Monday, 16 November 2020

Christmas Tin - Tim Holtz

 Hello Friends

I thought I would share a very quick post showing a Christmas tin I created after watching one of Tim's Saturday Facebook Lives (HERE), where he used the new Paper Village Thinlits die set.

I don't have many step by steps because I was just winging it as I went along!  I started with one of Tim's Ideaology tins.  I cut two of the village houses and fitted one of them on top of the other to represent a church.  I dyed three of Tim's Ideaology woodland trees with Distress Spray Stain, added some glitter and small beads to the larger tree.  The tiny trees have simply been brushed with gesso.

The outside of the tin was gessoed on the front and then covered with Ideaology tissue wrap.  I applied some die cut holly, some dyed Ideaology baubles for berries and added some of Tim's new Ideaology velvet ribbon to finish off.  I added a pocket to the back of the tin, finished it with Tim's Design Tape.  The pocket houses the Ideaology tiny lights battery pack.
I added some watercolour card to the inside of the tin, coloured with Distress Ink adding some white embossing powder and splats of white paint to give the impression of snow, along with a stamped sentiment.  The 'snow' at the bottom is texture paste and whilst wet I added some Distress clear rock candy dry glitter to give a light sparkle.  I punctured a small hole in the back of the tin and fed through the tiny lights before attaching the church to the base.

I finished off by adding a moon and one of Tim's new Darling Deer Thinlits to complete my scene.
Here is a view of the lit up church.  I added some plain vellum behind the windows.
Finally, here is a close-up view of the front of the tin.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

In the meantime, keep safe and well,

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. You are so clever Anne. The patience to do that is unbelievable. Well done xx

  2. Beautiful piece Anne, so authentic and beautifully put together 😘😘😘

  3. Oh Anne, it is super, I love it. I was dithering about getting the paper village.... I think I will be making an order and having ago at this. You are an enabler. Axx

    1. Serves me right with the dithering - no-one has the village, but I am on waiting lists. AXX

  4. I just love how many ornaments you packed onto the tree! Fabulous creation, a real little wonderland!

  5. this is so beautiful Anne, a peaceful and calm winter scene. I love the backgrounds and your church is beautiful lit up xxx

  6. Sweet little box, love your Christmas tree packed with ornaments and that wonderful little church :)

  7. Hi Anne, This is really an adorable project!!
    I love it to bits, and your idea to put and hide lights is genius!!!
    Thank you for all the photos and the steps.
    Take care, hugs
    Corinne xx

  8. This is such a stunner Anne both inside and out. I love all of the additions and I bet it's even prettier when it lights up. Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

  9. Anne this is gorgeous and love the pocket on the outside to house the battery pack, genius! LOVE the splattered snow and the lit up church against that blue. Truly a beauty!

  10. Wow! This is super gorgeous Anne! Love the little tree with all the ornaments and the church looks fabulous even without the lights, and even more so with them turned on. You have created the most beautiful little scene Anne. I am in awe of your creativity! hugs xx

  11. What an exquisite little tin, decked out for Christmas on all sides, Annie! I was aswoon when I saw this on FB, but seeing it here, and seeing the various views is so much better! I love the tissue paper, holly, and ribbon for the front and everything about the inside is divine, right down to being able to light up the church! Another work of art you should be quite chuffed about!! I hope all is going well! Hugs and love, Darnell

  12. Hi Anne x I saw this on IG and loved it xx So nice to view it again and to read the process details xx It's fabulous and very clever idea to use the smaller die for the steeple xx

    Have a lovely weekend and lots of love to you and David xx

  13. So sweet Anne, love them. Happy creative week, Angela xxx

  14. I love it when you just wing it Anne because it shows just how much you love what you do and loose yourself in a creative moment. Love what you created in the tin, I can not bare to use mine for anything but storage, I love them so much. Fabulous construction of the little house dies, I caught that video on blog catch up, so clever. The Christmas tree looks so pretty decorated for the season but the outside has won my heart with the trademark redanne ribbon & berries. Stunning work my friend, makes me want to go create things!! Hope you are on the mend after your surgery?? Hugs Tracey xx

  15. Ooh this is soooo absolutely beautiful! So much detail and has lights too. Love the tree scene with the beautiful tree and deer and the church is so serene with the lights. The front with the holly and ribbon is gorgeous just leading us to the festive delights inside. Another triumph my friend. Take care and stay safe xxx

  16. Such a beautiful Christmas tin! I love the gorgeous winter wonderland that you created on the inside and the 3D effect holly leaves on the outside is amazing - perfect 😁. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x


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