Project: Suburbia Tag


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More of the building dies from Tim Holtz. These are so versatile as they can be adapted for any season and work well as the main feature or for composing a background.
I used:

  • Tim Holtz Cityscape Suburbia die set Die
  • Memory Box Curling Cloud die
  • Distress Ink: Stormy sky, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs
  • Card stock: white card, Scraps of coloured card for buildings
  • Old magazine for lettering
  • Big Shot Plus die cutting and embossing machine





Cut a tag from white card - I made my own 9.5 cm x 21 cm, snipped the corners and punched a hole.
Use Stormy Sky distress ink on the upper half for the sky.




Create torn hills from white card and distress with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. Sponge Gathered Twigs to the hill edge to create shadow.




Die cut and assemble the buildings from the Cityscape Suburbia die set. Use a variety of patterned papers. Sponge Gathered Twigs around the the buildings to hide the cut edges.
Use pieces of white card behind the buildings to fill the windows.
Die cut the the tiny clothes and trees and use marker pens to colour.




Arrange the hills in layers and secure with tape at the back. Don't stick them down as we want the edges free!




Position and stick the buildings and trees with just a little glue at the bottom and tuck behind the hill edge. This will help them lift away from the tag to give a 3D impression.
Use a thin piece of thread as a washing line, adhere the clothes and glue this in place between two buildings. As the hills are only taped you can fold the upper layers down whilst the washing line is positioned and the glue dries.




Stick the assembled hills and buildings onto the tag, leaving the hill edges free.
Add the Memory box Curling cloud to the sky.
Sponge round the edges of the tag with Gathered twigs.
To finish cut the word 'suburbia' from random magazine letters and stick to the bottom of the tag.