Thursday, October 07, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween 2021 - Autumn Countryside and 3D Oak Leaves Thanksgiving Card

Hi All! This is my last card to show from the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween release, and I think I saved the best Autumn make for last, as I fell in love with this Thanksgiving card. It took some time to make, but it was a joy doing so. Hope you like it. Enjoy!

Choose Kraft Stock for die cutting, cut down to about 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, and add the wide two sided tape to the back (I used black and champagne from Metallic 3, yellow from Confections, red and blue from Classic, and regular kraft. My pics show green from Jewel Metallic but I ended up not using it.). Using the Countryside Thinlit, die cut all six of the pieces with it, running each one through the machine three times to make sure it cuts all the way through since there is two sided tape on the back.  When removing the paper from the die, use a die pick to help make sure all the little pieces are in place especially on the yellow and champagne metallic as you will use lots of those little pieces, but the other colors you won't need all the tiny circles. Set each of these aside in a safe place so none of the parts fall out from each sheet.

Cut a piece of White Heavystock to about 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 (you will trim it down even further later) to be used as the base to build your Countryside scene. (NOTE: This is the hardest part of making this card, so cut slowly and refer to the pics.) Take the kraft Countryside scene first, and starting from the bottom right, trim above the tree in a rolling hill pattern above the bird, larger tree and house, trying not to cut through any images, using scissors. Do not remove the backing yet. Just lay this down on the bottom of the White Heavystock so you can see things a little easier. Trim the next part, again starting on the right, above the house, tree, house, and larger tree, in the same rolling hill pattern. Lay this above the first part on the White Heavystock. For the last part you want to trim in the middle of the large tree but not through the trunk...just lift it up from the tape backing to trim behind it, and do the same with the three houses and last tree. The backing might not be on the bottom parts where you had to cut behind it so make sure to lay that top part down on a non stick surface until you get things stuck down and have the other backing to stick those parts onto...sounds confusing but you will see what I mean as you cut. Lay this one above the other two. Set the top part aside on a non stick surface for now, making sure the trees and houses are on this piece. 
Take the top rolling hill from the kraft and lay it flush on top of the black metallic piece where it lines up in the correct way. Trim the black metallic along the rolling line of the top edge of the kraft piece, using that edge as your guide as you trim the black. You will not use the bottom part of the black metallic so you can set it aside for another project. The backing should still be on all four of the pieces. Lay the top black metallic piece above the three kraft pieces on top of the White Heavystock so you can see how the new scene will be laid out.  They should fit together like a puzzle, and you should now make out a night sky and three rolling hills. Go ahead and ink the edges of all three rolling hills with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink from Ranger.  
NOW IT'S TIME to remove the backing, and you will start with the black sky area first. You will only be using and sticking down the negative space, and all positive pieces will need to stay on the backing. I found using the Die Pick to keep pieces on the backing while lifting the negative space away was the easiest way for me to lift a clean negative piece away. Once you have the black sky piece lifted off the backing and no little pieces are stuck inside, adhere the night sky to the top of the White Heavystock. All the little pieces should be stuck to the backing and you can now set that aside with that piece you will not use and both of those can be used for something else. Next, take the skinny kraft hill and do the same lifting the negative piece away from the tiny pieces inside leaving them on the backing. Adhere this below the night sky just slightly overlapping the edges you can barely feel a raised edge and cannot see any white where the edges meet. Do the same for the next hill, and then finally the last hill that has the bottom edge. You should now have a complete rectangular scene stuck down to the White Heavystock with no pieces inside yet, and so you only see the White Heavystock blanks behind so it looks like a puzzle with missing pieces. Use scissors or a paper trimmer to trim off the White Heavystock border which should leave you with about a 4 1/4 x 5 3/8 inch piece of Countryside, and then ink the edges heavily with Gathered Twigs. The hard part is over!
Now it's puzzle completing time. Take the yellow metallic Countryside piece first, and using the Die Pick, lift off the stars from the backing and stick them in place where they go on the rolling hills and sky area. If your Die Pick has a rounded plastic end, you can use that to rub over the stars to make sure they are in place and stuck down well like I did...nice to have a tool that does multiple jobs. Next, take the red and blue regular Kraft Stock Countryside, and use the Pick to remove some red birds and add those randomly to the hills where they go, and then add blue birds, mixing the two. Again, use the bottom of the pick to rub over them to make sure all are nicely adhered.  
Take the red and blue pieces again along with the kraft parts, and figure out what houses you want to use. I made sure the biggest houses on each hill were going to be red and then had a kraft and blue house on the same hill. But before you remove the houses from the backing, use a Black Soot Distress Crayon and Detail Water Brush to color in a roof on the houses you want to use. When dry, remove those houses and stick them on the hills where they go. Make sure the doors go with them or exchange colors of doors on the houses that match the size. Leave some windows out and some in. Use the Die Pick to rub over them and make sure all is stuck. Of the windows you left in, color over those with the Water Brush and Black Soot Crayon so it will look like the light is off in that room. Color in the doors as well. Get the yellow metallic sheet again, and add the windows that match up to the places without windows and stick those on so it will look like a light is on in those rooms. Make sure all your houses have doors and windows. The only white blank parts now should be the trees and tiny circles.
 Take the champagne metallic piece and four colors of Alcohol Ink: Espresso, Crimson, Sunset Orange, and Sunshine Yellow. Use the Glass Mat without the silicon mat as your palette (the white grid on the mat is perfect for a palette). Add drops of Espresso Alcohol Ink to the mat and pick up with a paint brush and color in the trunks and some of the branches of all seven trees on the champagne piece. If the ink dries up you can add a drop of 91% Rubbing Alcohol to rewet it or just add another drop of Espresso. Clean the brush with the alcohol to remove the color, and then add Crimson Alcohol Ink to the palette. Add drops of Crimson to random places on the branches of the trees to mimic leaves. Clean the brush and add Sunset Orange for leaves, and then repeat with Sunshine Yellow. You want the trees to be colorful in Autumn glory. The dots on the Countryside die are probably for snow, but for this card they are leaves. Color in the dots on the champagne piece with the Crimson, Sunset Orange, and/or Sunshine Yellow to make them leaves. I lost some of the dots on the champagne so I used dots from the yellow metallic as well, so keep that in mind if some of yours are missing. Once all the trees and dots and colored, begin removing them from the backing and sticking them to the hills and sky, pressing them down with the end of the Pick. The puzzle should now be complete. 
Fold a kraft card base to 5 x 6 1/2 inches and ink the edges in Gathered Twigs. Cut a plaid patterned cardstock piece from the Christmas Paper Stash to 4 3/4 x 6 1/4, and ink the edges with Black Soot Archival and an Ink Blending Tool. Add two sided tape to the back and adhere to the card front. Cut a gold Metallic Kraft Stock piece to 4 1/2 x 5 5/8 inches, add tape to the back and adhere it to the upper center part of the plaid. Adhere the Countryside scene to the gold. Using Gold Stickles, add dots to the branches on the trees and to the dots of leaves over the card. Add a few dots of Stickles below the trees to look like leaves are piling up a little under each tree. Set this aside to dry completely. 
Using gold Metallic Kraft Stock, die cut and emboss one large and two small of the 3D Oak Leaves. Remember to mist the Kraft Stock lightly with water before running the 3D Fade three times through your machine. Let the leaves dry a few minutes. Take Carved Pumpkin Distress Paint, shake it up, and add a drop to the largest leaf. Rub the paint over the leaf with your finger or paintbrush, pushing the paint into all the embossed areas. Use a paper towel to lightly remove the paint from the raised areas revealing the gold underneath. Add Candied Apple to a small leaf and do the same thing. Add Salty Ocean Distress Paint to the last leaf and do the same. Let the paint dry on all the leaves or use a heat tool to dry them. Take the pad of  Vintage Photo Archival Ink and run over the raised areas of the leaves to further reveal the detail. Add foam tape to the back of the largest leaf and adhere it to the bottom left corner of the card front. Use foam tape and a little Collage Medium to adhere the red leaf to the right of the larger one slightly overlapping it. Add the blue leaf above the largest one with a little Collage Medium. 
Using the sentiment from the Great Outdoors Stamp Set from Stamper's Anonymous, stamp the sentiment onto White Heavystock using Black Soot Archival. Cut apart 'From Our', 'Family', and 'To Yours' and use the 'Family' for another project. Ink the edges of the words with Gathered Twigs and adhere them to the card houses...'From Our' to the top house, and 'To Yours' to the bottom house. Select the word 'home' from the Big Chat Stickers, ink the edges in Gathered Twigs and mount it onto gold Metallic Kraft Stock. Cut around it and adhere it below the 'From Our'. Select the sentiment 'Happy Thanksgiving' from the Small Talk Occasions Stickers, ink the edges in Gathered Twigs, adhere to gold Metallic, cut around, and then adhere onto a strip of the same patterned plaid paper. Cut around it and fish tail one the front end. Poke or punch a tiny hole in the other end, and tie a bow from string from the Salvaged Tags package. Adhere this to the center of the 3D Oak Leaves.

(Paper Trimmer, 5 Inch Wide Two Sided Tape, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Scissors, Ink Blending Tool, Detail Water Brush, Glass Mat, Paintbrush, Water Mister, Paper Towel, Small Stamping Block, Foam Tape) 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic 3 Kraft Stock, Metallic Confections Kraft Stock, Classic Kraft Stock, Metallic Kraft Stock, Christmas 2019 Paper Stash, Big Chat Stickers, Small Talk Occasions Stickers, Salvaged Tags (string) 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Halloween 2021): Countryside 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock: White 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon: Black Soot 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Crimson, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Espresso 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Black Soot, Vintage Photo 
-Ranger Stickles: Gold
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3-D Impresslits (Halloween 2021): Oak Leaf 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Salty Ocean 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Great Outdoors 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte

Thank you truly for following along with all these Autumn and Halloween posts, and of course Christmas. I still have a whole lot of Christmas goods to show you. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. WOW, that turned out great!!! A lot of little fiddly bits for sure...would be a fabulous special card for a special person...thanks for all the how tos and what not to do...really is a great help and time saver.

  2. I love this - a wonderful rustic look, reminding me of both the big red barns in the US and the gorgeous little red huts and houses in Norway.
    Alison x

  3. I really did not think I needed this die until I saw your beautiful make, I just love the colours you used and the layers you created! Anne x

  4. Truly, completely beautiful. This fall time greeting just knocked my (cozy knit) socks clean off. What a stunner!!!

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  5. This inspired me to use this die for a fall layout.

  6. Thank you for your wonderful project! I know this is late in coming, but I did finally do this today. I didn't have all of the supplies so I had to substitute, but I think mine came out pretty well. I am going to make another one tomorrow (this one took me most of the day!). Thank you for your excellent instructions! Love your work! You rock!


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