Weekender with Wanda – Christmas Thank You Cards with Tim Holtz Products!
Hi everyone! Happy weekend! And happy week before Christmas! Welcome back to the latest edition of Weekender with Wanda here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog! Is your shopping all done? Cards mailed? I still have a few things left to do and still need to go to the post office (I have been procrastinating on that) but otherwise I’m ready! I’ve been enjoying the season, drinking hot chocolate and driving around looking at Christmas lights. Christmas light hunting is one of my fav things to do this time of year. People are so creative and festive! My husband is such a good sport driving me all around. He even installed battery operated Christmas lights on my car!
I think it’s safe to say that we are winding down on our holiday crafting and maybe looking ahead to the new year. One of the things I like to do every year before I put away all of my Christmas stamps and supplies is make Thank You cards! It’s so nice to have some holiday themed Thank You notes on hand to give out if someone invites me over or gives me a present. I am always glad that I made some. Today is my monthly post in which I use supplies from Tim Holtz and Ranger. I used lots of my favorite Tim Holtz stamps and Distress inks and a lovely new stencil to create a set of three cards to share today.
The Tim Holtz Scribbly ChristmasTrees stamp set has beautiful tree stamps that are the perfect size for cards! I used three different trees for my card set. All the other supplies are the same on each card. For the sentiment I used Thank You from the Crazy Talk stamp set. Here is a close up of my stamping layers. The snowflakes are from the Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints stamp set.
The cards have a few layers, but are basically flat for easy mailing. This card layout is a good one for many occasions and a nice way to use your stencils to create background paper layers.
Here is a close up of the layers. I started with a vivid red A2 card base. My stamped and stenciled layers are with cream cardstock for more of a vintage feeling. I’ve inked the edges of the two top layers using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and a sponge.
I used a mini sponge dauber and Festive Berries Distress Ink with the gorgeous Nordic Stencil! I used a light touch so that the images would not be completely solid red. I always use washi tape to tape my stencils onto my craft sheet. Makes it a lot easier to get a clean impression.
I stamped the Blueprint Mini Snowflake in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. My stenciled layer was die cut into a rectangle using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies. A strand of shiny tinsel trim completed the vintage notes!
When I was putting my card together, I thought that the red layer seemed like it needed a little something. One trick I use a lot is tone on tone stamping. I did that here by using Festive Berries (red) ink on red cardstock. It gives just that little pop of interest and texture to the card base. I used the pine bough image from Mini Blueprints 7.
I colored the pretty mirrored stars with Alcohol Ink in Butterscotch. This color is a beautiful vintage-y gold!
These are the insides of the three cards. I matched the trees on the front to the ones inside to tie it all together. Clean and simple, with room to write a greeting or message.
Then I had an idea! Why not stencil the envelopes! Another nice touch to make your project look polished and pretty. This just took a minute – but what a great impact!
I love that the envelope matches the card! The top two layers are attached to the card base using foam tape. I wrapped the silver tinsel around the stenciled layer before attaching it.
The gold stars are the perfect touch with all that red!
Thanks for stopping by the Simon Says Stamp Blog today! Have a great week! I’ll see you one more time before Christmas is here!
Very nice card…love it!
Beautiful Xmas cards!!!
i never send out thank you cards, is that really bad? maybe i should…thanks for the reminder..they’re really pretty
These are so cute and I love that you didn’t overlook the inside of the cards. What a sweet set of cards!
LOVE the stencilled & stamped panels, LOVE your trees too, a great design and colour combo!!!
THANK YOU for sharing :)
Lovely cards – you’re so organised to have Thank you cards ready! Love the matching envelopes too!
Must try that tip with the alcohol ink. Love these pretty thank you’s. Hugz
Very cute cards! I love the gold stars and never thought of coloring with alcohol inks – thanks for the great idea!
Great thank you cards ! Love the stencil background and added detail to the envelope !
love the matching envelope!
I absolutely love these cards! Making a set would be a great gift!
Thank you, Wanda, for the inspiration. What a cute idea to use the stencil on the envelope too!
Love these. The stars are so pretty. I also love the envelope.
These are beautiful Thank You cards. Thanks for the video. I love the matching envelopes, too!
Such a great card! Love the addition of the tone on tone! Thanks for sharing!
I absolutely love the idea of stenceling the envelopes backsides, Wanda !
Gorgeous cards!! I love the pretty star!
Loving this card!
Love your cards and envelopes. Very pretty colors and look like fun to make.
Tinsel adds a special touch!
Really pretty card!
Great set of cards! I love those TH trees!
Cute thank you cards. i like the tinsel trim.
That tinsel is fabulous!
Love the techniques you used to build this beautiful card :)
Love how the inside and envelope matches the card. Such a pretty card. Thank you for sharing with us!
Beautiful thank you card and envelope
Lovely idea Wanda! Thanks for sharing!
Great tips and a beautiful card! TFS!
I totally spaced off that I need to make holiday thank you cards … THANK YOU for this sweet idea reminder !!
Beautiful card!! I love the stencil background! Gorgeous!
I like the vintage look and feel of these cards!
These are fantastic! Your cards always have so many wonderful elements!
I love the stars! What a fun touch. I hadn’t realized they could be colored (even though it said so). This was really helpful.
Hi Wanda, thanks for sharing your beautiful vintage cards. I love the colours and how the inside and envelope coordinate with the card. Excellent creativity and very inspiring!
The card is a beauty and love the little silver christmas guirland! And so super you made the enveloppes to natch the festive card!
Beautiful set, I like the envelopes too!