Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Stamps for a Festive Birthday Card

It's our final Saturday Showcase tutorial of the year here at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. We hope you are enjoying this series as we showcase a variety of techniques and projects incorporating the range of craft supplies stocked in The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This is a busy time of year for sending those festive cards to friends and family and of course there are still people marking other celebrations like birthdays. Here's an idea for using a selection of Tim Holtz stamp sets to create a festive birthday card and as you'll see I'm keeping in with our current challenge theme for using things you'd see 'In the Kitchen'.

Here are the steps I took to create this card (and remember to click on each photo for a closer look).

Start by cutting a piece of white card smaller than you card blank and use a brayer or spatula to scrap a little White Gesso over the surface unevenly. Blend Old Paper Distress Oxide Ink over the dry gesso background. Dampen a piece of tissue or cloth and wipe over the surface - the gesso acts as a partial resist to the ink so you will be left with a mottled look. Stamp the Music background from the Music & Advert stamp set with Watering Can Archival Ink over the background.

Stamp the wine bottle image from the Wine Blueprint stamp set onto the lower half of the background using Black Archival Ink (I used my Stamp Platform to make sure I got a perfectly replicated image). Next stamp the cork screw image above the bottle, again with Black Archival Ink. Paint the metal part with Sterling Acrylic Paint and dry before re-stamping the image with the Archival Ink; this ensures the details are not lost beneath the paint.

On a spare piece of card stamp the wine bottle image as before and this time colour it with Umber, Fuchsia and Buff Acrylic Paints. Re-stamp with the Archival Ink to add the details back in and cut out the image. Repeat this process for with the handle of the cork screw, painting it with the Umber Acrylic Paint before re-stamping and cutting out.

Use numbers from the Merchant stamp set to stamp and emboss the recipient's age if required; I used Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder but a silver or gold colour could work equally well.

Apply dimensional foam tape or similar to the reverse of the wine bottle and cork screw handle and layer onto the background over the original images.

Use Distress Inks and stamp out some of the Winter Watercolor foliage onto Watercolor card. The colours used here were Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain.

Cut around the foliage (leaving as much of a white border as you like) and blend the Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges to age the white parts. Blend the same ink around the edges of the stamped background too.

To create matting layers for your stamped background cut a piece of Silver Metallic Kraft Card and a piece of white card to size. Sand the Metallic Card lightly to give it a burnished look and paint the edges of the white card with Fushia Acrylic Paint to match the wine bottle.

Finish the card by layering the three background together and arranging the foliage around the bottle and cork screw. I stitched around the edge of the main background too before adding it all to the card blank as a finishing touch.

Now let's take a closer look at the finished card so you can see how it came together in more detail;

I hope you've enjoyed finding out more about how this festive birthday card came together. A list of the essential ingredients is listed below, all available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And remember there's still time to enter our final Frilly and Funkie challenge of 2018 HERE.

Jenny xxx


  1. Jenny, this is such a beautiful card filled with sophisticated details! Thank you for this wonderful, tempting tutorial! I'm not a wine drinker, but I love this stamp used this way! Hugs!

  2. Jenny, this card is just so fun and festive! You work absolute magic with gesso, inks and stamps. Wonderful tutorial! Merry Christmas!

  3. Wow, I wish I had this stamp right now to use for my friend's upcoming 50th birthday celebration! You showcased it so beautifully! Wonderful inspiration, thanks!