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 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 !
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 Crafting Friends ! We’ve past Christmas and New Year, and in Singapore Chinese Lunar New Year is fast approaching. At this time, families gather to renew and celebrate ties over Reunion Dinners, new partners in marriages and new babies are made welcome by gifts of Any Pows (lucky red packets).
This piece is inspired by the idea of Family and how home is such an important place to be.
In Singapore, Sizzix products and workshops I teach are at :
Made With Love
B2-08, 313 Somerset, Orchard Road. Tel : 6733 7630
The Sizzix products I used are :
The Big Shot Plus
The Shuttle for Magnetic Movers & Shapers
Alterations Alphanumeric Thinlits
Alterations Crosshatch Frameworks
Alterations Snowglobe Thinlits
Alterations Tiny Tattered Florals
Movers & Shapers Mini Hearts set
Alterations Texture Fades Pocket Watches
Alterations Large Pine Punch
Alterations Movers and Shapers Cameo Frame
Chinese New Year is a happy time about the abundance of everything good like health and success, with many auspicious symbols attached to the occasion. The light, fresh colours and the word Family in red is meant to reflect the mood and the tiny houses from the Snowglobe set say Home.
The Alphnumeric set is very useful as you can make tons of words with the 102 letter and number pieces, especially to make it easier to die-cut Asian names or names of places.
The Tiny Heart was Embossed with the Pocket Watch embossing Folder and layered into the piece.
Tiny Tattered Florals are the perfect subtle accent fillers for small sized projects without being overwhelming.
Very often I’m asked how I put together a project using die-cuts as some of you feel a crafter must have tons of dies and supplies before even starting. In this project you can see I’ve used a total of 6 dies together with 1 embossing folder and 1 punch. My observation is : crafters buy dies because they love the design and seldom think of how they can mix the die with existing ones they already have. For example the Snow Globe Thinlits can be a very versatile die as the houses can be used separately in layouts and planners. Paper crafting is really about experience and learning as you go along, eventually you’ll see how the layers can be built up. Imagine this : a doily under a Butterfly, then on the top a heart, flower or ribbon, ending with leaves around the whole piece.
When building on layers, start with a base and a generic shape like the Movers and Shapers Cameo Frame is a favourite. It’s easy to add other die-cut layers on top. Framework dies are wonderful when die-cut in various materials like glitter paper, foil, Little Sizzles Matboard that can be painted. You can see how I used the Crosshatch on the Cameo Frame, with a mixture of paints and Grouting Paste it added a worn vintage feel.
And ALWAYS get an alphabet die set in a simple font that will fit any style of crafting be it vintage or cute. This is especially important when you are new to purchasing dies as it’s easy to get carried away by the pretty florals and cute shapes.
Don’t let the fear of mistakes stop you, experiment, try different die-cuts together. Some crafters here give up because they cannot see beyond the shapes, their Big Shots gathering dust in one corner. I encourage you to come for workshops as this refreshes your design eye, you get to ask me or Stacy about the whys and hows, and it’s fun getting to meet other crafters, you will realise you are not alone !
Have a good week ahead, get out your crafting supplies and just MAKE something !
Hello everyone ! The year has gone by so fast and we are into December, can you believe this ? My family does not celebrate Christmas though we have many friends who do and invites to dinners or get-togethers are frequent this time of year. I try to make gifts that can be displayed round their homes and a handmade piece is alway appreciated. This canvas is 8 inches tall and 6 inches at the top and as home decor pieces go, it’s easy to find a display space on a small side table or wall.
The Sizzix Tim Holtz Dashing Deer is a lovely shape and a great design for Christmas projects. It is a Bigz steel rule die which means it die-cuts a whole lot of materials including felt, thin wood veneers and glitter cardstock.
The word Peace is a wonderful reminder for this season with so much upheavals all over the world. This Thinlits Vintage Tidings set has 3 words : Peace, Wishes and Noel …… imagine the number of projects you would be able to make with these !
Though the Bigz Tattered Poinsettia is not a new release, you can see how useful it is and will never go out of style !
The Dashing Deer was die cut in a Kraft Core cardstock and sanded down for the aged look. There are so many materials you could consider, why not try felt or glitter cardstock, they are such pretty options.
I use the Big Shot Plus and there is a helpful die-cutting video : HERE
I love using Bigz Movers and Shapers for bases or layering and this is the Cameo Frame. This was die-cut in Little Sizzles which is a sturdy Matboard, yet lightweight and rolls through your Big Shot like a dream unlike dense chipboard. It was inked with Crushed Olive and Candied Apple, then roughly scrapped over with Texture Paste.
The Dashing Deer is in a Kraft Core cardstock that I sanded along the edges. The word Peace was originally die-cut in patterned paper, but I later switched it to copper foil cardstock for a festive feel.
Die-cut 2 small and 1 medium Poinsettias in dark red cardstock. To make them more interesting, press the tips into clear embossing ink, sprinkle Ranger’s Bronze embossing powder and heat emboss. It does not have to be perfect, this will add texture to the petals. After assembling, add a small wood ball to the center or any embellishment you may have.
Add a layer of Holiday Greens Thinlits foliage die-cuts to fill out the corner detail. I trailed Glossy Accents on the foliage and sprinkled Rock Candy Glitter over the fronds to add a subtle sparkle.
I LOVE Idea-ology Ephemera, their vintage looks go very well with Alterations dies creating wonderful layers to projects.
Next trim a corrugated card larger than the Cameo Frame and paint it a popping red.
Start assembling the pieces, adding foam tape or sheets to create different heights.
The project can be put together very quickly on a canvas once the elements are prepped. You’ll have to agree all the layers make this an attractive piece for display, surely a very welcome gift for Christmas.
I hope you enjoyed finding out how this canvas was put together, thank you for joining me today !
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 everyone ! Can you believe it’s October, the final quarter of 2016 ? Where did all the time go ?
The Made With Love Design Team 2016 is playing a round of 5 Questions as this would be a good time to re-introduce ourselves, not to mention great fun as well ! Many of our customers come into the store, see all the layouts and projects on display and they ask who designed them. As the Designers are not based at the store, why not post information about ourselves ?
Here goes ………
1) Who am I ?
My name is Aida and I am the resident Educator/Designer at Made With Love Singapore as well as their Design Team Coordinator who takes care of the schedules and kits for amazingly talented Team Members. It’s a small store and there are times my job crosses over to window displays and product swatches. This is a dream job, one that aligns completely with what I love which is paper crafting !
I am on the Sizzix US Design Team and the past few years have Guest Designed for Tim Holtz, Ranger and Simon Says Stamp. You can find me on Instagram where I actively post my projects or work in progress.
Away from the store I am a wife and mom, we have lots of furry pets. Typically Singaporean ….. I LOVE food – cooking and finding good places to eat. My biggest grouse : having to keep my craft space tidy, I am a messy crafter !
This is my craft table, there’s always a project that’s in progress. Our cats think it’s their space too !
2) What is my creative style ?
This Halloween project, with layers, stamping, paints, inks and Sizzix die-cuts is pretty much what I am about currently. Creative styles change as we are constantly evolving as crafters especially when new products become new favourites, leading us to other ways of creating.
** Supplies for the project are listed below.
3) What inspires me ?
Colors, stunning work by other crafters, Instagram, new products !
Be fearless ….. just start !! Fairly often Singaporeans get caught up in wanting perfection, they MUST have all the right tools before they begin to learn something new. Yes, you do need some tools, not necessarily the best or the most expensive, and then approach the process as an adventure where there will be mistakes, but mostly there will be learning. Leave being competitive, or wanting to be like another crafter as this is a sure fire way to kill inspiration, creates insecurities, it stops you from developing an individual style or making what you really enjoy !
4 What I love about being Singaporean ?
To a crafter being in Singapore means having wonderful, CURRENT products in the stores and being a small island, getting to any craft store is easy. I often hear crafters in neighbouring countries moan loudly about the lack of supplies, how expensive their local stores are, how behind in stocks, how expensive it is to ship from the US online stores.
There is a phenomenal growth in art and crafting in Singapore with many offering workshops in endless varieties. We get famous Educators holding classes, local artists are getting more popular.
5) What do I wish for ?
For the crafting community : perhaps a gentler, a less competitive community, more sharing, it’s important to be ethical by crediting the original designer of any project they lift or copy.
As an Educator, I wish for crafters to understand that workshops are essential in learning how to use products effectively. It develops a keener eye for design and shows them how to create work that is polished, with a sophisticated finish. The learning is faster with practical, hands-on workshops. Educators these days have genuine industry experience or have trained in the craft and know what they are teaching.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these bits about myself, this has been really fun. Perhaps this post has inspired and put you on the road to focusing on the journey, not always the end.
Happy crafting !
Sizzix products used :
Tim Holtz Gothic Gate Thinlits
Tim Holtz Mixed Media Halloween Thinlits
Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits
Tim Holtz Punch : Branch Large.
Stamp : Stampers Anonymous – Regions Beyond
Distress Paints : Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone
Distress Inks : Wilted Violet, Gathered Twigs, Faded Jeans. Mustard
Distress Crayons : Picket Fence
Ranger Embossing Powder – Black, Bridal Tinsel
Versamark Clear Embossing Ink
Ranger Heat Tool
Watercolour Paper 300gsm
Flat Backed Canvas 6×8″
Hello everyone, welcome to my Blog !
My family does not celebrate Christmas, but socially it is a busy time for us as we get invited to homes of friends, and make time for dinners out with people we love. In the inspiration department, I am so taken with the holiday decor I see all around me when the stores get gorgeously embellished with tinsel and ornaments making ideas pop in my head. Crate & Barrel is just across where I work and they always have beautifully decorated Christmas windows.
This Peace 6 x 8 inch canvas is from a combination of online ideas of Christmas home decor and I decided the Dashing Deer was a wonderful focal point.
With so much happening around the globe, the message of Peace will always be needed. This new Holiday Words #2 font fits so well with this canvas !
Here’s a close-up of the Dashing Deer.
The Cameo Frame Mover and Shapers became a wonderful frame for this project and I love that it had a rounded inner shape that suited the Deer. It was textured by the Embossing Folder Dot-Matrix to give it a shabby-vintage finish.
Before we start, all Sizzix products are available on Sizzix.com.
Other supplies :
6×8″ Canvas Board
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tidings Mini Paper Stash
Distress Paints : Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Tarnished Brass, Fired Brick,
Distress Inks : Gathered Twigs, Ripe Persimmon, Lucky Clover, Black Soot.
Distress Crayons : Mermaid Lagoon, Festive Berries, Rusty Hinge
Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy
Dina Wakely Media : White Gesso.
Ranger Heart Tool
Medium grit sandpaper
Bingo Wood Chips
Are you ready ? Here we go !
If you’ve been following my projects, you will know I like layering on small canvases. This way the project feels substantial, and truly make good gifts that can be put into a shadow box or frame. I began by painting the 6×8 canvas a mix of Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Tarnished Brass and touches of Fired Brick and after, sanded down the canvas in parts to create a shabby look, I just love this neat trick !!. You may have your own way of colouring a canvas, and as long as the results are what you are happy with, you are on your way to the nest step.
Die-cut the Dashing Deer in matboard and Tidings patterned paper. Glue the paper on to the matboard.
Trim the matboard to the size 5x6inches.
Center it on the Cameo die.
Roll the sandwich (die and matboard) through your Big Shot and this is the frame you will get.
In photo :
1) The Embossing folders have Sizzix facing up 2) and 3) The matboard is larger than the folder and you would have to roll through your Big Shot a few times moving the folder to parts of the matboard. 4) Emboss the whole frame and it doesn’t matter if the embossing looks uneven as as you will be texturing the fame with inks, gesso, Distress Stickles and Crayons.
The actual Dot-Matrix design is de-bossed and I preferred the embossed underside which was what I used in the end.
I’ve inked the frame with Distress Inks Ripe Persimmon, Gathered Twigs, then dried with a heat tool. Spread White Gesso randomly, dry completely. At this point I found the Gesso had turned pale shade of pink after it absorbed the ink underneath.To remedy this, I spread a layer of Distress Stickles in Clear Rock Candy, dried this and again applied a very thin layer of white gesso. This time, the white stayed white with the bonus of stickles adding great texture !
Die-cut the leaves in two shades of green. You may need 3 to 4 pieces of each leaf frond.
You can see the Frame and the Deer has been mounted on the canvas and the foliage arranged around the neck of the Deer. The light and dark greens of the leaves makes the layering realistic enough.
Die-cut a variety of the small snowflakes and scatter them on the wreath. I used white glitter cardstock tinted a transparent blue with a water brush and Distress Mermaid Lagoon.
Adjust the colours to your liking making sure there are light and dark tones. Distress Crayons can be rubbed on to the surface and the colour thinned out with a water brush.
The new Holiday Words #2 are an ideal height for small projects but they are fairly spindly and would’ve disappeared if used on it’s own. I hit on the idea of adhering them to the underside of wood Bingo numbers which were inked a dark brown and the contrast of the white glitter paper turned out great !
Here’s the finished project. Small pearls were added around the wreath to break up the greens and an add a touch of elegance. I really enjoyed making this, everything came about fairly quickly, a home decor gift for someone special this Christmas. Thank you for coming by, I’ll see you all soon.
Happy crafting !
Hello everyone !
Fall is an interesting subject to me because I live in a tropical little island very near the Equator, there’s no Fall, just Hot, Hotter and then Rain when the Monsoons come. Looking at all the gorgeous Fall projects on Instagram made me itch to do this piece …. even if there’s no Fall here !
I am a small canvas type of gal who loves her Distress Paints above everything else, and Sizzix die-cuts ……. for me to craft without these two elements is something quite hard to imagine. The overall feel of the canvas is shabby and worn-out, something you may find at a flea-market. The canvas background is dark with Black Gesso and touches of green, red and bronze. In terms of design it’s quite simple, with uncomplicated layering using foam sheets or foam dots.
The theme is Fall and these Upper Case Typo die-cuts added a perfect look with the uneven edges.
I just LOVE these Tattered Leaves and have been using them over and over again.
The Mixed Media Thinlits #3 has a rock paving design and if you trim off the sides, you can use it in so many ways.
The thin paper can be fiddly to glue on to surfaces and I’ve found using the Xyron is the fastest, most efficient way to adhere them.
The Garden Greens have several leaf designs and I chose to use only one. There seems to have been minute calibrations to improve the Thinlits and this is goods news for crafters as the paper ejects from the die quite easily very unlike previously.
Before we start, here is the product list for Sizzix :
XL Bigz Alterations Typo Upper 661198
Alterations Bigz Tattered Leaves 656927
Alterations Thinlits Garden Greens 661206
Mixed Media #3 661186 Thinlits
Movers and Shapers Sized Rectangles 658568
Little Sizzles Matboard
Other supplies :
6×8″ Canvas Board
Distress Paints : Twisted Citron, Barn Door, Antiqued Bronze, Scattered Straw, Old Paper, Vintage Photo.
Distress Inks : Abandoned Coral, Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye, Black Soot.
Distress Crayons : Twisted Citron, Vintage Photo, Black Soot.
Distress Marker : Black Soot.
Dina Wakely Media Black Gesso.
Ranger Embossing Powder Bronze.
Medium grit sandpaper
To me, this is a very useful design because you can change the leaves and make it a Winter/Christmas piece …… then for Spring by adding tiny flowers. Honestly, so many possibilities !
Starting with the canvas, cover it with Black Gesso and (very importantly) dry completely. Next, with a medium grit sandpaper, rub off parts of the canvas till you see the white surface. Do this gently in up and down strokes to avoid tearing the canvas.
Using your fingers, rub in Twisted Citron and Barn Door at random parts. The paint should look transparent, not too opaque for the canvas grains to show. If this is your first time experimenting, go slow, add the paints a bit at a time till you get the overall look you are happy with. The easiets way to remember the steps would be – 1) add paint 2) dry 3) sandpaper off 4) check and adjust the colors 5) repeat till you get to what you like.
Die-cut 2 pieces of Tattered Leaves in cardstock, ink them with Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs and spritz with water. Dry with a heat tool, then adjust the colours as you need.
Next die cut the Fern stalks in a muted grey patterned paper. At this point I didn’t know how many I would need and decided to just die-cut a random amount.
Using cardstock, die-cut 4 pieces of the Mixed Media #3 Paving and heat emboss them with Ranger’s Bronze. I trimmed off the sides.
I used the largest Sized Rectangle to die-cut a Little Sizzles matboard and painted it with Old Paper plus a bit of Scattered Straw.
Many crafters I know hesitate buying basic dies because they feel they can hand-cut the shapes. My own experience is : if you are new to die-cutting, get your basic shapes first, then move towards the more decorative dies. Basic shapes are your foundations and steel rule dies can cut so many materials including sturdy chipboards.
The title Fall in Typo Uppercase has a old fashioned appearance and its worn edges add to the shabbiness.
The word was mounted on a strip of brown glitter cardstock which had Distress Crayons rubbed into it to dim the glitter.
Creating various heights on the canvas is a trick that takes some thought getting right – you have to figure out what is it you want to feature on the piece. The general rule is the featured shape should be at the top. For this project, I popped up the leaves with 1/4 inch foam. The rest are layered underneath. Play around and experiment, there really is no fixed formula ……. only what you like or feel is right.
Here is the final photo. I made some adjustments by rubbing Distress Crayons in spots which needed more colour.
I really hope this piece inspires you and is able to show alternative ways die-cuts can be used in mixed-media projects. If you are just beginning, remember to keep your projects simple, layer them with foam dots to create visual interest, learn as you go along. Experience is everything and you will get more confident at using die-cuts for mixed media work.
Happy crafting and have fun !