I have always been fascinated by Tim Holtz’ fun vintage ephemera packs filled with scraps and pieces inspired by days gone by. There are so many things you can do with these packs and I thought they would be perfect for some masculine themed cards. I never seem to have enough of those.
Beautiful Christmas scenes from the “Days of Yore” make such pretty card fronts. Tim Holtz has a gorgeous stamp set called Scenic Holiday that is just perfect for this kind of project. I’ll show you both a modern and vintage way I used the set. First, the vintage:
Every year, my list of Christmas cards to make needs to include a few retro-themed designs. I’ve always been a fan of the aluminum trees and tinsel and festive starbursts of the 1950s. I can always count on Tim Holtz to come out with something that fits the bill. Today’s project was made with the versatile Ornamental Birds die set from Sizzix/Tim Holtz.
If you like to create hand made cards for the holidays, an easy tip to prepare is to make a variety of backgrounds on blank notecards. You can then add a quick sentiment and you have a card ready to hand out or mail.
I love to find different ways to color floral stamps on my cards. Alcohol inks are my top pick because of the ability to blend and create shadows as well as the control factor. I do love the freeform look of watercolor, but controlling the color can sometimes be difficult. Tim Holtz Distress Crayons can be a great option to get that watercolor look with a little more control on your project.
Nothing says holidays like pine trees covered in snow with just a bit of green peeking out. Even if you’re in a warm climate, you can still re-create that winter-y cozy feeling on a greeting card.
By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
A: No. You can use many brands of dies in your machine. The key to each die is the stacked plates also known as the sandwich for each die type that you use. You can check your machines instructions for more information on the sandwich for different die types.