Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sizzix Tutorial - Heart-shaped Home Decor

Hello there!  My goodness, I don't know where this month has gone. It seems like it was just the start of summer not too long ago.  I wish I could say I was busy doing something exciting or I've been on vacation, but just working away at the store and home.  
I have a Sizzix tutorial for you today, featuring a new Home Decor line. This collection is made for the Big Shot Plus Machine (it has a 9"wide opening) and also the Big Shot Pro Machine (12 1/2" wide opening).  This collection offers bigger sized dies for creating home decor projects.

I don't know about you, but there are certain shapes I always seem to be drawn too.  Stars are one, but lately I seem to like hearts a lot more than I used to.  This Heart Wood Plank - Mix the Media item from Jillibean Soup has been calling my name for a while now at the store, which come to think of it; that's why I need to work all those hours, so I can support this hobby addiction! I created this decorated wood plank home decor piece with help from my Sizzix dies.

The wood plank measures 11" by 9 3/4".  It's about 1" thick.

This Botanical Flourish  Bigz Plus die by Lindsey Serata makes a large 11 1/8" by 8" design.  When die-cut, it is the negative piece that I used in my project. I thought it would make a great stencil, so using a piece of cardstock, I die-cut my stencil.  Your Sizzix Bigz Plus Sandwich for the Big Shot Plus machine would be Cutting Pad, Die facing up, paper, Cutting Pad. The Sandwich for the Big Shot Pro is: Adapter Pad, Cutting Pad, Bigz Die (you might need your mylar shim underneath the die), paper, Premium Crease Pad. If you want to use your stencil more than once, a piece of acrylic would work better.  This would look really cool on a wall, wouldn't it?

I didn't use all of my stencil, as it was larger than the heart.  Pick which area you would like and lay it down on the wood.  I used Black Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and applied it using my stencil.  Set this aside to dry.

I die-cut one bird from this Bigz Plus die by Katelyn Lizardi called, Birds in Flight.  I covered a piece of chipboard with a piece of Ranger's Foil Tape sheet before die-cutting.

To emboss my bird, I chose Sizzix's Flowers#12 by Stephanie Ackerman.  My bird is larger than my folder, but I did it in three passes.  Once I applied my paint, you can't really see any mismatched areas.

Love the embossed pattern of this folder!  Now I'm ready to apply my paint.

I had painted my bird die-cut with Black Soot Distress paint.  Let this dry for a few minutes, then lightly wipe off the excess paint, leaving the paint in the recessed areas.

Alternate different colours of paint, applying lightly and wiping off excess.  I tend to use my finger when applying, there's more control over how much paint to use.  It's easier to apply more often, than removing it when too much was used as you really want just the raised areas coated.   Once my project was completed and my bird was adhered, I went back and applied a bit more of the brighter colours to get my bird to stand out more.

Next came these Botanical Leaves and Vines, another Big Shot Plus die, When die-cutting Thinlits Plus, use this Sizzix Sandwich; Big Shot Plus platform, Adapter Pad A, Cutting pad, paper, Thinlits, then Cutting Pad.  I used Core-Dinations Tim Holtz Distress Metallic cardstock for this leaf, then lightly sanded.

There are three different Thinlits dies for the Vine layers.  The Background layer, which I used Distress Metallic Cardstock, the middle layer, which is a solid die, and the top which has intricate cuts.  The intricate die is exactly the same shape as the solid die, so it can be used on the middle cut or a third layer as I have done.  I adhered the three layers together.  I ended up making two of these vines.  With one of the vines, I cut it apart for smaller pieces to tuck in different places.

I wanted a few dimensional flowers, so I die-cut a couple out of patterned paper from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die.  These were shaped with a stylus, rolled, and adhered with a hot glue gun.

A few more flowers were hand cut from my patterned papers (My Mind's Eye, On Trend 2) and shaped.  I sprayed some Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray in Tarnished Brass, on my craft sheet.  Using the mica spray, I dipped some of the edges of my paper flowers, and painted a few edges with a brush.

The finishing touch to my wood plank is this word "fly" that is the last word to the quote I used, "your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly".  Love this Thinlits Plus Alphabet set by Lynda Kanas! The letters are 3" high and are perfect for any home decor project. I cut them out of cardstock and patterned paper and adhered the two layers together, to make them sturdier.

I printed my quote out on white cardstock, cut out the pieces, then inked with Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone ink.  This font is from one of my favourite sites, Creative Market and is called Boathouse Script.  Before I adhered all my pieces, I added a touch of gold paint to the raised areas of my stencilled paste with my finger.

I adhered the leaves, vines, flowers, words and lastly the bird, with a hot glue gun.  My Home Decor Wooden Heart is ready to hang up!  I might have a few other hearts to go with it....

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Creating Fox Tales Treat Boxes

Hello there!  Lately there seems to be a lot of fox images out there in the craft world, not to mention the still popular owl.  Jen Long has created a whole Sizzix collection called Fox Tales that have both of these woodland creatures.

One of the Thinlits sets in this collection is the Owl & Fox box set.  How cute are these?!

For these boxes, I die-cut two pieces each for the boxes from Sizzix's Paper Leather Sheets.  This material looks like leather and can be die-cut, embossed, printed on, inked, painted, water coloured, stitched, and distressed.  It won't tear and can even be washed, still retaining its shape.  When crumpled it looks even more distressed and when making flowers it won't tear when molding the petals.  It die-cuts beautifully too!  I thought this material would be perfect for making these boxes.  My Sizzix Sandwich for die-cutting  these Thinlits is; Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, Paper, Die facing down, Cutting pad.

I decided to emboss the main box pieces for added texture.  I used Sizzix's Tim Holtz Herringbone  and Plus Sign Texture Fades.

For the black embossed box, I lightly highlighted the raised areas with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.

Attach the two matching box pieces together with adhesive.

Die-cut the eye and face pieces.  Adhere these to your boxes. Also die-cut the tales and wings and adhere to the boxes.

Add any extra adornments; I used twine and charms.

In the Fox Tales Collection there are also these Fold-A-Long Card Thinlits sets.

I stamped the inside of my card using Sizzix's Celebrate Flowers Set.

Jen Long with Sizzix has a great video explaining how to create these cards.

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Creating Texture with the Sizzix Butterfly Lantern

Hi everyone, I'm sharing how I made this rusty lantern with a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today!

Hope you visit me there,


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Village on a Box

Hello there! I have been patiently waiting (that's really hard for some of us scrapbookers) for quite a few dies I had ordered from Sizzix and so I was happy to see most of them arrive a month ago!

Sizzix heaven, right?  Usually when I get a new die, I want to use it right away, but this many is a little overwhelming!  I'm slowing making my way through them, June was such a busy month and not much time for crafting.  I'm hoping July will be different!

It's been awhile since I've created a 3-d project, it seems like I usually find time only for cards or layouts lately.  Not that I don't like creating those, but I like getting lost in the creation of something a little more.  In that wonderful pile, was the new Tim Holtz Village Brownstone, Village Rooftops, and Village Bungalow dies that were the inspiration for this project.  I have a tutorial here with lots of photos, enjoy!

I wanted to make a grouping of houses on a base, and I ended up covering a box to place my houses on.  The papers I used were from Blue Fern Studio's beautiful collection, 'Tranquility".

This was just a 7 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 2 1/4"deep paper mache box.  I gessoed the edges, then painted them with Distress paint, a combination of Stormy Sky and Black Soot before covering with paper.

I also covered the inside of the box.  Love this woodgrain paper in the Tranquility collection!  

I built two Village Brownstones and a Village Dwelling, with my patterned paper.  I die-cut the walls first.  There is directions on the back of the package, but there is also PDF instructions on the Sizzix website, right next to the die photo. 

I die-cut the window frames and roof with a different colour of paper so they would contrast.  The frames were then adhered to my house.

I cut small pieces of Tim Holtz Tissue and glued these to the inside of the windows.

Once I had my windows and doors finished, I adhered the wall of the house together.  I applied tape to the tabs at the top of the house, for the roof.

Now for the Village Rooftops!  I cut out the twelve strips and one ridge cap for each roof. These were lightly sanded and inked before adhering to the roof.

After my shingles were adhered, I die-cut the chimneys and adhered them to each roof.

Next, came the Village Bungalow accents.  I die-cut two dormer windows for one of the brownstones.  There is also shuttered windows, which I die-cut two for one of the other houses.  Fence pieces were also die cut.

Here is a photo of my finished Village Dwelling house.  I added the shuttered window die-cuts to each side after I took this photo.

Here's all three completed houses. That tiny doorknob on the middle house is a Tim Holtz Hex Fastener (TH93268). The houses are ready for my box base.

I decided to put legs on the box.  These are Tim Holtz Metal Box Feet Foundations(TH92821).  These were applied with Ranger's Matte Medium.  Isn't it amazing how a set of legs can change an ordinary box into an amazing piece.

I had a thin round metal filigree piece (I think it was from Fab Scraps) that bent very easily to fit over the edge for decoration.  It was attached with a rhinestone brad.  Now the box is ready for my houses.

I was going to hot glue the houses to the box top, but didn't want the glue to show.  So I cut small strips of paper, bent them in half, then hot glued these to the bottom as shown.  The hot glue was applied to the bottom of the strips and then my houses were adhered to the box.

Here's how the placement of the houses look from the top.

Here's the houses from the front.

The fences were bent slightly so they were curved, and then adhered in-between the houses.

Here's the back of the box.

I die-cut many little flowers using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland Decorative Strip die and the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Floral Thinlits set. The light ones were die-cut with cream cardstock and lightly inked with Squeezed Lemonade and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I usually use my hot glue gun to adhere the bottoms of the Tiny Tattered Florals so they stay secured when rolled with a Quilling Tool that comes with the set.

I also die-cut a few pieces from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Wildflowers Thinlits Set for my flower clusters.

I hot glued the flowers on the inside of the fence pieces and a few on the outside.  

And that my friends, is the end of my tutorial!  Here's another look at my finished project.

This is what it looks like from the back.

Thanks for stopping by,