Make Backgrounds to Cut with Dies – Easy Coloring! + Exclusive Tim Holtz Die!

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I am sharing one of my favorite techniques for coloring die cuts – creating backgrounds from ink and cutting from them! I have used this technique for years and always enjoy the unique effects it gives. I’m also excited to be featuring the exclusive Feathered Cardinal die from Tim Holtz that is available only at Simon Says Stamp while supplies last! It is a free gift with any purchase of Tim Holtz brand products – so simply add your Tim Holtz must-haves to your cart and Simon will pop this beauty in your order! Talk about a great value!

I made backgrounds with Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Festive Berries, Crackling Campfire, Fired Brick, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles and Speckled Egg. Then I cut those backgrounds with the Feathered Cardinal die and a pine needle die. This is the focal point of my scene.

Behind the cardinal scene is a soft blending of snowflakes from a Simon stencil. I added greetings made with the Merry Christmas Script die and sentiment strips. To embellish the scene I die cut Simon’s Stitched Flakes and Christmas Foliage dies; on the pine needles are Distress Mica Flakes for a snowy effect.

If you love this cute cardinal, don’t forget that it is free gift with any Tim Holtz purchase while supplies last! I hope I inspired you to day and that you’ll try some of the ideas I’ve shared in your next die cutting project!

SUPPLIES

Tim Holtz Sizzix FEATHERED CARDINAL…
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE WRITTEN MERRY…
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Simon Says Stamp CHRISTMAS FOLIAGE…
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Simon Says Stamp PINE NEEDLE TRIO…
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Simon Says Stamp Stencil SNOWFLAKES…
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED FLAKES…
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Simon Says Stamp SENTIMENT STRIPS…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS MICA FLAKES Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PINE…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad EVERGREEN…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SPECKLED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FESTIVE…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FIRED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRACKLING…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Set of 5 Rainbow Pack BLENDER BRUSHES
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock GOLD…
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock CRIMSON…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Simon Says Stamp CRAFT TACKY GLUE…
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Ranger MINI GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue…
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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Debbie P says:

    Beautiful card. Thank you. Merry Christmas. Be safe.

  2. Avatar Linda C Crowder says:

    2020 has REALLY been cruel now. I had the cardinal in my cart, went to Checkout, it wasn’t there. They sold out even as I was placing my order. It’s just not fair!! LOL. I love your card and I DO hate that I missed this beautiful bird.

  3. Avatar Helen F says:

    Gorgeous card! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Take care! :)

  4. Avatar Donna Kalinowsky says:

    Love how the cardinal is colored! Also love the greenery. Such a cool card!

  5. Avatar Cheryl Stauffer says:

    Gorgeous card and thank you for the video and all the great tips!!

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