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Merry Christmas Configuration Book

Hi everyone, Jan here today with a Christmas Configuration book.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

This project is a little more involved, but so worth it! It would make a wonderful gift for someone special, if you don't decide to keep it after it's completed! I think I would have a hard time giving this one up.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

The first thing I like to do, before starting a larger project, is pull out all the possible dies I think would work well with it. It's a great way to rediscover those older dies and combine them with new ones.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

First off, I like to prime the raw chipboard book and pieces with gesso. I'm never sure what parts I'm going to end up just painting or applying paper and the gesso gives a nice white base. I decided not to use all the small boxes inside the book, so I would have bigger spaces to decorate.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

Next, I covered the front and back of my book with patterned paper from Tim Holtz. I also used a thin layer of clear crackle paint over the covers, then lightly inked to age the book. The edges were slightly glittered with Rock Candy glitter and glossy accents. I guess I should warn you, there's a lot of glitter applied to this project!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

I set my book aside to dry and started working on the small boxes.  Adhere tissue tape along the edges.  Some of them I joined together with tape.  Even though the tapes are adhesive, I still like to apply them with matte medium.  I find the tape adheres so much stronger that way and doesn't start to peel off.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

After the edges are finished, cover the inside of your book with paper.  Next, cover the insides of the boxes.  For the striped box and the two small horizontal ones, I flipped them so the backs were facing out.  The long horizontal section is open and not a box, so I covered the inside of the book just in that section.  Now you are ready to embellish!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

I cut out my various pieces I thought I would like to use.  For the window, I used Tim Holtz's Window Bigz die and red cardstock.  After the edges were inked with brown ink, I adhered it to the center box.  I applied glossy accents( thick to look like snow), to the panes and top, and added Rock Candy glitter.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

The scene with the oval frame was next.  I stamped, embossed with a dark embossing powder and cut out using the corresponding Framelit, two tree groupings form the Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday set.  I inked the edges with brown ink before adhering with pop dots to the back of my bottom square.  Next I die cut, with black Distress Cardstock, the Brenda Walton Woodland Deer Decorative strip.  Lightly sand the edges and cut it to the width of the box.  This strip was adhered with pop dots, which I doubled as I wanted it to stand out a little farther than my back trees.  I applied glossy accents randomly and sprinkled the glue with glitter.  To make the oval frame, I embossed a piece of Distress Cardstock with the Brenda Walton, "Be Merry" embossing folder and then trimmed to fit the box.  Cut out the oval middle, sand the raised areas, and adhere to the front of the box.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

Die cut the Sizzix Victorian Carollers from chipboard.  Next, paint with black crackle paint.  After these have dried, highlight the cracks with just a touch of Viva Inka Gold Metallic Rub (I tinted mine with a red pigment to darken it slightly).

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

I adhered the gentleman with pop dots.  I wanted the lady to stand out farther, so I glued a small section of foam about 1/2 thick, at the back of her and adhered to my book.  I save all those small foam squares that come in the bottom of the Sizzix embossing folders and cut these up for thicker pop dots.  At the base of their feet I used paper pieces die cut from the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery Decorative Strip die, that were inked and also glittered.

The "Joy and small snowflake" were stamped and die cut from the Tim Holtz Holiday set.  The larger snowflake was die cut from the Tim Holtz Mini Snowflake set.  For the box on the other side of the window, I used paper pieces also from the   Festive Greenery Decorative strip. Along with those, I die cut a small poinsettia from red cardstock with the Tim Holtz Mini Poinsettia & Cardinal Set.  I also applied glossy accents and glitter once this was assembled.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

For the other boxes, I added the snowflakes from the Holiday Stamp and Framelit set, festive greenery, and vellum snowflakes made from the Tim Holtz 2pk Mini Snowflake set.  These all were given the glitter treatment.  I added in some Christmas embellishments to complete my boxes.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

For this corner box, with patterned paper and chipboard, die cut using Tim Holtz's Packages and Bows Bigz die.  Ink, and adhere glitter.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

Now onto the front of your book!  Using the Sizzix Christmas Bells Bigz die, cut out one from foil covered chipboard, and then emboss  with the Sizzix Snowflake & Plaid Texture fade embossing folder.  Apply a red paint, and wipe off excess, leaving it in the crevices.  Apply a few different colours the same way, and sand lightly the raised areas to expose the silver.  When completely dry, ink the edges, apply glossy accents and glitter.  The other bell is cut out twice, with chipboard and patterned paper, inked, and glittered.  The pinecones are die cut from the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die, using patterned paper.  I used the Sizzix Susan's Garden tool to shape my pinecone petals.  I like using the loop one (in the photo) when I want it to crunch the edges instead of a smooth look.  Using a toothpick or skewer and hot glue gun, wrap and glue it to form the pinecone.  Snip of the excess pick.  The edges were inked before using glossy accents(heavier in areas) and glitter.  The cardstock "Merry Christmas" and "25' were cut with the Tim Holtz Stacked Christmas Words Decorative Strip.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

The poinsettia is die cut with Sizzix's Tattered Poinsettia Bigz die and cardstock.  The pieces were then embossed with the  Poinsettia Texture Fade Embossing folder. These petals were finished off with the glitter treatment.  Assemble the petals together with a brad.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

I cut out twice, using patterned paper, the Sizzix Holly and Branch Bigz die.  These were inked and glittered.

All your pieces are ready to adhere to your front of your book.  For all these pieces that are glittered, I used a hot glue gun to adhere them.  I find that a lot of adhesives don't work as well with glittered pieces, and especially for the front of the book, you want them to withstand any handling.  The "Merry Christmas" was adhered with a fine glue pen.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

Adhere the "25" with adhesive, add in a ribbon to the bells and your book is complete.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Merry Christmas Configurations Book by Jan Hobbins

Here's a close up of the finished poinsettia and pinecones.

I'm sure you are covered in glitter too!  I have a small silicone pad for picking up glitter, that I keep handy .  It's amazing, it picks it all up and you just rinse it under water to clean.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and it inspires you to try one of these books!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan

http://janhobbins.blogspot.com/

 

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies



Paper: Tim Holtz Merriment Patterned Paper; Tim Holtz Distressed Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock; vellum; Ranger adhesive foil sheet | Surface: Tim Holtz Configuration Book | Ink/Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo Distress ink; Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint- Black Soot; Lindy's embossing powder | Glitter: Tim Holtz Rock Candy Glitter | Embellishments: Tim Holtz; My Mind's Eye | Adhesive:  Pop dots; Hot glue gun; glue pen; Glossy Accents; Gesso

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31 thoughts on “Merry Christmas Configuration Book”

  • Anna-Karin

    Wow Jan, this is amazing!! Love the cream and red colours, all the embellishments, glitter, textures and Christmas feeling. Each box is so pretty and special.

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  • Rosetta Jenkins
    Rosetta Jenkins Nov 25, 2013 at 07:07 am

    Oh, Jan! What a joy to get on a Monday morning. You cleared up my aching back! You turned a plain box into a work of creative genius. You know how you buy things with every intention on using it. Well, I'm a master! I bought that config book as soon as I saw it. I'm still looking at it! LOL. But you have inspired me to alter it. I love you using older and newer dies. I have so many I haven't used yet. I love to be inspired and you have done that. The shadowbox with the deer and Brenda Walton's embossing folder as the frame took my breath away. Thank you so much!

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  • Lisa H

    WOW!! This is an amazing project. I love the color scheme and all the details.

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  • Raquel Mason

    Wow, what a great project. Your color choice & loads of glitter make it SO pretty. Love all the different dies you've used.

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  • Linda K

    You HOPE I enjoy this project? Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous. You are correct, I would not want to part with it so I would make TWO :) Thanks so much for the inspiration. Just love it.

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  • jamie schnirch
    jamie schnirch Nov 25, 2013 at 09:45 am

    Wonderful! What a treasure and keepsake.

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  • augcott

    Great project! I just love this ... but where did you get the chipboard book?

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  • Debbie Kaste

    Cute project, Jan. Love all the details!

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  • wynneth

    Your book is amazing, I just love everything about it ! Gorgeous colours and such fabulous items in the boxes, I could sit and look at for hours, checking out all the different things.
    hugs
    wynneth
    x

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  • Beth W

    Fabulous! It will probably take me until next Christmas to get one done-but I'm doing it. Thank your for the gorgeous inspiration and the wonderful tutorial!

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  • Joyce M.

    I am a part of a group of friends ,3 of us, and we have done things together for over 35 years. Through deaths, divorce, kids etc. I am making 3 for christmas for all of us to have. A beautiful idea. I even have some boxes that were used for old AOL cds that I have saved. Will work perfectly. Just have to make my own boxes. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.

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  • Aida Haron

    Jan this is a stunning project, the layers are so amazing !!!

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  • Jacquelene L

    Wow!!! Jan this Christmas configuration book is amazing!!! I even have most of the dies and the Brenda Walton embossing folder. Thank you for the tutorial, I have a configuration book so with a big of craftgivering I can do this beautiful project for me. Thank you for sharing this amazing, uplifting project. My spirits have soared on this freezing, windy day.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  • MeRaw

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! Such an inspiring project.

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  • roxanne2468r\

    Wow! I love this! Thanks for the great tutorial! Such a pretty project!

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  • Sandi Williams
    Sandi Williams Dec 16, 2013 at 07:17 am

    Magnificent!!!! I am so in love with this configuration box. I have one that just arrived now I'm totally conflicted about what to do with it! thanks for the challenge.

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  • Sandy M

    You have made an incredibly beautiful keepsake. Thank you for sharing with everyone.

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  • Traci

    Love it-I get so many ideas for these confirgurations boxes that I just love. I could make a dozens of them. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  • Theresa Bennett

    I've got to try this as soon as I get the lantern done and my little elfies done. So much beautiful stuff to make and so little time left to do it. Gotta start earlier next year! This one is lovely!

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  • Dolly

    I can imagine you will not give this away. It is beautiful.

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  • karinbeadellKarin

    Wow! What a wonderful projec

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  • dawnll

    Oh my word your eye for detail is amazing! I just love this amazing piece. Thank you so much for sharing this project. Congrats on being a Tim's favorite on his blog.

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  • Maureen Chandler
    Maureen Chandler Dec 16, 2013 at 06:24 pm

    What a gorgeous project - I just love it! Thanks so much for sharing all the steps!!!

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  • just ß.

    You made really good use of Tim's new Christmas papers which I really really like because they are so different from the run-of-the-mill holiday papers. I like that they are only red, sepia, black and white and you just don't need any other colors (except some kind of sparkle). The cover is outstanding and a spectacular way of using the north pole map. Very inspiring!

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  • Theresa Grdina
    Theresa Grdina Dec 17, 2013 at 04:05 am

    This is amazing!! It is absolutely full of holiday cheer! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Irene McBeatle

    This is awesome! My dream is to make a project of the same type sometime. But I'm not sure I can make it so beautiful!

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  • Sue Mac Donald

    such an elegant project; thank you for the inspiration....happy holidays!

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  • Carol Young

    What a wonderful keepsake you have created. It is beautiful. Where did you get the book box?

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  • Cheryl C

    This is beautiful and the tutuorial is filled with all sorts of helpful tips and new ones, too. Thanks.

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  • Theresa Goldman
    Theresa Goldman Dec 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Wonderful work. I love it. and it's so inspiring. I like the way you've broken down your steps. Great for me to work with. Love it.

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  • Julia Higginbotham
    Julia Higginbotham Aug 04, 2014 at 06:09 am

    Jan, I have been looking at this book all year. I have finally started mine. I love all things Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration. Your book is awesome.

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