winter wonderland feel to them, gorgeous. x

  3. These are all amazing. They are soooo frosty. You have nailed this technique.

  4. WOW!!!!!! These are absolutely stunning Maddy. I love the way you have inked the backgrounds. The colours you have used look amazing and the details are wonderful.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  5. All of these cards are fantastic, love the colors and all.

  6. Fabulous cards! The alcohol ink backgrounds are stunning and I love all your details and the designs. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  7. WOW, loved going on your creative journey as you related the story of the making of these wonderful cards. And that pink one - love that! Love your stamping and inky style. :)

  8. oh my goodness what super cards ... you have been busy ... love the green one with the camels bestest ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  9. Wow... beautiful cards...just love the colours and the detail on them all...x

  10. These are all just gorgeous, love all the colours you have chosen.

  11. Fabulous cards, lovely colours and images

    Lorna xx

  12. LOVE the effect with the air can!!! WOW I NEED one too!! Your cards are all so beautiful....I just can't pick a favorite!! WOW!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show :)

  13. All gorgeous cards love the colours and how you have made the backgrounds
    carol x

  14. Well, I love these, and how fabulous that you tried different colour ways and animals. In fact step away you are becoming addicted to this card lol!

  15. hi maddy have already commented on your super little card ... but just doing a bit of blog hopping and wanted to say thank you so much for visiting me ... have a great day honey ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  16. Enjoyed seeing all the different ways of this card, I like the 2nd one the best xx

  17. Ooh Maddy these are stunning, I love them all and cant possibly choose! Sorry I am a little late on the leapblog! Have a fab week! Elaine-xxx-


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