Deck the Halls Home Decor Piece! - by Plays Well With Paper


Hello! My name is Tami and I am overjoyed that Sizzix The Making Journal has asked me to share a project with you from the Tim Holtz Chapter 4 release. There are some delightfully whimsical dies to choose from and that makes for equally whimsical projects.

It’s that time of year when we are all decking the halls and getting ready for the big day! Well, Mr. Snowman didn’t want to be left out so he decked out his cabin too. If you would like to make your own version of this framed wintry scene, I’ve detailed the steps I took to make it and hope it inspires you to make one of your own.


Products needed:


Mr. Snowman

Festive Things

Idea-ology Framed Panel

Distress Paint Picket Fence

Distress Crayons –Picket Fence and Hickory Smoke

Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint

Distress Collage Medium

Distress Resist Spray

Distress Spray Stains and Oxides

Distress Mica Flakes

Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paint.


    1. Cover the panel of the frame with the wood paper from the Idea-ology Christmas Paper Stash. I adhered mine with Collage Medium on the panel and then gently pressed the paper onto the panel and smoothed it onto the panel pressing out any bubble with a bone folder.
    2. Paint the frame white with one layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint. Then put some Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste on your finger and smear a thin layer here and there all over the frame. Let it dry and crackle.
    3. Spray with Distress Resist Spray and a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter from a Glitter Duster. Attach the frame to the panel with Distress Collage medium. Set a few books on it once it is in place and set aside to let it dry.
    4. Cut out all of the pieces of the FIRESIDE die. I cut the fireplace pieces and flames out of Distress Watercolor Cardstock so they stayed white. I cut the grate from black cardstock, and the tile surrounds from Watercolor Cardstock coloured with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Assemble the entire mantle.
    5. Cover the whole piece with Clear Distress Crackle Paint
    6. Cut a piece of watercolor cardstock big enough to fit behind the fireplace opening. I coloured mine with a few blue Distress Inks that were on the darker side. Then cover it with a thin layer of Distress Crackle Paint as well.
    7. Scribble some Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon on the mantle and rub it in with a damp finger.                                                                                                                                                                        
    8. Rub some Picket Fence Distress Crayon over the dark blue insert and attach it to the back of the mantle behind the opening.
    9. Lightly color the flames with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then put them on a non-stick surface and slather some Distress Crackle Paint all over it and let it dry so that when it is dry it is stuck in the curly bits like frosty ice. Attach that in the fireplace opening and then curve the grate a little bit and put the black grate in front of the ice flames.
    10. Cut three trees and a wreath from the FESTIVE THINGS die set in Dark Green cardstock. Flick some Picket Fence Distress Stain onto the them. When dry, spray with Distress Resist Spray and add some Clear Rock Candy Glitter. Make sure to cut the bases from silver metallic paper and adhere them to the trees.
    11. The trees are put on the frame with one in each lower corner and the third up behind the tree on the right. The lower part of that tree will be covered by Mr. Snowman soon.                          
    12. Attach the completed Fireside piece to the right of the tree in the left corner. I popped it up a little with some pieces of chipboard behind it.
    13. Adhere some Sizzix Permanent Adhesive sheets to a few pieces of Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Cut all of the MR. SNOWMAN pieces. Lightly edge the white Snowman part in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, then assemble them.
    14. Color the black pieces with Black Soot Distress Ink. Adhere them to the snowman body.
    15. Color the scarf, mittens, and hatband the colors you want and adhere them, as well as the nose. Cut a buckle from silver metallic Kraftstock. Once the snowman is complete, lightly spray him with some Distress Resist Spray and then some Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I adhered a few pieces of chipboard behind him to pop him up off the frame and then placed him to the right of the fireplace.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    16. The last thing to do is to DECK THE HALLS! Color Watercolor Cardstock with several fun, wintry colors. I used Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, and Milled Lavender. I also colored a few pieces green with Pine Needles and Peeled Paint, as well as some brown with Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso.
    17. Cut the greenery, pine cones, bows and garlands from the appropriate colored papers. I cut four of each color garland - three across the top of the frame, and the one on the mantle.
    18. Assemble the pinecone pieces, then start layering the garlands. You will need to trim the garlands along the top of the frame to get them to fit. I glued the ends in place with Collage Medium.
    19. Once all the pieces are in place, cover the ends with greenery pieces, two pinecones and a bow. I also added two pinecones and a bow in Mr. Snowman’s hand to make it look like he is decorating.
    20. Add the bow and some of the sparkles from one of the garland dies to the wreath, then attach it above the fireplace.
    21. The final touches are to cut two ice skates from the Festive Things dies and adhere them to the mantle in place of stockings. Put a few of the sparkle pieces in the top of the skates, cut two mugs and put them either side of the mantle.
    22. I painted a little bit of Distress Collage Medium on the top of the mantle and all along the bottom of the frame and sprinkled some Distress Mica Flakes onto them to add a snowy, wintry touch to Mr. Snowman’s festive cabin.

With so many options in the three die sets used in this project, it’s easy to make a whimsical wintry scene that is uniquely your own. I hope you let your imagination go and create some fantastically frozen fun!

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