Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Joy Layout

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Today I am sharing a layout with some winter inspiration, using a bunch of Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and embossing folders.
Layers of ink - Winter Joy
I love the new Window & Window Box die and thought it would be fun to use it together with a photo, as if you are looking out from a cottage on a beautiful rural winter landscape. This photo was taken in Norway during a walk.   
The window and window box were die cut from mat board and painted with Picket Fence Distress Crackle paint. When dry, I sponged just a tiny bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink into the cracks. The holly leaves were stamped with Antique Linen and French Ultramarine Archival. It is a stamp and die combo set containing seven stamps and dies. The magnetic platform is perfect for stamp/die combos, since it is very easy to line up and the die won't shift. I adhered the window and the window box with foam dots and layered them on a dictionary paper and cheese cloth.
To create the look of looking out from a wooden cottage, I used the Wood Planks embossing folder and Ranger Specialty Paper. After embossing, the paper was lightly inked with Antique Linen. The bark hearts were white washed with Picket Fence Distress Stain.
'Winter' was die cut with the Christmas Thinlits set, as well as the ornate circle under 'Joy'. 'Joy' was stamped with French Ultramarine and die cut with the coordinating die. It is a meant as a Christmas stamp, but I think this word works all year around. I also added some mica flakes here and there, for shimmer.
Snowflakes were also die cut from mat board and painted with the white crackle paint, as well as stamped with French Ultramarine and die cut with the coordinating dies.  
One of Tim Holtz Facets was on my desk and I thought I'd make a little ornament for the wall of the cottage. This cute squirrel is on one of the Thanksgiving papers in Tim's Mini Seasonal Collage paper stash. It was glued to the crystal with Glossy Accents and when dry, placed in a bowl of water for a few minutes. Then I rubbed off the paper at the back. You can see that I was a bit impatient and the Glossy Accents hadn't dried completely, so I rubbed off a little bit of the squirrel too.

For my journaling, I used a quote, and also wrote more text on the back of the layout.

Even though this deer might not belong inside a cottage, I really wanted to use it. It was stamped with Antique Linen on Specialty Stamping paper and die cut with the coordinating die.

Thank you for the visit!


Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board 6 x 13; Ranger Specialty Stamping paper; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Seasonal Collage Mini paper stash; old dictionary paper; cheese cloth
Dies: Sizzix: Window & Window Box, Mini Snowflakes, Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland, Christmas Thinlits set,
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Ink Splats & Wood Planks
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz/Sizzix stamp and die combo: Holiday Joy
Ink: Distress Ink: Antique Linen; Archival Ink: French Ultramarine
Paint: Distress Crackle Paint: Picket Fence
Stain: Distress Stain: Picket Fence
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Facets, Linen Ribbon, Mirror Stars; Stampendous: Pearlized Mica Flakes; Prima Hearts Natural Bark Icons; lace trim; pom pom ribbon
Tools: Sizzix: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform


  1. Great layout, and you gave me an idea for using the window die.

  2. This is beautiful!
    The window is gorgeous. Such a pretty layout.

  3. Gorgeous layout Anna-Karin! Love all the texture and crackled window frame! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year!

  4. Another beautiful project Anna-Karin! I love how you work with textures and layers.

  5. WOW! - this is so full of lovely tone on tone texture!


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