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Sizzix Tutorial | A Basket Of Strawberries by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a fun summer project that is sure to be a hit at your next party!  I am in love with the new Berry Basket die and Sweet Strawberry Thinlits, so much so, that these are my favorite summer dies ever!  I hope you enjoy!

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These sweet strawberries are the perfect size to insert little treats if you were going to use this for a summer party. Or just use them alone as a fun summer centerpiece on your picnic table at your next BBQ, whatever you choose to use these for, they'll be the talk of the town.

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The Woodgrain embossing folder was perfect for adding a bit of texture to the basket.  I decided to add a small number 15 plaquette to the front, to let 'picker's know that these little bundles of awesomeness are 15 cents each, (no, not really....but I just love the look of the number on the front).

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I also chose to add a nice big and chunky jute for a handle, to add some more visual interest as well as texture.

Okay, let me show you how to make this adorable strawberry basket.

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First you want to die cut your strawberries using the Sweet Strawberry Thinlits.  Each die cut strawberry will make one strawberry, so cut as many strawberries as you'd like. As for my project today, I made 4. Put one cutting pad on the Magnetic Platform with the strawberry Thinlit on top with the cutting side up. Then you'll lay your paper with the patterned side you want to feature down on top of the die.  Then place the other cutting pad on top and run it through your Big Shot. I use a Big Shot Pro for most of my die cutting so the image above reflects something different than the configuration for your Big Shot.

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Next, die cut your baskets.  The die comes with one side, of the 4 sided basket, so you will need to cut an additional 3 sides.  Next, place your cut pieces in the Woodgrain Texture Fade, sandwich it between your two cutting pads and place this on top of Tab 1 of the Extended Multipurpose Platform. Run it through your machine and leave Tab 2 open. Don't close it on your sandwich.

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Next, lightly sand your sides using a sanding block to remove the top color of the cardstock, (this will work only if you are using white core cardstock).

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Then lightly distress the tops and sides of the basket using Vintage Photo distressing ink.

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Now it is time to assemble the basket.  Fold the edges at the scored lines and place along the bottom piece of the basket. Then using a small bead of hot glue, adhere the bottom edges to the bottom piece, then the top tabs to the tops of the top pieces.  Very simple.

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Next, adhere the scalloped edge to the top of the basket. For my scallops, I chose to die cut them in white for a nice contrasting look, and I cut out 8 instead of 4, opting to line the inside of the basket as well.  Use a very good permanent adhesive, or hot glue.

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Now let's work on those adorable strawberries.  These are super easy to assemble but can get a little tedious, but I figured a way to make them incredibly simple.  First fold on the scored lines and adhere the edge using a small bead of hot glue.

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Now the holes that are cut out on the tops are part of the die, so I added a tiny bead of hot glue on the inside of the first hole, and fed a brad through from the inside, I waited till the glue was dried, then folded each side of the strawberry onto the brad, working all the way around.  Once you've placed that last hole over the brad, secure the brad down on both sides. This works so much more easily than trying to keep a finger on the inside holding a brad that way.

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Voila!!! Little strawberries in the making.  Now it's time for the tops.

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For the tops of the strawberries, I wanted a more layered look, so in addition to cutting out leaves, I cut out some of the flower pieces from the Floressa die, and layered them on top of each other.  I used a brad to secure all the layers together, then added some twine to a button, and hot glue the button to the leaves. Then hot glue the entire top onto the strawberry.

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Place a plaquette onto the front of the basket.  Then fill the basket with filler, and add your strawberries.  I also chose to add a nice big chunky piece of jute for a sweet little handle, but that of course, is up to you.

I hope you've enjoyed my project today, and I hope this inspires you to create a strawberry basket of your own.  This is one of my favorite summer projects and it was all possible thanks to Sizzix.

Have a great week everyone!

signature Hilary Kanwischer

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Patterned paper
  • White core card stock
  • Felt
  • Quilter's batting
  • Sanding block
  • Buttons
  • Twine
  • Chunky thick jute, (for basket handle)
  • Brads
  • Numbered plaquettes by Tim Holtz Ideaology
  • Distressing Ink, in Vintage Photo
  • Basket filler from Craft Supply
  • Hot glue
  • Permanent tape runner

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