Hello, Sizzix friends! Vivian here today to share with you some fast and easy DIY home decor. If you know me from my blog, you know that the walls of my home have been bare and lonely for way too long! Buying original artwork and framing it can get crazy expensive (!!!), and making your own with paints and such, well, I'm my own worst critic, and it's been awhile since the mood has struck to do straight artwork. So I said to myself, "I'm always up for crafting. I can easily craft something that's quick and sweet, coordinates with the colors already in place at my home, and finally get something up on those walls!" I came up with some easy, economical, handmade projects that I hope will inspire you!
To start, I gathered a trio of frames that I had picked up about a year ago, heavily discounted for just a few dollars each. I didn't want to bother with professionally made mats, so I cut some 5 inch and 4 inch squares out of nice thick paper which I'd nest to simulate the framing effect that a mat would have.
I decided to use several feminine, playful dies from Brenda Walton's new collection with Sizzix to DIY some stencils. In order to "create a scene," my Sizzix Magnetic Platform became the ultimate tool! To make my stencil, my Sizzix Sandwich was easy - you can see it splayed out above. Place one cutting pad atop your Magnetic Platform, then your cardstock, then your die, which you can then scooch around for exact placement. With your magnetic platform and a healthy pair of cutting pads, everything will stay exactly where you want it. Add the second cutting pad on top of your sandwich and send it through your Big Shot.
For this DIY stencil, I used lovely dies from the Secret Garden Thinlits Set, choosing to use instead of a flower, a dainty heart atop each stem. To me this represents in a very simple way the desire to grow one's capacity for love.
Using a blending tool and chalk inks, I tapped pigment through my stencil in colors that will coordinate with the room in which these frames will be hung.
Look at this fantastic bicycle die and basket from the Whimsy & Delight Thinlits Set!
I repeated the process for these dies, using a blossom die from the same set to die-cut a large bouquet for my bicycle basket.
Mottling the ink created a really luminous effect!
I wanted a riot of blossoms to symbolize an abundance of simple pleasures. So I lifted my DIY stencil, and turned it, inking through the blossom shapes once more. By propping up the small square with pop dots, I created a mat without having to buy a mat. I love the romance of the scene which I created using these dies!!!
For my last frame, I used an elegant butterfly die from the Party Dress Thinlits Set, keeping with the same inking technique and colors in order to keep unity between the three frames. Butterflies symbolize so many wonderful things, don't they? As part of this trio, perhaps how love has the power to transform!!!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today - if you haven't tried stenciling a scene using dies, I hope you will give it a try. It is so easy and i know you will be excited with your results!
- Chalk Inks - Tsukineko
- Fantastix Blending Tools - Tsukineko
- Bristol Vellum - Strathmore
- Frames - Aaron Brothers