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 !