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Tim Holtz - Sizzix Christmas 2021 Release, Penguins Pastels & Paint

Hello Lovelies! Thank you for visiting Eugene the Penguin and I for some festive winter fun! I hope that you had a chance to enjoy Tim Holtz's YouTube Live and perhaps have figured out which goodies you want to take home. :-)

I have two cards for you today which feature Distress Paint Marble Backgrounds and several of the dies from the Tim Holtz Sizzix 2021 release.

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You'll need 3 of the new die sets to complete these cards and a the previously released Kaleidoscope Embossing Folder. A full list of supplies is shared at the end of this post.

To give you a quick visual on the supplies that I primarily used for this project, check out the grid below:

Feautured Supplies

An expanded supply list is available at the bottom of this post.

Today's cards showcase making custom-colored layered diecuts against a marbled pastel paint background. I took a few photos along the way to share the process in case you want to give this a try.


MERRY EVERYTHING PENGUIN CARD - Direct-inking Cardstock with Distress Mini Ink Pads, Simple Die-cutting and Paint Marbled Background

Card Base: 4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Marbled Background: 4" x 5 3/4"


I mentioned in my Sizzix Halloween Post that I've only started using my ink pads to make custom colored cardstock recently, and as you can see it's true, I really can't stop! I saved all my remnants to use on other projects this Holiday season!

For me, the benefits include:

  • Its easy

  • It expands the range of colored cardstock that I have

  • It allows me to use small scraps of white cardstock to create the color palette that I need instead of chopping off little sections of the solid colored cardstock.

Tip: I prefer to use my mini inks for directly inking my white cardstock scraps as I find it easier to apply ink in this small footprint, using the little ink pads as I would a blending tool.


Card Base

  • Cut 2 pieces of white Distress Heavystock to 4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

  • Squirt pea-sized blobs of the 3 paint colors onto the craft mat, keeping the colors separated

  • Spritz the paint with water using the Distress Sprayer and mix with your finger or a brush as you prefer

  • Dab the white Heavystock into the paint puddles repeatedly and swirl before you lift up to mix the colors

  • Continue dabbing until you have a good mix of colors all over paper

  • Mist with the Distress Sprayer to further mix the colors and set aside to dry

Eugene the Penguin

Eugene is bursting with color. I used mostly Distress Ink but sourced some other purples and grey from my stash to get the mix of colors I preferred

(Mostly) Distress Mini Ink Colors (for coloring cardstock)

  • Scarf - My Favorite Things Grapesicle, Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac, Altenew - Deep Iris

  • Hat - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon

  • Gift - Fired Brick, Barn Door, Abandoned Coral, Crushed Olive, Lucky Clover, Pine Needles

  • "Feet" - Rusty Hinge, Spice Marmalade, Crackling Campfire

  • "Hands" - Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Altenew - Industrial Diamond

  • Nose - Spice Marmalade

  • Face Above Nose - Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Altenew - Industrial Diamond

  • Merry Sentiment - Altenew - Deep Iris

  • Snowflakes - Tumbled Glass

  • Additional supplies linked in the Supplies Gallery at the end of this post






Eugene Fully Assembled

Finishing Card

  • Emboss a piece of white cardstock with the Kaleidoscope folder

  • Popup and layer the marbled background cut down to 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" on top of the card base

  • Diecut sentiment twice, once out of the inked purple cardstock and then out of white cardstock, layer and adhere to marbled background

  • Print, cut, popup with foam tape and adhere to card front

  • Adhere Eugene to finish

And because you can't have enough pictures of Eugene... check these out! LOL


HELLO WINTER CARD - Simple Die-cutting and Paint Marbled Background

Card Base: 4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Marbled Background: 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"


Since you have already created your marbled paint background in the previous panel, no explanation is required for this simple card, just diecut, adhere and layer. Here are a few more pics so you don't miss anything.


Lovelies, putting these cards together was so easy, you just need to set aside a little time to get your cardstock inked or select already colored cardstock from your stash to build your layers. The paint backgrounds here were a happy surprise from some experimentation, and I can't wait to experiment some more with using paint to make backgrounds.

Thank you again for visiting! See you soon!



I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. All dies used today were part of my maker package from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with


Love both of your cards but my heart is with the card with Eugene, so cute and so lovely. Awesome colour use on both. The backgrounds are great. Thank you so much for your inspiration and for explaning how to make this. Stay safe and have a wonderful day.

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Such a unique take your colours are wonderful and this post so helpful, thanks for all you share ox

Keisha Diann
Keisha Diann
Sep 16, 2021
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I’m so glad you liked the post. Thanks for your kind words.


I love the backgrounds, they are stunning! I never would have realized that you didn’t use coloured card stock but it makes so much sense! There are so many colours that you might only use a little of and this is a perfect alternative!

Keisha Diann
Keisha Diann
Sep 15, 2021
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Thank you ! I was pick about the colors here so being able to make my own Distress Ink cardstock was great. ❤️


Gabrielle McCann
Gabrielle McCann
Sep 15, 2021

Really gorgeous cards ... your background colours are so pretty

Keisha Diann
Keisha Diann
Sep 15, 2021
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Thank you so much Gabrielle!

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