July 1st- "Oh Canada"

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

Happy Canada Day!

I just love being Canadian! I happen to be a bit in love with this date too since it is my wedding anniversary! 13 years for Jim & I this year. Love my man! Anyways, we always have so many people drop by to spend our day with us so I created a little welcome sign to celebrate the day.

I found this little 5x7 wooden frame at my local Michael's. I picked up a few of them to make little welcome signs for my house. It is an affordable seasonal thing you can do!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

I LOVE this set, simply one of my favourite!!!!!

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

Take his chevron patterned die and cut it out of your favourite red paper. I could have just cut it out of red and made a simple red & white flag. However, I thought it would be visually more interesting if I layered a patterned paper over top of the red cardstock. So cut 2.

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Once you have those both die cutted out, place them on a little bit larger red mat. This will make it look framed in.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

Now let's put a black cardstock to cover the hole opening.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

Then I cut a piece of white cardstock to go in the middle of my flag. Once that was in I placed my red chevron patterns on either side. Coming close to looking like a Canadian flag.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

Out of the same kit, cut quite a few banner layers out of dictionary paper. I am doing this for a couple reasons. It gives strength and a great look of texture because I want the fan look when I flip the ends up a bit.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

I ended up having to create my own Maple Leaf, but if you had more space Sizzix has a few AWESOME ones! Check them out here.

When I placed the banner on, I decorated it with tine and Stickles. I also doodled lines around each pennant.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

Next cut out letters to make the word Canada. I used the Sizzix Sizzlets Decorative Strip Alphabet Die-Vintage Market to make my word.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

Next I cut out a border strip using the Sizzix on the Edge-Scallops.  I doodled a bit on each scallop. Just to make it pop a little bit more.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

Here's a few closeups of the final project! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Canada Day by Leica Forrest

As you can see, sometimes it is the finishing touches that make or break the project. A little doodling, stickles and twine made it pop.

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Thanks for joining me!

Leica Forrest

 

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