Happy new year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

My name is Vicky Papaioannou and I am from Greece. I am married and I have two kids and a ginger cat. I am an independent craft designer and a mixed media artist. I have been running a blog and youtube channel for over 10 years now, where I share step by step tutorials on my cardmaking and mixed media projects.

For the last couple of years I am honored to be a Sizzix ambassador, which gives me the opportunity to play with all the amazing designs that they come up with in every release!

This month I am happy to be the guest designer here! I have a winter project for you with step by step instructions. It's a tri-fold card, combining lots of dies.  The idea is to have a layered card where every flap completes a little winter scene.

The first flap is a layer of trees where you can see through it!

The second layer is the little winter scene with the deer on the snow.

And finally the third layer is the inside of the card where you can write your message. It can be used as a winter birthday card or anything really based on the sentiment you choose to stamp on the inside. I went with winter wishes which is really generic, so I can easily use this card for any occasion.

list of supplies

step by step instructions

I started with two cards that are 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches when folded.The easiest way to create a tri-fold card is to just stick two cards, one inside the other. If you want to go with one single paper, you need to do some maths to create two folds along your paper.

Here is the tri-fold card all ready to start decorating!

I used the Sizzix Branched Birch on the front flap. Make sure to have your card wide open when you run it through your machine, since you don't want to cut out the layers below.

I used the same die one more time over some brown paper. Make sure you leave enough border around it. This will make your life easier in the next step when you will have to align those two pieces.

You can add some white details on the trees with white paint or even gesso. Or like I did, by brushing some pigment ink. No need to be neat here... the messier the better!

Then I used some white glue to put this piece on the front of my card, making sure that I align the design perfectly.

Once the glue is dry you can use your scissors to cut out any edges that stick out. And here is the front flap on the card.

Now I will work on the second flap, to create my little winter scene. You will be able to look into it through the trees!

With my distress oxide inks, I inked up the background keeping the lighter color at the bottom and the darker at the top.

Here is what we have so far! I used some white glitter paper to cut out a couple of snowbanks. Just glue them on top. Notice that one is higher that the other. This way I can add even more layers to complete my scene.

I also cut out a couple of adorable deer using the Sizzix Winter Wonderland die set and some brown paper.

And my card is almost complete. All I need to do is to add some snowflakes.

For that you can go with white splashes using paint, with a stencil and some paste... or like I did .... cut out some snowflakes from the glitter paper and stick them all over the background.

I used the snowflake dies from the Sizzix Winter die set.

Finally on the inside of the card you have space to stamp your sentiment and write your message.

And that's my project all finished! A big thank you to Sizzix, for having me as a guest designer this month.

Happy new year everyone and happy crafting!