Hello everyone!! It is Anna-Karin here with you for today's Sizzix Tutorial with a Christmas wall-hanging tutorial, made using some new dies and embossing folders. I can't believe Christmas is only a month away.
I wanted to use the new sweet Kids & Sled die from the Sizzix Winter collection by Rachel Bright and it made me think of cozy winter days playing in the snow and then going indoors for a cup of hot chocolate. On this piece, I used several techniques to create texture and the embossed background reminds me of a knitted sweater. If you don't want to make a wall-hanging, you can easily turn this into a card instead, or use the techniques on a scrapbooking page.
Starting with the background, cut a piece of Ranger's Natural Sticky Back Canvas and adhere it to cardstock. This gives it more stability and makes it hold the embossing better. Emboss in the Sizzix Texture Fades Holiday Knit folder using this sandwich: Multipurpose Platform Tab 1, Standard Cutting Pad, folder with paper inside, second Standard Cutting Pad and roll it through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. Ink with Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The ink will be darker on the embossed parts.
One of my favourite ways to create snow is to emboss vellum. Emboss a piece of vellum in the Sizzix Texture Fades Falling Trees folder just the same as you did the Holiday Knit embossing folder.
Here you can see the canvas after it was inked. Place the vellum at the base, with the thinner piece on top. Turn the Stamper's Secret Weapon around to work on the self-healing back and prick holes around the vellum. The Stamper's Secret Weapon works great for this.
Stitch the vellum to the canvas panel with embroidery thread and ink the edges of the panel with Walnut Stain. You can also fray the canvas a little.
Paint a piece of grungeboard or chipboard with gesso. This gives us a white surface to work on.
This is a great detailed die and works wonderful for silhouette techniques.
Paint the children with Antique Linen.
I was aiming for a textured effect on the children, similar to a knitted sweater. Emboss a text stamp with white embossing powder. This stamp is by Tim Holtz.
Paint the children with Walnut Stain Distress Paint.
Leave the paint to dry for a while, but don't let it dry completely. Wipe the paint off from the embossed areas with a cloth. If the paint dries completely, this will be hard.
Add just a little Black Soot paint around the edges so that the children will stand out better against the background.
Die cut December and holly leaves using the Calendar Months from the Me & You collection by Jen Long. To die cut this Thinlits set layer your paper and die between a pair of Standard Cutting Pads and top of your Magnetic Platform and put it through your Sizzix Big Shot machine. The holly leaves were die cut from kraft-core cardstock and the word from manila. The Magnetic Platform works great together with these wafer-thin dies.
For a base, I used some cardboard, tearing of bits of the top layer. Apply gesso with a palette knife. Leave to dry.
Paint the background here and there with Distress Paints. I used Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot.
Assemble everything on the cardboard. Try to tuck the children in between the two layers of snow so that it looks like they are walking in the snow. I liked the texture on the children.
Add some lace trim and twine, for even more texture, as well as a Tidings Token. Antique Linen paint was rubbed into the words. Adhere a few pearls to the holly leaves.
All the combined textures on this piece makes you want to reach out and touch it and works well for that warm and cozy Christmas feeling.
Here you can see the embossed vellum, glitter and stitching a little better.
Thank you so much for looking at my project!
Happy Christmas crafting!!
Other Supplies Used:
- Surfaces: Ranger - Natural Sticky Back Canvas, Manila Cardstock; Tim Holtz idea-ology - Grungeboard; Tim Holtz Core'dinations - Kraft-Core Cardstock
- Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz - Christmas Nostalgia
- Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Embossing Ink
- Embossing powder: Ranger Seafoam White
- Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Black Soot
- Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology - Tidings Tokens, Long Fastener, Jute String; cream pearls; lace trim