My name is Kath and I'm delighted to be sharing a project with you on the Sizzix Blog using products from Tim Holtz Chapter 4 Christmas release. It's no secret that I adore Tim Holtz Vintage style and the cutting edge dies (forgive the pun) that he releases in conjunction with Sizzix. The super cute Mr Snowman, the latest in the Colorize collection is guaranteed to melt everyone's heart. I hope you will enjoy my tutorial and the techniques I've used to decorate a plain white gift bag for a special friend. Who wouldn't love to receive a gift of hot chocolate and marshmallows to toast after a chilly winter walk all wrapped up with Winter Wishes from this adorable guy.


You will need:

Sizzix Big Shot Machine (660200)

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Fanciful Snowflakes (664227)

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Mr Snowman (664230)

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Classic Upper (664223)

Sizzix Tim Holtz Adhesive Sheets (663051)

Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Foam Adhesive (663062)

Masking Paper

Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card

Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Hickory Smoke and Chipped Sapphire

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Sparkles and Christmas (CMS 324)

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Modern Christmas (CMS 388)

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Frozen Findings

Ranger Glossy Accents

Stampendous Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel

Ranger Heat It Tool


To Make

Step 1. Trim Distress Watercolor Card to be slightly smaller than the front of the gift bag.

Step 2. Die-cut Fanciful Snowflakes from Masking Paper, remove the backing and adhere the snowflakes to the panel using a bone folder (or, in my case, the end of a Distress Collage Brush) to make sure they are firmly stuck down.

Step 3. Colour the panel with Hickory Smoke and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks using mini round blending tools.

Step 4. Ink small sections of the Sparkles Background stamp with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink and stamp randomly on the background.

Step 5. Apply Distress Collage Medium Matte to the Idea-ology Frozen Finding with a brush, sprinkle with Stampendous Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel and heat to melt. Repeat with another layer of Embossing Enamel. The Idea-ology Frozen Finding is plastic so keep the heat tool moving or use on a lower setting.

Step 6. Die cut the word Winter 5 times from scraps of Distress Watercolor card using Alphanumeric Classic Upper Thinlits. Layer the letters to create dimension using Distress Collage Medium Matte.

Step 7. Fix the letters and the Frozen Finding to the panel. Sprinkle Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel randomly over the panel and heat to set from underneath until melted.

Step 8. Ink the sentiment from Modern Christmas with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink and stamp on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor Card. Trim out the word wishes, fix to Distress Watercolor card, fussy cut leaving a border around the edge and fix to the Winter letters.

Step 9. Die-cut the head and body sections of the Snowman from Distress Watercolor card and add shadows to the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink. For this project I only used the upper body die-cuts.

Step 10. Adhere Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to the back side of scraps of Black Classic, Silver Metallic KraftStock and Distress Watercolor card coloured with Hickory Smoke and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks and die-cut the remaining pieces (e.g. hat, scarf, mittens etc)

Step 11 Assemble the snowman. The dies leave a slight indentation on the die cuts which makes assembly of the layers very easy to follow.

Step 12. Fix the snowman in place with Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive and add Glossy Accents to the eyes, mouth, nose and button.

To finish I adhered the panel to the gift bag and added a double ribbon bow to the handle.