Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 3 - Nordic Winter Shaker Gift Bag

Hi folks, I'm back to share another project made for the Facebook Live launch of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 3 release dies using the Nordic Winter die which I have to say is definitely one of my favourites. If you happened to miss it, you can check out all the amazing new products and the fabulous inspirational samples over at Tim's blog...Halloween and Christmas HERE and HERE and the video with all the products and makes HERETim hit the nail on the head...this was the first one I played with and yes, I couldn't stop because this is such a versatile die which can be used in so many ways.
Today I'm sharing how I made this shaker window panel to add to the front of a cheap as chips white gift bag.

I covered the back of a panel of Distress Watercolor card with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Adhesive Sheets and fixed the Nordic Winter Die in place with washi tape, leaving a small border around the edge. This die doesn't have an outer blade so you can make the border any size you want.
I poked out all the waste which is now self adhesive and set aside for use later. To create an aperture, I fixed the largest of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangle Dies in place with washi tape and die cut.
I trimmed a piece of acetate slightly larger than the die-cut aperture and fixed to the back of the panel with Ranger Wonder Tape. I then die-cut a second aperture from white cardstock, fixed at the back of panel and trimmed to fit. This is to create a surface for the waste at the edges of the main panel to adhere to. Time to share my numptie moment. On reflection, this second panel was quite unnecessary because if I had trimmed the acetate larger to cover the die cut sections - yes, the self adhesive waste would have adhered to the acetate...but hey ho, you live and learn, hindsight is a wonderful thing and life's too short to get your knickers in a twist about trivialities.
I found a comfy stool, made myself a cuppa and puzzled pieced all the waste back into the negative spaces apart from the teeny-weeny dots. Believe me, there is a limit to my dexterity skills with tweezers, not to mention the dodgy eyesight so that was definitely a step too far and I set them aside to add to the shaker mix.
I decided to trim the die-cut panel down to measure 4.1/4" x 5.1/2" which is the actual size of the die so that it would fit better on the front of the gift bag. I trimmed white cardstock to the same size and added a slightly smaller panel of Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2018 Christmastime/Noel Paper Stash.
I used left over scraps of Distress Watercolor card to create snowbanks on the panel, inked the top edges lightly with Vintage Photo Distress ink to create definition and added two of the waste die-cut houses and stars. I added deer coloured with Vintage Photo, houses and trees die-cut from scraps of the Christmastime/Noel papers to the front panel and inked lightly around the edge with Vintage Photo.
I removed the handles from the gift bag, trimmed a piece off the top of the bag to make it just slightly larger than the shaker panel, covered the front and back with the Idea-ology Christmastime/Noel paper and refixed the handles.
I flipped the panel over, added 3D foam tape around the aperture and dusted the edges of the foam tape with a powder tool to stop the glitter sticking there. I added gems, sequins, the teeny weeny waste dots and Distress Rock Candy Glitter and fixed the back panel in place with Ranger Wonder Tape.
and there you have it, a customised Christmas Shaker Gift Bag, which would cost a fortune in a high end shop, but created using a cheap as chips white bag available from your local Pound or Dollar store, a few pieces of card, some scrap papers and the gorgeous Nordic Winter die.

I'll be back soon to share the rest of the "I just couldn't stop making" projects made with this die.

Have fun with whatever you are creating
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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  1. So cool, I have to say that dexterity might be 2 second problem I would have, with patience being the first...LOL. Took a bit of both to get this gem accomplished.

  2. Morning Kath, I love this, the way you cut the front panel out is one of those 'why didn't I think of that' moments, looks great and how nice to see 'Fred' the Tea maker too, enjoy your day.xx

  3. Just gorgeous Kath! I love all the projects you made with that Nordic die and how special can a shopping bag become! I'm definitely going to give it a good try! Love it girlie!!!!

  4. Kath, this is stunning and although taking time and patience ... wow wow wow!!!!! I can't wait to order and get mine to get started! Thank you so much for the inspiration with all you do!

  5. Stunning gift bag, love the layers and wonderful dies you have used.
    Linda xxx

  6. Wow this is totally stunning x

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  8. Using the bits to create a new scene and shaking it up are perfection! You rocked this die!!!


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