Weekender with Wanda – Christmas Deer with Tim Holtz Supplies!

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Hi everyone! Happy Saturday! Welcome back to the latest edition of Weekender with Wanda here on the Simon Says Stamp blog! We are so happy to have you here on this November weekend. Thanksgiving is only two weeks away now! Did you do your shopping yet? I have to admit I had a moment this week, when I went to the grocery store and they had the full on Thanksgiving food display. I was like…OH yeah! Time to get ready for that! I hope you had a great week and thank you for stopping by this weekend.

Today I’m sharing my monthly post that features Tim Holtz and Ranger Supplies and techniques. I pretty much LOVE anything that Tim Holtz does for Christmas! His dies, stamps and embellishments are the perfect blend of retro, nostalgic, beautiful, classic Christmas! Over the years I have managed to collect it all and every time I get down the giant bins of Christmas crafting supplies I get a big smile on my face. The new items for Holiday 2016 are wonderful. LOTS of new sentiment stamps, and my favorite new die – Dashing Deer. My project for today showcases Tim Holtz products from Sizzix, Stamper’s Anonymous, Ranger and Ideaology.

Since the Dashing Deer Die is tall, I made my finished card into a 5.25 inch square card. I started with a Kraft card base and layered pretty red cardstock first. My top layer is cream cardstock instead of bright white. I first stamped the sentiment and the snowflakes in rich brown ink. Then I edged all around the square using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I used the Tim Holtz Spritzer Tool to add some speckles of brown. This gave me a good layer to put my deer, greenery and snowflake on.


I thought this proud deer needed a scarf! I used the Red and Cream Trimmings Ribbon and wrapped it around his neck and gently frayed the edges with my fingers. I used a jump ring to add a Typed Token charm and a small Pinecone charm. There are new Word Stickers for the holidays and I really like the look of the black ones that have gold lettering. Perfect!


The Deer antlers, Holiday greens and the snowflake are coated in awesome Rock Candy DIstress Glitter for some Christmas sparkle. This is a must for making your projects look icy and wintery!


There are so many wonderful new sentiment stamps – I had a hard time picking one! I thought this one fit in the space perfectly. Don’t you love that font??


This is how my card started. I like to use the big sponge daubers for edging around cards. I find that it gives a softer edge. Tip – do one layer of edge inking and let it sit for a moment and let the ink soak in to the paper. Then go back with a darker color until you get the look you desire.


For thicker die cuts that will hold up to inking and glitter – I die cut my pieces out of Ranger Watercolor Paper. Another tip – when I get a new Sizzix die, I cut the packaging image out and double sided tape it to the top of the die. That way I can quickly see which die I’m looking for.


To color the deer I used a smaller sponge dauber and Distress Inks. The body and ears are colored with three shades of browns. (Colors in supply links). Then I used the Distress Sprayer and sprayed clean water on top of the ink. This gives it that splotchy look I was after. Then I edged with dark brown.


To color the Holiday Greens dies I used Peeled Paint Distress Ink. To coat everything with glitter I used Ranger Matte Medium and a small paintbrush and then dumped on the glitter! This stuff is magic, I tell ya!



To complete the card, I arranged the greenery pieces and the snowflake down on the cream layer. Then I attached the deer with foam tape to raise it up off the card. I added a few matte gold sequins also.



Have you started your Christmas crafting? I am getting there but I think I need to maybe kick it into high gear now. I am very inspired now that I’m starting to use these new supplies. Take care, and thank you for visiting today!


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  1. Wanda, this card is absolutely amazing! Tim Holtz would be so proud! You made the deer the star and all the different elements came together so beautifully. Love!

  2. Love the card and I love that it has a masculine feel to it. I have a couple of guys that I send Christmas cards to that I’d love to be able to make cards specifically for them that have more of a masculine feel to them then just the regular cards I’m sending out and this is a nice alternative. Great idea and great card!!

  3. Lovin’ the whole card it’s just so amazing. OK so Ranger matte medium, I need to get me some of that to use with all my sparkly stuff I have in my stash. Thanks for the tips. Have a lovely weekend. Cheers Donna Z :)

  4. He is a stately stag Wanda. Love your color choices. I can’t help but feel that the wonderful handwritten sentiments have that K. Werner look. So beautiful. So much about this I love. Thanks for sharing. I have my cards finished for Christmas as we will be traveling to be with family for the holidays.

  5. Beautiful job, so much detail and dimension – a lovely Christmas card! I am way behind with my Christmas crafting, but will have to make do with what I have the time for :-) thanks for sharing!

  6. I definitely am at the point of needing to kick it into high gear! Thanks for sharing. Your card is beautiful.

  7. Love your card, Wanda! Thanks for the great tutorial.
    Gotta love Tim Holtz products to play with.

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