Tim Holtz’s September tag is all about using layers of stencils with a variety of media.  I don’t have any of his new stencils, but I’ve got plenty of the metal ones used for embossing.


This worked out well, as the first layer is done with embossing paste.  I repeated the trees a few times at different heights to get the start of a forest.


The next step was to pounce a stencil layer with Picket Fence Distress Stain.  I did the moon (and some stars which you don’t really see) and this ended up being my favorite part of the card.  I LOVE the way it peeks through the trees.

The ribbon is some white silk ribbon colored with Wild Honey Distress Stain and then aged with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The charms were antiqued by squirting on a bit of black enamel accents, rubbing it into the crevices with my finger then rubbing off the excess.

Another layer was done with this Dreamweaver stencil, Bare Trees.  I didn’t really intend to make a Halloween card, but with the moon peeping out from behind those spooky trees, how could it be anything else?

christmas card glittery trees

Interestingly, these trees don’t have to be spooky.  Here’s a card I made a while back with the same stencil.  White embossing paste on blue cardstock sprinkled with glitter while the paste was still wet = winter wonderland, not spooky at all.

I love it when supplies are versatile!

Happy creating, all.  🙂

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2 thoughts on “Into the Spooky Woods – September 2013 Tim Holtz Tag

  1. Oh, I LOVE your card!–both cards. The trees are wonderful, and I love fall colors. I’m so glad to see you posting again. I missed your posts!

    1. Thanks, Robin. Yeah, sorry about the lapse in posts. For some reason I’ve been in the mood for serious fall cleaning.

      When I get an impulse for housework I know I’d better do it right then, because it could be a LONG time before the mood strikes me again. 🙂

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