Sunday, 1 October 2023

Christmas card with Santa Greetings by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, let me show you my latest make with one of the cutest Santas by Sizzix, Tim Holtz. This weekend I had a little time to create, so I decided to assemble this pieces of the Santa Greetings Colorize die.

Here I will start a long tutorial, because Because my assembly order is different from the one on the Sizzix YouTube channel. Usually I like and follow the Colorize tutorials step by step, but when I followed it here, somehow the parts didn't fit well. 

The main piece of Santa was coloured with Lumberjack Plaid Distress paint.

When it was dry, I glued the biggest white part on it. The white part was cut out from creamy white paper and I inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink.

Then I added the face part and the ears. I coloured them with Copic markers and I inked the edges with brown ink.

Then came the red layers. These pieces were coloured with red Distress paints. Sometimes I mixed colours, so I can't give you exact colour names.

Then the second layer of the face.

Then came the grey belt and immediately the black parts, the top layer of the belt and the eyes. These pieces were cut out coloured paper. And you can see, that I also added the missing white part, the pompon to the hat.

Then I glued the white top layer. I cut them out from white paper, I mean real white.

Then I added the white fur trims on Santa's coat and the boots.

Then I adhered the white part of the belt and the mittens. The parts of the mittens were cut out from black and dark grey papers.

And then the gold belt buckle.

The background:

I cut out a 5x5 inches square panel. I painted the top part with Speckled Egg and the bottom part with a Marabu Mineral White paint.

Then I stamped pine trees with Hickory Smoke Arcival ink to the background. 

I splattered the whole background with watered white paint. 

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Santa Greetings Colorize (666338)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Swirling Stars (663095)

Stampers Anonymous, Tree Line (CMS244)

Idea-Ology, Christmas Kraft-Stock paper (TH93626)

Idea-Ology, Big Chat Stickers (TH93192)

Ranger Distress paints (Speckled Egg, Lumberjack Plaid, Barn Door, Candied Apple)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Hickory Smoke)

Ranger Distress ink (Antique Linen)

With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Christmas

I hope you like! Have a fantastic October!

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Tag with a footballer boy

Here is another tag that I made for my younger nephew. Like his brother, he has his birthday in November. He will be 12.

For this tag, I used an old and retired Penny Black stamp set, Way Cool. I love this stamp set, because all the images are beautifully drawn. And it's very special for me, because it's really hard to find footballer stamps, or any stamps with athletes, or someone who's doing sport. 

I coloured the image and the background with Copic Sketch markers. 

For the tag, I used an My Favorite Things FT Die-Namics die set, Stitched Traditional Tag. And the text is also MFT, Bitty Birthday Wishes.

I tried to colour the football kit using the Real Madrid colours. 

Wednesday, 20 September 2023

Masculine birthday tag with the Professor

Hello everyone, I'm here with a tag that I made for my nephew who will turn 15 at the beginning of November. I know, it's just September, but I always have to do the celebration cards in advance because I have to send them to Hungary.

And here is the tutorial:

I cut out a tag from chipboard and put a layer of gesso on both sides. When it was dry, I painted blue with Faded Jeans Distress paint.

Then I added a tiny bit of Chipped Sapphire here and there, spritzed with water, then soaked up the water with a paper towel. Then I splattered with Speckled Egg paint.

Then I stamped the Professor on Neenah Solar White paper with Tsukineko Memento Espresso Truffle ink and coloured with Copic Sketch markers. Then I stamped the circle where I planned the head of the professor using an embossing ink. Then I heat embossed using black super fine embossing powder by Ranger.

The hat was stamped with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Copic Sketch markers.

For the birthday text I used embossing ink and black embossing powder. On the back of the tag, I also stamped a motivation quote and I was so happy when I noticed that it has the same font type as the happy birthday text.

The prize ribbon is part of an old and retired die set but it was perfect to put the numbers on it.

I inked the edges of the tag with Black Soot Ranger Archival ink and spattered with Black Soot paint the front page.

What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, The Professor 1 (CMS373)

Stampers Anonymous, The Inspector (CMS465)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Things (CMS237)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk (CMS236)

Stampers Anonymous, Ponderings (CMS252)

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Mini Trophy&Prize Ribbon (659444)

Sizzix Bigz die, Crescent Moon&Stars (658716)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric Label (664177)

Ranger Distress paints (Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Speckled Egg)

Ranger embossing powder (super fine black)

Ranger Archival ink (Black Soot)

Copic Sketch markers

Neenah Solar white paper

glitter paper


With my card I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: What's your favorite color? 

Actually, I have two favourite colours, the green and the blue, but the blue which appears more often on my projects and in my wardrobe too :-)

Sunday, 3 September 2023

Celebration card with paper doll ladies

Hello everyone, lately you could see my two birthday cards that I made for two October birthdays. And here is a name-day card that I made for my sister who celebrates her name-day in October. I live in Luxembourg but my family is in Hungary so I soon have to prepare a package and send it off to make sure it arrives by October.

Before I started this card, I asked my sister for a colour and she said dark green. And then Emma's Halloween card popped into my head. That was my inspiration but I wanted to make something different. 

I took a watercolour paper and started to blend ink through Sparkle stencil. Then I heat embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.

Then I started to blend green inks to the surface, I started with lighter colours because I wasn't sure how dark I will like. Then I turned out that I preferred it when it was very dark.

The girls' dresses were coloured with Distress glazes (Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina).

The champagne glass was cut out from Neenah Solar white paper and coloured them first with Copic Sketch markers, then I heat embossed the glass with clear embossing powder, the champagne with a mixture of clear and enchanted gold powders.

The text was part of an MFT stamp set (Uncorked) and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, Sparkle layering stencil (THS132)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Happy Hour (664435)

Idea-Ology, paper dolls

Ranger embossing powders (Gold, Enchanted Gold, Clear)

Ranger Distress inks (Black Soot, Bundled Sage, Lucky Clover, Pine Needles, Rustic Wilderness)

Ranger Distress embossing glaze (Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina)


With my card, I would like to join the:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Sparkle&Shine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Wednesday, 30 August 2023

Birthday card with one of the Gentlemen by Tim Holtz

It is not only my mother-in-law's birthday in October, but also my mum's. So after the blue gentleman card that I created for my mother-in-law, I made another version for my mum. 

I used the same technique for both backgrounds. You can check out the tutorial on the previous card.

Here I used Spun Sugar Oxide ink, then Picked Raspberry Distress ink.

After sealing the surface with Distress Collage Medium I inked the edges with Picked Raspberry Archival ink, then with Ground Espresso.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Gentlemen (666286)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric Bulletin (666281)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Cozy Winter (665574)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Celebrate (666285)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk (CMS236)

Stampers Anonymous, Linked Circles (THS159)

Ranger Distress inks 

Ranger Distress Oxide inks

Ranger Distress Collage Medium

Ranger Distress embossing powder (super fine white)


As you can see, I put some yellow stars on this card, that you can't find on the other card. There were already a lot of yellow elements there, it would have been too much yellow with the stars. 

Thursday, 10 August 2023

Birthday card with one of the Gentlemen

I made this card for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday. Her birthday will be just in October but I like to be prepared in time.

For the background I took a watercolour panel and I inked the surface with Tumbled Glass and Speckled Egg Distress Oxide inks. Then I blended Faded Jeans ink through the Linked Circles stencil. Then I inked the edges with Chipped Sapphire ink.

To give a protection to my panel, I dabbed Distress Collage Medium to the surface.

The bird and the gentlemen was cut out from black paper twice and then glued them together. The numbers and the balloon was cut out from white watercolour paper and coloured with Distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber). The text was stamped with embossing ink on black cardstock, then I heat embossed with white embossing powder.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Gentlemen (666286)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric Bulletin (666281)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Cozy Winter (665574)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Celebrate (666285)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk (CMS236)

Stampers Anonymous, Linked Circles (THS159)

Ranger Distress inks 

Ranger Distress Oxide inks

Ranger Distress Collage Medium

Ranger Distress embossing powder (super fine white)


With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Happy Birthday

Tuesday, 8 August 2023

Harvey on a birthday card

Hello everyone, after a long, one month holiday, I still haven't really returned to the craft desk. But I would like to show you an earlier card that I made for a June birthday, I just didn't show it to you here.

My friend loved Harvey on my Christmas projects, so I decided to make her a birthday card with this cute soldier. 

My friend has a beautiful singing voice and loves to sing this is why I used the old sheet music embossing folder. One of her favourite colours is purple, so I chose this as a background colour. 

You find here the tutorial of Harvey.

The background was painted with Wilted Violet and I inked the edges with Villainous Potion Archival ink.

What I used:

Sizzix Texture Fades embossing folder, Postcard&Sheet Music (656946)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Harvey Colorize (666066)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Wildflowers 1 (664163)

Sizzix Sidekick Side-Order, Valentine (662710)

My Favorite Things, Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp set

Ranger embossing powder, Princess Gold 

Schmincke Aqua Bronze, Rich Gold 


With this card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Happy Birthday

Friday, 16 June 2023

Masculine card with Inspector by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone! Lately I received a package with everything I ordered, including Tim's Rotary Media Trimmer, inks, embossing folders, Idea-Ology stuff and The Inspector stamp set.

So here is my first attempt with The Inspector.

And here is the tutorial.

I stamped the inspector with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Archival ink on a watercolour panel.

Then I covered the image with a mask paper.

I coloured the panel with Salvaged Patina, Peeled Paint and Pine Needle. Then I stamped around the inspector with Black Soot Archival ink using the Professor 2, The Inspector stamp sets.

Then I inked the edges with Ground Espresso.

Then I toned back the bold colours with diluted white paint.

Then I stencilled the panel using the Measured stencil and Ranger Transparent Matte texture paste. Then I sprinkled the embossed part with a mixture of Salvaged Patina and Speckled Egg embossing glaze. When the embossing paste was dry, I melted the embossing glaze on the top of the embossed surface with a heat tool.

Then I removed the masking sheet.

Then I coloured the image with Distress markers.

Then I wanted to add something else, so I put some gears to the edges. I coloured the gears with brown paint.

What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, The Professor 2 stamp set (CMS395)

Stampers Anonymous, The Inspector  stamp set (CMS465)

Stampers Anonymous, Measured layering stencil (THS012)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Gearhead (661184)

With this card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Masculine