As a card designer I rarely (if ever) make up whole card kits according to the instructions. I’m so busy making my own designs that copying someone else’s projects just doesn’t fit into my day. Plus I’ve never been one to send out multiples of the same design. However, that doesn’t mean I never buy card kits. On the contrary, I love card kits. I take the pieces and make new designs, and boy did I have fun with the Timeless Tidings Project Kit from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue.
This kit makes 20 full-size (A2) cards, 5 each of 4 different designs. All you need to add is adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals. There’s also a coordinating Timeless Tidings Stamp Set that you can buy separately to use with the kit. Or if you prefer, you could use sentiments from other stamp sets. You’ll also need an ink pad (the instructions included in the Timeless Tidings Project Kit suggest StazOn Jet Black).
With four different card bases, printed accent pieces, gold foil stickers and sentiment labels it wasn’t hard to create alternate designs.
For this card I turned the striped card base on it’s side and fixed a fancy gold sticker about an inch from the fold. Then I added the poinsettia pennant piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals so the point was close to the right-hand edge
The sentiment from the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set was stamped with the flag label vertical. Then it was attached to the top of the poinsettia panel with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.
On the inside of the card I used StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp the small poinsettia image from the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set towards the top.
The same poinsettia image was stamped in the bottom right corner on the front of the Very Vanilla envelope included in the kit. Hey presto! One alternate card idea that’s quick and easy to do.
TIP – Felt based ink pads like StazOn tend to dry out more quickly than the firm foam pads from Stampin’ Up! Therefore I would suggest that you do a test on a scrap of card before stamping onto the labels just in case the pad needs reinking. Alternatively, mount your sentiment onto a stamp positioning tool like the Stamparatus. That way if the impression is not as crisp and dark as you’d like, you can add more ink to the stamp and darken the sentiment. One day I’ll remember to follow my own advice!
TIMELESS TIDINGS PROJECT KIT
I must say that I love the contents of the Timeless Tidings Project Kit. It’s simple enough for novice cardmakers to do, but has so much scope if you want to do more. The images, handpainted by Stampin’ Up!’s own concept artists, are gorgeous, while the gold accents and coloured rhinestones add a real touch of luxury.
I love this kit so much that I ended up designing 16 alternate cards in quite a short period of time. Now I’m in the process of finishing off a tutorial PDF featuring all 16 of my designs. To get the Timeless Tidings Tutorial PDF for free, simply order the kit and coordinating stamp set through me. You’ll be able to order them when the 2018 Holiday Catalogue goes live on September 5th.
The Timeless Tidings Stamp Set was featured in my blog post Timeless Tidings and beautiful moments.
So now I have just one more sneak peek to bring you tomorrow. I hope you’ll join me then. In the meantime here’s a look at the 4 card designs from the kit instructions.