The Sizzix Challenge | Friendship Art Tag by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it's Audrey! And today I'm here with my take on our fun Sizzix Challenge going on this month here on the blog. Have you been following along? One lucky winner will get to take home the new Sizzix eclips2 machine for their very own. To play along, simply create any Sizzix project, inspired by this Sizzix Challenge photo.

The Sizzix Challenge Inspiration
I love this photo! The pretty flowers, the unique vases, and the washed and filtered background really stole my heart, and are the inspiration for my take on the challenge, a fun friendship art tag.

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Now I just so happened to have some small dried flowers at home that remind me almost exactly of the flowers in the inspiration photo, so I knew I would be using those. Then it was just a matter of creating a framework for the flowers and a soft, washed background to recreate the look and feel of the inspiration piece. I accomplished that with lots of Distress inks, the beautiful Damask Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set, and something very fun, an Embossing Diffuser.

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This was my first time working with the Embossing Diffusers, and I really like how it turned out. I used the oval Embossing Diffuser to create a frame in the center of my tag, reminiscent of the light bulbs in the photo. Love that the diffuser sets come with lots of different shapes, giving you a world of creative possibility for all sorts of projects.

Here's a few quick step-outs for creating my tag.

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To begin, pounce Weathered Wood and Peeled Paint Distress Stain onto a craft sheet, and spritz the stains liberally with water.

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Drag a #8 manila tag through the stain mixture, then allow the tag to dry completely.

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Cut approximately 14" of seam binding ribbon, and use the ribbon to mop up any remaining stain on your craft sheet. Set the ribbon aside to dry.

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Place the dried tag into a Damask Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I cut a small slit in the top of my folder so that the top of my tag could poke through, allowing me to center the design on my tag. Then run the tag through your Big Shot or BIGkick die cutting machine using the oval Embossing Diffuser and this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Extended Platform (open to tab 1), Cutting Pad, Embossing Folder with tag inside, topped with the Embossing Diffuser.

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Areas where the Embossing Diffuser are open, like in my case the center of the oval frame, will not be embossed.

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Ink the edges of the tag using a foam blending tool, then apply Wild Honey Distress Stain to the corners and areas around the embossed framework.

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Lay the Embossing Diffuser back onto the tag, lining up the oval opening with the center of the tag. Draw around the outline of the oval using a Pumice Stone Distress Marker. Apply a thick coat of Distress Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint over the embossed areas. Drag a stiff piece of chipboard across the top of the tag to remove the excess crackle paint. Allow the tag to dry completely.

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Once the tag is dry, lightly pounce Brushed Pewter Distress Stain over random areas of the tag. Once that is dry, embellish the tag with a rub-on sentiment, the dyed seam binding ribbon, and the flowers. I added a bit of foliage die cut from patterned paper using the Sizzlits Flowers, Branches & Leaves die set, and a paired of punched leaves. Final touch was adding a Tim Holtz pin and metal key charm.

I hope you enjoyed my take on The Sizzix Challenge, and I hope all of you will join in and play along. You can find the full details for the Sizzix Challenge here.

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