Saturday, September 30, 2023

Tim Holtz STAMPtember 2023

Hi my friends, if you've just come from the YouTube Live party release of the Tim Holtz STAMPtember 2023 collaboration with Simon Says Stamp, you'll know our adorable Professor has knocked it out of the park again with a fantastic bundle of adorable stamps, two stencils and mini pots of Distress Texture Paste Sparkle and Distress Grit Paste Glow. The set is limited edition, exclusive to Simon Says Stamp and only available while stocks last, so if you want it, don't delay, you need to go get it NOW. I'm sharing the first card I made using the stamps, stencils and Texture Paste Sparkle from the bundle.

There are no step-by-step photos this time around because I was on a super speedy mission to get the cards made and sent on their merry way across the pond but I will do my best to explain the how-to's.
But before we continue, I want to give a huge shout out to Parcelforce/Royal Mail who are much maligned when it comes to deliveries. On this occasion the delivery schedule was very tight but they absolutely nailed it. The package was picked up late on Thursday afternoon and delivered safe and sound, halfway across the world, on the following Monday lunchtime.  It's easy to complain and criticise when things go wrong but just as easy to give credit where credit is due and might just make someone's day. So, it's a big thank you from me to all the folks at Parcelforce for a job well done.
I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to 4" x 5.1/4", spritzed Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stain, Faded Jeans Oxide Spray and Frozen Fog Distress Mica Stain on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, dragged the panel through the inks, dried, tapped back into the inks repeatedly to pick up the remaining droplets and dried. I stamped the small snowflake images on to the background, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival and applied Distress Grit Paste Opague through the smaller star stencil around the edges. I die-cut two tags from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Tags, coloured lightly with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink, using a mini round blending tool and stamped with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Ticking background stamp inked with Vintate Photo Distress Oxide ink. I stencilled the stars on to the 2nd tag using the same ink and applied a light coat of Distress Texture Paste Sparkle using a large brush. I stamped the images on to Distress Watercolor card, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival and coloured with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide re-inker using a Distress Detailer Brush and again applied Distress Texture Paste sparkle over the images using a small brush. I fixed the tags to the panel and machined stitched in a few places using a zig zag stitch and stitched around the edge of the panel, matted on to a panel of Simon Says Soft Navy cardstock and fixed to an A2 white card blank. I fussy cut around the images to leave a small border and fixed in place with foam squares. I stamped the speech bubble from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Christmas Cartoons, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival, on to Distress Watercolor Card, coloured with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide re-inker, stamped the sentiment from the STAMPtember 2030 stamp set, inked with Versamark, sprinkled with white embossing powder, heat set, trimmed to leave a small border and fixed in place with foam squares. To finish I added navy twine bows to the tags.

I'll be back soon to share the 2nd card I made, in the meantime, have fun shopping and making when your STAMPtember 2023 bundle arrives.
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Beautiful as always Kath love the blue x

  2. Wonderful card, love the use of the tags. Yes, when our Postal Service runs like clockwork everything is wonderful. When it doesn't, ack!. Love the card and loving the blues.