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Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

Hello everyone, Jan here today with a Sizzix Tutorial Christmas layout.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I love decorating for the season.  So why not document some of your Christmas displays in layouts.  If you're like me, and can never remember where you put everything from year to year, it also helps to have photos!

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

For my background paper I chose a soft pattern to which I could add a faint snowflake pattern.  The paper I have used is from Basic Grey's Evergreen Collection.  I decided to make my own stamps using craft foam and the Stacked Snowflakes Bigz die.  I had a piece of white adhesive backed foam which cut out perfectly using Bigz dies and two standard cutting pads on my Big Shot.  I adhered these foam shapes to pieces of acrylic saved from my die packaging.  Normally I don't use adhesive backed foam, but this is all I had, usually I adhere the foam with Glossy Accents.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

Instead of using ink for  my stamping, I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Picket Fence.  Remember when using paint with stamps, to wash off the paint immediately or spritz with water, as paint is hard to remove when dry.  When I stamped with the white paint, you could barely see the stamped image, but when I added in some Distress Stain Spray (in colours Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood), the snowflakes magically appeared!  The paint acts as a resist with the dye sprays.  You can see in the upper corner, how faint the snowflakes are before spraying. How cool is that?

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

Now that my background paper is finished, I'm ready to embellish my layout.  I used these three die sets from designer, Jen Long.  The large Arrow Card Front , Layering Shapes & Fancy Base set, and the Calendar Months set are all Thinlit dies, which can be used with cardstock and paper.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

For all my Thinlits dies I use my Sizzix Magnetic Platform.  For your sandwich with this base, all you need is your Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits die, and another Standard Cutting Pad.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

Once your arrow card front is cut out, adhere this to your layout base.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

On a couple of the bigger arrow cut-outs, I used the arrow pieces and flipped my paper, inked the edges, then reinserted the pieces.  I also cut out an extra one in a different pattern.  Mat your photo and adhere to the left side of the base, overlapping on the arrow die-cut a bit.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

For my fancy tag, I used the Fancy Base, one of the shapes, and the tiny bird from the Layering Shapes Set.  I cut out two bases; the bottom layer a pattern, and the top a plain.  The plain paper was cut at the bottom of my paper, and I included part of the little tab that shows what is on the reverse side of the paper.  I like using these little strips, it adds interest.  I die cut the rectangle shape, then bird in the middle.  I placed this on my top base and marked where I wanted to die cut the bird so the pieces matched up.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

The top base was pop dotted to the bottom base and the tag adhered on top.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

I tied some Baker's Twine around the tag.  For my little embellishments, they are all from the Calendar Months Thinlits Set.  This set comes with 54 dies!  There are all the months and lots of little coordinating shapes.  I die cut snowflakes in all three shapes, the month December, holly leaves and little ornaments from cardstock and patterned paper.  The blackboard wood ornament and bird are also from the Basic Grey Evergreen collection.  There was a lot of black in these two pieces, so I wanted to tone them down a bit so they didn't overpower my layout.  It also helped that I had a bit of black in my photo to draw your eye to the photo too.  I added a die cut label from the Layering Shapes set to the middle of the ornament and finished it with the small holly die-cut and a bit of black embroidery thread tied in a bow.  I used the bird for my journaling that I did with a white Pitt pen from Faber Castell.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

The little ornaments from the Calendar set have tiny holes in the top, but they were too small for my bakers twine.  I clipped the edge and after I adhered them to my page I tucked the string overtop and under, adhering with a glue pen.

Sizzix Tutorial | December Layout by Jan Hobbins

Here's another look at my finished layout.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and thanks for stopping by,

Jan

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Basic Grey Evergreen Collection, Cardstock,
  • Craft Foam
  • Bakers Twine
  • Distress Paint - Picket Fence, Distress Stain Spray - Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass, Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, and Barn Door.
  • White Pitt Pen by Faber-Castell
  • Acrylic Scraps from Packaging

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