What is your favorite part of Holiday decorating? Is it putting up the lights? Setting up the Christmas tree? Or hanging the wreaths? Stockings? My son loves the part when he gets to set up the train tracks under the tree. We have a quite the state-of-the-art Bachmann Polar Express model steam engine set... yes, it lets off steam and sounds like old trains! No wonder that he loves it. As for me, I dig little holiday villages. What fun would it be to be able to make your own version of it? You can. With the Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Village Dwelling and other dies from the Tim Holtz Winter collection.
I am starting with the Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Village Dwelling, Sizzix Bigz Die - Village Winter, Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Billboard and Sizzix Bigz Die - Evergreen.
To diecut the Village Dwelling, create this Sizzix sandwich: lay paper on the blade side of the the Village Dwelling die. Place the two between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads- Extended and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
Here are the Village Dwelling diecuts. Follow this PDF for assembly Instructions. Just leave the chimney detached for now.
Here's the assembled Village Dwelling.
Diecut the Village Winter pieces with this Sizzix sandwich. Lay watercolor paper on the blade-side of the Village Winter die. Place them between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads- Standard and pass the whole sandwich through the Big Shot machine.
Color the Village Dwelling with watercolor paints.
When the paint is dry, apply glue to the Village Winter dies and sprinkle with glitter.
Make sure to do this all around the Village Dwelling so it looks pretty from all sides.
To diecut the tree, put five layers of paper on the blade-side of the Evergreen die. Place them between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard and pass the whole sandwich through the Big Shot machine.
Holding all the tree diecuts together, machine stitch down the middle. Pluff out the layers to look like a tree. Paint it and glue it to a birch round. Add some glue and sprinkle glitter.
With palette knife, apply Silver Texture Luxe medium to cardstock. Let dry. Die cut the letters by creating the following Sizzix sandwich: lay paper on the blade side of the the Billboard alphabet die. Place the two between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads- Extended and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
Once you have all the letters you need, spell out your banner and machine stitch. Color cardstocks to match. Mount them on foam core board. Attach the foam core boards at a 90 degree angle. Attach the banner and glue the Village Dwelling and Evergreen in place. Create one scene or a whole village... you decide!
Supplies:Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Village Dwelling
Sizzix Bigz Die - Village Winter
Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Billboard
Sizzix Bigz Die - Evergreen
Silver Texture Luxe Medium