Sizzix Tutorial | Retro Camera Card by Mou Saha

Hi everyone, Mou Saha here today with a fun card Sizzix Tutorial!

Sizzix Tutorial Retro Camera Card by Mou Saha

I love things that are retro... the colors, shapes, designs... everything. One object I particularly love from that era is the Diana camera. When I saw the Sizzix 50's Collection of dies and embossing folders, I was super excited with the possibilities. For today's card, I picked the Retro Camera die. Now, let me walk you through the steps to make the card.


Using Sizzix Big Shot machine, one extended cutting pad and the extended crease pad, die cut a Retro Camera card.


Attach the die cut bottom rectangle to the camera with foam squares. Because I used a double sided cardstock with one side slightly yellowish, I whitewashed the top part of the camera with a bit of white gesso. You can skip this step, if you are using white or cream cardstock. I like the depth the gesso on the yellowish cardstock as it helps me create.


Use a strip of painter's tape (you could use anything you have) to mask off the bottom part of the camera, to color the very top edge blue using Gelato in the style of retro Diana cameras. Blend the color with a wet paint brush and white gesso.


Attach the Flash bulb part of the camera with foam square. Add some shadows and details with Stamper's Big Brush pens and a black pen. Create highlights with gesso and paintbrush or a white pen.


This next step was the most fun part for me! With a palette knife, I applied some Whipped Spackle (you could use any texture paste of your choice) to the body of the camera. By patting the knife onto the wet Spackle, I created a texture like real Diana cameras. Let the paste dry thoroughly.


Then color and add camera like details to the die cut lens parts. Assemble the pieces with foam squares to make the lens.


Mount the lens in position with more foam squares.


Trim a photo to fit within the camera. Cut a small strip of ribbon (about 10 inches), fold it in half, and sandwich it between the bottom flap of the card and a photo. Once the photo is attached, trim off  any excess. Stamp a sentiment on the photo with a permanent ink. Let the ink dry before closing the card.


Here's a closer look at my Retro Camera card.

You can, of course, use the Retro Camera die not only to make a card, but also to add embellishments to scrapbook pages, to hold extra photos, maybe even to hide some journaling. Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Thanks for stopping by :)

Mou Saha

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Cardstock
  • Gesso
  • Gelatos
  • Stamper's Big Brush Pens
  • Painter's Tape
  • Paint brush
  • Whipped Spackle
  • Palette knife
  • Pens in black, and silver and metallic colors
  • Adhesive Foam Squares
  • Ribbon
  • Stamp
  • Inkpad

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