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 !