As summer draws closer with each passing day, we started thinking about upcoming trends that we would be seeing, some of which tie directly into the trends we talked about with our Creative Director, Jen Long last month. From daily planners, to combining both natural and interactive elements, to stamping and embossing; there's no shortage of making fun headed in our direction in the coming months. So let's get to it! Here are our pre summer 2016 trends.
With every handmade project, every maker has a foundation that they start with. Whether you’re a new, intermediate or advanced maker, our Big Shot Starter Kit gives makers that foundation to start making and creating in an easy and fun way. This starter kit comes with our award-winning Big Shot machine, Brenda Walton’s Frames & Embellishments Thinlits, Stephanie Ackerman’s Banners & Hearts Bigz die and Hello Friend Set Embossing Folders, our Basics Paper Pad, and Lindsey Serata’s You Are Loved Clear Stamps. From home décor, to card making, to 3D paper crafts, the Big Shot Starter Kit sets the stage for makes and crafts of all types, where nothing is off limits and imagination knows no bounds.
Adding hand-touch elements to makes and crafts has quickly become a growing trend, giving projects a feeling of enhanced sincerity or thoughtfulness. The easiest way to add this hand-touch element is by using stamps. But when is a stamp more than just an ordinary stamp? Enter: Clear and Interchangeable Stamps and the Stamper’s Secret Weapon! Clear Stamps are first and foremost, clear; allowing for see-through positioning to see where you’re stamping. Featuring beautiful hand-drawn designs, both our Clear Stamps and Interchangeable Stamps make adding that hand-touch element to your projects both easy and fun! With our Interchangeable Stamps, your stamping abilities are endless! These stamp collection offer sentiments and designs that can easily be swapped out for another variety of designs and sentiments all in one collection. The coolest part about these stamps is that they automatically register the decorative base stamp with the sentiment phrase or design- no more guess work on getting your stamps centered with each other! We know the struggle stampers often run into getting that perfect, clean stamp every single time. Fear not! We have the answer to those stamping struggles. Made by stampers for stampers, we have the Stamper’s Secret Weapon. This double-sided mat has one side for stamping, ensuring you get the cleanest stamp impression possible with every use. The other side is specifically created for piercing projects or quickly setting a brad. With stamps and stamp accessories like this, stamping has become its own art form! But stamps need inkpads, after all, a stamp without ink is like a die without a die-cutting machine. We are so excited to announce our newest inkpads coming soon in Black, Lilac and Aqua! These inkpads provide lasting stamp results with every use, and what better way to add that hand-touch element than with beautiful, vibrant colors!
Not too long ago, we sat down and interviewed Jen Long, our Creative Director about the Top 11 Trends for 2016. We discussed everything from calligraphy, to dream catchers, to watercolor and coloring books. But the two hottest trends for makers this year are Natural Elements and Interactive Dimensional Crafting. Natural Elements bring makes and projects back to having a much more hand-touched look and feel to it, rather than a perfectly created craft. Interactive Dimensional Crafting are makes that can be picked up, moved, or touched- inviting interaction. With Jen Long’s Fox Tales, these two trends collided into a fantastic collection of woodland cuteness and interactive card making! Jen’s Fox Fold-a-Long Card and Owl Fold-a-Long Card bring to life both of these trends, with adorable creatures from nature in cards that have interactive card bases and pop out label shapes for you to personalize any way you’d like! Being our Creative Director, Jen also incorporated both the hand-touch element trend as well as the Coloring Book trend into this collection. Her Owl & Feather Clear Stamps and Fox Tales Interchangeable Clear Stamps beautifully add the perfect hand touch sentiment to your makes, while her Fox Tales Paper Pad includes fun coloring pages for you to color and then make with for your crafting projects!
You can’t make without materials, and in this material world baby, we got you covered! Our Paper Leather Sheets are made to simulate the look and feel of real leather, and their versatility in crafting is limitless! Whether you want to die-cut, emboss, print, ink, stitch, paint, watercolor, foil, collage or distress, Paper Leather Sheets are up for the making adventure! Coming in 6” x 6” and 81/2” x 11”, theses sheets come in packs of 20, with color options such as Assorted Basics, Assorted Pastels, and White. Adding dimension and texture to your next card making, gift tag, home décor, sewing, or mixed media piece has never been more fun! And we can’t forget about our new Paper Pads. These uniquely hand-drawn and hand painted-pads fit perfectly through your Big Shot Machine, allowing for makes with a personal touch and some awesomely adorable paper. From our Basics Paper Pad, to our trendy Watercolor and Geometrics Paper Pads, to Jen Long’s Fox Tales Paper Pad, these collections of materials are sure to bring new life to your makes!
As much as technology has simplified our lives, there’s a movement to get away from “all things” digital and a gravitation towards day planners, allowing people the ability to personalize, customize, and celebrate their daily life and daily to do's. More and more people are finding inspiration and empowerment by having a thoughtful touch on their day to day life. For us here at Sizzix, planners are such a HUGE part of our lives, for personal use, for office use, and, of course, to personalize, embellish, decorate and make our own. Designed by Katelyn Lizardi, our new Planner Collection includes the Geometrics Paper Pad; Get it Done Framelits with Stamps and Make Today Count Framelits with Stamps, allowing you add reminders and inspirations to your planners, as well as adorable embellishment pieces. Plan to make the most epic planner with our Planner Collection this year- we’ve already got our day to make penciled in!
Some of the hottest techniques in making don’t rely on die-cutting alone. Adding texture and dimension to your makes and projects using embossing folders adds a uniquely bold element to your crafts, transforming ordinary cardstock or materials into one-of-a-kind embossed creations. Add in the Texture Boutique, our cute embellishment machine, and you’ll be a boss at embossing in no time! With gorgeous embossing folders like Brenda Walton’s Roses, Eileen Hull’s Starlight, Lori Whitlock’s Sweet Florals, Jen Long’s Heartfelt, and Stephanie Barnard’s Flower’s & Dots, your cardstock, paper, metallic foil or vellum will become a textured masterpiece!
When was the last time you bought a card? What kind of card did you end up buying? Was it a comical card with a cartoon character on the front? Or was it a card that looked handmade, with embellishments and glitter, and an interactive front? Creating cards to rival those store bought cards is SO easy and SO much fun, especially with Stephanie Barnard’s Mini Circle Flip-it’s Card. With its interactive card base, the layering possibilities are endless, giving you a different card for any occasion! We love pairing this Flip-its Card with Stephanie’s Dragonflies Triplits, adding dimension and embellishments to our make, as well as adding a hand-touch sentiment with her Friendly Phrases Framelits with Stamps. Paper Source and Papyrus may offer you a premade card that looks handmade, but handmade is the best made, and nothing beats being able to make your own card creations to give to your friends and loved ones.
What making trends are you most excited for this summer?