Tim Holtz - Sizzix Holiday Brushstroke 2 Christmas Card

Hello Lovelies! I know that I am not supposed to have a favorite child when it comes to my cards, but this one gives me all the best feels! Tim Holtz's Brushstroke dies are just magical, and Holiday Brushstroke 2 Die Thinlits Die Set from the Sizzix Chapter 3 release is no exception!

As much I like to try new things, familiar techniques are like comfort food to my crafting. In today's card I mixed a little of those familiar taste with something I have not not done before. Join me, as we take a closer look at a card that is special to me.

In addition Tim's Brushstroke 2 Die Set, I used an embossing folder from the Chapter 3 release and paired it with 2 of Tim's Holiday stamp sets from Stampers Anonymous. See pix and links below:

Full supply list at the end of this post!

Today's card showcases using Distress watercolor backgrounds to make diecuts and wet and dry embossing techniques.

BE OF GOOD CHEER CARD - Die-cutting Distress Watercolor Backgrounds, Wet Metallic Embossing and Dry Embossing a Stamped Sentiment

Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Card Front: 4" x 5 1/4"



Make the Watercolor Die-cuts

  • Prepare your watercolor backgrounds in each of the colors listed in the Distress Reinker Section

  • I have a video tutorial linked here that will walk you through this process. I tend to take an afternoon to create a batch of these that I reserve for die-cutting or other projects.

  • Die-cut each floral element out of the watercolor backgrounds

  • Assemble your die-cuts by layering and adhering them with Bearly Craft Glue

  • Arrange your die-cuts into a "bouquet" using the picture on your die-set as a guide

  • Tip: I use Glad Press and Seal to temporarily "hold" the layout once I have got each piece in the right place until I am ready to adhere it permanently to my project

  • Stamp "Be of Good Cheer" from the Bold Tidings Set 1onto White Heavystock in Speckled Egg Distress Oxide

  • Once dry, emboss the stamped card front using the Arched Embossing Folder

  • Apply foam tape to the back of the stamped/embossed card front and layer on top of the gold-embossed Smoke grey card base

  • Transfer and adhere the Brushstroke holiday floral arrangement to the card front and finish by applying the embossed "Merry Christmas" tape

  • Splatter Tarnished Brass Spray Stain onto the card front (thank you Paula Cheney, it makes this card so much more interesting!!!)