simon says stamp special holiday release week blog hop…

hopgraphic ’tis the season for festive crafting so what better way to celebrate than with a simon says stamp holiday release week blog hop!  if you are coming from the simon says stamp blog you’ve made it to the right place.  i’m so excited to be part of the Limited Edition 2016 Holiday Card kit!! it is packed full of so many goodies you’ll be busy creating all season long! *please note: this kit is not part of the simon says stamp monthly subscription – limited availability, while supplies last.  just because it’s called a card kit doesn’t mean you can only make cards with it.  since some of my favorite products are part of this kit, i thought i would share a quick collage project using them…


*in addition to the items in the kit, you’ll need the following:
– 4×6 mini burlap panel or other surface
– holiday ephemera or other imagery
– festive findings: word bands, pinecone adornments, jute string, number token, star fastener, display hanger, small talk/occasions
– distress collage medium or other liquid adhesive, foam tape
– tools: palette knife, paper distresser, splatter brush, white paint, mini ink blending tool, collage brush, hammer, 2 nails

step1_4step 1: place mini layering stencil over kraft tag and ink solid tree shapes with a mix of bundled sage and pine needles distress ink using mini ink blending tool.
step 2: allow ink to dry or dry with heat tool.  since i overlapped the trees you need to do this next part one tree at a time.  place “snow” portion of stencil over the solid tree lining up the trunk section of the tree for reference.  apply a thin layer of distress grit-paste using a palette knife, remove stencil, and cover wet paste with rock candy distress glitter.  let dry completely, do not heat grit-paste to dry.
step 3: repeat previous steps for the other “snow” layer for the second tree.
step 4: distress the edges of the tag with a paper distress and ink the edges with distress ink using a mini blending tool.

step5_8step 5: ink the edges of the burlap panel with aged mahogany distress ink using a mini ink blending tool to add a bit of color.
step 6: gather some holiday ephemera and layer on the background.
step 7: adhere background ephemera with distress collage medium and let dry.
step 8: adhere tag and top ephemera layers using foam tape to create dimension.  note: if you want to add the number token, do so before you adhere the tag.

step9_12step 9: splatter entire project with white distress paint using distress splatter brush to create a snowy effect – let dry.
step 10: embellish panel with jute string, word band, and pinecone adornments.
step 11: hammer 2 tiny nails into the top side of the burlap panel.
step 12: secure display hanger clips on the nails and embellish with a small talk sticker – that’s it!

detailsi love the look of this textured sparkly snow covered tree don’t you?  the various layers and colors of ephemera adorned with festive findings makes this the perfect holiday project.

voucherdon’t miss the giveaways!!! each stop on the hop is giving away a $5o gift card to simon says stamp! be sure to leave comments on each blog throughout the hop for a better chance to win…

hope you feel inspired to get creative – next stop is to the amazingly talented shari carroll

happy holidays…t!m

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553 Comments to “simon says stamp special holiday release week blog hop…”

  1. diane Backus says:

    My WORD! These must be the most beautiful mixed media projects I’ve ever seen. I’ve watches many of your video’s Tim, but I think they were all ‘how to’ and not finished product. Of course I could be wrong! Hey, I’m just a card making beginner-enthusiast, but I’m having loads of fun!
    Take care,

  2. Michelle Bylaw says:

    What a great project!

  3. Susan Vitti says:

    Love this! What an inspiration!

  4. Susan Vitti says:

    Love the tree stencil! I can’t want to try this technique!

  5. Carolyn Roberds says:

    I have gone through all the blogs and saw all the cards and tags because I ordered this set and am still waiting but just can’t wait and haven’t left any notes cuz just realized I could win $50 WOW

  6. Madelyn says:

    Lovely and rustic.

  7. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Well, I didn’t make it through the Blog Hop, before the time was ‘up’, but it has sure been a source of WONDERFUL, crafty inspiration, for this Holiday season! I’ll have try to do better, be a bit quicker, next time!

  8. Tommye Bell says:

    Really like this, Tim. I may not have ALL the stuff needed to make this but I can improvise on some of it!! TFS.

  9. Joan F says:

    Absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing your awesome talent with us!

  10. Chatgail says:

    I love the tree stencil. Can’t wait to try it . Thanks Tim, your the greatest

  11. Maureen Chandler says:

    What a great project – it would make a fabulous gift!! Thanks so much!

  12. Definitely inspired to see trees with snow!

  13. Dee Willson says:

    Love the detailed instructions, especially how to use the grit paste.

  14. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    Oh yeah! Thank you for the tutoria! Love it!

  15. karenladd says:

    Absolutely beautiful Christmas tag. I love the layers of snow on the trees!

  16. Nay Gelvin says:

    This blog hop is great for getting us geared for Christmas crafting! I love the tree stencil. Colorado evergreens bring back wonderful memories!

  17. Leslee says:

    ‘Tis the season to create beautiful things!!!

  18. Jackie P Neal says:

    I absolutely love the elements used on this Tim! Very inspiring! And I do believe I have an original Shiny Brite box to use!

  19. Moni says:

    Awesome tutorial. I love your art for Simon says Stamp!

  20. Peg says:

    Love the tree and vintage look!

  21. Betty N says:

    What an awesome project! Thank you for the tutorial.

  22. KATH says:

    Sounds like fun!

  23. Tracy says:

    Fantastic project, thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Vicki Morris says:

    Another gorgeous Christmas project. I am going to do this one and use my grandsons picture with Santa on it. Fabulous way to use the hanger.

  25. Carol says:

    beautiful project. . . .loved the layered tree stencils. . . .

  26. Ciacchina says:

    Love this project!

  27. Robi Wax says:

    So great to see you hopping along! Love your project and love how you made the kit pieces uniquely yours.

  28. Berina Febin says:

    Wow!! This is stunning!! Love the trees with snow!! Looks so pretty!

  29. Melissa says:

    Ooh, I want that tree stencil!

  30. Lura says:

    WOW – very cool!

  31. D.Ann C says:

    Love the texture of the burlap and all the ephemera, including the snowy pinecones, and the fab snowy look of the scene!!

  32. Debbie Emmons says:

    I always love seeing what new creative ways you come up with. This does not disappoint!

  33. The tag just pops on this….GORGEOUS! LOVE all the ephemera and simplicity yet rustic goodness of this. LOVE the whole blog hop too!

  34. Laurie says:

    Very nice way to use the kit. Not my style, but very nice.

  35. Kathy P says:

    Hi Tim
    I’m so inspired by this collage. The tree stencil is perfect for that snowy look. Thanks for giving the kit a mixed media twist!

  36. Great kit, wonderful creativity!

  37. Angie Hall says:

    Love the collage, Tim. I have snow covered trees on my card this year–all 70. I’m making about 10 ornaments too.

  38. Kari D says:

    OH MY GOODNESSES….I just love this piece of art.

  39. j sitton says:

    Amazing project. Can’t wait to try my hand at making the snow covered trees.

  40. Charlotte C says:

    OMG,gorgeous.I’m out of order, having watched Kristina already, and I’m chuckling at her skinny tree problem.

  41. karine boivin says:

    Wow! What an awesome project as always! Love everything you make!

  42. A gorgeous vintage Christmas collage! I already have these mini stencils and used them plenty on holiday cards You have inspired me to use them in a whole new way! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

  43. Julie O'Neil says:

    Love this! I need those display hangers!

  44. Suzanne says:

    Love the use of burlap in your project. Hope I can create something similar this week!

  45. Kelsey says:

    cant wait to get some of that glitter!

  46. Suzanne B says:

    As always love the project!

  47. Noreen says:

    Your tag looks so festive, and I love the vintage touches!

  48. fresh crafts says:

    I love seeing your take on these trees! Thanks for sharing the love.

  49. Kate B says:

    What a great project! That stencil is awesome!

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