it’s hard to imagine so many wonderful ideas could be packed into one project, but media team jan hobbins has wowed me once again. be sure to check out her clever advent calendar project perfect to adorn your home this holiday season. jan’s use of dies, layers, and embellishments is sure to inspire your christmas creativity too…t!m
Hi everyone, Jan here today sharing my first November tutorial for the Tim Holtz Media Team. Now that my Fall and Halloween decorations are packed away, it’s time to think about Christmas. Nothing like a big snowfall like the one we had here recently, to put one in the Christmas mood! Lynette, a co-worker of mine created a Halloween countdown calendar using chicken wire a couple of years ago, and I’ve wanted to make one for Christmas ever since.
- Surfaces: Speciality Stamping Paper, Frosted Sheets, Core-dinations Kraft Core, Postale Tissue Wrap, Grunge Paper, Merriment Paper Stash, Christmas Wishes Worn Book Cover
- Layering Stencils: Doily
- Dies: Seasons Greetings Stamp & Die set, Boughs of Holly, In The Bag, Jumbo Tattered Pinecone, Stacked Snowflakes, Holiday Greens
- Embossing Folders: Greetings & Greens
- Embellishments: Numeric Alpha Parts, Paper String Striped Twine, Monocle, Tidings Token, Trinket Pin, Snowflakes Adornment, Christmas Remnant Rubs, Hinge Clips, Christmas Word Bands
- Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
- Distress Stain Spray: Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Tarnished Brass
- Distress Markers: Brushed Corduroy, Iced Spruce, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage
- Distress Paint: Picket Fence
- Distress Glitter: Rock Candy
- Archival Ink: Jet Black
- Alcohol Ink: Snow Cap
- Mediums: Glossy Accents, Matte Multi Medium
- Adhesive: hot glue gun
- Tools: Vagabond, Sizzix Magnetic Platform; Water Brush, Mini Blending Foam, Craft Sheet, Sanding Grip, Drill Punch; staple gun
- Other: 11” x 14” Frame, chicken wire, thin wire
First off, cut a piece of chicken wire that fits an empty 11” x 14” frame.
Using a staple gun, staple the wire to the back of your frame. This chicken wire, for some reason, had a an extra wire on one side. I ended up clipping it and wrapping the wires around to hide the ends. I added a bit of Snow Cap Alcohol Ink to my wire, to tone down the silver.
I wanted a small base on my frame so I could glue my greenery on it. I took a piece of 6 x 12 grunge paper and a glued on a piece of Merriment paper with Ranger’s Matte Multi Medium. Next I die-cut three sides ( the flat side was covered by the book) with the One the Edge Boughs of Holly die. The length ended up about 7” and the width just under 6”.
Next, I sprayed my die-cut square with Antique Linen and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stains.
With a small hole punch, I punched the top corners and the bottom right. Using very fine wire, I attached my die-cut to the chicken wire, through the punched out holes. I find that grunge paper can withstand the added weight and the holes wouldn’t tear as easy, as opposed to chipboard.
I used the Christmas Wishes Worn Cover for my next embellishment. This is going to be used for storing my countdown numbers. I did not bend the spine at this point, I just left it flat.
I die cut a small holder using Tim’s In the Bag die and paper from the Merriment Collection. Ink the edges and assemble.
I matted and adhered a piece from the Christmas Ephemera package for the front of my bag. I then adhered the bad to the inside of my book. It is glued a little closer to the outside so my book front closes. I just bent the back of my spine, as I didn’t want it in full book width. The front of the spine is just slightly bent.
The front of my book is decorated using the Tim Holtz Season’s Greetings Framelits and Stamp die set. I started off stamping my wreath and poinsettia images with Ranger’s speciality stamping paper and black archival ink. I then cut out the stamped images with the matching framelits.
For added dimension, I embossed the wreath with the Greetings and Greens Texture Fade set. I love it when there’s an embossing folder that matches dies, for added textures.
Using my Distress Markers, I added in a bit of color to my stamped image. I wanted to tone down the white, so I used a lighter color to shadow around the black images. After this, I applied glossy accents to the solid black leaves, berries and my poinsettias. I immediately applied Distress Rock Candy Glitter and set aside to dry. I can’t stop using this glitter on my Christmas projects, it gives everything a vintage frosty look. Once these pieces were dry, I adhered the poinsettias to the wreath, and the wreath to the front of my book.
For my countdown cards, I used different designs from the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 ATC size designs in the Merriment collection. The corners were trimmed with a corner punch and then the edges inked. The adhesive backed numbers are the Idea-olgy Numeric Alpha Parts. I was short a number two, but there is the word twenty, which works perfectly!
The number cards fit perfectly in their holder. It was a little tight, as my cards ended up thicker because of the alpha parts, but two will always be on the wire. I punched small holes in the top corners and bottom right corner of my book and attached it to my frame the same way as my holly die-cut. I know this is now discontinued, but I used my Tim Holtz drill punch for the holes in the thick book cover. Love using this when using thicker material, especially when I want to punch a tiny hole (the smallest is about 1/16).
For my greenery corner, I die-cut two Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Pinecones out of Kraft Core cardstock. Sand the edges.
I lightly sprayed Picket Fence Distress Stain Spray on my pinecone die-cut.
I immediately dabbed at it with a damp towel or a baby wipe to give it a more mottled look. You could also lay a stencil on top and dab at the open areas if you would like a slight pattern.
The pinecones were rolled and assembled following Sizzix’s PDF instruction sheet that is available on their website. I then applied glossy accents, Distress Rock Candy glitter randomly.
My snowflakes were made using Frosted Film Sheets from Idea-ology. I applied Ranger’s Matte Multi- Medium, then adhered Postale Tissue Wrap Paper. After I die-cut my snowflakes, I realized the tissue did not stay adhered to the film, so I applied Glossy Accents, which worked perfectly.
I liked the idea of the snowflakes having a light translucent quality, but I still wanted a snowy look. I took my Tim Holtz Doily stencil and applied Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain to my tissue covered frosted film.
The snowflakes were die-cut using the Tim Holtz Stacked Snowflakes Bigz die.
My greenery was cut out using various shades of green papers from Tim Holtz Seasonal Stash collection, Kraft-Core and the Sizzix Holiday Greens Thinlit set. I think this is going to be my new favorite die set,… love all these greenery bits! I lightly sprayed my greenery with Antique Linen and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain Spray.
I used a hot glue gun to adhere all my greenery and pinecones. The ends were tucked in under the book (this is why I didn’t attach this corner to the frame. I also glued on my snowflakes, a few in the greenery and the others on the wire and frame. I purposely glued a snowflake so it would stop the book from opening while hanging up. Because it’s plastic, it’s strong enough to hold and won’t break.
To finish off my Countdown Calendar, I threaded Paper String Striped Twine through the holes of my book spine, along with a Christmas Word Band, and tied in a bow. Hanging from the bow, is a Snowflakes Adornment, Monocle, Tidings Token, and Trinket pin. All of these pieces were painted with Picket Fence paint, which was then lightly rubbed off. I applied glossy accents to a few areas, then Distress Rock Candy glitter. The monocle has a white rub-on from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs. The number cards are attached to my frame with the Idea-ology Hinge Clips.
I hope you enjoyed my Countdown Calendar tutorial. There’s still time to make one before we all start counting down! I left the inside cover empty on my book, but I was thinking of putting a flat pocket there. When my children were little we had a countdown calendar that, instead of treats, had small strips of paper with different Christmas activities written on each day. It really got us in the Christmas Spirit!
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