Tim Holtz/Sizzix Snowglobe 2 Meets Kaisercraft Mint Wishes
I had such fun with Tim Holtz’s Snowglobe dies last year, that I was thrilled to see that there was a new set for this year. I had the perfect papers to inspire me, yes, Kaisercraft Mint Wishes, my favorite holiday paper this year! Warning: This is not for the faint of heart. This thing takes WORK, but you know, it’s SO WORTH IT. Lookie:
GOJUS! When I saw that paper with the snowy landscape with the trees in the background in the Kaisercraft Mint Wishes 7 x 7 pad, I knew it was PERFECT for this set of dies. I made a square card because, honestly, you can’t do anything else. It won’t fit on an A4 card. This card is 5.25″ x 5.25″. I also used Kaisercrafts Fir Sprigs panel die and the Frantic Stamper Tied Strings die, which I got when I was on their design team, and you might have thought was made to go with this set of dies!
For the buildings I used Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Core’dinations card stock that comes in a small pad. I used a bit of Curious Metal Super Gold for the base. I have a lot of tips I learned from this process.
- Tim Holtz designed it so that all the windows are on ONE die as well as all the trees on one die, the moon and stars on one die (I didn’t use them), and the two little fences on one die. That makes it much easier to cut the pieces and harder to lose the dies.
- I kept an empty embellishment container next to my Big Shot and carefully placed everything inside as soon as it was cut. Even then, I had to recut a couple of things that got lost.
- I have a magnetic bolt and nut tray I got from Harbor Freight for dies so I can toss them in when I’m done using them. It keeps them contained.
- One of those wire brush things, such as a Spellbinders Tool’n One, that helps you pop pieces out of dies is INVALUABLE.
- There is a little piece that I suspect is a backing piece for behind the window openings, but I simply cut the pieces with windows twice, once out of the card stock color I wanted and then cut a piece of yellow card stock so that I had all the window holes in yellow and then carefully popped those “holes” into my container.
- A tweezers is absolutely necessary as is a ballpoint glue pen like the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen.
- Put the houses together first so that it’s easier to lay out where you want to put them. After you get the basic layout, you can start adding the tiny trees, fences, clouds, stars, and the moon.
Originally, I had done the window frames in red, and they just did not look right. So I grabbed the tweezers again and peeled them carefully up and replaced them with Iced Spruce cardstock. I tucked some of the fir sprigs I cut with the Kaisercraft die (it’s one panel of fir sprigs which I like…no losing tiny dies!) behind the snow globe. I used some of the other papers from the Mint Wishes paper pad to totally cover my card front.
The Mint Wishes paper pad comes with many punch outs for greetings and borders, so I decided to grab this rectangular one. Originally, I tried a circular one, but it just needed a different shape. To add a little shimmer, I used clear Wink of Stella to add a snowy look to all the rooftops and the bit of snow that peeks between the buildings.
It’s beautiful! You won’t make a hundred of these, but it’s perfect for someone really special!
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