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I'm ending the year with a tutorial post on the Sizzix blog!  Happy New Year Everyone!

Thank you everyone for your visits and comments, all the best for 2017.


Copper Patina Enchanted Dove Card

Hello there! Christmas is almost here but if you're like me and still have a few cards to make, here's some card inspiration.

My patterned papers that I used for my card are from BoBunny's "Tis the Season" collection.

For my card, I have used Sizzix's Tim Holtz Holiday Mini Greens, Vintage Tidings,  Mini Paper Snowflakes, Enchanted Doves and Stephanie Barnard's Dotted Circles.

A Dashing Deer Christmas Card

Hi everyone!  I know it's been quiet here on my blog, but I've still been busy crafting away.  
I have a Christmas card here on the blog today featuring Sizzix's Tim Holtz Dashing Deer Bigz die.

This deer goes so well with all the Christmas plaids out there.

I die cut the dashing deer from chipboard.  With bigz dies, you just need to sandwich your die  and material between two cutting pads.

After I die-cut the deer, I embossed the bottom half with Sizzix's Holly Ribbon Texture Fade.

The embossed die-cut was then painted with black gesso.

To highlight the embossed areas, I dry brushed (wiping most of the paint off your brush before applying lightly) with Fired Brick and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.

The dry brushing gives the deer an aged look.

To finish off the deer, I applied a coat of Ranger's Crackle Accents.  Once this had dried, I applied Black Soot Distress Paint and wiped it off, leaving it just in the cracks.

Apply a touch of Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy dry glitter with glossy accents, on the edges of the antlers and body to give him a festive look.  Snip off a piece of pine trim, with a small Tim Holtz pinecone charm and a ribbon bow complete my deer.

The plaid oval behind my deer was created with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Stitched Oval Thinlits set, black glitter paper, and plaid patterned paper from Tim Holtz Tidings Paper Stash.  I die-cut the two ovals, then on the plaid one, pulled off the stitched edge.  The black oval was adhered to my matted card (Tim Holtz paper), then the plaid oval was pop-dotted on top.  

I added in a knit looking strip die-cut from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Thinlits set.  There's five different pieces, which can be used alone or all together.  When I combine  two different colours together, I place scotch tape on the back of the die-cut before removing from the die.  Usually it's the one with all the little pieces.  When they are left on the tape after carefully removing the paper from the die, they stay in place and are so easy to place behind the other die-cut.  I even leave the tape on the back to keep them in place.

Before adhering the deer, I added in some Tim Holtz Tidings Ephemera, my holiday knit piece, and some greens punched out from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Juniper Punch and cardstock.  Finish off with a Christmas Sentiment from Tim Holtz Metallic Holiday Talk and Metallic Label Sticker.

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Sizzix Gatefold Card Tutorial

Hi everyone!  I have a card tutorial on the Sizzix blog today!

We are featuring the new gatefold card dies designed by Lori Whitlock. Hope you join me there!


Day of the Dead Card

Hello there!  I have another Halloween card today for you.  Although if you look out my window today, it looks more like Christmas.  It started snowing Friday night and it has not stopped....not happy.  As I look at my daughter's Instagram photos of her laying on a beach in Miami, I'm really wondering, what am I doing here?  Hopefully it disappears soon, but something tells me it might be here to stay.  Ugh! Anyways, back to Halloween.

Love the new Day of the Dead stamps by Tim Holtz (CMS277) and I thought the smaller image would fit perfect in the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Ornate Frame.

The Ornate Frame #2 Bigz die is a steel-rule die, which means beside being thicker, it not only cuts out cardstock, but cuts out thicker materials.  Chipboard, fabric, foam, magnet sheets, leather, foil,  or plastic sheets.  I chose chipboard for my frame, as I wanted to cover it with different mediums.  All you need are your two cutting pads and your material on top of the die in-between those.

After die-cutting my frame, I covered it with Tim Holtz Distress Grit-Paste.  Let this dry.

Once your Grit-Paste has dried, paint it with your chosen colours.  I used Distress Wilted Violet and a touch of Black Soot paint to darken some areas.  After my painted frame was dry, I sprayed some of Dylusions Crushed Grape and Distress Antiqued Bronze Mica sprays.  

These Mica Sprays when dry, give a beautiful glimmer of mica to your projects.  I say, when dry, as the mica doesn't show up as much until your item that has been sprayed, has dried.  Each designer from Ranger Ink has their own set of three mica sprays.  They are all yummy!

I stamped my image on a piece of lightly patterned vintage looking paper will archival ink.  I then coloured in my image with Zig Clean Colour Markers.  I think, because this stamp is very detailed, I wouldn't be as heavy on the stamping.  I feel I lost some of the fine details with too much ink.  Trim the stamped paper and adhere to the back of your frame. 

For my black mat that's behind the frame, I took black cardstock (we have this beautiful matte finish black at the store) and embossed it with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Damask Texture Fades Folder.  To finish off the edges, I used Prima's Dresden Trim, which is embossed paper, cut, and covered in a layer of metallic foil.  This foil can be coloured, which I did with Black Soot paint and Prima Art Alchemy Dark Velvet Metallique paint.  I just used my fingertip and applied the paint on the embossed raised areas. I cut the strips to fit my mat and then they were adhered around the edges.

For my little Oct. 31 label, I die-cut the word from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Halloween Thin Words Thinlits set from red matte metallic cardstock, then matted on black.  My Sizzix Sandwich for die-cutting in my Big Shot was:  Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits die (cutting side facing down) Standard Cutting Pad. The ends of my labels were hand-cut.

I finished off the inside with a mat Damask die-cut using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Mixed Media Halloween Thinlits die.  The red metallic paper was adhered behind it.  Happy Halloween was die-cut from the Tim Holtz Thin Halloween Words set also.  These letters are really tiny and thin, so adhering to your page is a little tricky to get them straight.  I apply piece of an adhesive sheet to the back of my paper before die-cutting.  Once die-cut, remove the negative piece of paper, the letters usually stay inside.  Then you can place the metal die on your paper and push through the little holes to eject your letters.

To finish off my card, I adhered a bow and skeleton charm (Tim Holtz) to the bottom corner.  The polka dot cardstock I used is from Echo Park.

Thanks so much for visiting!



A Steampunk Pumpkin Card

Hello there! Steampunk and Halloween seem to go so good together, so I couldn't resist this Steampunk Pumpkin stamp by Stampendous. I created this fun Halloween card.

I added in some gears die-cut from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlits set to give my image more dimension.

There are 22 gears in this set, one of them a corner gear collage, which I used on the inside of my card.

I stamped my steampunk pumpkin on a piece of patterned paper that had a very faint pattern with Archival Black Soot Distress Ink. This was my card front, which I matted with orange and deep purple cardstock. I stamped an additional image on the same type of paper, which was coloured with markers and a water pen.  This was cut out after I coloured it, and then I slightly shaped the edges to give it more shape.  This cut out was adhered on top of the stamped card with adhesive foam dots.

I used a thin chipboard, or you could use cardstock to die-cut my gears.  Before cutting them out, I applied a piece of Tim Holtz Sparkling adhesive backed paper to the top of my chipboard (TH93314).  This paper looks like glitter, but it is a smooth, very thin, sparkly sheet, kind of like a vinyl sticker.  It can be die-cut, used in a punch or torn. I also die-cut a larger gear using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Gadget Gears#2 Bigz die.

Once I had all my gears die-cut, I layered them with different combinations. The little brads are from Tim Holtz (93268) Hex Fasteners.  These were adhered over the stamped gears images. 

The corner gear die-cut was cut out of my patterned paper, and the negative part was used on the inside of my card.  I die-cut the same corner with the sparkly paper and placed in the matching space.  This was adhered on top of a purple cardstock mat, then my card inside.

To finish off my card front I die-cut the words 'Happy Halloween' from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Halloween Thin Words Thinlits set.  For Halloween, I used the negative piece cut from black cardstock, backed with the sparkly paper.  The word, happy was the letters die-cut from black cardstock.  I love the font on these dies, I know the negative is the main part used, but I do love how thin the actual letters are.  The patterned paper I stamped on is "Salvage District" from Prima Marketing and the other patterned paper(the darker pattern) is "Wonderfully Wicked" from BoBunny. 

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