Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and I'm so excited to be back on the Sizzix blog to share a little Papercut Christmas Joy with you today with this sweet holiday card featuring new dies from the Tim Holtz Chapter 3 release.

I am a sucker for Santa Claus images, and this new guy from the Papercut Christmas #1 die set has truly stolen my heart with his retro vibe. I think his mid-century modern 50's feel works perfectly with the geometric shapes of the Triangles Stacked Tiles set. There are so many fun things you can do with simple shapes like these. Right away, I saw Christmas trees, and a banner is always a great idea for triangle shapes, as well. I've got the full step-by-step tutorial to share, so let's take a closer look.

Sizzix Big Shot Machine with Standard Platform (660200)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Papercut Christmas #1 Colorize by Tim Holtz- 8 PK (664744)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Stacked Tiles, Triangles by Tim Holtz- 25 PK (664748)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Falling Stars by Tim Holtz- 4 PK (664732)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Alphanumeric Tiny Type Upper by Tim Holtz- 133 PK (664406)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Snowman Scene by Tim Holtz- 10 PK (662422)
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Distress Kraft Stock Cardstock
Stamper's Anonymous Sparkles & Christmas Stamp Set
Ranger Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Candied Apple, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
Ranger Distress Spray Stain: Tarnished Brass
Ranger Artist Brushes
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

To begin, die cut the Papercut Christmas #1 pieces from sanded Distress Kraft Stock colored cardstock and watercolor cardstock, as indicated on the color instructions on the back of each die. Watercolor the face piece with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. Watercolor the nose with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. Edge all of the die cut pieces with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using a mini ink blending tool before assembling and gluing the pieces together. Add gold highlights to the belt buckle using a paintbrush dipped into Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.

Cut a 4" x 5.25" piece of watercolor cardstock. Lightly ink the paper with Antique Linen Distress Ink using a mini ink blending tool. Ink up the Christmas background stamp with a mixture of Barn Door and Candied Apple Distress Inks. Spray the stamp lightly with water using a Distress Sprayer. Press the inked side of the cardstock down onto the stamp. Spray the paper with water from the Distress Sprayer, and blog it dry with a clean paper towel. Repeat the process with spraying water and blotting until you achieve the color you desire. Flick droplets of Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink over the background using a paintbrush. Ink the edges of the paper with Brushed Corduroy ink. Adhere the panel to a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of green Distress cardstock. Machine stitch around the edges, if desired. Add panel to an A2 card base.

Die cut triangles from sanded Distress cardstock using two colors of green cardstock and the three smallest die shapes. Die cut the snowy border from the Snowman Scene die set from watercolor cardstock. Cut off the trees from the border using scissors. Ink all of the die cut pieces with Brushed Corduroy ink.

Adhere the snowy border across the bottom of the card. Add foam adhesive to the back of the Santa, and adhere him to the left side of the card. Create pine trees by stacked the triangles shapes with foam adhesive between the layers. Cut small strips of brown cardstock to adhere behind the trees as stems. Adhere one tree behind the snow bank on the bottom of the card. Adhere the other trees in Santa's hands.

Die cut three of the smallest triangle shapes from the green cardstock. Die cut the letters J O Y from watercolor cardstock. Edge all the die cut pieces with Brushed Corduroy ink. Add small dots of glue in the corners of the center triangle, and attach the three shapes together. Glue a long piece of brown thread behind the banner. Adhere the letters to the center of each triangle. Adhere the banner to the Santa using foam adhesive. Add small dots of glue to his hands, and attach the thread, trimming off the ends of the thread as necessary. Tie two small bows from additional thread, and glue them to the ends of the string.

Die cut the two smallest stars from the Falling Stars die set from sanded Distress Cardstock. Adhere the two together with foam adhesive, and then glue the star to the top of the largest tree.

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