Hi everyone, Jan here today with a Christmas Configuration book.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
For this corner box, with patterned paper and chipboard, die cut using Tim Holtz's Packages and Bows Bigz die. Ink, and adhere glitter.
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.
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.
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.
Adhere the "25" with adhesive, add in a ribbon to the bells and your book is complete.
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,
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