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Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it's Audrey here for today's Sizzix Tutorial! Now that CHA is over, I'm sure all of you are as excited about the new Sizzix releases coming out as I am. And today, I'm here to share with you a look at some of Tim Holtz's new winter Alterations dies, along with a tutorial for creating a fun mixed-media card design.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit

One of my favorite new dies from Tim's winter release is the beautiful Sizzix Bigz die Butterfly Duo with Texture Fades. Very similar to Tim's previous layered butterfly die, the new Butterfly Duo die offers smaller versions of the butterflies, with two different designs to choose from on one Bigz die, all with the same gorgeous detail and matching texture fades embossing folders as before. Love! These smaller butterflies are perfect for tags and scrapbook pages and mixed media art projects. Today, I've used the swallowtail from the Butterfly Duo to create a fun and inky inspirational card.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Another new die you see here is Tim's super cool Mixed Media SIzzix Thinlits Die Set, which I used to create the interesting background design here. This four-pack of dies is perfect for adding an unique, architectural element to all your papercrafting projects, and I think you're going to love it. Let's take a closer look.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
To begin, die cut the diamond pattern Mixed Media background from manila cardstock. Trim down the cardstock to fit the front of your card base, as needed, then remove the diamond centers from the panel.

When working with Thinlits dies, use this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, Thinlits die (cutting side up), paper, second Standard Cutting Pad.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Dab a mixture of Picket Fence Distress Paint and Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress Ink onto a craft sheet. Spray the mixture with water to blend the ink and paint together.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit

Swipe and drag the front of the die cut panel through the ink and paint mixture. Dry the paper with a heat tool, or allow to dry completely. You can repeat this process as many times as needed to get the color intensity you are looking for.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Add additional Salty Ocean and Antique Linen Distress Inks to the panel using an ink blending tool.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Die cut two of the same butterflies from manila cardstock. For Bigz dies, use this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, die (cutting side up), paper or material to be cut, second Standard Cutting Pad. Emboss the butterflies with the matching Texture Fades embossing folder.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit

For the first butterfly, apply Picket Fence Distress Paint into the recessed areas using a fine tip paint brush. Set aside and allow to dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Spray the second butterfly with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain, and set aside to dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Wipe all residual ink and paint from your craft sheet, then dab a mixture of Wild Honey and Mustard Seed Distress onto the sheet. I used both stain and ink here, as that is what I had on hand, but you could use all ink or all stain for this step. Mist the ink liberally with water to blend. Then swipe and drag the first (painted) butterfly through the ink mixture, followed by the diamond cut outs remaining from step one. Lightly spritz the butterfly with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Cut approximately 2' of crinkle ribbon, and sop up any remaining ink mixture left on the craft sheet. Set all pieces aside to dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
While the rest of the pieces are drying, add a bit of random background stamping to the Mixed Media panel using Salty Ocean Distress Ink. Spray the paper with water to activate and blend the inks together. Stamp sentiment onto a scrap piece of manila cardstock using Potting Soil Archival Ink, and cut one end into a V-notch. Ink the sentiment banner with Distress Inks and an ink blending tool. I used both Frayed Burlap and Peeled Paint ink.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Tear one edge of the Mixed Media panel, then stitch the paper to your card base. Adhere a few random diamond cut outs back into their spaces. It's a bit like doing a puzzle. Apply a small amount of Star Dust Stickles to the inside edges of the remaining cut outs using a fine tipped paintbrush. Allow to dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Wrap crinkle ribbon around the bottom of the card and cut off excess. Wrap the remaining ribbon loosely into a figure 8, and adhere to the left side of the card. Layer the two butterflies together, then add them to your card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Coat butterfly with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and allow to dry fully.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Drip alcohol ink into the crevices of one of Tim's new Idea-ology Heirloom Roses, then adhere rose to the center of the butterfly. Add a Tiny Attacher staple to the ribbon on the right side.

Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit
Enjoy!

Supplies

  • Other Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock: Ranger, Core'dinations
  • Patterned Paper, Crinkle Ribbon, Heirloom Rose, Tiny Attacher: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Stamps: Stampers Anonymous
  • Distress Ink, Spray Stain, Stain, Paint, Crackle Paint, Archival Ink, Alcohol Ink: Ranger
  • Adhesive: Therm O Web

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6 thoughts on “Sizzix Tutorial | Courage Is Card by Audrey Pettit”

  • Raquel Mason

    Wonderful colors & the Mixed Media Die set looks really fun!

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  • Lisa Hoel

    this is a beautiful card! I love those new dies too - can't wait until they are available. =)

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  • Patty O'Malley

    I love this, Audrey! One question--why do you place the die cut side up in the sandwich?

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    • audreypettit

      Hi Patty, thanks for writing! With the Thinlits dies, you can have the die facing up with the paper on top, or reverse the process and have the paper first, then the die facing down. Either way works, and it's just a matter of preference. Often, if I have a paper with a pattern that I'm trying to match up, I will place the die down onto the paper to get my placement just right. But if I'm just cutting cardstock, I may have the die facing up.

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  • Celeste Goff

    What an amazing card! I love all of the wonderful distressed details!

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  • Jacquelene L

    Wow! Audrey this is an amazingly gorgeous card. The butterflies and the mixed media dies are my top choices and I can't wait to get my hands on them. I already have and love the layered butterfly and dragonfly, so the new butterflies are the perfect compliment. Thank you for sharing your step by step for this card, very inspiring card one I will copycat in the future.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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