Sunday, November 20, 2011


Simon Says "Show Tickets!"   Hmm...what to do??  With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to make something Christmas-y.  But TICKETS ... CHRISTMAS .... how can those two go together?  I'll show you my creation in a minute.  But first ... 

I hope you'll take the time to stop by SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW'S BLOG to see what wonderful creations my Design Team buddies have conjured up for you this week!  It's all about "TICKETS" and their ideas are AMAZING! 

Then, create your own vintage or Tim Holtz-ish style design using tickets and enter them in our challenge!  You could be the lucky winner of our sponsor's most generous gift of a .....

... AND if your entry is chosen as one of the TOP THREE, you will receive special recognition for this honor with a TOP THREE BLINKIE you can post on your blog.

Here is my "TICKET" design.  This big ticket could easily be used as a package decoration or as an ornament on a Christmas tree.

This started out as a plain extra large manila tag (8 1/2" x 4").  I used my Martha Stewart Score Board (I LOVE THAT THING!) and scored 1/4" inside the tag on all sides.  Then used a 1" round punch to clip off the edges...making my extra large tag look like a ticket.  

I used a combination of Gathered Twigs, Stormy Sky, Black Soot, and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks to colorize and distress my big ticket's background.  I then used a combination of the larger and smaller snowflake stamps from Tim Holtz' Mini Holidays 2 and Winterwonder Stamp Sets.  I heat embossed the snowflakes using a mixture of Rangers' Queens Gold and Copper Embossing Powders.  

Finally, I stamped a Ranger Distress Embossing Ink Pad over the entire ticket and covered it with Clear UTEE.  Then, I melted the powdered UTEE; sealing my ticket and leaving a lightly pitted enamel effect.  In the picture below, you can see some of the scoring, the embossed snowflakes and the pitted enamel background.

 I found a wonderful vintage Santa image, sized it to fit my ticket and cut it out.  I used my Tonic Craft Knife Tool to slice the edge of Santa's glove so that I could add more tickets underneath.  Then I glued the Santa in place, leaving under his glove unglued. 

I have been anxious to try some of my new Tim Holtz' Christmas die cuts!  I chose to use the Tattered Pine Cone and the Vintage Noel die cuts.  I cut the pine cones out of cream cardstock that I had distressed with Gathered Twig and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  I cut the pine needles out of a dark green cardstock.  I glued the pine needles in place and then stickled them with three different greens:  Firefly, Eucalyptus and Patina.  I followed the instructions included with the die cut to make the pine cones and set them to the side.  I also added some Eucalyptus and Patina Stickles to the holly leaves on Santa's hat.

I used a red cardstock as the base for the NOEL die cut.  Then I brushed over the letters with Matte Multi Medium and sprinkled NOEL with Siren Art Glitter Dazzlers.  It is like a chunky vintage glitter.  I love the look I achieved with it.

I then added some festive narrow gold ribbon and the Tattered Pine Cones. still needed a little something to "lighten" things up a bit.  So, I decided to add some Mini Snowflakes cut from Plain Grungeboard and painted with a Snow Cap Paint Dabber.  When that dried, I covered the snowflakes with Star Dust Stickles to give them that glisten of freshly fallen snow and glued them in place.

Finally, I added the tickets that Santa is holding in his hand.  They were fashioned out of manila tag board that was colored with Fired Brick, Picket Fence and Barn Door Distress Stains.  Then I lightly spritzed over it with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist for that subtle shimmer.  Using Tim Holtz' Odds and Ends stamp set, I stamped two plain tickets onto the vintage red background and wrote "NAUGHTY" on one and "NICE" on the other.  Then I glued them underneath Santa's glove.

So, there's my "ticket" for this week's challenge ... an extra large ticket with Santa holding tickets!  If Santa asked you to choose a ticket to describe how you'd been this year...which one would you choose..."NAUGHTY" or "NICE"?

Have a great week and take time to PLAY!!!


  1. Oh my your usual beautiful creation and so very detailed. Love it!

  2. Candy~ This is beyond Gorgeous girl!! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I am loving that chunky art glitter. I can honestly say I love looking at other's works..but rarely go and buy something that was mentioned...but I am getting some of that glitter..and even some distress stains...and here I thought I didn't need them!
    I just LOVE everything about this. LOL..I am adding you to my list of girlfriends to come to my party when I win the lottery :0) It is my Dream party ....Hugs!! I am silly like that :0)

  3. Hi Candy, I live the pitted enamel background on your self made ticket. Very clever turning a standard tag into a ticket, works fabulously. The chunky glitter works so well on the NOEL, very rich looking which works so well with the Santa image. Oh and I am of course NICE only NAUGHTY sometimes LOL. Tracy x

  4. What a beautiful tag, Candy! Everything looks so divine and just perfect!

  5. Absolutely STUNNING! Love that Santa.


  6. Really incredible work - again! I love all the die cuts you used. I really wish I had the snowflake. I love how it looks! I love it all!

  7. This is just beautiful Candy! I have got to get into my studio again soon!

  8. What a beautiful Christmas decoration! I love it!

  9. Absolutely fabulous Christmas art Candy! I love all the sparkle, & so clever how you made a ticket out of the tag! x

  10. Scrumptious! Love all your sparkle and glimmer, Candy. And might I say, I think your Santa has a bit of naughty glint in his eye?

  11. At last I can comment, had to change my browser as Internet Explorer won't let me comment at the moment.

    Loving your wonderful tag with all the great details, especially the pine cones. Hugs Annette x

  12. Wow, what a beautiful ornament, Candy!! I really love the touches of sparkle and the idea of the naughty/nice tickets! May I have one of each? LOL.

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. I wrote him a letter last year... it said... Dear Santa... erm... define naughty?
    As ever Candy this is just soooooo amazzzzzing... love love love love love all those fabby elements and details... tis one heck of a lush tag.... and loving Santa sooo much too! Hope all is goodly with you hunny xx

  14. Hey there my amazing teamie, Just Love your Ticket, The sparkly and glittery detaills are just fabulous. Loving the Santa too sweetie and the little snowflakers complete yummieness. Thanksss for sharing hunni. Hugs Terry xxxx

  15. Hi Candy,this is over the top gorgeous in every way, love the traditional colours and "Dear Santa, I have been good all year ... promise", fabulous DT project as always:) xx

  16. Your tag is so cool, Candy! You have created such an awesome vintage feel to it. All the vintage type glitter you have used is awesome. I really love the NOEL die with the red glitter. Terrific job on the ticket challenge! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


  17. The festive vibes are jumping off the page with your super seasonal tag and Christmas countdown! Really love the rich colours, textures and real vintage feel.I'm sure you've been very good indeed!

  18. Over the top Awesome! and you used my very favorite Santa image!!!
    hugs Lynn


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