I have a special preview for everyone today! I'm sharing a canvas that I created using three new Sizzix Tim Holtz dies that are being pre-released before CHA in January. I know that a lot of you will want these dies, they are amazing! I created this 16 x 20 canvas:
One of the dies is a Bigz XL die called, "Jumbo Tattered Florals(659441)". Yes, that's right, your favourite tattered flowers but jumbo! The largest flower measures 5" in diameter, and there are three other flowers, along with two leaves. The other two dies are Garden Greens(bigz die 659436) and Spring Greenery(decorative strip 659573). I see a lot of fabric cutting in the future!
Here's how I created my canvas:
First I took my 16 x 20 linen canvas (it came already primed with a clear gesso) and using black crackle paint, painted the center area. Then with Tim Holtz Bubble and Dot Fade stencils, I painted randomly around the edges.
After my canvas was dry, I added in a few places, leaves with black crackle paint that was tinted with Primary Elements pigment powders. I used a stencil I made with acrylic and the Garden Greens bigz die. That's the beauty of bigz dies, you can use acrylic to make your own stencils. After my paint dried, I used my Dot Fade, Bubble and Splattered stencils and green Tim Holtz Distress paint to add a bit of colour in random areas. I also used a bit of Lindy's starburst spray. Set this aside to dry.
For my flowers, I used a combination of burlap, Tim Holtz "Eclectic Elements" fabric and paper. After I cut out my larger burlap flower, I used a very fine wire and machine zigzagged it to my flower. I wanted to be able to shape my flower so it was more dimensional. I then layered a fabric die cut flower over top with a hot glue gun.
I cut out various flowers and leaves out of the different materials. For the large paper flower, I embossed it with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Springtime (657491) embossing folder. The smaller flower was fabric and burlap pieces glue gunned together.
Glue these altogether and add a Tim Holtz compass coin in the middle. When I was working with the burlap, I found it came apart easy. I ended up painting a layer of Ranger's Matte Medium on one side which held the piece together and it dried transparent.
For the greenery, I cut these out of various patterned papers. I always cut out quite a few, as sometimes I like to cut them apart.
I adhered a 12 x 12 fabric piece from Tim Holtz elements with a clear thick gel molding paste. For my various die-cut pieces, I applied Tim Holtz clear rock candy crackle paint generously to the area and then laid down the die cut and applied more crackle paint. Some of the pieces, I didn't glue down the entire piece.
I added in my flowers, more die-cut greenery, my photos (inserted into Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frames), my title, and a small quote on a die-cut piece of paper. When I was searching for photos, I realized I don't have very many recent photos of my kids! I have to resort to using what I can find on Facebook or Instagram!
I love using different types of greenery dies in my layouts and cards, I know these dies will be well used! Make sure you let your local scrapbook store about these dies, I know The Urban Scrapbook will definitely be preordering these. To learn more about these dies, visit the Sizzix website or visit Tim's blog.
To help get you inspired, the Sizzix Design Team has created projects using these dies. Throughout the month, the Sizzix blog will be sharing a link to one of the designer's blogs featuring their fabulous project.
These framelits are so easy to use, especially with Sizzix's new Magnetic platform. Love, love this platform, your dies do not move! First I stamped my images on my paper and embossed (I used Stampendous Aged Green Embossing Enamel). Then I placed my paper on my platform, lined up the framelit and ran it through my machine. I highlighted some of the flower centres and the snowflake with Stickles, then adhered them to my card. How easy is that?!
I've been creating some Christmas cards for Urban Scrapbook's display, and found myself at a creative standstill. I decided just to make a Christmas shoe like the Halloween one from Sizzix's Brenda Walton Slipper die that I made here, to get those creative juices flowing again. I think I'm hooked on these shoes, they are so fun and easy to create. One of our customers at the store thought these would make great party favours for women, with a bottle of nail polish tucked inside. But one of the staff came up with an even better idea, one of those little tiny bottles of liquor! Everyone agreed, and the nail polish was quickly forgotten!
I added a strip of tinsel across the top of the shoe before adhering my rosette. The small jewel in the middle of the rosette is from Maya Road.
Sorry, these aren't the greatest photos. I took lots, but for some reason these were the only two that weren't as blurry. I don't know what I did wrong there!
It did help me, I went on to making more cards! I also can't wait to make more shoes!
With so many wonderful Christmas paper collections out this year, it doesn't take much to create some great cards. Even dies that aren't Christmas specific, can work so well with seasonal papers. I used this new Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts House die insert and the Thinlit House Die set to create two very different Christmas cards.
First up is this card created with Webster's collection, "A Christmas Story".
First off, I die cut my card base with the house insert.
I usually cut out an outside base, a little larger than the inside die-cut base and adhere this to the inside base. I like a sturdy card!
With the thinlit house set, I die-cut the house, chimney and window pieces in white cardstock and the other parts in pale gold glitter paper. For the front of my card, I used my Sizzix Tim Holtz Poinsettia die and matching Poinsettia Embossing Folder with light pink cardstock. I love that this die has a matching embossing folder, it adds so much dimension to it.
I also used this Sizzix Labels and Stitched Frames framelit by Karen Burniston for the inside of my cards. I love the stitched effect!
For the poinsettia, I lightly swiped white Tim Holtz Distress paint to give it a more frosty pink look. After drying, I spread a layer of glossy accents on top and then poured Rock Candy Glitter over, and shook off the excess. Let this dry and then assemble your flower. I added in some hand cut paper pieces underneath, some gold bling swirls on my base and my front was finished.
For my house, I lightly inked the edges and embossed areas and adhered to the house card base. Adhere all of the house parts and again apply glossy accents. I didn't do it to the entire area of the house and trim, just random areas. Apply the Rock Candy Glitter as done to the poinsettia. I used a small section of Tim Holtz Silver Tinsel Twine, coloured it with pink alcohol ink and made it into a small wreath for the door. I added in my stitched label and Webster's elements.
Here is another version of the exact same Pop 'N Cuts card:
I used Bazzill's new Christmas Line, "Nordic Pines" for this card. The letters are by Tim Holtz and the snowflakes are die-cut with black chipboard from Sizzix's Tim Holtz mini snowflakes die.
Isn't it amazing how different the two cards look, just by changing up the papers?
This is such a versatile die too.
I'm off to create more cards, thanks for stopping by!