Hello Crafting Friends ! Not everyone knows I am from Singapore, a tiny red dot of a City in South East Asia a long way from the US. The phone code for Singapore is +65 and I’ve used it as part of the title. Here’s a wonderful link about my home Singapore with loads of gorgeous photos and information : Visit Singapore.
Released this year at Creativation 2017, the Cityscape Thinlits designed by Tim Holtz caused such a stir with crafters imagining all the work to be made with the dies …. and for a City Gal like me, well, it was a done thing ! As you can see from the photo above, the layers of quirky, edgy buildings created a dynamic feel to the project, pretty much like the Sky-Scrapers in the Singapore business district.
I love the background of misted Oxides ink, textured with the Dot-Matrix Embossing folder and made sparkly with Stickles. The shades of yellows and greens show up the cityscape die-cuts so well.
One product I use all the time with alphabets is Glitter cardstock for creating that instant *stone* look after daubing paint or crayons on them.Don’t you LOVE the 1 inch tall Alphanumeric letters ? They are layered with Idea-ology elements to make the corner more interesting.
And look at the Alphanumeric Marquee numbers in Glitter cardstock … totally FUN !
Here’s the list of Sizzix Products used :
Texture Fades Dot-Matrix 656649
Thinlits Cityscape Skyline 661810
Thinlits Alphanumeric Marquee 1″ 661177
Thinlits Alphnumeric 1″ 660210
Thinlits Labels 660060
Other Supplies :
Distress Paints : Faded Jeans | Chipped Sapphire | Fossilised Amber
Distress Oxides : Fossilised Amber | Faded Jeans | Cracked Pistachio
Distress Crayons : Chipped Sapphire | Shabby shutters | Rusty Hinge
Distress Ink : Gathered Twigs
Ranger Stickles : Icicle
Idea-ology : Framed Panel | Small Talk | Snippets | Accouturemonts
Kaiser Craft Glitter Cardstock : Bronze
To begin, gather your supplies.
I used white cardstock to swipe the misted Oxides. There are many You Tube videos on how this is done, and I find the one made by Vintage Odyssey of the Tim Holtz Oxide demo at Creativation 2017 the best video shot.
Next I embossed the piece with the Dot-Matrix Texture Fades. The easiest way to see the right side up on any embossing folder would be where Sizzix is printed and with the Dot-Matrix folder, the dots are meant to be de-bossed, that is : sunk into the paper. Well, I preferred the embossed look which is the under-side after embossing and I used that. The addition of Stickles gave a sparkly feel of stars in the sky !
Paint the small Idea-ology Framed Panel, then adhere the embossed paper and trim the excess.
Here you can see I die-cut the Cityscapes in Black and Grey cardstock.
Add foam tape or small lengths of chipboard to support and lift the die-cuts above the background.
This is the first layer about one/third up from the lower end of the frame.
Continue adding random layers of the die-cuts to cover the bottom half of the panel. You may need more grey die-cuts depending how much you layer and lastly, finish off with the black cardstock die-cut in the front.
On the top right corner I added the number 65 which is the International phone code for Singapore. The Marquee Alphabets look better when used with the 1 inch Alphanumerics as the backing, so glitzy !
Assemble the Panel on a canvas that’s been painted a matching background of Distress Paint Chipped Sapphire, rubbed in with Distress Crayons Shabby Shutters, Fossilised Amber and Rusty Hinge.
I really hope this project will provide you with inspiration and ideas. Layering die-cuts gets better with experience under your belt and perhaps the tips here will help you create beautiful details in your projects. Thank you for spending this crafting moment with me !