Have you been to Tim Holtz’s blog yet today to see all the fabulous new stamps and stencils for fall 2014? It is packed full of fun new stamps and stencils and tons of inspiration! You are going to want to start saving some fun money because these holiday releases are must haves in your stamp collection!
For the next several days I am going to share some of the samples I made with these new stamps. Even though it is July and still crazy hot outside (and steamy too here in St. Louis) I hope you will feel the inspiration for spooky cooler fall days and festive holiday season.
First up, I am sharing one of my favorites from the group of cards I made. This card features the new Christmas Blueprint 4, Holiday Knits, and Handwritten Holidays 2.
I stamped the large background sweater print on a piece of white muslin using Ranger Red Geranium Archival Ink. I dried the ink with my heat tool to set it on the fabric.
I layered the fabric with a piece of white cotton batting. I used a Therm O Web SuperStik glue stick to lightly adhere the layers together. The Therm O Web Glue Stick is fabric and sewing machine safe so you can sew through it without gumming up your machine. I love it for quickly adhering layers together without having to get my iron out for heat set fabric adhesives.
I sewed through the two layers following the patterns in the stamp design. I love how having the batting behind the fabric gave the assembled piece a puffier look. I trimmed around the piece along the edge of the stamp design with pinking sheers. I brushed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
I stamped the Noël from the Handwritten Holidays 2 on a small piece of white Sticky Back Canvas using Black Soot Distress Ink. I cut around the sentiment and frayed the edges of the fabric. I brushed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then adhered it to a piece of cotton batting. I trimmed the batting with pinking shears. I adhered the assembled piece to the lower right front of the red fabric piece with Therm O Web SuperStik and then stitched around the Sticky Back Canvas.
I adhered the assembled fabric piece to the front of a card made from Ranger Kraft Cardstock. I added a brad to each corner through the fabric and the card. I used a Tim Holtz Texture Hammer to flatten and dent the brads to give them a little more texture.
To embellish the card, I stamped the poinsettia blueprint image on watercolor paper three times. I cut out just the berries from one, just the small upper leaves from the second, and the larger whole design from the third. I used a water brush along with Festive Berries, Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss Distress Markers. I brushed the edges of each piece with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. I layered the pieces together and adhered them to the front of the card along with a snippet of blue Crinkle Ribbon left over from another project.
I love, love, love the way this one turned out! The fabric really adds a special touch and really makes me think of holiday sweaters and what is more holiday than a great holiday sweater?