Welcome To The Tim Holtz Neighborhood


It all started with one dwelling in 2015; one dwelling full of mixed media possibilities and making magic. Who would have guessed that 2 years later, we would have an entire neighborhood of incredible dwellings from Tim Holtz? Are you ready to explore how Tim gets all of that incredible of detail in his dwellings? Grab your Vagabond, your making supplies and your dwelling dies! It's time to get making!

These tips and techniques from Tim are sure to add that magical bit of detail to take your Village dwellings to the next level. Lets take a closer look at each of these amazing DIY's...

Village BungalowBungalowBungalow-Rooftop

You can create the perfect shake roof and stenciled siding for your Bungalow Dwelling too! Get the essentials for this project:

Village Dwelling- this die creates your base structure.

Village Bungalow- this die enables you to die-cut dormers, fences, and shutters to add to your Bungalow Dwelling. You can get the instructions on how to assemble these die-cuts here.

Village Rooftops- this die gives you three options of creating unique rooftops. Tim used the shingle shape along with this Wood Veneer from Arc Craft to create his Bungalow shake roof.

Bricked Layering Stencil- this stencil is from Tim's Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencils collection. You can check out other stencils to create your own unique siding here.

Distress Grit Paste-  this product from Ranger Ink works amazingly well, as Tim showed us in his video, for helping to create that patterned siding using a stencil!

Village ManorManor Manor-RoofManor-Siding

You will definitely feel like the boss with Tim's embossing powder technique and siding tip for your Village Manor. Here are the supplies you will need:

Village Dwelling- this die creates your base structure.

Village Manor- this die enables you to die-cut a second story, smoke stacks, the second story roof, fences, and shutters to add to your Manor. You can get the instructions on how to assemble these die-cuts here.

Village Rooftops- this die gives you three options of creating unique rooftops. Tim used the notched shape along with Clear Embossing Ink and Embossing Powders from his Distress line at • Ranger Ink. Don't forget! Heating your embossing powder with a heating tool for a longer period of time will give you a glossy finish. Heating for a shorter period of time  will give you a duller finish.

Distress Woodgrain Cardstock-  use this material with some Distress Inks to create yourself some seriously spooky siding!

Village GingerbreadChristmas-DwellingGingerbread-SnowGingerbread--Candy

We already have those Christmas carols playing repeatedly in our heads as we get ready for the upcoming winter holidays with Tim's Village Gingerbread. Be sure to save the following to make your own:

Village Dwelling- this die creates your base structure.

Village Gingerbread- this die enables you to die-cut candy canes, pretzels, peppermints, gumdrops, the roof, a wreath, window frames, and a chiminey. Get the instructions on how to die-cut and assemble these pieces here.

Distress Texture Paste- use this product from Ranger along with a Pastry Bag and Distress  Dry Glitter to add snow accents to your dwelling!

Glossy Accents- the perfect finishing touch to your peppermint pieces!

Village Country Cabin & Brownstone ChaletSnow-Covered-Country-CabinBrownstone-ChaletSidingIcicles

Creating snow-accented siding for your dwelling is seriously so simple! Who would have thought that all you needed was some corrugated cardboard and white paint? We can't wait to try this out ourselves, along with those incredible icicles! Check out the product list for these dwellings:

Village Dwelling- this die creates your base structure for the Country Cabin.

Village Brownstone- this die creates your base structure for the Brownstone Chalet.

Village Winter- this die enables you to die-cut snow ridges for the roof, icicles, and window frames. Use this die with your plastic to create those realistic looking icicles. And just in case you don't have any spare plastic, you can always use our Sizzix Storage Envelopes!

Corrugated Cardboard- you can find this at any local craft store! Use this along with a paint brush and some white paint to achieve that splendid snowy siding!

We hope you enjoyed getting a look at Tim's tips, tricks and techniques for making with his Village Series! If you aren’t already, make sure you’re following Tim on Instagram, Facebook, and of course his blog for some sneak peeks, tutorials, videos, and more! Don't forget to hashtag #timholtz and #sizzix if you share your makes and projects on social media so we can see and reshare!

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3 thoughts on “Welcome To The Tim Holtz Neighborhood”

  • Lu

    AMAZING! All I could do was stare. I went back and forth looking at all the detail. To be so talented, but most important to share it freely. I know I am so motivated to make this for my grandchildren. I know they will love to assist their Nana in creating these lovely holiday scenes. Thank you for teaching this great medium. You are amazing!!!! What a wonderful thing to experience with a cup of coffee. Still looking at it. Need a shopping list. Blessings to all.

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  • Dolly Gambrell
    Dolly Gambrell Sep 19, 2017 at 04:53 pm

    I got into all this universe because of the Vagabond and these villages.
    If the hurricanes don't blow us away I have 2 Vagabonds and about all I need to set up a roomful of dwellings. Thank you, Tim.

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