Jolly Santa Slimline Christmas Cards | Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Christmas 2021

Hello friends! I hope you're ready to get your jolly on! With the new Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Christmas I know I am! Today I'm sharing the slimline cards I created using the Jolly Santa Stamp Set. I'll walk you through how I created the backgrounds and all the other little details that I put in to each card.

Did you have a chance to enjoy Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Christmas YouTube Live? In case you missed it, you can always catch the replay over on Tim's YouTube or Blog.

Jolly Santa Slimline Christmas Cards by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Jolly Santa and Bold Tidings Stamp Set

To create the backgrounds for these cards I used my latest favorite technique...Gel Printing with Distress Oxide Ink and Stencils. I've used this technique on quite a few of my cards recently including some I created for the Stampers Anonymous Halloween YouTube Live featuring the Wicked Hipsters, Bold Frights and Snarky Cats. You can also check out a video I created sharing How To Create Backgrounds with Gel Plates, Distress Oxide Inks & Stencils.

Merry Bright Jolly Santa Slimline Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Jolly Santa and Bold Tidings Stamp Set

The stencils I used for these cards include Splotches, Festive and Nordic. I used Iced Spruce, Rustic Wilderness and Festive Berries Distress Oxide Inks. I used Distress Heavystock paper to create these backgrounds, but I also love to use HP Premium Choice 32 lb. Laserjet Paper now called HP Premium 32, because it is a thinner paper that can be pushed into the stencil and grab a little more ink. It's also super smooth which makes the ink take well. The only thing you have to keep in mind is it won't hold up to any kind of ink splattering, misting or spraying. I knew I wanted to add some ink splatters to these cards, so that is why I used Distress Heavystock.


My first ink layer was done with the Splotches stencil and Iced Spruce. I used the first lift on the background that was used on the Merry Bright card and the second lift on the Jingle card. Again for the full explanation of what this means you can check out my  How To Create Backgrounds with Gel Plates, Distress Oxide Inks & Stencils post.

For the second ink layer I used the Festive stencil with Rustic Wilderness and this time I used the first lift on the Jingle card and the second lift on the Merry Bright card.

The final ink layer was done with the Nordic stencil and Festive Berries. I used the first lift on both cards because I wanted that detail of the stencil design and the pop of color it added.

With this technique I've found it best to start with a bold and open design for the first stencil and to have the final layer be a smaller design so that each layer shows as you create them.


In this image, the background shown at the top of the photo was used on the Merry Bright card and the bottom one was used on the Jingle card.


Once the backgrounds were completed, I trimmed them down to 3.5 x 7 inches. I then added some stamping with Hickory Smoke Archival Ink and used some of the stamps from the Jolly Santa stamp set. The stamping doesn't show up super great in the photos, but it adds a wonderful depth to the card design when you see it in real life.


As for the Jolly Santa, he is colored with Copic Markers. This medium isn't my strong suit, but it is one I enjoy and I was inspired to pull them out after seeing some of the amazing coloring done by Alberto Gava for the Stampers Halloween release.
I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the image onto Neenah Classic Crest cardstock and then colored it using Copic Markers. I then fussy cut the image before adding it to my card front with double sided foam adhesive.


For the sentiment, I used the Bold Tidings Two. I stamped it directly onto the card front using Black Soot Archival Ink and added the little dots using the Scrapbook.com Opaque Metallic Silver Marker.

Jingle All The Way Jolly Santa Slimline Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Jolly Santa and Bold Tidings Stamp Set

I used the same techniques on this card as I did for the Merry Bright card.


However, on this card I used the Bold Tidings Three stamp set for the sentiment. Each of these cards is 3.75 x 7.25 inches when finished. The gel print background is layered onto a piece of pearl cardstock in either red or green from the Sizzix Festive Colors Pearl and Glitter Cardstock Pack.


On the background of each card, I added a bit of ink splattering using the Frosted Juniper Mica Stain. You can see a hint of it in the upper left hand corner of image above. This Mica Stain is part of the Ranger Ink Distress Christmas Collection, which is a limited seasonal release, so once they're gone, they are gone for good! I don't consider myself much of a spray person, but the level of shimmer and shine that these add, along with the other unique properties they possess, have sold me on these sprays as a must have for all year round crafting!


I want to thank you for stopping by to check out my Jolly Santa Slimline Christmas Cards blog post. I hope you enjoyed learning about how these cards came together. So now, which stamp sets are your must haves from this release?

Finished card size: 3.75 x 7.25 inches

Supplies

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2 comments

  1. I like it very much, its soo beautiful

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  2. Thanks for all the how-tos on these wonderful cards. I have to go see the other post on how to use gel plates. I have on that has not been used yet! A perfect time to learn. Oh yes, Alberto inspires all us wanna be Copic colorists. My coloring looks like yours, which looks great to me...Hummm....which stamp set, you mean I have to choose just one??? LOL, I am a "I want it all" shopper...now to go see the other post....thanks.

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