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A chocolate box using basics and tribal dies
I know the word Basics sounds a bit off, but when it comes to crating I think Basics are the most important thing you can have in your crafting area. And die cutting is no exception, I think one of the best investments you can do for your crafting aside from a Big Shot (Plus!) is to get a few basics dies like boxes and tags that will stand the test of time. One of my favourites, the Milk Carton (659196):To add some decoration I used the latest dies from Craft Asylum Tribal Collection.Because my intention is to add something inside that may stain a bit, like chocolates, I wanted to make sure there was a plastified inside. Sticky back plastic to the rescue! I attached it to the back side of the paper.Note that I am using the Big Shot Plus, so the die is smaller than the aperture. If I was using the Big Shot, the die would still fit nicely but would occupy the whole aperture. I used first my crease pad to die cut the box. However it didn't cut that well due to the plastic.Now, this is an important photo on the right. Most wont think it is, but basically this is to showcase the difference when to use the Crease Pad (It comes in 4 sizes aprox:, 6x8, 6x13, 8x15 Plus, and 13 x 13 Pro) or the regular cutting pad.The Crease pad is perfect for making sure that the score blade does not cut, while the cutting blade still cuts. This is specially important in a dry place, including places with high heating or strong air con.
As you can see, because there is plastic on the back, I needed to cut it through using the cutting plate and not the crease pad. If I was die cutting just paper or card, I would need to cut it through with the crease pad, why? because although I live in damp England, my studio is kept warm and dry all year round!I folded the score lines and to glue it together I used red line tape. Wet glue would not have work because of the plastic.
I glue both ends. Remember to use a strong tape for this.
Then I was ready to decorate it using the Tribal Borders die, die cutting it twice and joining them by overlapping them.
I glue the top first and then the bottom. Then I die cut one of the flowers from the Intricate Native Florals.
I die cut it a second time using coral paper and then layered them inside a blck 2 1/4" circle.
I attached it to the box using a foam pad.The finished box.
You can see here than the pieces fit nicely in the inside of the flower, except one that I messed up a bit gluing it down.And then there is the back, a little more simple.I hope you like it!
A tribal layout
I love bright colours but I am often intimidated by them. But since summer is not that far away, I decided to go a bit brighter.I love the new Tribal collection of Craft Asylum for Sizzix, specially the Hearts die, and they cry for strong colours.I first cut the white card to size. Then I die cut all the hearts in three shades of pink and once of dark of yellow. I then die cut the leaves from a different die from the same collection, layer them all out and glue them.Then I placed the photo, which features my cousin and myself on Christmas day 2014. It doesn't matter that the layout does not reflect the holiday itself but rather the friendship and love between us.I placed the crystals on the photo and then the clip.
The letters are die cut from using my favourite alphabet die at the minute, Tim Holtz Block Talk Lowercase.I just love how the intricate hearts match perfectly the solid ones, allowing you to layer them up perfectly or slightly of set.
Finally I added the strips of colour on the left of the layout.
bright and summery, even if the photo is from Christmas. I love that about scrapbooking, there are no rules, and as long as you like it, its all good!
Monochrome Butterfly card
We have had the most glorious days here in South East England, days perfect for softer and beautiful colours like corals and soft teals. Inspired by those colours and the good temperatures as well as by the lovely butterflies that will come in a few weeks to my garden I created these two cards.Clean and simple!
I used Butterflies, Intricate by Paula Pascual 659971 and Tab Cards by Paula Pascual 659970.To make the coral one, I trimmed a piece of the coral paper to fit the landscape A6 folded card. Then I trimmed the wave at the end using a circle cutter. I stamped the message using one of the clear stamps sets I have designed, called Tab messages that match beautifully the Tab Cards dies.I die cut the butterflies using the solid large die (using white card) as well as the intricate large (coral paper). I layered them up and attach them to the card with glue only on the body of the butterfly. Then I placed the hexagon crystals through the body of the butterfly to give a bit the impression of being caught flying.To make the soft teal one, I trimmed a piece of the patterned paper to fit the landscape card. Then I trimmed the wave in the middle using a circle cutter, and on the bottom left over i did the same. I glue them down.I die cut the butterflies using the solid large die (using white card) as well as the intricate large (teal paper). I layered them up and attach them to the card with glue only on the body of the butterfly. Then I placed the crystals under the body of the intricate butterfly but over the solid one.I stamped the message from the same set as before called Tab messages and then I die cut it using the long thin Tab Cards die. Finally I added the three crystals in the body of the butterfly.I hope you like them!
A loved layout
Spring is here and brighter colour and cheerful layouts are in order!I often print out many photos from my mobile in smaller sizes for mini albums. Not all of them make it in to the album so I have some photos laying around that are pretty special but just simply were the wrong size. But they are perfect for my favourite size of scrapbook layout, 6 x 8. So I grab one of those photos and I started die cutting!For this layout, I used :
I used Simple Stories papers from their collection I AM. I die cut two chevron borders out of the solid papers using one of the Decorative Trim dies. I layered them on the white card and glue them at their centres. I die cut thre banners and glue them on the left hand side.
- Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine (just the regular Big Shot Machine will do too, I just love the Plus!)
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Decorative Trim
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Tab Cards
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Flowers Intricate 2
I used the other trim die from the same set to decorate the bottom left corner. The word is from a pattered paper I had left over.The little heart on the top right corner is from the left over of the bottom left border. The flowers is from the Flowers Intricate 2.Simple but bright and spring full of colour! I hope you like it!
Teaching all the goodness of Sizzix
I am really lucky to travel a lot for work, one of my favourite parts of my job is teaching die cutting in different places. I specially enjoy when it is in my native Spain, where I get to teach them in my mother tongue, Spanish.This is the project I taught, a 4 x 4 mini album with many different tecniques of die cutting.
Two weeks ago I taught for the second time in Mallorca where I grew up. And this time one of the students was my mum? Can you guess who she is in this photo?
Then it was time to prepare for the following workshop in a shop in Barcelona. as I was cutting loads of Frameworks and of course I was left out with loads of bits.I thought to make pretty cocktail sticks, which are always useful in clases to poke things out of their dies and to attach glue. A fine and useful idea courtesy of Katie Skilton and Elena Roche.In the morning I taught this Big Shot Materclass. A bit too grand of a name, but basically this frame has over 20 different techniques and 16 different materials all die cut. Form embossing and sanding to paper patchwork and duck tape.I loved how two students made a different colour scheme. Love when they do that!And all of them finished the project! So proud!Just as a confirmation, I introduce you my mum!My mum had never till three weeks ago used a die cutting machine but recently had said how much she would like one as it would be great to create craft projects with her granddaughter as well as to incorporate elements into her sewing, her true craft. My father, a professional full time artist, is now also very very interested in the Big Shot Plus, all those textures!And in just two weeks of having the Big Shot Plus is addicted! Everyone can die cut and everyone can have a great time crafting, even if you never thought that it would be possible.
A Birthday card
Today I am sharing this card that I made while I am at my parents house, in Campanet (Mallorca, Spain) house I grew up, the room where I started making cards in my early teen years. It was the first time that I used a big shot in the room that started it all for me, so it was a bit of an emotional experience!Saturday was my mum's birthday and I managed to get her as a birthday present a brand new Big shot starter kit. I love all the dies and folder that comes with it, so I decided to make my mum's card using them. And I took the finished card photo in the balcony that my old room has. I spent many hours reading there.had small amount of supplies, though I had my basic tools, so it was a bit of a challenge to make a card that would work. But I think she loved it!One of the things I had was gold flakes and adhesives, so I decided to use them since my mum loves gold and I didn't have any other type of gold card.Once the whole area was covered, I embossed it using the fabulous dotty A4 folded that comes as part of the Big Shot Plus starter kit. I love this machine! And so does my mum, who is just starting in paper rafting but is an expert seamstress.I am always impressed on how even the pressure is through out.I die cut White card using the Bigz die included in the kit to die cut the leaves, and the small thinlits to cut the individual leaves using black and yellow paper.
And this is the finished card, with the background a bit less out of pho us so you can see what I used to get up to every morning.
A masculine layout
Today I fancied doing a layout to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday last year. I can't believe myself that he is 40 already but he certainly is.I went for a 6 x 8" layout which is my current favourite. Its not too small and the proportions are just right for me.I selected a few dies that i wanted to use which are:
The Butterfly card set comes with several very useful dies. I love the feel of the postage stamp so i designed two for this set that actually work together both nesting and sideways.
No matter which way you want to distribute them the edges match!
I die cut several of the large and small ones out of white card. then I distress them using Pumice Stone ink pad.
My husband does like butterflies but not in feminine colours, so I decided to add a detail but not to obvious. Using the smaller die I embossed using the Sizzix Texturz Silicone Rubber pad and the Sizzix Texturz Impressions Pad. I followed the instructions on the multipurpose platform on how to layer it. Basically Tab 1 - clear cutting plate - die with the cutting side up - card - rubber - Impressions pad.
The effect is pretty unique! I highlighted it with distress inks. I die cut the 40 and the words and glue them. I like to use the foam strips from Stix2 as they come in two small widths and you can cut them to the desired length. Makes live so much easier!
On elf the beauties of this set is that you have matching dies to layer on to top of the postage stamp die cuts. I die cut the photos to match the stamps perfectly, no measuring needed!I spray some ink on the background and assemble some elements over the edge, and there it was finished:Its a bit different from my usual pretty and clean style, but I think it is perfect to remember that fabulous day!
A love frame using letters from Tim Holtz Alphabet Sizzix die
A couple of days ago was Valentine's day. That very commercial day. That day many hate. Well, I was one of them, but I think anything that celebrates love, even if it's through a commercial interest, its a good thing.
I decided to make something for my house that celebrated love in an understated way, something that can be there all year round and still look and feel right. A frame with letters A-Z and Love inside seemed a good idea.
I only used two dies, both from Tim Holtz: the Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Block Talk Capital and the Bigz die Heartfelt.I selected first my frame, with an opening of about 18 x 24 cm.I lay down some letters to see if it fit nicely and they did. I cut to fit in a mixed media card (340 gsm) that I know will work well with paint. Lay down the letters and space them vertically.
Then I marked the horizontal lines where they should go. I made two per letter, but one was a mistake.
I place then horizontally, arranging them visually. As my aim is to paint them all white, the spacing isn't that essentially perfect, but still.
Once I was on the fourth row I added the letters LOVE with a bit more space in between.
Then To proceed to glue them, I used a ruler as a guide and glue the left border ones as well as the right ones.To make sure the spacing was as good as possible, I then glued the centre ones of each row. Finally I glue the rest. I then glued more layers of letters a bit random. to create some with more height than others.Actually, I rather like it with the white and Kraft. But, still went ahead with my plan"Paint it all with white acrylic paint.Then I die cut again the word love using a page from an old book. I also die cut the heart and attach it with wet glue.
Finally I painted the frame with gold and silver acrylic spray paint and assembled it.I hope you like it!
Who is up for a simple card? A simple die cut heart and a sentiment makes for a quick one.I am loving the new Craft Asylum word dies Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases 660804, specially the Hello. And of course the craft staple than is the Big Shot starter kit.I sprayed the background with two tone coloured mist and then layered on a yellow card.
I glued the patterned paper to chipboard and then die cut it using the Bigz die from the Big Shot starter kit.I die cut twice the sentiment, once out of white card and of turquoise. Then I glue them with the white off set by a tiny bit to make it stand out more. I then added the crystals and the bow.
Butterfly Birthday card
One thing I always have a need for is birthday cards, even though I have numerous ways to be reminded of birthdays, I always forget to make and send them in time. Like many other years before, I am trying to be better this year and what better way to start than with a few Sizzix simple but effective birthday cards.My love affair with the intricate butterflies continues this cold and wet January.
For this card I used the Sizzix Thinlits Intricate Butterflies 659971 and the Tim Holtz Block Talk lowercase alphabet die (659442) as well as Basic Grey Kissing Booth papers, white card, gold flakes, foam pads and Scrapbook Adhesives 3L adhesive sheets.
I placed the patterned paper on the the front of my card. Then I trimmed a piece of white card to size. I place the intricate butterflies dies over as well as die cut letters to see their visual weight. Once I was happy with their placement, I die cut them using my magnetic platform to secure them in place. I used the intricate butterflies instead of the Framelits included in the same set because I did not want any residual embossing on the outside. Then I glued the white card with foam pads.
To create the gold effect letters I used adhesives sheets by 3L. They are a super fine double sided film that is much more delicate and thin than the one I usually use from Stix2. I am a fanatic o adhesives so I find different thicknesses have different uses. I apply the adhesive to both front and back of a cereal cardboard.
I die cut each letter and then position them on the card. Once I am happy with the position, I use low tack tape to secure them in place (relative to each other).
I lifted the backing of the adhseive sheet, and glue them in to position. rub down the letteres well and then I removed the low tack tape.
I removed the protective sheet from the adhesive sheet and place the card in my golden flake tub. I brushed the letters with a sponge to make sure all the adhesive is covered in gold flakes.I then stamped the message using one of the clear stamps I have designed and then trim it to size.
Finally I added more die cut butterflies (from the same set), ribbon and golden adhesive beads.It didn't take long at all to make, but it is quite detailed. So I hope who ever is going to receive this card this year is going to like it!