Hello friends and happy DieCember! I'm so excited to be part of the Simon Says Stamp DieCember using the exclusive Tim Holtz Cardinal Die Thinlits set. The Die is only available on Simon Say Stamp! I decided to create the Cardinal out of nontraditional colors to show the versatility of die cutting.
Don't you just love all the different textures from the stamped background to the sparkly snowflake, the beautiful winter greens and the handsome bird.
I started with the background piece. Cut a piece of Distress White HeavyStock to 3 3/4" x 5 1/2". Spray piece with water, then spray with Distress Oxide Spray in Antique Linen, Iced Spruce and Speckled Egg and dry with heat tool. I have used all Oxide Inks for a softer look but you could also use dye inks if you like things brighter.
I added some over stamping in the same/similar colors I sprayed the background in to add a little bit of texture. The new "The Poinsettia" Stamp set CMS426 from Stampers Anonymous will be perfect. I love this set as it has lots of stamps that are great for adding to backgrounds. The music notes, script, swirls and the little specks are perfect for snow.
Did you know that the Distress line now has Heavystock in new different colors? The white is ideal for clean backgrounds and brighter colors and who doesn't love Kraft!
Cut a piece of Distress Kraft HeavyStock 9" x 6 1/4", score and fold in half for the card base. Add a little Picket Fence Distress Paint to your Glass Media Mat and spread out a thin layer with your finger. Pouce the stamp into the paint and then stamp on the Kraft card base.
Cut a mat from the Classic Kraft Stock 8" x 8" pad. Rough up the edges using a Paper Distresser. Ink the edges with Distress Oxide Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.
Adhere the background piece and mat together and add a few lines of stitching around the outside edge of the card.
Stamp can also add some snow to the background using Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Stamp Best Wishes... message from the Christmastime Stamp Set CMS427 with Black Soot Archival Ink. Now tie ribbon around the card with a big bow.
Die cut the Cardinal from Distress White Heavystock using the new Cardinal Thinlits set from Sizzix exclusive to Simon Says Stamp.
Spray the Cardinal pieces with water and then with Distress Oxide Spray, dry with heat tool. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.
Die cut the Stunning Snowflake from the Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock. It's a good idea to add a sticker product to the back of the snowflake before die cutting, like Sizzix Adhesive Sheets. This allows you to adhere intricate die cuts with ease.
Color a piece of White Heavy Stock for the greens using Distress Oxide Ink in Crushed Olive, Speckled Egg and Iced Spruce. Dry well with a heat tool before die cutting.
Die cut some greens from the dyed piece using the Festive Greens Thinlits set. Ink the edges with Distress Oxide Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.
Assemble your card. Adhere the snowflake, add the greens and bells with adhesive. Use foam tape to adhere the bird near the greens. I also added a little gold splatter using Statue Alloy Alcohol Ink and a Splatter brush.
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Here's all the goodies to create this project!