Sizzix Tim Holtz Village Collection

I’m on Create and Craft TV today with this amazing collection of dies, so wanted to do a blog post so I can put all the relevant information here for those getting the dies.

So first things first. There are a lot of dies in the set (87!), so before you start making your village you will want to get these into some sort of order.

Zoe Hillman (who is one of the Makers on Tim Holtz’ team), came up with a great solution. Here is a link to her blog post with photos of her solution. She used some thick card covered with magnetic sheet for hers, I had some of the Sizzix magnetic storage sheets which are already really thick, I’ll put a link at the end of this post to the Sizzix solution in case you want a ready-made solution.

I’d suggest following Zoe’s format for how to group the dies because it’s really logical. Here are a few of my sheets:

I used a white Posca pen to add the names (as suggested by Zoe). All the dies are etched on the reverse with the names (except for the tiny ones), so it’s quite easy to work out where to put them.

So now you have your dies in a logical order, it’s time to start creating, and I have a few hints and tips to share. Firstly, the type of card to use. I used 270gsm kraft card for my houses, and I found that worked pretty well, as well as being a good base colour. A very helpful tip that I gleaned from Tim’s live – link here, is to use a small acrylic block with a straight edge to fold your crease lines against. I found that, especially with the kraft card which is quite fibrous, my crease lines didn’t crease straight without doing this, so it’s a very useful tip.

For die cutting, the Sizzix sticky grids will make your life so much easier so I’d highly recommend getting some. You can use masking tape to hold your dies in the same position but that’s not always guaranteed to hold them, and also the grid lines on the sticky grid really help make sure you have your window and doors straight.

The key thing here is to LEAVE your dies on the grid once you cut out your house. Then you can go back and cut again and know the windows will line up – so if say, you cut your house from kraft card, then want to add cladding to the house from embossed watercolour card (more on the embossing folders in a bit), then you can cut another die cut from watercolour card, snip off the tabs, then emboss, colour, then add to the house. As you can see, I actually used two cutting pads covered with grid so I could keep both houses on them.

In terms of best adhesives to use, I’d recommend a combination. I used red line tape for the tabs on the house itself, because those are quite easy to assemble. However, over time, any type of tape adhesive might come unstuck, and of course, if you are building a village, it’s likely to be something you plan to keep for a good few years, so where it’s easy to do so, I’d run a line of hot glue over the join (on the inside). Of course where you are adding layers of mediums or more card you will be strengthening the structure even more so there’s no reason why these shouldn’t hold up pretty well.

For window frames, cladding etc. I used a PVA glue, and for things like the chimney stacks where it was a little fiddly, I used hot glue. You definitely want a hot glue gun with a fine nozzle (like the Sizzix one), because you don’t want lumpy glue showing.

There are also 3 embossing folders designed to work well with this collection, and they are miniature versions of previous embossing folders – Brickwork, Lumber and Cobblestone.

The realistic look you get with these is just mind blowing. If you are embossing panels for your house, make sure you die cut the house first, then cut off the tabs, then emboss (if you emboss then cut out the house shape you will squash your embossing a bit).

There are a lot of different colour options you can use on them to get different looks. Zoe has a good tutorial on her blog for the brickwork that’s worth looking at here.

I should also mention that there is a ton of inspiration and help on the Sizzix blog – Josh and Pete have a downloadable ebook showing how they make all their amazing projects, plus the video from Tim is there along with a video by Josh showing all the projects in the ebook.

Here’s the link to the Sizzix inspiration page for the Village Collection

I’ve got links below to all the products in case you missed the shows or didn’t get the dies then.

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