Monday, December 6, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Santa's Elf Tag using Tim Holtz's Toil and Trouble Die

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is to include a Santa and we're also highlighting products from Tim Holtz.  Can you spot the sneaky Santa in my tag?

I started by cutting a tag out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I stenciled white paint onto it using Tim's Halftone stencil, then did the old school technique of stamping Distress Ink onto a craft mat, spritzing it with water, then dragging and smooshing the tag through the inky water splats.  I used Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron.

While that dried, I got to work on my elf.  I love the witch silhouettes in Tim's Toil and Trouble die set, so why not have a witch serve double-duty as an elf?  I cut her out and colored her with alcohol markers (Tombow Portrait markers for her face and arms) and added some scraps of washi tape.  I thought about trimming down the wide brim of the hat and adding a band of white fluff to it to make it look more Santa-ish, but I liked the whimsical shape of the hat and decided to leave it as-is.

Next I went to work on the pile of presents my elf would be standing on.  I stamped these presents using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and Tim's Seasonal Scribbles stamp set.  I painted in the presents with acrylic paint.

Back to my elf!  I cut out a white puff ball for the end of her hat and cut out a star from Tim's Retro Oven die set and painted it yellow.  I also added a little more color to her apron and I outlined all of the pieces with a black Sharpie to help them stand out.  I also stamped the "Love + Peace + Joy" sentiment onto the tag.

All that was left was to assemble and paint the edges of the tag.  I also added a few flicks of Dina Wakley Media Gloss Spray and this little elf was ready to deliver some holiday cheer!

How will you pay homage to Santa this week?  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.