Saturday, 1 January 2022

Birthday card with Cozy Winter bear by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone and happy new year! And since it's not just new year but the first day of January a new challenge begins on the Country View Challenges blog. Your hostess will be the lovely Jo and the theme is A Year To Sparkle

For this challenge I made a birthday card for my sister's birthday who turns 45 on 11 January. To meet the expectations of the challenge, I used the Sparkle background stamp by Tim Holtz and glitter paper for the number.

And here is the tutorial.

I took a piece of watercolour paper (300gsm) and stamped on the Sparkle background with embossing ink. Then I heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

I cut around the pattern and then I inked the whole surface with Tumbled Glass ink.

I inked the edges with Pumice Stone, later I added Frayed Burlap too. I also inked the edges of the bear with Frayed Burlap ink.

The number was cut out from glitter paper with Deco Bigz XL die but I inked the edges of the number with an alcohol marker (Copic Sketch Fig).

The bird was hand painted with Distress paints but the eye was made with white gel marker. 

The text was stamped on black cardstock, using first an antistatic pouch, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Cozy Winter by Tim Holtz (665574)

Sizzix Bigz XL die, Deco by Tim Holtz (661815)

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Mini Cardinal&Poinsettia (658266)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Regions Beyond by Tim Holtz (664207)

Stampers Anonymous, Sparkles&Christmas by Tim Holtz (CMS324)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk by Tim Holtz (CMS236)

Ranger Distress paints (Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Ground Espresso)

Ranger embossing powders (silver, super fine white)

Ranger Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap)


So if you have a sparkly project please don't hesitate to join our January challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Crafts online shop.

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


  1. Absolutely love the Sparkle background on your card! The whole card is simply gorgeous! Thank you for the instructions.

  2. She'll love it ! Happy New Year ! x

  3. absolutely love this Monika - well done you! Have a happy, healthy new year! Hugs rachel x

  4. The bear is so funny! Lovely birthday card, your sister will love it!
    Happy New Year Monika!

  5. Monika this is fabulous, I love that sparkle background! Take care and have a very happy 2022, Sue xx

  6. Beautiful card, Monika! I absolutely love the sparkle background!
    Happy and healthy New Year!
    Evelyn xx

  7. This is so beautifl and sparkly

  8. Wow, what a stunning card! I love how you created the background paper with all that sparkle from the stamping and silver EP - amazing 😀. That Tim Holtz bear is one of my favourite dies too! Thanks for all the sparkle and shine inspiration and wishing you a Happy New Year! Hugs Jo x


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