Sizzix Tim Holtz Butterfly Impresslit

I was inspired after watching the Tim Holtz Chapter 3 live on Saturday, and I realised that I had the butterfly Impresslits die, so decided to make a butterfly card!

If you aren’t familiar with Impresslits, they are embossing folders, that have a thin metal die embedded in the folder, so that as well as embossing the image, they cut them out at the same time. Very clever. This one is a 3D folder too, so the detail you get is absolutely stunning.

I cut the butterfly from watercolour card, then gave it a first coat of colour with some Antique Linen Distress Oxide spray – I put some on my glass mat and used it with a wet brush. I dried this off, then added some Vintage Photo Oxide spray to the body part of the butterfly. I then added various colours to the wings, drying in between and occasionally spritzing with water to move the colour around until I was happy with it. I used Scattered Straw and Crackling Campfire towards the bottom, and Bundled Sage and Speckled Egg on top, then added little splatters of Salvaged Patina. Once dry, I then went in with some Sizzix Luster Wax in Gold, as well as little bit of Sizzix Acrylic Paint in Gold and Rose Gold. Last detail was a splatter of Vintage Photo with a small brush to add some little splatters of dark colour.

For the background, I covered a card blank with some cream card (from the Sizzix Botanicals card stock pack). Then I die cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz Flowery Die from black card. I used a brayer to add some colour with the Sizzix Acrylic paint in Rose Gold and Gold, and touches of Salvaged Patina Distress paint.

Because this background is quite busy, I didn’t want the butterfly to get lost, so I added a torn strip of the same cream card across the front, then added a little gold wax to tie it in with the background. I added the butterfly with foam pads – just sticking in the centre so the wings can be shaped upwards a little, then added a little sentiment sticker.

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Sizzix Effectz Creamy Acrylic Paints

I’ve put together a video all about the new acrylic paints from Sizzix and their unique properties.

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21st Birthday card and gift bag

I can’t quite believe it, but my gorgeous niece Georgie is going to be 21 in July. Makes me feel very old. I decided to get my crepe paper flower dies out to make a bold statement flower to dress up a very plain kraft bag.

For the card, I used some dies from the recent Botanical collection by Lisa Jones at Sizzix, the Wild Wreath die is great for special cards.

I’ve put details below of all the other dies I used to create this gift bag and card.

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Video Tutorial for new Sizzix Crepe paper flowers

As promised, I’ve put together some video tutorials on each of the new Sizzix flower dies, along with details of the fabulous crepe paper…..

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Sizzix Flowers and Crepe paper

I’m back at Create and Craft for the next couple of days launching these fabulous flower dies and crepe paper collection. I’ve never really made crepe paper flowers before and was really surprised how easy they were, and how much you can shape the crepe paper to create really realistic petals. It’s obviously personal preference as to how many of each petal layer you cut, and how you shape them, but I thought it might be helpful for anyone buying these if I list out exactly how I put mine together, then you can use that as a starting point.

Fringed Tulip

For the Fringed Tulips, I used – 3 of the centre pieces, 1 of each petal, 2 leaves. This is one of the easiest to put together.

California Poppy

For the California Poppy I used; 1 each of all of the dies. Again this is a very simple one to put together.

Wild Peony

For the Wild Peony, I used; 4 of the fringe die, 4 of the double petal die, 6-8 of the small petal, and 6 of the large petal.

Carnation

For the Carnation I used; 4 of the strip die, 10 individual petals 1 green piece for the bottom, 1 or 2 leaves.

Classic Rose

For the Classic Rose I used; 4-6 of the smallest petal, 8 medium petals, 10 large petals, then the green piece for the bottom and the 2 leaves.

Ranunculus

For the Ranunculus I used; 6 of the small ovals, 10 of the medium and 15 of the large ovals, one green piece for the bottom and 1 or 2 leaves. I would say this flower is the most difficult and time consuming, as you do need to shape the petals in a nice cup shape the get a realistic flower, and this one also used the most petals, so takes a little longer. Saying that, I think this one is my favourite of them all.

I do plan to do a video later this week after the shows to demonstrate properly how to shape the petals, cover the beads etc., so hopefully that video will be ready by the time you get your dies if you order them from the show 🙂

New Sizzix Effectz range

Have you seen the new range of Sizzix Effectz products yet? It’s a whole range of paints, mediums, pastes, waxes, foils and flakes – everything you need to get started with mixed media. Obviously as they are from Sizzix, they will work perfectly with your dies to take your projects to the next level.

I did some shows on Create and Craft TV last week to show what you can do with all these new products, and I had a few messages from ladies who said they were really pleased I went right back to basics when explaining what you can do with them because they found that really helpful.

So, if you are unfamiliar with how to use dimensional pastes, waxes, pearlescent medium, gold flakes, foil etc. then this video is for you. It’s a bit of a long video (and probably not great viewing for experienced mixed media artists), but if you’re a relative beginner, then hopefully this is really going to be of use to you if you’d like to try these products.

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New Sizzix Effectz range of paints and mediums

This week is very exciting, both Pete and I have shows on Create and Craft TV launching the new Effectz range of creamy acrylic paints, foils, pastes and waxes. So many exciting possibilities with these new goodies.

I do plan to do a video run through of all the new products, I’ve linked them all at the end of this post. I probably won’t get time to film it until next week though as I’m at Create and Craft on Wed, Thursday and Sunday.

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Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Lilac Rainbow
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Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Silver
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Sizzix mixed media shows with Lisa Jones Botanicals

I’ve got a very busy week of shows this week. Both on Create & Craft UK and US.

First up, I’m on Create & Craft US on Wednesday with a bit of a Sizzix takeover. There are 4 shows back to back, two will be mixed media shows with these gorgeous Lisa Jones botanical dies, then I’ve got 2 shows with the brand new Effectz range of paints and mediums. Check out the website for timings as I know they’ll be different depending on which time zone you are. For UK viewers that might want to watch them, you can watch if you go to http://www.createandcraft.com/us. I’m on from 9pm to midnight our time.

The UK shows are as follows – double Mixed Media show with these gorgeous Botanical dies (and the new Tim Holtz Colorize sets called Under the Sea) on Thursday at midday, then Pete takes over with the launch of the new Effectz range. He’s there Thurs/Fri/Sat, then I’m back on Sunday at 14.15 with my take on the Effectz range. I’ll share my projects with those in a separate blog post.

So it’s a very busy week on C&C for Sizzix!

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Newest Sizzix dies from Eileen Hull

I’ve just put together a couple of videos on Eileen’s fabulous new dies.

The first video is an overview of the dies, and a look at a finished journal with all the elements, the second video is a tutorial on how to use them.

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More sneak peaks ahead of my Create & Craft shows…

I really love this Spring Layered Scene die set, it creates such a pretty scene – and it can be used in a few different ways.

Another die that can be used in a few different ways is this Bold Floral Heart set. It has an outline die so you can use it directly into the card front, as a heart, or as a stencil.

I often think it’s a bit of shame after spending a lot of time making a card to put it in a very boring white envelope. I love this Foliage Envelope Liner die set, you get two different sizes of liner to add this pretty detail to your envelopes.

Just a few more cards to share. My shows tomorrow are at 9.45am and 5.15pm, hope you can join me.

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