Hello Lovelies! though I still have a sweet spot for patterned paper pads, these days I mostly use stamps, stencils and inks to make my own patterns for card-making.
Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous stamp sets often feature a selection of perfectly curated vintage images that great for pattern-making.
Today's card showcases Tim Holtz's Jolly Santa and Winter Watercolor Stamp Sets from Stampers Anonymous. Click pix and links below to shop with Simon Says Stamp:
If you, managed to snag Tim's limited edition Mica Spray Stain, then you can use it for this card. If not, Tim's regular spray stains in your favorite colors will work beautifully here, minus the sheen from the Mica.
Full supply list at the end of this post!
Today's card showcases creating your own patterned paper using stamps and ink.
MERRY CHRISTMAS CARD - Pattern-making with Stamps and Ink
Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Card Front: 4" x 5 1/2"
Tim Holtz Ranger Ink Distress Mica Stain - Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, Salvaged Patina, Squeezed Lemon, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade
I didn't realize how yummy the Mica Stains were going to be until I started spraying them on everything! That subtle sheen makes your projects even more special.
Though red and green may be good traditional choices for this Christmas card, I encourage you to experiment with the rainbow of colors for other combos that you may like:
Making the Pattern:
It's up to you whether you want to your pattern to be random or have a methodical layout. I went with a methodical approach for this project.
Line up your stamps as shown in your MISTI
Ink the stamps with embossing ink and stamp
Remove the "Holiday Greetings" stamp
Reposition your cardstock to repeat the stamping to cover the bottom section of the card
Heat emboss with white embossing powder
Spray the stamped cardstock with your selected Distress Mica Stains or Spray Stains and set aside to dry
Wipe excess ink off the white embossed images with slightly damp rag or paper towel
Making the Embellishment:
I love botanicals, so it was an easy choice for me to pair this graphical background with a floral image from the Winter Watercolor Stamp Set. I think they contrast nicely!
Ink the selected stamp with embossing ink and stamp onto black cardstock
Heat emboss with WOW Gold Embossing Glitter
Fussy-cut the embossed image
Pop up the fussy-cut sprig with foam tape (be patient!)
You can now assemble your card, using the Christmas Label Tape to add a simple sentiment to the card front.
Don't forget the gold Metallic Baubles to finish!
Lovelies, I'm so glad you joined me today and hope that you will be making your own patterns as well!
This somewhat rustic style is not for everyone, but let me know what you think in the comments.
Thank you again for visiting! See you soon!
I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. All stamps used today were part of my maker package from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with SimonSaysStamp.com.