Hi everyone! Audrey here! Like many of you out there, I have been a long time fan of Tim Holtz's "Tattered" line of Sizzix Alterations dies. The original Tattered Florals Bigz die was one of the very first Sizzix dies I ever purchased, and over the years I've collected the leaves and pinecones and tiny florals, too. So I'm sure, then, that it will come as no surprise that I was over-the-moon excited to see the latest addition to the Tattered family, Small Tattered Florals Thinlits. And today I have some spring-inspired Tattered tags to share with you.
I love the vintage feel to these tiny flowers. They put me in mind of the old-fashioned cabbage roses and peonies often found in grandma's garden, or the cherry blossoms starting to line the streets of my neighborhood these days. A perfect homage to spring.
I love soft pastels for this time of year, so pulled out a variety of my favorite spring colors of Distress to use here, with matching colors of cardstock. And to complete my vintage look I added in a beautiful embossed background made with a new Tim Holtz Texture Fade, and some new Thinlits sentiment word dies, too.
I've got the complete step-by-step process to share, so let's take a closer look. Below are the supplies you'll need:
- Big Shot
- MultiPurpose Platform
- Magnetic Platform
- Standard Cutting Pads
- Tag Collection Framelits
- Small Tattered Florals Thinlits
- Sentiment Words, Thin Thinlits
- Latticework Texture Fade Embossing Folder
Other Materials Used:
Distress Inks- Picket Fence, Brushed Corduroy, Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose
Vintage Collage Medium
To begin, die cut a tag shape from a variety of Distress cardstock. I used the second to the largest tag shape in the Sizzix Alterations Tag Collection die set. Save the leftover cardstock pieces to use for the flowers later.
To die cut with Thinlits and Framelits die, use this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich:
Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.
Continue to die cut tags and reinforcers from cardstock to suit. Then die cut a matching number of tags from kraft cardstock. Trim off approximately 1/2" from the bottom of the kraft tags.
Sand the bottom inch or so of the colored tags. Die cut the sentiments from the bottom of the tag using the new Sentiment Words, Thin Thinlits die set. Remove all the negative pieces from the words, and set them aside to use on another project.
Emboss the smaller kraft tags with the Latticework Texture Fade Embossing Folder. To emboss, place the paper inside the folder, and run it through your Big Shot machine using this standard sandwich for embossing: Multipurpose Platform (open to Tab 1), Standard Cutting Pad, Embossing Folder (with paper inside), Standard Cutting Pad.
I like to call attention to the raised detail by swiping an ink pad over the embossed area. This time I used Picket Fence Distress Ink. Adhere the embossed kraft tags onto the colored base tags. Sand the tag reinforcers, and adhere them, too.
Sand the remaining strips of Distress cardstock leftover from before. Die cut a variety of Small Tattered Florals from the cardstock. The nice thing about these flowers is there is no right or wrong way to layer and use them. Simply cut as many shapes as you can from the remaining cardstock. If you need more flowers, you can always die cut more.
To shape the flowers, I like to give them a good soak of water using my Distress sprayer. This allows the paper to be easily manipulated and formed.
While the paper is still wet, pinch and wad up the shapes with your fingers, and then set them aside to dry.
While the flowers are dying, die cut some stems from brown cardstock. Sand the pieces, and adhere them to the tags so that they cascade down from the top. Trim off any excess stem, as needed.
Once the flowers are dry, adhere the layers together using a dab of liquid adhesive between each shape. You can continue to mold and shape the petals as you go.
Ink the tips of the flowers using an ink blending tool, and apply a bit of brown ink to the edges of the tags, too. Die cut tiny leaves from green cardstock. Bend them in half to create some lifelike dimension to the leaves. Ink the edges, and adhere the leaves and flowers to the tags.
For a final touch, apply matching ink to the tag edges using an ink blending tool. Add a bit of Vintage Collage Medium to enhance the vintage look. Add twine to the top of the tags.