Thursday, September 29, 2016

These DIY Cards with Sizzix are Snow Much Fun!

Just a little break from Halloween today, I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog



Hope you visit me there!

Jan

Sunday, September 11, 2016

HAPPY HAUNTINGS with DIY Sizzix Village Manor

Hello there!  Ready for another house tutorial? 


 I think I am developing a slight addiction to these Sizzix Village Houses.  Maybe it's a thing from my childhood, memories, whatever you would like to call it... as kids we used spend hours creating wonderful Barbie houses and furniture (at least we thought they were wonderful) out of cardboard, paper, anything we could find. Store bought, not even an option, we just created our own and loved every minute of it. These remind me of those days, so I guess that's why I could spend hours creating these! I've been including boxes to set my houses on; it gives another purpose or at least being a bit more practical when wanting to create yet another one (like I need a reason, lol!).  I even decided to make two boxes this time!  I have a quite a few Halloween decorations, so I can store a few things in these.  My original idea was to have a few of the Village Brownstones on the edge of the bigger box, but I'm not sure if they will fit, and this one took me a lot longer to finish than I thought. Too many other things going on in my life right now, so who knows, I might add on later.  
Anyways, grab a coffee, sit  for a spell, this post is a little long!  



I die-cut my Sizzix Village Dwelling house pieces from thin chipboard (Urban Scrapbook sells this nice thin dense chipboard, it even works with thin dies and is a little more stable than cardstock).  I know some people are confused about what each die set actually cuts out so hopefully I can explain for you.  There are two main house dies; The Village Dwelling Die which is the shorter and wider house and the Village Brownstone die which is the taller, skinner house.  You can be creative and create your own variations with just one of these houses, but well... I probably don't need to say anything else, you know (addicting, easier, a reason to shop etc).  The other dies, such as the Village Bell Tower (Church), are the add-on pieces to transform your basic house into a different kind of dwelling.  

The add-on die used for my Sizzix Village Dwelling to transform it into a Haunted Manor is the Sizzix Village Manor L die.  These are both Bigz dies, which mean they are capable of cutting out thicker material such as chipboard, plastic, anything that can be cut out with scissors.  I'm not going into great detail how to build my house as there are  instructions on the back of each enclosed die photo to use when building your house and also downloadable PDF instructions for these dies on the Sizzix Site.  Just look up your die on the Sizzix website, and there's a link on the left side of the die photo.  I usually print off one for my dies that are a little more involved when building, and keep them in a file.


How did I get that texture on my house?  I used this new Distress Grit-Paste from Tim Holtz.  Love this stuff, I want to cover everything with it!  

I covered a thin coat of Grit Paste on all my house and parts with a palette knife and let air dry.  I just covered the roof of my manor addition, as the rest will be shingled.


After everything was dry, I started painting with Distress paint. I don't recommend trying to colour the grit paste before applying.  It changes the consistency and the colour isn't as intense.  I started off with my lighter colours, Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber, and then darkened the pieces with Ground Expresso and Black Soot.  You are just going to paint the layers in random areas, letting the other colours show through.  If you want more of a certain colour to show, just go back and apply it sparingly.


For my shingles, I used Sizzix's Village Rooftops Bigz die. There are three different kinds of shingles on the one die.  You will need to cut out quite a few, to cover the house roof and the manor addition roof.  I used Tim Holtz Woodgrain Cardstock for my shingles, and in my opinion, this is the best woodgrain paper ever!  My only complaint, (Tim are you listening?) I want bigger sheets! There's so many things I would like to use it on, but 4 1/4 by 5 1/2, just a little too small.  Just sayin..... lol.  Anyways, I sprayed my sheet with Distress Spray in Hickory Smoke and a little bit of Black Soot. If it's too dark, just dab a bit off when still wet.  After it's dry, take your Black Soot Distress Ink pad, and run it across your paper.  It adheres only to the raised woodgrain areas, looks so cool.  After die-cutting my shingles out, I lightly sanded the edges and applied a lighter shade of Distress paint (Hickory Smoke) to highlight those edges.  Start from the bottom and adhere each row (there are also directions for applying these on the die package). 


For the Manor add on roof, you can see there's a round window on each end.  I die-cut two ends of that piece in a thin black paper, removed the tabs, and applied my shingles to that paper.  I then ran it through my Big Shot again, matching it to the shape on the die, so the window would be cut through the shingles.  You can always handcut it out after, but I liked the nice clean edge. That piece is then adhered to the roof end.


Adhere your roof  to your house.  The end with the front cutout goes on the porch front.  I used left over woodgrain pieces for my doors and adhered this before attaching to my house.  The little knobs are Tim Holtz Hex Fasteners (TH93268).  There are two different sizes of these brads in the package and they come in three different finishes.  I was going to adhere my roof to the manor add-on, but decided to add on the top railing and windows first.  
At this point, when creating my house, I wasn't going to use the bottom square that comes with the Dwelling, but decided later to use it. This was also covered in Grit Paste and painted. 
If you are going to use a tea light in your dwelling, this next step is best done now and not at the very end like I did. Apparently, I always like to make things difficult for myself.


From now on, I'm just going to die-cut a hole in the bottom of this house piece, whether I use a tea light or not.  No one sees it, and it gives you the option.  This way, you just set the light in the hole and the inside of your house is lit up.  I also cut a hole inside the box lid, the light fit snug without gluing it in and I could shut it on or off, or remove it.  I used a circle die, that turned out the exact size, I'm sure you all have a circle punch or die!  Also, I realized the the Manor add-on won't light up because it is separate from the house (roof in-between) so now is the time to cut a small hole in the middle of your roof where it is covered up, that is, if you want that part to light up. I just used a craft knife to cut a small hole. Good thing I make these mistakes so you don't have to!


The Village Manor also comes with window and fence pieces which I die-cut out of black cardstock(a heavier weight).  I added on a bit of green and grey paint and for the round windows, red and orange. I like to cover the inside of the windows with clear acrylic if I'm lighting up my house.  I used Ranger's Alcohol Ink (Black Soot and Lakemist) to grunge up the "glass".  Let's grunge it up even more, by cutting parts out so it looks like the glass is broken!   Adhere these to the inside of the windows. The little railing around the top of the roof are from fence pieces that are cut apart and just the top railing was used. Now Adhere your roof to the add-on and then your house.  I always use my hot glue gun for adhering these main parts together, they aren't going to fall apart then.  If you apply the glue to the inside, right on the edge, it usually catches, or make little tabs like I did on a previous house tutorial.




For my two chimneys, I die-cut out the Village Dwelling ones out of thin chipboard (short fat ones), embossed with my Tim Holtz Bubbles Texture Fade (an old one 657846) and painted these with Distress Paint.  The Manor chimneys were die-cut from Tim Holtz Metallic Core-dinations Cardstock and distressed. 



Adhere these chimneys to both sides of your house roof.  Adhere your house to the base and your Haunted Manor is complete!    Are you still with me?  I told you this was long!  I tend to take a lot of photos throughout. It could be been longer, but lucky for you a lot of them were unusable, as I didn't notice the battery on my camera was going dead and the photos got blurrier and blurrier.  

This next part is all about the boxes.

These are just paper mache boxes from a craft store.  This was a 3pce set.  I painted them with black gesso, inside and out.



Using a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Twisted #65), I applied it with black embossing paste all around my box. I applied it below where the lid would come to when on the box.


The lid was covered patterned paper.  The stripe is from Tim Holtz and the top is from Blue Fern. The edges are distressed with a sanding block and inked.  Once the paste was all dry, I applied different colours of Distress paint to the raised parts in reds, oranges and yellows, then applied Black Soot paint over everything.  While still wet, I wiped off parts so the colours showed through a bit. Sorry blurry photo for that one, but there is one where you can see it further down.


To decorate the top box lid, I die-cut a cardstock strip of the Sizzix Tim Holtz Cobblestones Decorative Strip die.  This was used as a stencil.  I removed most of the cobblestones, but left the outsides all uneven.  I just ran this through my machine once, so that they all didn't fall out as easy.


Using Grit-Paste again with my stencil, I applied a path to the top of my box which was covered with Tim Holtz paper. After this had dried, I painted with Distress Paint (Hickory Smoke, a bit of Espresso).



Your house can be adhered to the top at this point.  If you have holes in the house base and box, make sure you match them up!  I added in a branch from my maple tree, moss, a Tim Holtz pumpkin (TH93312), Tim Holtz Bones (TH93304) and a few little tiny pumpkins (I've had these forever, they are from a scented fall home decor package that you put in vases or bowls).



My other embellishments for the edges of the boxes are die-cut from these Sizzix dies.  The bats are  from Tim Holtz Mixed Media Halloween Thinlits die.  This was die-cut onto cardstock a few times(or you could use thin acrylic so it could be re-used) and used as a stencil.  I stencilled all around the smaller box and painted just like the Twisted stencil on the larger box.  I covered some parts of the stencil with masking tape so I had a few bats here and there, not as solid as other areas. Don't throw out the little bats that were cut out, they are great embellishments.  These are what I used on my house and tree. To make it look like they are flying, I glued two together, with a piece of thin wire in-between (about 1" and glue one end of the wire in the bats).



The gravestones are Sizzix's On the Edge Tim Holtz Graveyard Die that has been die-cut with Tim Holtz Substrate sheets (TH93291).  I like to use these when I want something a little tougher that can withstand more.  This paper is slightly textured, can be sewn, die-cut, punched, painted, or stained.  I figured since they were going on the outside of my box which would be opened, paper would tear or wear out faster.  The gate is Sizzix's Tim Holtz Gothic Gate  Thinlits die and is die-cut from thin chipboard.  It was then sprayed with Black Soot Distress Spray, then a little bit of Tim Holtz Mica Spray in Antiqued Bronze, Tarnished Brass, and finally a dab of Hickory Smoke Distress Paint.  These were adhered to the bottom edge of the smaller box.  


The Zombie who's making his way home, is Sizzix's Tim Holtz Lost Zombie Bigz die.  I die-cut this twice, both out of thick black chipboard.  I glued the two together, then coloured lightly with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.  He was adhered with pop dots, just up to the edge where the box top comes, as he is higher and I wanted to be able to open the box. This way he's not touching the lid and because I have made him thicker, a little sturdier. You can see the finished colouring on my twisted branches in this photo too.

Can you believe it, I think I'm finished!  If I've left anything out, (really?) so sorry!






Thanks so much for dropping by,  hope I have inspired you in making your own Haunted Village!

Jan








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Monday, August 29, 2016

Celebrate Dia de lo Muertos with this Sugar Skull Shaker book

Well, it has begun .... Halloween has entered the scrapbook room!  I have a tutorial today on the Sizzix blog where I will show you step by step how I  created this Dia de lo Muertos (or Day of the Dead) Sugar Skull Shaker book:



Hope you join me there!

Have a great day,

Jan




Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sizzix Tutorial - Heart-shaped Home Decor


Hello there!  My goodness, I don't know where this month has gone. It seems like it was just the start of summer not too long ago.  I wish I could say I was busy doing something exciting or I've been on vacation, but just working away at the store and home.  
I have a Sizzix tutorial for you today, featuring a new Home Decor line. This collection is made for the Big Shot Plus Machine (it has a 9"wide opening) and also the Big Shot Pro Machine (12 1/2" wide opening).  This collection offers bigger sized dies for creating home decor projects.


I don't know about you, but there are certain shapes I always seem to be drawn too.  Stars are one, but lately I seem to like hearts a lot more than I used to.  This Heart Wood Plank - Mix the Media item from Jillibean Soup has been calling my name for a while now at the store, which come to think of it; that's why I need to work all those hours, so I can support this hobby addiction! I created this decorated wood plank home decor piece with help from my Sizzix dies.



The wood plank measures 11" by 9 3/4".  It's about 1" thick.


This Botanical Flourish  Bigz Plus die by Lindsey Serata makes a large 11 1/8" by 8" design.  When die-cut, it is the negative piece that I used in my project. I thought it would make a great stencil, so using a piece of cardstock, I die-cut my stencil.  Your Sizzix Bigz Plus Sandwich for the Big Shot Plus machine would be Cutting Pad, Die facing up, paper, Cutting Pad. The Sandwich for the Big Shot Pro is: Adapter Pad, Cutting Pad, Bigz Die (you might need your mylar shim underneath the die), paper, Premium Crease Pad. If you want to use your stencil more than once, a piece of acrylic would work better.  This would look really cool on a wall, wouldn't it?



I didn't use all of my stencil, as it was larger than the heart.  Pick which area you would like and lay it down on the wood.  I used Black Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and applied it using my stencil.  Set this aside to dry.


I die-cut one bird from this Bigz Plus die by Katelyn Lizardi called, Birds in Flight.  I covered a piece of chipboard with a piece of Ranger's Foil Tape sheet before die-cutting.


To emboss my bird, I chose Sizzix's Flowers#12 by Stephanie Ackerman.  My bird is larger than my folder, but I did it in three passes.  Once I applied my paint, you can't really see any mismatched areas.
  

Love the embossed pattern of this folder!  Now I'm ready to apply my paint.


I had painted my bird die-cut with Black Soot Distress paint.  Let this dry for a few minutes, then lightly wipe off the excess paint, leaving the paint in the recessed areas.



Alternate different colours of paint, applying lightly and wiping off excess.  I tend to use my finger when applying, there's more control over how much paint to use.  It's easier to apply more often, than removing it when too much was used as you really want just the raised areas coated.   Once my project was completed and my bird was adhered, I went back and applied a bit more of the brighter colours to get my bird to stand out more.


Next came these Botanical Leaves and Vines, another Big Shot Plus die, When die-cutting Thinlits Plus, use this Sizzix Sandwich; Big Shot Plus platform, Adapter Pad A, Cutting pad, paper, Thinlits, then Cutting Pad.  I used Core-Dinations Tim Holtz Distress Metallic cardstock for this leaf, then lightly sanded.


There are three different Thinlits dies for the Vine layers.  The Background layer, which I used Distress Metallic Cardstock, the middle layer, which is a solid die, and the top which has intricate cuts.  The intricate die is exactly the same shape as the solid die, so it can be used on the middle cut or a third layer as I have done.  I adhered the three layers together.  I ended up making two of these vines.  With one of the vines, I cut it apart for smaller pieces to tuck in different places.


I wanted a few dimensional flowers, so I die-cut a couple out of patterned paper from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die.  These were shaped with a stylus, rolled, and adhered with a hot glue gun.

A few more flowers were hand cut from my patterned papers (My Mind's Eye, On Trend 2) and shaped.  I sprayed some Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray in Tarnished Brass, on my craft sheet.  Using the mica spray, I dipped some of the edges of my paper flowers, and painted a few edges with a brush.


The finishing touch to my wood plank is this word "fly" that is the last word to the quote I used, "your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly".  Love this Thinlits Plus Alphabet set by Lynda Kanas! The letters are 3" high and are perfect for any home decor project. I cut them out of cardstock and patterned paper and adhered the two layers together, to make them sturdier.




I printed my quote out on white cardstock, cut out the pieces, then inked with Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone ink.  This font is from one of my favourite sites, Creative Market and is called Boathouse Script.  Before I adhered all my pieces, I added a touch of gold paint to the raised areas of my stencilled paste with my finger.


I adhered the leaves, vines, flowers, words and lastly the bird, with a hot glue gun.  My Home Decor Wooden Heart is ready to hang up!  I might have a few other hearts to go with it....

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan




Sunday, July 31, 2016

Creating Fox Tales Treat Boxes

Hello there!  Lately there seems to be a lot of fox images out there in the craft world, not to mention the still popular owl.  Jen Long has created a whole Sizzix collection called Fox Tales that have both of these woodland creatures.


One of the Thinlits sets in this collection is the Owl & Fox box set.  How cute are these?!


For these boxes, I die-cut two pieces each for the boxes from Sizzix's Paper Leather Sheets.  This material looks like leather and can be die-cut, embossed, printed on, inked, painted, water coloured, stitched, and distressed.  It won't tear and can even be washed, still retaining its shape.  When crumpled it looks even more distressed and when making flowers it won't tear when molding the petals.  It die-cuts beautifully too!  I thought this material would be perfect for making these boxes.  My Sizzix Sandwich for die-cutting  these Thinlits is; Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, Paper, Die facing down, Cutting pad.


I decided to emboss the main box pieces for added texture.  I used Sizzix's Tim Holtz Herringbone  and Plus Sign Texture Fades.


For the black embossed box, I lightly highlighted the raised areas with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.


Attach the two matching box pieces together with adhesive.




Die-cut the eye and face pieces.  Adhere these to your boxes. Also die-cut the tales and wings and adhere to the boxes.


Add any extra adornments; I used twine and charms.


In the Fox Tales Collection there are also these Fold-A-Long Card Thinlits sets.


I stamped the inside of my card using Sizzix's Celebrate Flowers Set.




Jen Long with Sizzix has a great video explaining how to create these cards.

Thanks for stopping by,


Jan