Christmas Eve and time for my last Sizzix tutorial of the year. It is a kiddies craft Santa village, but I am adding links to other tutorials of mine so that you can easily make a more elaborate and complex project out of this.
This project started out with little wooden Santas that we made, and we felt that they needed a home. I used some of my favourite Sizzix dies to build a little scene: Eileen Hull's 3-D Birdhouse, Brenda Walton's 3-D Christmas Tree and Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight. In Sweden, the tradition regarding Santas is a bit different, with 'tomtenissar' ('little Santas) who were believed to help people out on the farms, if they were in the mood, because these little characters can be in a bad mood too, if they are not kept happy, for instance by giving the rice porridge on Christmas Eve. You can read more about it here. The little Santas were made with supplies from Panduro Hobby, but you can populate the village with other characters too. Children will need more or less help with the project, depending on their age.
Children love to make little houses and Eileen Hull's 3-D Birdhouse works great, since it is so easy to assemble and decorate. For a different version, you can also use Brenda Walton's Country Cottage, check out this tutorial of mine. Die cut two houses from mat board - don't let children operate the Big Shot, since their fingers might get caught. I cut the doors larger with a craft knife, so that the Santas can go inside. We ended up not using the floor pieces.
Emboss the roofs in two different embossing folders.
One of Anton's favourite parts of the project was adding the Snow-Tex snow. He was very fascinated with the idea of fake snow. I helped with this step too. Leave to dry. You can also use Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste and sprinkle it with Rock Candy Glitter, as I did on the Winter Cottage.
Embellish the houses with rhinestones, tinsel, word stickers or anything else you can think of.
The trees and houses are stuck down, but the figurines can be moved around.
I had planned to place the deer among the trees, but for Anton it was self-evident that it was going to pull the sleigh.
You could also make little gifts and place on a sleigh.
The Santas can go inside the houses, if they get cold among all that snow.
These two are standing on wooden skis.
The skis are pulled by these two little Santas.
Have a very Merry Christmas!!! Enjoy every moment!
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board 6 x 13; Bazzill green cardstock
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Birdhouse, 3-D Christmas Trees, Reindeer Flight
Embossing folders: Sizzix: Dot-Matrix & Gridlock, Textured Poinsettia Pattern
Paint: red, gold, black and cream craft paint
Snow: DecoArt: Snow-Tex
Figurines: Panduro Hobby: Winter Game kit, wooden sleigh; googly eyes
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-olgy Seasonal ChitChat stickers; rhinestones