Hi everyone! Jan here today, sharing a Valentine's Day layout for today's Sizzix Tutorial, but not in your typical red or pink colours. I love the colours in this tropical paper collection called Blue Bay by Kaisercraft, so with a few heart dies, turned it into a Valentine's layout. I also want to show you that some of your dies can be used differently.
I started off with an older but one of my favourite dies, the Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Heart Box. I've made a few heart shadowboxes (no lid) and heart boxes with this one. This also is a great heart shape (without the box sides), measuring about 4 1/2" by 4 3/4". With this size, it would be great for garlands, cards, cutting out photos in heart shapes, and in different mediums. I cut out three heart shapes only; one in chipboard, paper, and adhesive backed foil. For an XL die like this you'll want to sandwich your material on the die between a pair of Extended Cutting Pads and put it through your Sizzix Big Shot Machine.
I glued the paper die-cut heart to the chipboard one, sanding the edges. This helps give your shape a finished look.
For the adhesive backed foil heart, I embossed it with Sizzix's Valentine Background & Borders Sizzix Texture Fade Embossing set. To emboss with Texture Fades and Textured Impressions in the Sizzix Big Shot Machine, open the Extended Multipurpose Platform to Tab 1, place one Standard Cutting Pad down and place your closed embossing folder with the material inside down an finish with another Standard Cutting Pad. Run that sandwich through your Big Shot machine.
After I embossed this heart, I tore off one side, peeled off the backing, and adhered it to the paper covered heart. Next, I distressed the embossed metal with my Tim Holtz Craft Scratcher. I usually pounce this tool on the metal, giving it an aged look. Sand the heart edge lightly, adhering the foil better to the heart.
With Black Soot Distress Paint, I covered my embossed metal part, then wiped off the excess. This leaves the paint mostly in the grooves, highlighting the embossed areas. A bit of my paint went over the edge, onto the patterned paper. I didn't mind this, as it looks more blended. If you would rather a cleaner edge, I would recommend painting the foil before adhering to the chipboard heart, but it won't be as sturdy to work on.
Next, I repeated the paint step, choosing a colour. This one is Evergreen Bough Distress paint which matches my paper. If too much black is covered over, then add a bit in certain areas and wipe off again. You can add as many colours or layers until you are happy with the result. I also sand the raised areas lightly in-between the layers and a little at the end. I lightly added Picket Fence Distress paint to the papered edge. Set this aside and start on the layout.
I prepared my background paper with a bit of Distress Stain Spray, a few lightly stamped areas (word stamps), and some torn patterned paper.
I love the Stephanie Barnard Framelits Card sets, there are so many different pieces in each set. I decided to use parts of the Elegant Card Stand-Ups Framelits set for my layout. I also used some of the accent pieces in this set.
I die-cut half the card base in a light coloured paper, the front piece with the scored and decorative cut-out, using my Sizzix Standard Magnetic Platform and two Standard Cutting Pads. I then cut out the matching die-cut pieces in a darker colour (shown in photo).
The darker paper die-cuts were adhered to the card base piece. In the photo you can see the section that is scored and cut out, which made it perfect to tuck in my photos. I then adhered this to my layout base.
In addition to using different accent pieces from the Elegant card set, I used pieces from Sizzix's Jen Long Fancy Base w/ Layering Shapes Thinlits set. There are some great basic shapes in this set.
My February 14 and hearts were die-cut from this Sizzix Calendar Months Thinlits Set, also from Jen Long. I have been using this 54 piece set quite a bit; love the months and all the little seasonal bits to match each month. It's hard to see in the photo, but the "a" and "b" in February have little hearts in the center that cut out.
Once I had all my accent pieces die-cut out and the edges inked, I adhered everything to my layout. Some of the pieces were pop-dotted for added dimension. The heart was pop-dotted on the left side only, to even it out. The right side was adhered with regular adhesive as it was higher from the layered card base.
Hope I have inspired you to look at those card sets and see the different possibilities when using them. They don't have to be used just for card making!
Thanks for stopping by,
Other Supplies Used:
- Blue Bay paper collection - Kaisercraft
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink, paint, spray stain
- Ranger Adhesive backed foil
- adhesive, pop-dots
- tools - paper trimmer, craft scratcher, sanding tool, word stamps