Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Tim Holtz Holly Bough Layering Stencil Card

Hello friends! I'm back from Boston where I taught 3 Holiday Classes at Absolutely Everything in Topsfield, Mass. Such an amazing store and the ladies were so nice. 

Are you all getting ready for the holidays? Christmas is right around the corner. I can hardly believe it! 

My card features the NEW Tim Holtz Stencils by Stampers Anonymous. I'm giving away the Holly Bough Layering Stencil to 2 lucky winners on Friday so be sure to leave a comment at the end of the post. 

Tape down the new Harlequin Layering Stencil to a piece of Ranger watercolor paper. I love this watercolor paper, one side has a smooth finish that is just perfect for our technique. I colored through the stencil with Antique Linen Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool using a pouncing motion. 

Carefully lift the stencil. You can see that I colored to created light and dark areas. 

Position and tape down the Holly Bough Layering Stencil over the Harlequin. Color the holly leaves with Bundled Sage Distress Ink using the same technique as above. 

Color the berries with Festive Berries. 

Stencils are a great way to create a fast background for our card.

Trim the background to size. 4" x 5 1/4". Stitch around the perimeter if desired. 

Stamp 3 christmas ornaments from the Mini Blueprint set with Jet Black Archival Ink onto Ranger's watercolor paper. Color the ornaments with Distress Markers. I've used colors from the new set, Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough. Color the outer edges of the ornaments then using the Detail Water Brush blend the colors to the center keeping a lighter area in the center. This will give the ornament shape. Cut the ornament out with scissors. 

Use Paper String to hang the ornaments on your card. I separated the strand to make a thinner hanger and bow. Use foam tape to adhere the ornaments to the card and don't forget to add the the twine in the back as you adhere them to the card. Add the bow separately. 

Stamp Merry Christmas with Jet Black Archival Ink. 

Seasonal Chit Chat adds a nice touch to the top of the Ornaments. Cut a little v off the end and tuck under the bow. 

My good friend Paula Cheney is sharing a beautiful card with a great technique using the Harlequin Layering Stencil over an her blog today too! Don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win the Holly Bough Layering Stencil, I will pick 2 lucky winners on Friday morning.  

Thanks for coming by!