‘Stampers Anonymous’ Category

  1. ‘Tis The Season

    20th November, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    Hello again. I’m back with a card I made for the Tim Holtz holiday inspiration series. Throughout November and December Tim will be sharing projects by some of his crafty friends, to provide some inspiration to get you creative during the holiday season. Follow Tim on facebook and instagram and his blog for the recap each Saturday.

    iGirlZoe: Tis the Season
    I wanted to make a card that I could recreate to send out this holiday season. It needed to be quick, easy and relatively light on consumables to make it affordable to send out lots. For me, that’s when stamps and dies come into their own.

    iGirlZoe: Tis the Season
    I began by stamping directly onto an A6 kraft card with the tree stamp from the Stampers Anonymous great outdoors set by Tim Holtz. Stamping in peeled paint distress ink, varying the height to give a more natural tree line.

    iGirlZoe: Tis the Season
    I cut a strip of kraft cardstock to fit the width of the card. Blending candied apple distress ink through the Stampers Anonymous plaid stencil by Tim Hotlz, (one of my favourites from this season). See how here. Using the stamp platform, stamp the merry christmas background stamp along the bottom of the card with vintage photo distress archival ink.

    iGirlZoe: Tis the Season
    Using the new trusty sidekick, die cut the festive greens from classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip, blend in vintage photo distress ink and adhere with distress collage medium. Cover idea-ology baubles with red pepper alcohol ink and adhere with collage medium.

    iGirlZoe: Tis the Season
    Stamp the wood slice, stag and “tis the season” stamps onto distress mixed media heavystock, fussy cut and blend in vintage photo distress ink. Mound the wood slice over the festive greens with 3D foam.

    iGirlZoe: Tis the Season
    Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to catch up with all the projects from week 3 for more holiday inspiration. I’ll be back later this week with some pages from the inside of my Tim Holtz inspired December Daily Album.

    Have a great week!
    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  2. Tim Holtz inspired December Daily

    18th November, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    Hello friends. I’m back with my third project for the Tim Holtz inspiration series. Throughout November and December Tim will be sharing projects by a group of talented crafters to provide some inspiration to get you creative during the holiday season. Follow Tim on facebook and instagram and his blog for the recap each Saturday.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Today I’m bringing you a handmade album created using the new Tim Holtz seasonal products, to fill with handmade pages ready for the start of December Daily on December 1st.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Step 1: I cut three panels measuring 5.5 x 7.5 inches / 2 x 7.5 inches / 5.5 x 7.5 inches using card I recycled from idea-ology packaging.
    Step 2: Adhere all 3 panels to the back of kraft stock from the Christmas kraft stock paper pad.
    Step 3: Using a sanding grip, lightly sand the edges of all 2 panels and blend in walnut stain distress ink.
    Step 4: Cut paper from the Christmas mini stash and stitch around the edges.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Step 5: Line up the 3 panels, making sure they are the correct way up, (especially if they have writing on like mine).
    Step 6: Turn the panels over, leaving a small gap between each panel, and adhere paper cut to 5.5 x 7.5 inches. The paper will cover the spine and each book cover, overlapping by 1.75 inches.
    Step 7: Add an idea-ology ring binder and fix into place using hitch fasteners.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Step 8: Gently bend the cover into a closed position.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Step 9: Stamp the gorgeous vintage santa from the Stampers Anonymous Christmas Classic stamp set onto mixed media heavystock with ground espresso distress archival ink. Cover with frayed burlap distress ink wash. Using a water brush, paint the holly leaves with peeled paint distress oxide and the berries with candied apple distress paint.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Step 10: Using the Sizzix Festive Greens thinlits set, die cut from classic kraft stock. Sand with a sanding grip and add a little vintage photo distress ink to the edges and sanded areas. Adhere with distress collage medium.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Step 11: Die cut “december” from the Sizzix Calendar Words Block thinlits set. Twice from distress mixed media heavystock and once from metallic kraft stock. Mount with the metallic die cut on top using distress collage medium.
    Step 12: Dab walnut stain distress paint onto the letters with a finger.
    Step 13: Once dry, tap a little vintage photo distress archival ink over the top. Rub gently to expose some of the metallic base.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Step 14: Draw a chalk line and adhere the “december” onto the front cover, along the line, using distress collage medium. Once dry, gently erase the chalk line.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Step 15: Add the 2017 to the spine of the album with distress collage medium. Once the album is stored, it’s an easy way to see which album is which. Making the cover has been so fun that I know I’ll want to make another next year.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Inspired December Daily
    Thanks for stopping by, I hope this has inspired you to pull out your Tim Holtz holiday supplies and make something. Don’t forget to catch up with all the projects from week 3 for more holiday inspiration. I’ll be back next week with some holiday cards and pages from the inside of this album.

    Have a great weekend!
    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  3. Halloween 2017

    31st October, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    Happy Halloween friends! I’m popping back up, like a scene from a hitchcock movie, to bring you the full line up of projects I made for the Tim Holtz halloween inspiration series. Check out the other designers cool and creepy creations in week 1, week 2 and week 3 recaps on Tim’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Mr Pumpkinhead

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    Monster Mash

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    Monster Mash

    iGirlZoe: Sizzix Jack-O-Lantern
    Jack-O-Lantern

    iGirlZoe: Pumpkin Patch
    Pumpkin Patch

    iGirlZoe: The Masked Witch
    The Masked Witch

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Haunter Banner

    iGirlZoe: Claw Mark Coffin
    Claw Mark Coffin

    iGirlZoe: Claw Mark Coffin
    Claw Mark Coffin (close up)

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    The Bone Collector Caravan

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    The Undertaker and Embalmer

    iGirlZoe: Ravens in Flight
    Then suddenly something strange happened…

    A big thank you to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney. And a big thank you for the lovely comments you have left over the past few weeks, here and on social media. Hope you all have a safe and happy halloween.

    Cheers
    Zoe x


  4. Haunted Banner

    21st October, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    With All Hallows’ Eve drawing near, I’m sharing this haunted banner that I made for the Tim Holtz Halloween inspiration series. You can follow along on Tim’s facebook and instagram with a weekly recap on Saturday on his blog.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Here’s how I made the jack-o-lantern banner…

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 1: Cut a piece of black classic kraft stock 5 x 7 inches.
    Step 2: Cut a piece of paper from the Halloween mini stash 4.5 x 6.5 inches.
    Step 3: Cut a second piece of black classic kraft stock 4 x 6 inches.
    Step 4: Cut a piece of mixed media heavystock 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 5: Using the WRMK banner punch board, cut the ends to create a banner.
    Step 6: Sand the edges of the large black classic kraft stock banner with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 7: Distress the edge of the halloween mini stash paper banner and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 8: Sand the edges of the small black classic kraft stock banner with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 9: Ink up the ledger script stamp with hickory smoke distress archival ink. Stamp onto the heavystock banner using the stamp platform. Stamp a second time using a very light layer of vintage photo distress archival ink.
    Step 10: Blend in antique linen distress ink.
    Step 11: Blend in pumice stone distress ink.
    Step 12: Blend vintage photo distress ink into the edges.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 13: Sew the edges of the mini stash and heavystock banners with black thread.
    Step 14: Gather the banner pieces ready to assemble.
    Step 15: Adhere using distress collage medium matte.
    Step 16: Punch 2 holes in the top of the assembled banner.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 17: Die cut the jack-0-lantern thinlits die from a heavystock tag.
    Step 18: Blend tea dye, forest moss and brushed corduroy distress ink and splatter with a distress sprayer.
    Step 19: Once dry, spritz rusty hinge distress marker over the die cut with a distress marker spritzer.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 20: Die cut Halloween, jack-o-lantern base and a cobweb from black classic kraft stock. Sand and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 21: Place the cobweb die cut over the banner and trim any overlap with mini scissors.
    Step 22: Adhere the cobweb with distress collage medium matte.
    Step 23: Add the halloween die cut with hex fasteners. Adhere the 31 die cut and add mini book rings to the holes at the top of the banner.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 24: Add the jack-o-lantern die cut with adhesive black foam.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 25: Die cut the witchcraft die from black classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink with a mini blending tool. Blend peeled paint distress ink onto the heavystock banner (top one), stamp a sentiment from the monstrous set and adhere the witch with distress collage medium matte.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 26: Die cut the feather and raven die from black classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink with a mini blending tool. Blend weathered wood distress ink onto the heavystock banner (top one), stamp a sentiment from the monstrous set and adhere the ravens with distress collage medium matte.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 27: Die cut the scarecrow die from black classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink with a mini blending tool. Blend wild honey distress ink onto the heavystock banner (top one), stamp a bat and 31 using the idea-ology cling foam stamps and adhere the scarecrow with distress collage medium matte, bending the base of the scarecrow to mirror the curve of the banner.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 28: Die cut the haunted house and halloween word die from black classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink with a mini blending tool. Blend tea dye distress ink lightly onto the heavystock banner (top one), stamp a bat and the crescent moon from the haunted house set and adhere the haunted house and beware banner, plus an adornment spider with distress collage medium matte. Paint fossilized amber distress paint inside the haunted house’s windows.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Run string, twine, burlap, ribbon or chain through the mini book rings attached to the top of the banner and hang. Why not make one each year and write the year on the back or make a feature of it on your banner. A great way to practice techniques and track your creative progression.

    I hope you enjoyed this step by step and have been enjoying the inspiration series so far. Don’t forget to check out the other designers projects from the series. I will be back next week sharing some walk throughs and close ups of the other projects I have made for the inspiration series.
    Cheers
    Zoe x



  5. Mr Pumpkinhead

    16th October, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    Have you met Mr Pumpkinhead? He’s a bit of a merchant… of what though, we don’t know ….and don’t dare to ask!!

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Thank you so much for your kind comments about this card I made for the Tim Holtz Halloween inspiration series. Here’s a step by step to show you how he was made…

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 1: Cut a piece of distress mixed media heavystock 3.25 x 5 inches. Cover with antique linen distress ink using a blending tool.
    Step 2: Blend in a little mustard seed distress ink.
    Step 3: Squish broken china distress ink onto a non stick craft sheet and spritz with water using a distress sprayer.
    Step 4: Tap the heavystock into the ink. Dry with a heat tool.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 5: Blend a little vintage photo distress ink lightly over the background.
    Step 6: Edge with walnut stain distress ink.
    Step 7: Spray big water droplets over the background. Dry with a heat tool.
    Step 8: Tap the heavystock into the broken china droplets again if required.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 9: Blend more vintage photo distress ink over the background.
    Step 10: Edge with more walnut stain distress ink, this time blending a little further into the center.
    Step 11: Spritz with water and immediately pat dry with kitchen roll (paper towel) to lift the ink and leave a bleached spots.
    Step 12: Stitch around the edges with a sewing machine.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 13: Using the Tim Holtz stamp platform for exact placement, stamp the gear stamp from the dapper stamp set in potting soil archival ink.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 14: Lightly swipe the edges with a black soot distress archival ink pad to give the background a kind of vignette.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step15: Stamp the hat/suit and merchant stamps from the dapper and pumpkinhead stamp sets using the Tim Holtz stamp platform, with black soot distress archival ink on mixed media heavystock.
    Step 16: Make masks for the pumpkinhead stamps by stamping onto a sheet of plain paper and fussy cutting.
    Step 17: Cover the pumpkinhead stamped image with the corresponding mask. Turn the stamp upside down overlapping the bottom of the stamp and stamp again.*
    Step 18: Move the stamp down and stamp a third time.*

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    *The additional stamping under the pumpkinhead creates a shadow that will create a neck to sit under his suit.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 19: Fussy cut the merchant stamped image with tonic mini scissors.
    Step 20: Blend a little antique linen distress ink over the top. Edge with potting soil archival ink.
    Step 21: Watercolour the hat and suit with faded jeans and rusty hinge distress markers using a water brush.
    Step 22: Fussy cut and edge with vintage photo distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 23: Watercolour the pupkinhead with rusty hinge and fossilized amber distress markers.
    Step 24: Fussy cut, creating a neck to slip under the shirt and edge with vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 25: Using a distress spritzer tool, spritz gathered twigs distress marker over the pumpkinhead.
    Step 26: Adhere the pumpkinhead onto the card and mount the hat and shirt over the top and the merchant sign underneath.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 27:  Blend vintage photo distress oxide ink into the edge of a kraft card, spritz with water to oxidize the ink and dry with a heat tool.
    Step 28: Using a sanding grip, sand metallic kraft stock and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 29: Sand the edges of classic kraft stock and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 30: Blend vintage photo distress ink into the edges of the cork.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    I hope you enjoyed this step by step and have been enjoying the inspiration series you can follow along on Tim’s facebook and instagram with a weekly recap on Saturday on his blog. Thank you so much for the lovely comments you’ve been leaving here and on social media on my inspiration series projects.

    Cheers
    Zoe x