Simon Says Stamp DieCember® + Tim Holtz Feathered Cardinal

Hello crafty friends! Today I have something super fun to share with you. Every December Simon Says Stamp celebrates all things die cutting with their month long DieCember® Celebration. This year they have joined together with Tim Holtz to give you a free (while supplies last) gift with every Tim Holtz brand purchase. This gift is an exclusive Sizzix die designed by Tim Holtz called Feathered Cardinal! It is perfect for all your holiday crafting, but also for those year round nature lovers and it pairs perfectly in size to the Feathered Friends Thinlits that was released earlier this year.

With the holidays fast approaching, I used the Feathered Cardinal die to create a Christmas card, because one can never have to many Christmas cards. Am I right?!

Be Joyful Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Feathered Cardinal Thinlit for Simon Says Stamp DieCember

The background for the card was created with some ink smooshing and dabbing onto White Heavystock with Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then stamped the Tim Holtz CMS358 Music and Advert stamp using Vintage Photo Archival Ink. To further distress the paper, I inked the edges with some Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink and added some machine stitching.

Now to the die cutting! I cut all of the images including the Feathered Cardinal, Funky Festive and Funky Wreath Thinlits from watercolor paper. I then colored them by ink blending the paper using the following Distress Ink colors: Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain and Black Soot. For the wreath I used: Gather Twigs. And with all of them I inked the edges with a bit of Vintage Photo.

To make it easier to color the tiny pieces, I adhere Purple Tape (any low tack tape will work) to the back side of the paper and place the die cuts back into place. I then ink blend each piece with the desired ink colors. For more details on this technique you can check out my Making Spirits Bright Christmas Tag blog post.

Once all of the coloring was completed, I assembled the die cuts and began arranging them onto the wreath.

To complete the card, I added a white heat embossed sentiment using the Tiny Text Christmas CMS424 Stamp Set onto black cardstock. I then trimmed it into a banere shape and added it to the card.

I hope you enjoyed this bit of inspiration using the Tim Holtz Feathered Cardinal Thinlit that is a free gift with any Tim Holtz brand purchase from Simon Says Stamp as part of their 2020 DieCember® Celebration.

For more ideas, inspiration and to learn more about this month long celebration, make sure to visit Simon Says Stamp.


You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. 

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