Hi everyone, Jan here today with a Sizzix die cutting tutorial for a Christmas home decor project.
I love Brenda Walton's classic designs and her dies are ones that I know I will use over and over. Her sleigh and reindeer dies are some of my favourites!
For my reindeer I wanted them to be a little thicker, so I used a tip from Shelly Hickox and cut out several of the deer shapes out of chipboard and glued them together. For the outer sides, I glued vintage book paper to the chipboard first, before cutting out.
My reindeer ended up being about 1/4" thick. I lightly painted the layered chipboard ends with cream paint, just to give it a more uniform look. After the paint was dry, I sanded and inked the edges with brown distress ink. Set these aside for later.
For the sleigh, I used thin chipboard with vintage book paper adhered to one side and patterned paper on the other side.
After your paper and chipboard are glued together, sand and ink the edges with brown ink.
For the inside of the sleigh, I used just patterned paper. I folded back the scored lines in the opposite direction, inked and then folded them back in. Ink around the edges also.
Adhere the sides to the inside base. There are step by step instructions included with each die inside the box too.
Your sleigh is ready to decorate!
For the reindeer, cut out the little decoration from chipboard, cover with distress linen glitter and outline around the edge with Stickles. It is hard to see in my photo, but I applied clear adhesive and sprinkled on Rock Candy Distress glitter all over the sleigh and reindeer to give it a frosty look.
I then adhered the sleigh panel and flower(included in the sleigh die) cut from patterned paper and book paper to the sleigh sides. These were also glittered with Rock Candy glitter. I die cut from patterned paper, swirls and holly leaves from the Tim Holtz Fesive Greenery Decorative strip die and added these with my flowers.
I wanted my deer to stand alone, so I cut out a piece of chipboard and patterned paper, adhered these together and rounded the corners. I also inked around the edges with brown ink. This was my base. Using a hot glue gun, I adhered my reindeer and sleigh to the base.
I randomly applied clear adhesive and sprinkled Rock Candy Glitter to my base. I added vintage tinsel garland around the deer's neck and the top of the sleigh on both sides. Clear stars were added to the garland around the deer's necks.
A vintage piece of silver thread was used for the reins. I added a little bit of cotton batting, decorative beading and a small bottle brush tree inside my sleigh.
I really like the neutral look of my decoration, it goes with any colour scheme. Thank you so much for stopping by, hope this tutorial has inspired you!
Paper - My Mind's Eye - Lost and Found, vintage book paper, thin chipboard and medium weight chipboard | Tim Holtz Distress ink - vintage photo and antique linen | Sandpaper | Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen and Clear Rock Candy Glitter, Platinum Stickles | Adhesive - clear liquid adhesive, hot glue gun, sookwang | Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars | Silver tinsel, thread, bottlebrush tree, cotton batting, beaded spray