Monday, December 11, 2017

Simon Says - Christmas/Winter Holidays

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
I made a card for a special friend using some of my favourite Tim Holtz stamps and dies...
I started off by cutting a panel of Distress Watercolor card to be slightly smaller than my 7.1/2" x 5.1/2" card blank and applied a coat of slightly watered down Hickory Smoke Distress Paint.
I added strips of French Design Tape and applied several coats of Picket Fence Distress Paint, drying between coats until I was happy with the coverage.
I then stamped one of the snowflakes from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes with Versamark Ink, dusted with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder and heat set. While the embossing powder was still warm, I placed a Ranger Vintage Foil Sheet over the snowflakes and rubbed with my finger, transferring the foil to the images.

it's hard to capture in a photograph but the snowflakes have a beautiful shimmer when turned to the light...
I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Sparkles inked with Hickory Smoke Distress to add some interest to the background.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangles Thinlits to create a frame cut from Distress Watercolor card.
I coloured the inner section as before with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint and using the Tm Holtz/Tonic Stamp Platform stamped the cottage from Holiday Drawings 3 times to darken the image using Hickory Smoke Distress Archival Ink.
I placed the stamped section back into the frame and added Mini Swirly Snowflakes using the same Sticky Embossing Powder/Vintage Transfer Foil technique...
I used a Sakura Quickie Glue pen for the detailed areas  and Versamark inkpad at the bottom of the panel, to add snow accents, sprinkled with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, heat set and sprinkled again with Stampendous Chunky Embossing Enamel
I machine stitched around the edge of the panel with Silver Metallic thread, randomly sprinkled on Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel and heat set from underneath until it was melted.
I die cut the deer from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Winter Wonderland, the sentiment from Retro Merry Christmas and the foliage from Festive Green from Idea-ology Silver Metallic Kraftstock and several layers of white card. I layered the die cuts and fixed in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
and here you can see the shimmer and shine from the Vintage Snowflakes...
I coloured the edges of a panel of white card with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink using the direct to paper technique and matted on to the white card blank.

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and Valerie our Designer In the Spotlight. As always you have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp and you have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in the fun...

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

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  1. Wow Kath...saying that I love this card is an's sublime!
    Huge Hugs xxx

  2. Oh my goodness, how gorgeous is this!! The whole design is stunning and all I can say is, lucky friend, to whoever receives this!! The whole design is just so pretty and I have spent ages admiring it :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Your card is beautiful, Kath! I love the beautiful scene you created as the focal point and the soft colors are mesmerizing. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Oh, how gorgeous is this!! Those foiled snowflakes are real stunners and I love the way the frantage looks and the cottage is always so beautiful - the snowy roof is beautiful too! Love this - a lot!! Hugs, Anne xxx

  5. Gorgeous card Kath, love the snowflakes and beautiful scene you have created.
    Linda xxx

  6. Beautiful snowy card, very elegant!

  7. I am a fan of all the shades of grey that exist that is why your project is so pretty for me. Love the background, so calm and soft. The snow embossed details are so cool. Hugs, Macarena.

  8. Gorgeous card in a neutral palette, Kath! Such a beautiful scene, soft and calm. I bet you were inspired by all that snow you've been getting, loved seeing your pics. hugs, Maura

  9. Truly marvelous!!! TFS your beautiful piece of art!!

  10. oh wow, so much work and love gone into this, it's truely magical and now I have even more products on my wish list, thankyou for the inspiration x

  11. Everybody has said it but it IS STUNNING.xx

  12. I have no words! It's fantastic Kath, you're a genius! love so much this palette, so soft and the snowflakes..... I adore them, whole design of your card is perfect! barbara

  13. Wow, love that stamp and what you have made with it.
    Toni xx

  14. This is so peaceful and pretty! I love how you have the ability to rock out a gorgeous piece in ANY color palette! You are versatile and original and I really enjoyed seeing the details of this beautiful piece.

  15. This is just gorgeous Kath! I love the neutral colour palette and the softness of this's just so beautiful and such a pretty scene! Hugs xx

  16. This winter scene is so pretty Kath! I love the neutral colours and all the textures.

  17. This is such a stunning holiday card, Kath. Love the gorgeous winter scene and all the texture, and embellishments and texture are fabulous. :)

  18. What a fabulous card, Kath! Love the metallic foil touches and the snowy scene is perfect! Hugs, Sandra