Hello Crafters, it’s Aida here and I am back with another dose of inspiration. I an ab Educator at Made With Love and what I consistently work at is on showing you new products or trends to help you use the products better. Marble surfaces have been popular towards the end of
last year and I decided to create a background on canvas.
I LOVE Surface Pattern Designer Jen Hadfield who creates timeless paper designs that are elegant with a touch of shabby.
Sizzix dies are always part ofany work I create and this time I have used :
— Tim Holtz’s Sizzix XL Bigs Deco Alpahbets | Flowers in Jar Thinlits | Mini Butterflies Thinlits
— Eileen Hull’s Stitchy Flowers and Leaves
I’ve gotten several questions about how to create marbled backgrounds and am happy to say there will be a workshop in September featuring this technique. Remember to watch out for the dates on Made With Love’s Facebook !
Have a wonderful week ahead, keep crafting !
Hello Crafters ! Butterflies have got to be the prettiest and the most popular die designs in the world of die-cutting. Today I’m sharing a card made with Stephanie Barnard’s Butterfly Fold-Its, I totally love the intricate swirls of the main die in this 7 piece set. What’s good about this design : it’s really easy and quick to make when we need multiples of the same quickly or a card in 15 minutes *LOL!* for that unexpected occasion.
This set comes with 2 shadow dies, though I’ve used only one. I like the fact you can make variations of the Butterfly using the different combinations of dies.
The sentiment is from Mama Elephant and went perfectly with the Butterfly.
Other supplies :
Distress Oxides Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick.
Sentiment stamp : Mama Elephant
American Crafts Cardstock | Bristol Smooth Watercolour Paper.
Trim a white cardstock to 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches and die cut the Butterfly off to the left.
In this next step, with the shadow die, die cut the Butterfly using a Bristol Smooth Watercolour paper. This paper is perfect for Oxides techniques as the smooth surface really makes blending effortless !
Colour the shape with Oxides.
You might find this excellent video by Jennifer McGuire helpful : Introduction to Oxide Inks
Run the intricate Butterfly piece through the Xyron Lite to get adhesive on the back. If you don’t have the Xyron, use any liquid adhesive with a fine nozzle to put little dots of glue behind the butterfly shape.
Press the Distress Oxide Butterfly shadow die-cut to the back, trim off the excess on the left. Complete the card front by mounting the butterfly panel on a yellow card base.
Heat emboss the sentiment on a left-over strip of paper colored with Oxides. Add a thin strip of glitter cardstock to the lower part of the sentiment, pop it up with foam. A few sparkly enamel dots or sequins …….. and you are done !
Imagine the endless color combinations of Butterfly cards you can make ? Hopefully this post will be the start of many more inspiring ideas for you, happy crafting !
Hello everyone ! Some of you might know I work with Made With Love and teach workshops there. It’s interesting work and I get questions about the products, how to use them and techniques related to them. There are crafters who’d like to attempt mix-media, they are watching You Tube videos, who need help in identifying the products as very often these items are not available in Singapore.
If you are new to exploring mixed-media, try to remember while techniques are good to know, please don’t get stressed or bogged down by it …… you get the case of missing the woods for the trees. There are many ways to create texture and dimension, and to be honest, at the end what matters most is the visual balance of colour and proportion.
The project above came about by a question I was asked : how do you use Texture Paste and Embossing Powder together ?
This is the result you see above. It’s very pretty after painted with Prima Sparks Acrylics, parts dimmed down with Distress Crayons. I LOVE, LOVE how it has a vintage feel to it.
The #Wonderful is stamped on black cardstock using my favorite Embossing Powder Liquid Platinum and trimmed to look like a label. Silver brads were inserted into the ends, then it was adhered to an old scrapbook metal accent.
The products I used are available at Made With Love.
Sizzix Flutter Thinlits and coordinating Stamps
Sizzix Holiday Words #2
Sizzix Punch Large : Laurel
Prima Sparks Acrylics : Unicorn Hair | Mermaid Sparkle
Ranger Texture Paste | Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel and Liquid Platinum
Distress Crayons : Mustard Seed | Tumbled Glass | Shaded Lilac | Cracked Pistachio | Picket Fence
Distress Paints : Antique Linen, Mustard Seed
Tombow Brush Pens
Idea-ology Framed Panel | Words | Ephemera
Blue Fern Studios paper
Watercolor paper | Foil cardstock
On a small piece of watercolour paper, spread a layer of Texture Paste using a stencil. The thicker you spread the texture paste, the chunkier the end result. Lift the stencil carefully and sprinkle generously with embossing powder, and gently pour the excess off. Using a heat tool, heat till the embossing powder melts. Do this with the heat tool about 15cm away from the surface. The Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel has bits of glitter in it and this added a stone-like texture after heat embossing.
I use Ranger products and if you were to use others, you might get a slightly different effect. It’s best to experiment on your own, keeping in mind not to overheat the texture paste as it will bubble and burn.
Paint with a shimmery acrylic and dry completely. Rubbing in Distress Crayons will add depth to the surface.
The Butterfly was stamped and heat embossed using Liquid Platinum and the inside lightly coloured with a Tombow Brush pen.
Idea-ology Flash Cards and Ephemera are the best fillers for vintage styled projects as they create the feeling of a time gone by.
The Happy is from the Sizzix Thinlits #2 Holiday words and die-cut using Copper Foil cardstock. Sizzix Laurel branch shapes are my go-to for more layers.
I am so glad you came by my Blog ! This was such a fun project for me and hopefully you will take ideas form here to create your own projects. Have a great week ahead !
Have you ever been inspired by a book ….. and song lyrics ?
Recently I finished the book Hunger by Roxane Gay and the song Beautiful by Christine Aguilera popped into my head ! The book dealt with physical and emotional damage, acceptance, learning to love ourselves no matter how damaged we are and that life goes on, that we will have other chances (through our efforts) to be the person we want to be. This project came about through these ideas, it included mistakes in the process, finding solutions and to not be pinned down by perfection.
The Alterations Pondering Words designed by Tim Holtz were the ideal choice !
Don’t you love these lyrics ?
The texture on the Butterfly, the splatters of paints all reflect the ups and downs in our lives and inspite of them, we can still thrive.
Here’s the list of Sizzix supplies used and you can find them on Sizzix.com
Thinlits Pondering Words, Thin
Bigz Layered Butterfly with Texture Fades
Bigz Movers and shapers Baroque
Little Sizzles Mat Board
Others : 6 x 8 Canvas, Distress Paints and Crayons, Ranger Crackle Paste, Prima Paint. FineTec Gold.
I can NEVER do without the Little Sizzles Mat Board ! They are lightweight, the Bigz dies cut through them like butter, they are durable and the white is easily painted any colour you like. Die cut the Baroque shape, a Butterfly and a few Scrolls.
Initially I wanted the piece to be a romantic dark red, so on went the paint, and after that a random layer of Texture Crackle Paste using a stencil.
Well ….. the red was too shocking (LOL !!) …. and I decided to soften it with a wash of Distress Paint Spun Sugar. Pretty much like Life yes ? We hit a snag, make adjustments, then move forward !
Dry completely with a heat tool
In this next step, paint the scrolls a light pink, and adhere the them to fit the butterfly. You will notice on the lower right wing, the rose design of the texture paste was left uncovered.
Trim off the Scroll’s excess bits.
I’ve sort of joined the *Shine and Shimmer* team with the new acrylics and Unicorn Hair by Prima adds a lovely gold polish that shows off the matte surface of the scrolls. Apply the paint with a small brush to the center portions of the butterfly.
Next, add interest to the sroll with a cursive stamp. You really don’t have to be perfect about this, any small background, word or number stamp would work.
Rub in brown Distress Ink along the edges of the Butterfly, and I added splatters of gold and bronze paint just for fun.
Smooth on a thin layer of Distress Crackle Paste on the Baroque die-cut and once it’s dry (with the crackles showing), paint a light wash of Shabby Shutters Distress Paint.
Add more depth with Distress Crayons Spun sugar and Mustard Seed.
Remember the mistake I mentioned ? Well the red paint canvas was too dramatic for this piece as I wanted a more tentative, softer feel. A light wash with white gesso toned down the fierceness of the red and rubbing in Spun Sugar and Mustard Seed Distress Crayons gave it dimension.
The word Beautiful from the Pondering Words Thinlits was cut out using a scrap piece of watercolour paper, given shadings of yellow and pink with Distress Crayons, then a thin layer of Crackle Paste. After it dried, I gave the paper strip a quick rub of brown Distress Ink around the edges
Assemble all the pieces and add the song lyrics. This was typed out using the Typecast typewriter, the strips trimmed out and adhered to the canvas.
When working on any mixed media project, I try to help crafters understand that perfection is NOT the end product. It’s much easier to work gently, slowly, on your creation using the suggestions here ….. your work does not have to be an exact replica.
Thank you for visiting me today, get out your paints, die cut some shapes, and just start ! Have Fun !
Hello Crafters, thank you so much for coming by ! June is a popular month for weddings and with this in mind, I created a decor keepsake using the Sizzix UK Bigz die Mr & Mrs by Samantha Barnett. This can be displayed on tables at weddings, on a wall or as a gift in place of a congratulatory card. I LOVE how the Gold words and Copper highlights on the frame and canvas gives a vintage feel making this piece so pretty.
This die can be purchased from : Sizzix UK
This project started off in my head different and adjustments were made as I went along when the colours did not seem to gel. The words were originally pearlescent pale pink, but it just seemed to sink into the frame as it was too monochromatic. Changing to gold made the words look so much more interesting and suitable for weddings.
Little sparkly dot embellishments were adhered for a celebratory feel !
Shall we begin ?
Here’s the Mr & Mrs. Bigz die designed by Samantha Barnett.
These are the mediums I used but if you have others in your supply they are fine too.
Prima Wax : Bold copper | White Gold
Dina Wakely Media Gel Medium | Paints : Rosy and White
Distress Clear Glitter | Paints : Antique Linen and Spun Sugar
Others : 6×8 inches canvas | Decorative Frame : 5×6.5 inches | Patterned Paper
Die cut the Mr & Mrs in matt board or white chipboard. Paint it with the Rosy acrylic. This was the colour I intended to use originally and subsequently changed my mind.
Cover the surface of the painted die-cut with Gel Medium and pour Clear Distress over it, then press down with a small sheet of rough paper to make sure the glitter adheres well.
Here you can see how after changing the word to gold made it look so much better ! I used the Prima Wax in Light Gold, rubbed it on the words and found that the glitter created wonderful texture under the gold wax.
Glue a piece of matching patterned paper behind the frame.
Position the Mr & Mrs in the center and glue the ends of the words to the frame. The stiff matt board keeps the word straight.
At this point I realised the project looked a little washed out and needed deeper colours. Reaching for the Copper wax, I carefully rubbed small amounts on the Frame and the edges of the canvas. Voila !!! It’s finished !!
Here’s a gentle reminder to be less consumed about getting everything right or perfect, this is a sure way to a stressful art process. The best pieces come about when you are enjoying yourself, when you feel relaxed and happy. This way you are able to adjust to mistakes and find creative solutions.
So glad I get to spend these few minutes with you, happy crafting !
In our home, we try to remember that appreciation and love must be a constant ! Today with so much stress on our time and energy, it’s so necessary to make our homes an environment of peace and acceptance. Moms are the heart of many homes : we multi-task between work, home, the family and this piece is dedicated to all moms who are just trying their best within whatever circumstances.
Details are important and die-cuts are part of the layers. The tiny house is from the 661603 Snow Globe Thinlits
A piece does not need to have complicated colour, texture or dimension to look pretty – just enough of each element.
To begin, gather the supplies :
A 6 x 8 inches pre-gessoed canvas
Distress Oxides Broken China, Fired Brick and Fossilised Amber
Embossing Powder Liquid Platinum | Ink : Versamark Encore Gold
Blender and Heating Tools
Misting Bottle, Kitchen Towels.
Sizzix Dies :
661190 Wildflowers Thinlits
661603 Snow Globe Thinlits
657484 Love Struck Bigz
661195 Ornate Frame #2 Bigz
661820 XL Bigz Alphabets Broadway
Supplies can be found at :
Made With Love Singapore
313 Somerset, B2-08
Tel : 6733 7630
Using the Blending Tools, cover the canvas with Distress Oxides overlapping and blending where the edges of the colours meet. Dry the surface with a heating tool. To get the Oxide effect, mist randomly and watch for the reaction of the pigments. You can gently daub the water off or dry with a heat tool.
To seal in the Oxides, with your fingers gently apply a thin layer of Distress Micro Glaze on to the surface and then lightly buff with a soft tissue. You will find some of the colour will come off on the tissue but the canvas will still remain vibrant.
Heat emboss the Frame for texture.
Assemble the piece by working first on the Frame as this is much easier. Layer other sticker chipboard embellishments together with the Sizzix die-cuts.
Glue this on to the canvas and continue layering if you need to.
This is a cute project for the home and can be a special gift for a mom friend. I hope you will be inspired to create something pretty, have a good week ahead !
Hello everyone !
Have you ever felt the need to find yourself creatively ? This might sound like an airy-fairy or indulgent sentiment …. but as a full time crafter, it’s a real challenge ! At Creativation 2017 in Phoenix I found myself surrounded by so many immensely talented people in the industry that I could not help wondering if my work measured up, it was daunting to say the least. After being home a few days and processing all of it, I realised we can only be ourselves, create work that speaks to us ….. and feel peace after its done.
The trip taught me to absorb every positive moment that lifted me creatively, to be thankful for all the opportunities and experiences and to remind myself I am more lucky than most.
I know we are all excitedly waiting the new products from Creativation 2017, and I thought this project would be a shout-out to the dies I loved using the past year.
This project really is from the heart. I love how this Sizzix Layered Butterfly has dark and shimmery parts to it, pretty much how life is a constant scene of shadows (challenges) and light (great moments). A very convenient fact is the die comes with a matching Embossing Folder, who would not like that ?
Texture, texture, texture ! This was achieved through Ranger embossing powders Ancient Gold and Gold Tinsel.
Adding to the texture are colors of Distress Crayons : Lucky Clover, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge.
The Adventure Words Thinlits are my go-to set for themes about finding yourself. To save time on texturising the letters, I used Bronze Glitter paper and rubbed in Distress Crayons.
There are SO many Mixed Media Thinlits to suit every crafter’s style and I have to say the #2 Mixed Media is my favorite. These die-cuts are a wonderful layering tool and so beautiful.
Below is the list of Sizzix supplies I used :
The Big Shot Plus
Sizzix Bigz Layered Butterfly/Texture Fades 659578
Sizzix Texture Fades Courtyard and Trellis Set 659449
Thinlits Adventure Words Block 660212
Mixed Media Thinlits #2 661185
Little Sizzles Matboard
Here’s a useful Sizzix video with Stephanie Barnard on Cutting Thin Dies.
The others are :
Idea-ology : Framed Panel | 8×8 Tidings Mini Stash | Labels Metallic Stickers | Idea-ology Ephemera | Findings Nailheads | Tissue Wrap
Ranger Embossing Powder : Gold Tinsel | Antique Gold
Distress Crayons : Lucky Clover | Tumbled Glass | Walnut Stain | Rusty Hinge.
Distress Inks : Black Soot | Spiced Marmalade | Gathered Twigs
Distress Paints “Black Soot | Antique Linen | Picket Fence | Mowed Lawn |Spiced Marmalade
Tsukinenko Encore Ink : Gold
Stamp : Stamper’s Anonymous
If you are ready, let’s start ! I’ve chosen to work on the Butterfly first, and then on the background to mount it on. This way it’s much easier to make sure the background is cohesive and does not clash with the butterfly.
Die-cut the Layered Butterfly in Little Sizzles Mat Board. Sometimes people ask me which embossed side should they use and my answer is : the side which is the prettiest to you ! Generally though, when I use an embossing folder, I make sure the label is facing up.
I painted the Butterfly Black to create a base for the mediums to be used on top.
Using a clear ink pad, emboss the tips of the Butterfly with Ancient Gold. Once this is done, emboss the middle of the Butterfly with the brighter Gold Tinsel.
Add more color to the surface with Distress Paints and Crayons.
Check your Butterfly and see what the tones are. You may have used more Green and Blue ….. or you may have made it more Rust. Your background colours should echo the colours on the Butterfly.
The Wood Framed Panel is in two pieces : the back panel and the frame. Adhere a tissue sheet to the back panel’s surface with Collage Medium. We are not looking for perfection any time during the process, just enjoy what you are doing.
After making sure the Tissue surface is dry, I added color using Distress Paints (Antique Linen, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade) and rubbed in Distress Crayons (Lucky Clover, Tumbled Glass). Next I laid down a stencil and pounced the surface with Gold Encore ink, then embossed randomly with dark brown powder.
Decide on the paper you’d like to use, the ephemera and the Mixed Media Thinlits. Here you can see I die-cut the Thinlits using a journal card.
The Block Word Discover is from the Adventure Thinlits set. One of the best tricks I can recommend is using Glitter Cardstock to die-cut the word because after minor treatment with Distress Crayons it looks like stone, instant texture.
The Frame was painted brown and lightly heat embossed with Ancient Gold.
Complete the project by continuing to assemble the layers and embellishments.
Your project might turn out a little different from mine depending on your colors and the paper you use. What I hope you will take from today is a sense that you CAN do this, you CAN enjoy creating a layered, mixed media project with Sizzix die-cuts.
Happy crafting !
Hello Crafters !!
Are you done with your Christmas decor yet ? If not, I’ve a project for you that will be great on a corner table, a wall or gifted to a special friend. This has greens and reds, and with touches of Rose Gold, pinks and pale lime, such a pretty combination don’t you agree ? The canvas it’s mounted on is 9 inches tall and 7 inches on top.
Tim Holtz designs awesome Word Thinlits and I put Love & Joy together to create this die cut. Blue Fern Studio’s papers with the Rose details are divine, such elegance and wonderful for a project such as this.
Ideaology Pinecones and pale gold ribbon really add substance to the piece.
Layering in small projects is crucial as it gives an interesting dimension.
Which Big Shot machine are you using ? I use the Big Shot Plus with its larger platform giving me the options of using the Plus and regular dies. There are useful Sizzix videos on YouTube about the Big Shot Plus and the usage of Thin Dies, I encourage you to watch them if you are unfamiliar with die-cutting using Thinlits.
Here is the list of Sizzix dies I used and they are available at Sizzix.com.
Brenda Walton’s Birdcage
Brenda Walton’s Frames and Embellishments
Tim Holtz Holiday Words #2 Thin
Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Mini
Big Shot Plus
I get alot of “how do you start ?” questions and this photo illustrates how I put dies together. Usually I use a large die for a background to frame the smaller details, in this case I used Brenda Walton’s Birdcage (in Bronze Glitter Cardstock) that’s large enough to add details on top of it. Then I move the smaller dies around till I get roughly where I want the small shapes.
Papers with beautiful designs inspire me as they provide a ready-made clue to colors that match. Each time I look at Blue Fern Studios collections I marvel at the colours and elegant feel of the papers, they are really timeless.
Here I die-cut a Scalloped tag from Brenda Walton’s Frames and Embellishments Thinlits, and fussy cut the Rose details on the paper.
Matt the tag with a contrasting patterned paper and adhere the piece to the Birdcage. Distress Crayons were rubbed into the Glitter paper to create a worn look.
The background patterned paper under the Birdcage measures 7 inches on the sides and 5.5 inches on the top.
Glue down the fussy cut Rose pieces.
The Tim Holtz Holiday Words #2 are in separate word pieces you can customise. To die cut a continuous strip, first stick the words on to low tack tape and then position it on the Glitter cardstock or paper before rolling through the Big Shot.
Adhere the strip on to a pattern paper, trim to size and glue in the centers of the Os. I rubbed in Distress Crayons on Glitter cardstock to dull down the glitter slightly and give the strip more depth.
Die cut 3 pieces each of the Holiday Greens.
Assemble the project as you see, layering the details. The Birds were tinted with Distress Inks and Gold Stickles daubed on.
For the final touch, the Ideaology Pinecone and Ribbon were adhered to the top of the Birdcage.
Here’s the complete project ! It’s not a very difficult piece to finish as long as the pieces are die-cut, gathered ahead to save you time.
We are just a week end away from Christmas, so here’s wishing you the best celebrations ever, loads of good cheer and fun ! Aida.
Hello everyone ! This Joy Canvas piece was inspired after watching videos of the Sizzix Tim Holtz Takeover. The Videos are still up : HERE
Inspiration can be a tricky friend : it’s there most times, then suddenly it decides to decamp, causing a phase of discouragement and self doubt. For crafters like me who have schedules for workshops and design team work, it’s frustrating feeling like a flat, punctured tyre.
As well, there’s the opinion that creative work inspired after watching a video, looking at Instagram or Pinterest is less original with copied elements and therefore less worthy. You know what ? As far as what I do, I honestly do NOT believe that.
Ideas from art and craft pieces are out there and we have access to so much online. Yes one can exactly copy projects for personal use …. OR …. take the ideas suggested, and come up with a similar theme with different layers, embellishments and colour. A new crafter might not be confident enough, have all the products, nor have sufficient technique knowledge and will find it easiest to follow a project on video to the absolute T. It’s all a matter of having enough experience to know how to combine supplies, the products and design elements to create a piece. Whether you are new or an experienced crafter, in the end it’s about finishing a piece that makes you happy.
Here was how I started on the Canvas :
I die-cut the Tim Holtz Ornate Frame #2 in Little Sizzles Matboard. This was then painted Gold, then embossed with a Distress Embossing Powder Weathered Look Vintage Photo at random areas to create a stone effect. Next, trail bits of Glossy Accents on the Frame and pour Distress Rock Candy Glitter to give it a slight sparkle.
The word Joy was die-cut with the Tim Holtz Alphabet Vintage Market XL Bigz die. I LOVE fonts and the fact XL Bigz are steel rule dies that cut so many different materials. Again I used Little Sizzles Matboard and the word was painted red, then roughly embossed with Ranger’s Bronze powder. The contrast between the matte paint and shiny embossing made the word textured and interesting.
Next paint a 6in X 8in canvas, and I used a mix of Distress Paint Crushed Olive, Twisted Citron and a light Gold Paint by Martha Stewart. Once it was dry, I rubbed Distress Crayons to deepen the colours.
After that it was all about layering : the ephemera from Idea-ology were popped up on foam, the Frame glued on, the word Joy, the date 25 adhered on to a metal number 8, daubed with red paint. Finally an Idea-ology sticker strip “have yourself a very merry Christmas” and the star.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Use other products or embellishments as you like, jumpstart your imagination and make the project your own.
Have a good weekend, happy creating !
Hello Crafties !
We don’t celebrate Christmas but I truly enjoy making craft gifts for close friends and thankfully they do appreciate the little pieces. This Winter Wonderland Canvas is 6 inches at the top and 8 inches tall which is a good size for the die-cuts used. It’s important to make sure the scale of the finished size doesn’t overwhelm the die-cuts as the project might look unbalanced.The colour inspiration is from the lovely Winter Wishes by Bo Bunny with it’s soft Greys, Mauve and hints of palest Pink.
Don’t you LOVE the Woodland Brush Trees and the Deers ? They were the perfect embellishments for this winter scenery. For the trees : I added tiny blobs of Glossy Accents on the tips and poured Distress Clear Glitter over them. After that dried, I dipped a small brush in white paint and gently painted parts of the glitter …… ta-da ….. snow !!!
This title is made with the Thin Holiday Words Thinlits and look how it just fits the project !
The Mini Paper Snowflakes are so beautiful and the pack contains 14 pieces in varying sizes which has got to be the best value ever !
I misted a piece of white cardstock with Shaded Lilac Distress Spray, dried it with a heat tool and die-cut the Snowflakes. To add texture, I laid a trail of Glossy Accents on the snowflake and poured Distress Clear Glitter over it.
Are you ready to get started ?
Trim a piece of white Little Sizzles matboard with the measurements in the photo. Position it right on the center of the Movers and Shapers die and roll through your Big Shot. Keep aside the Baroque Shape A for later.
Your sandwich for the Big Shot Plus from the bottom : Cutting Pad + with the square ejection foam in the center, the Movers and Shapers facing up + Little Sizzles Matboard + Cutting Pad, send this through the Big Shot Plus.
Here you can see both the die-cut patterned paper and matboard. Adhere the patterned paper to the matboard.
Next we are going to construct a frame with three pieces of chipboard in the photo. The depth of the shadow-box can be between half an inch to 3/4 inch.
Adhere the frame to the back of the Baroque shape.
Wrap patterned paper all the way round the frame making sure both inside and outside are covered.
This is how it looks.
Next I painted a canvas with Shaded Lilac Distress Paint and varied the surface tones with Distress Crayons.
I found the wooden discs of the brush trees got in the way and decided to snip them off, replacing them with rolled up patterned paper. You can use straws if you have them.
Glue down the trees to the shadow-box.
Add the layers as you like. The deers were painted with Distress Shaded Lilac and Pewter Distress Paints.
Adhere a pattern paper to Shape A and insert into the shadow-box. I layered it with a curved pieces to look like snowy hills behind the deers.
Glue down the snowflakes, texture them with the Glossy Accents and Distress Glitter treatment and some sparkly sequins at random spots.
The title Winter Wonderland is easy to make. Trim a patterned paper strip : 1 1/4inch by 12 inches long. Center the Thinlits word dies on the strip and stick it down with low tack tape to stop it from shifting as you roll through the Big Shot.
On the Big Shot Plus, your sandwich from the bottom : Platform + Adapter A + Cutting Pad + the paper, the pattern facing up + the Thinlits die cutting side facing down on the paper + Cutting Pad. Roll this through your Big Shot Plus.
Stephanie Barnard has a very useful Sizzix video on using Thin dies : SIZZIX THIN DIES.
Line the back of the strip with a contrasting dark cardstock and glue it down. The whole paper strip was teased into a ribbon shape, then adhered to the front of the shadow-box, triming off any excess if it’s too long. Treat it with Glossy Accents and Distress Glitter to match the snowy scenery. And ….. you are done !
I just know you will love making this project. By switching the papers, using different embellishment, it could be a shadow-box made for another occasion and you can fit a small photo inside to personalise the gift.
Thank you for dropping by, happy crafting !