Tim Holtz Stamptember® 2020 Exclusive Collaboration

Hey friends! I'm so excited to be sharing two Christmas Cards I created using the new Tim Holtz Stamptember® 2020 stamp set. This set features your favorite Snarky Cats and they are ready to help you celebrate this holiday season like only they can!

Naughty Nice Snarky Cats Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamptember® 2020

If you are new to Stamptember® it is a yearly event at Simon Says Stamp where each day during the month of September they release a new, exclusive stamp set or kit. The exclusive sets are done in collaboration with many of the amazing stamp companies that are a part of our industry. These stamp sets are available for a limited time AND only while supplies last. Many of them sell out super fast, so if you see one you like, you better grab it. With all that being said, the Stamptember® set by Tim Holtz is sure to sell out quickly. This stamp set is available now, so if you're worried about it selling out, head on over there and purchase it now and then pop back here for some inspiration on using your new stamp set!

And here's a look at the entire new Tim Holtz Stamptember® 2020 stamp set that is now available!

So, without further ado, may I introduce you to the Christmas Snarky Cats! Of course the stamp set is full of snarky cuteness so I couldn't resist creating two cards to share. For each card, I stamped the image using a stamp platform with Black Soot Archival Ink. I then restamped the image with embossing ink, sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heat set it. I prefer this method when I want a black embossed image. Even when I use an anti-static pouch, I still get stray flecks of black embossing powder everywhere. With this technique you don't ever have to worry about that happening.

After the embossing was done, I water colored the images using Distress Ink and loosely applied the ink using a waterbrush. I then went about fussy cutting each image.

For the background on this Naughty or Nice card, I stamped the snowflakes image randomly onto the paper with embossing ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder making sure to leave room for the sentiment. I used the same black heat embossing technique for the sentiment that I used for the Snarky Cat images. I then lightly inked over the panel with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

This second card seriously makes me laugh! I love this cat all tangled up in the Christmas lights with his eyes popping out of his head and in a state of total overstimulation.

Shiny Things Snarky Cats Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamptember® 2020

For the background I used the Tim Holtz Tangled Layering Stencil. I ink blended around the outside with Crushed Olive Distress Ink, making sure to leave the area that would be behind the cat with very little color. I then layered on Mowed Lawn and then just a bit of Pine Needles to gradually darken the color to the outer edges.

What you can't see very well in the photos is that I added Glossy Accents to each of the light bulbs. I tried my best to capture it when taking these images, but I just couldn't get it to show. I promise though that in person, it really adds a nice bit of interest!

For the base of this card, I created my own patterned paper by randomly stamping the sentiments from the stamp set using Hickory Smoke Archival Ink. I then inked the edges, as always, with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I sure hope you enjoyed this bit of inspiration using the new Tim Holtz Stamptember® 2020 Exclusive Collaboration. 

I invite you to visit the Simon Says Stamp blog for more inspiration using this new stamp set.


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  1. Wonderful cards Juliana and they are guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone's face. The cat tangled in the lights is just fabulous and I love how you added the bird to the first card.

  2. These are so smile-inducingly fun! As to "naughty or nice", as I'm fond of saying, why not a well balanced mix of both? :D

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