Dec 10, 2022

Tim Holtz Christmas Cards: Trees, Wreaths and Poinsettias


Hi everyone!  I'm back with part two of my Tim Holtz Christmas card extravaganza.  If you missed it, find post one HERE.  My first two cards today feature one of my absolute favorite sets, Winter Watercolor.  I am crazy over this fabulous tree and the accompanying greenery sprays.  

I did a little cheat and took the ornaments and garland from the Watercolor Trees set to adorn this larger tree, which I stamped in Rustic Wilderness.  I embossed the ornaments using gold and Lumberjack Plaid.  I then stamped the Stripes and Holiday background words in Antique Linen over the tree.  I used torn paper to mask off the bottom base and then sponged some coordinating Peeled Paint/Crushed Olive to "frame" the panel.  I added the greenery stamped around the corners with the same inks.  The sentiment is from the Watercolor Trees set.  You can see another post with the smaller tree from this set HERE.

I decided to make another version in different colors, so I used the new Lumberjack Plaid this time.  I stamped the card base with the Perfect Plaids and added some extra gold embossing in my layers to this one, as it goes so well with the red and blacks.

For my next card, I decided to give some inky love to one of my other favorite stamp sets, Winter Watercolor.  I fell in love with this set and used it in THIS post.  It's great for creating wreaths and sprays.  I made this spray with a base dipped in Peeled Paint.  I used the Flurry and Pine stamp set to make the dots at the bottom and the Christmastime stamp set to emboss the sentiment.

This next card is my favorite!  I love the masculine, rustic nature of it.  I used the woodslice from the Great Outdoors stamp set and overstamped with a sentiment from the Festive Overlays.  I created the background by loosely inking the pine bough from the abovementioned Winter Watercolor set and spritzing with water over a panel dipped in Antique Linen.  

I messed up one of my last cards, so I die cut a circle to cover the mistake.  I'm sharing because I want to encourage you all to play and experiment and not let one small mistake ruin your progress.  I created the wreaths with stamps from the Winter Watercolor and Watercolor Trees (gold embossed berries) sets.  The bow is from the Deck the Halls die cut set, and I cut it to change the direction of the bow tails.  

I carefully (well I tried to carefully) stamp only the edges surrounding the wreath with the Nordic and Plaid stamp set in Fired Brick.  The sentiment inside is from the Festive Overlays. 

And that's a wrap!  It was a fun cardmaking session and I truly hope you're inspired by these projects.  Remember, when you click the affiliate links, you are supporting me and enabling me to continue sharing cardmaking inspiration with you.  You can see all of the Tim Holtz Christmas stamps HERE at  Thanks for joining me!  I'd love to hear from you in the comments.  Find all of my Tim Holtz projects HERE.  Merry Christmas and happy stamping, Autumn

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Dec 8, 2022

Tim Holtz Snowmen Stamps Christmas Cards

Hello friends!  I'm so excited today to share a new batch of Tim Holtz Christmas cards with you.  It's been too long since I had a good play with my TH stash and I'm so glad I was able to squeeze these in this year.  Today's cards focus on the adorable snowman from the Winterscape stamp set and I've used a variety of background elements to create these variations.  

For the background, I dipped my panel in Tumbled Glass, then stamped the greens and berries in Rustic Wilderness and Lumberjack Plaid Distress Inks using the Winter Watercolor stamp set.  (More cards coming with this amazing set soon!)  I finished by watercoloring my snowman to match.  I really love this red, blue and green combo for Christmas!  

For my next card, I cut my watercolored snowman with a circle die, then used the base of the Snowglobe 2 to turn it into a snow globe.  I added one of Tim's label tape stickers over that and hand drew the marks on the "glass" to resemble highlights.  

For the background, I dipped my panel in Lumberjack Plaid, then stamped the diagonal Perfect Plaid background stamp in the same ink.  Next, I used my embossing marker and a ruler to draw lines over the plaid and embossed in white.  (Note: you need to use an embossing buddy between layers to avoid powder sticking everywhere!)  I finished by stamping my card base with the Flurry and Pine background stamp.  Love those snowy splatters!  

You may remember the scenes I stamped last year with the Winterscape set.  You can find those HERE.  In fact, you can view all of my Tim Holtz projects HERE.

Well, this year, I wanted to do another version and chose green!  I'm so in love with Rustic Wilderness, so I used it as my primary blending color.  This card is definitely a bit grungier, but was really fun to create.  The sentiment is one of those clear stamp & stencil sets from  The embossing powder got a little carried away when I heated it over the stamp, so I used my Posca to draw some more lines and blended them out to gift the effect of a blizzard/snowy winds.  It was my effort to salvage the card and I think it worked.  I hope to try again with more green later.  

I made one more pair of cards using that same stamp/stencil combo.  I used the Plaid and Nordic stamp set for the bottom half and texture paste through the snowflake stencil.  

For the garland and bow, I used dies from the Deck the Halls die cut set.  The colors of these cards are Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio.  

I do hope these cards have given you some ideas.  Remember, when you purchase items through my clickable links it helps support me and enables me to bring you even more crafty ideas.  Thank you for it all and have a merry merry Christmas season.  I'll be back soon with my Tim Holtz Christmas card part 2 post.  Until then click HERE to see the TH Christmas stamp collection at  Hugs, Autumn

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Nov 26, 2022

New Darkroom Door Texture Stamps & Frame Stamps!


Hello friends!  I'm so excited today to be sharing some cards made with the brand new Darkroom Door stamps!  I really enjoyed working with these stamps and exploring how they relate to my current Darkroom Door collection and have found that they are really accentuate the current range.  First, I've used the fabulous new Herringbone Texture Stamp to make a bright and cheery birthday card.  

I used my stamp platform to ink the stamp repeatedly in a rainbow of Distress Inks, misting with water to let the colors blend together better.  I layered over a piece of grosgrain ribbon, which I pleated and zigzag stitched across the background.  I finished this card with a stamped sentiment from the Birthday Greetings stamp set and some glitter dots.  

For my next card I used the really wonderful Cheetah Texture Stamp.  My head is spinning with ideas for this stamp!  It's such a trendy pattern these days and I can't wait to explore this stamp more.  I embossed in gold onto blue card, then sponged the edges in blue and black to create a halo effect.  I carefully embossed portions of the Wild as the Sea stamp onto black and layered over some gold thread.  I finished with a few sequins.  

For my last card today, but not last with these stamps, I used the oh so beautiful new Snow Globe Frame Stamp to create a shaker card.  First, I made a background with Distress Oxides and the Snowflake Background Stamp.  I colored and cut the Snow Globe and traced the opening onto my snowflake panel, then cut slightly larger than the marking to create a second window.  I adhered these two together, then pulled out my Yuletide Greetings stamp set and my Staz-On pad and stamped a sheet of acetate to create the shaker window.  

I hope these projects have inspired you today and you'll take a look at the many fabulous new Darkroom Door stamps!  I'll be back soon with part two of this release.  Hugs, Autumn

Nov 22, 2022

New Darkroom Door Frame and Sentiment Stamps!

Hi everyone!  I'm thrilled to be back with part two for the new Darkroom Door stamp release.  If you missed my first post, please visit HERE.  My first card features the new Notepaper Frame Stamp.  I am so in love with this stamp and can't wait to use it in my bullet journal!  But first, I wanted to make an encouragement card.  Now, this Notepaper stamp will work perfectly with the existing range of Quote Stamps, but sometimes you just want to go your own way...

I did!  So I pulled out my Alphabet Medley stamp set and created the letters for this message.  I fussy cut and mounted them onto the Notepaper stamp, so that I could maneuver the placement better than direct stamping.  I also like the bonus dimension.  I stamped a coordinating stem from the You Are Everything stamp set and layered over an embossed background, made using the Spanish Tiles background stamp and Ranger's Vintage Pearl embossing powder (I love this beautiful off white EP!).  I'm so pleased with this card and hope you like it too and can relate to the message!


For the past five years, I've really enjoyed getting into some good novels.  I was really excited that Rachel added the new Reading Sentiment Stamp to the collection!  For my first project with this stamp, I wanted to make myself some new bookmarks, I mean the stamp is perfectly suited for them!  My next project will be to use this stamp with my 2022 reading log in my bullet journal, so stay tuned!  I created a watercolor effect for my backgrounds with the Floral Background stamp, using my stamp platform and Distress Inks.  I lifted some of the ink off from the first impression, then misted with more water to create this effect.  I stamped the Reading stamp over the background to make two bookmarks.  

My final card features the Envelope Note Frame Stamp.  It's another stamp that you will see soon in my bullet journal pages on my @letterpaperpen Instagram account.  I stamped the Envelope in Distress Inks in Gathered Twigs, then used a water brush to pull out some of the ink around the envelope only.  I stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Greetings stamp set into the letter.  

I used the Global Postmarks stamp set to repeatedly stamp the background to make my own "patterned paper."  I added the "first class" label and the fountain pen from the Vintage Office stamp set and finished by impressing one of the Global Postmarks stamps into hot red sealing wax.  I added gold Rub & Buff over the seal.  If you're tempted to try this, just make sure to let the wax completely cool before trying to lift your stamp, so the foam backing isn't too hot and pulls away.  I'm really excited about using my stamps in hot wax now!  I hope these projects have given you some ideas and you'll take a moment to check out the entire new Darkroom Door stamp collection.  Hugs, Autumn

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