Dec 1, 2018

Tim Holtz Watercolor Trees and Baroque Frame Hack


Happy December friends!  If you were hoping for a Mini Album Makers Challenge post, please remember we are taking a break and have extended our challenge through the end of the year.  Find out more HERE.  I'm spending my time making some Christmas cards.  Today I'm sharing a batch featuring the Tim Holtz Watercolor Trees stamp set.  Oh how I love this set!  I wanted it so badly last year and am happy to get to finally have a play...


I stamped my four trees using Tim's Stamp Platform and Distress Inks.  I fussy cut each one, then worked on my background panels.  I used the (Plaid &) Nordic background stamp and Shabby Shutters DI.  I used the Stacked Baroque die to cut out the inside portion.  I dipped those in more Shabby Shutters, but decided to save them for another project.  Now, I wanted a frame for my Baroque opening, but the next size of die was much too large for my small cards.  In the past, I have traced the perimeter of the die used for the opening onto cardstock and cut it out, but I didn't want to hand cut four pieces like this...  What to do?  I decided to trace the die onto foam and cut out to make a stamp.  The permieter of the die is just larger than the cut out shape.  I did not cut the center of the foam stamp out so that the shape wouldn't warp.  Then I used the Ranger Embossing Dabber along the edge of the stamp.  I used the recessed marks around the opening as a guide to stamp, then embossed in Princess Gold


{Insert happy dance!}  I just love how this turned out!  I chose to make a background panel from the (Stripes &) Holiday Type background for the opening, this time using Old Paper Distress Oxide to get a little more color variation.  I sponged the main panel's edges with Frayed Burlap.


I picked a sentiment from the Watercolor Trees set and stamped onto mop up inky paper, then cut it into a pennant banner.


More super simple, mailable Christmas cards for my boxed card mission.  These were such a joy to make.  I have more stamped trees using the tall, skinny tree and can't wait to use them for cards too. 


Don't forget to check out my card box tutorial HERE.  Thanks so much and have a lovely day, Autumn

http://sewpaperpaint.blogspot.com/2018/10/boxed-gift-cards-tutorial-free-printable-template.html

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Simon Says Stamp: Gift It (Gift boxes of cards)
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20 comments:

Maxine D said...

A beautiful card Autumn - love your colours and how you made the sponge 'stamp' and gilded the frames!!
Blessings
Maxine

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Autumn you’re on a roll with another fabulous design The gold frame really pops and the backgrounds hold the tree stamp beautifully. Love these xxx

Helen Wallace said...

Thanks for the instructions about how you achieved the gold border - so clever. Love the teeny Christmas trees and the background which I think is created with a Tim Holtz stencil. Gorgeous work.

Darlene said...

These are GORGEOUS! Thanks for the card set tutorial reminder (missed that post lol) Have it bookmarked now so I can give it a whirl. Happy Holidays my friend!

wendy baysa said...

So clever, my friend!!! And the results, gorgeous! Love it, xo xo

nancy buzzard said...

Ingenious! Thanks for thinking outside the "box."

nancy buzzard said...

Ingenious! Thanks for thinking outside the box!

Cyndi Landrigan said...

These are so fantastic! I love everything about them! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Lisa said...

They are so absolutely gorgeous!! I love the beautiful gold frame around the fabulous tree!! They're stunning, my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sara Barker said...

Fabulous way to make that frame! I love these stamps! What a great design you have made! Someone is going to be very blessed to receive one of these fantastic Christmas greetings! Gorgeous, my friend!

Monika Gulyas said...

Stunning cards, Autumn!!! Big hugs

Barbetka K said...

amazing card :)

Marty Fishman said...

Those cards are just stunning, Autumn! I love how creative you were to solve the size problem of your cut-out. The gold border looks fabulous and really highlights the gorgeous tree and background. Another beautiful set of cards, my friend! Hugs :-)

butterfly said...

The watercolour trees are just lovely - I'm still hanging out for that set - but it's great to see you having so much fun with it. The cards are gorgeous.
Alison x

Donna Ellis said...

Beautifully framed, Autumn, and such sweet colors in their golden richness. I especially like the "fade in" on the outermost stamped paper. Beautiful! hugs, de

Paper Profusion said...

Beautifully elegant and vintage. Top marks for fussy cutting too! Nicola x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Lovely! Great to see these traditional colours! Chrisx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Gorgeous card, and so loving that tree!

Sandra said...

Stunning cards, the Christmas tree looks amazing, and the frame is lovely. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

ankitag612 said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the step by step images and the gold frame you created for your tree is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining us on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! xx Ankita

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