Hi everyone! Audrey here! The new Tim Holtz Lantern Bigz die is such a fun addition to the Sizzix Alterations line up. These 3D lanterns are super fun for all sorts of home decor and party projects, and I love that they are the perfect size for those tiny electric tea light candles so that you can turn your lantern into a luminary if you wish.
I love using these lanterns individually, but then I thought how fun it would be to tie multiples together to create a whole garland full of sweet lanterns. Can't you see these hanging off a mantel for different holidays, or strung above the table for that perfect party decor?
Best thing is, it takes no time at all to put together your lanterns, making this a really quick and easy diy project. They look super cute all on their own, or dressed up a bit like I've done here. I've got the basic tutorial for these to share with you, so let's take a closer look.
- Lantern Box Bigz Die
- Fall Foliage Thinlits Die Set
- Lace Embossing Folder
- Leafy Embossing Folder
- Big Shot Plus
Other Materials Used:
- Cardstock: Ranger Kraft and Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
- Vellum: Stampin'Up
- Ink: Ranger Distress Ink- Picket Fence, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn,
- Brushed Corduroy
- Idea-ology: Crinkle Ribbon, Snippets Stickers, Paper Dolls
To begin, die cut the Lantern Bigz die from the cardstock of your choice. I used kraft cardstock for mine. To die cut with Bigz dies, use this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.
To emboss the lantern, place half of the die cut in between your embossing folder, lining up the middle crease line of the die cut shape with the edge of the folder. I used the Big Shot Plus to allow for plenty of room so that none of the die cut got smashed or bent.
Line up the second half of the lantern die cut inside the embossing folder, once again matching up the edges of both the embossing folder and die cut.
Place the embossing folder onto the cutting platform so that the part that has already been embossed hangs off the edge of the platform. This will keep the embossed design from getting flatted as it goes through the machine.
Rub a Picket Fence Distress Ink pad over the raised embossed area.
And then pre-fold the lantern along all the crease lines.
Cut pieces of clear vellum to fit behind the window sections, and secure them in place with strong adhesive. If you'd like to add any embellishments, like the Paper Doll I used on one of my lanterns, add it before the vellum.
Place a line of strong tacky adhesive to the thin side flap of the lantern. Fold the lantern into shape, and secure that side flap from behind. Fold up the bottom of the lantern. If using a tea light, or adding anything inside the lantern, be sure to secure the bottom with a bit of adhesive, too.
Fold in the top, and secure using the notched tabs.
Pinch together the handles, and tie with ribbons or trims, if desired. String the lanterns together with a long piece of hemp twine to create the garland.
Use as-is, or add decorative embellishments to match your theme or design. I added big shabby bows and a few tiny stickers. For an outdoorsy garden look, I also added some leaves and branches die cut and watercolored using the Fall Foliage Thinlits die set.