Hello Craft Friends ! This is my first post for Sizzix UK and I am totally thrilled at being invited, this is such a huge honour ! Sizzix makes wonderful die-cutting products and having worked with the brand for over eight years, I can honestly say the fun, the exploration never stops
As far as crafting style goes, this is what I create most times with dies : decor or keepsake pieces for the home. I am not an active journaler, planner or Project Lifer and am happiest working with layered canvases.
Today’s project features a Debi Potter Bigz Moped die and wouldn’t you agree it is super cute ? In Singapore where I’m from, we call these Scooters and they are now the rage with young people giving the scooter (or Moped) a hipster appeal. I’ve only ridden a scooter once, back in my giddy 20’s in Bali when fear was not in my vocabulary **LOL** …….. but definitely not since.
IF I had a Moped, for sure it would be a hot red ! The red parts of the body was embossed with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing powder) for a shiny finish. After that, I rubbed in a tiny bit of acrylic paint to make it look slightly vintage to match the overall feel of the project.
This is the new XL Bigz Alterations Deco alphabets which was released at Creativation 2017. I LOVE this font with its art deco feel and the alphabets are a good proportion for small canvases. A useful fact about the Bigz die is it cuts so many varieties of materials from paper, to matt board, fabric, wood veneers …… endless almost.
The Frameworks Crosshatch is one of my favourite dies for layering as the linear design makes it versatile for many projects be it vintage, grunge or shabby. Using only one die for a project seems impossible for me, it’s just how my brain works and layers are important to make the work look interesting.
Die-cut the parts of the Moped in cardstock using colours you like. As my dream Moped would be red, I’ve used the colour matched with a cream cardstock. To make the Moped more sturdy, die-cut the pieces on matt board, and then adhere the cardstock to it. The handle and wheels were cream and black.
I began by giving the canvas was a layer of yellow paint and after, adhered travel patterned paper and the map ephemera as the background.
Next, position the finished Moped at the lower end of the canvas and give it a little height off the canvas with foam strips. The painted Crosshatch Frameworks die-cut was trimmed into smaller pieces to layer around the Moped and ephemera.
Lightly splatter gold or bronze paint for dimension.
Assembling the piece is quite easy and you can add other elements to make this project your own like a small map of a country you visited, ticket stubs or other travel ephemera. Shade the colours in some parts of the project with more Distress Crayons if you feel it needs deeper tones or shadows.
Other supplies :
6×8 inches canvas
Distress Paints | Distress Crayons
Travel ephemera and patterned paper
I really hope you enjoyed this idea and will begin your own Adventure canvas. There are so many ways to use die-cuts and the more you work with them, you will soon find your imagination grow. Have fun !