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Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and today I have a Sizzix tutorial to share with you for creating a fun Distress watercolor card using some adorable new stamps and dies from Doodlebug Designs and Stephanie Ackerman.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

I love stamping, and to me, there's nothing better than having coordinating dies for my stamp images. So I'm super excited that Sizzix is releasing more and more fabulous matching stamp and die sets. This month, several adorable new sets are coming out in the Doodlebug Designs line, and today I am using a couple of those sets on this fun watercolor card.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

I also used a fun new woodgrain embossing folder from Doodlebug, as well as stamps and dies from Tim Holtz and Stephanie Ackerman. So there's a lot of great stuff going on on this project, and I can't wait to show you. So let's get started!

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

I am using the adorable new A Little Birdy Told Me Framelits stamp and die set, and we are going to be doing a bit of easy water-coloring using Distress inks. To begin, stamp the single bird image in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink onto watercolor paper. Then using a variety of inks in brown, yellow, and pink, watercolor the image using either a wet paintbrush dipped into water, or an aqua pen. I've shown the ink colors I used here, and you can see they are Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy on the body, Gathered Twigs on the feet, and Mustard Seed for the beak. I added light dots of Worn Lipstick Distress Marker on the cheeks, and blended that out with a bit more water. If you're worried about the edges of the image fading as you add water, you can use a waterproof ink for the image instead. I just happen to like the soft look you get using Distress Inks.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

When you're done coloring your image, allow it to dry completely, then die cut the bird using the matching Framelits die and this recommended Sizzix die cutting sandwich. (And check it out, I'm using the brand new colored Standard Cutting Pads here!): Standard Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Framelits die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

Set the bird aside, and then cut a panel of watercolor paper slightly smaller than an A2 card base. Dab a variety of Distress Inks onto either a non-stick craft sheet or an acrylic block. I used Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, and Tattered Rose. Spray or wet the paper liberally with water, then dab the inks onto the paper using a paint brush, allowing the colors to blend and flow together. Then allow the paper to dry completely.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

Insert the watercolor panel into the new Woodgrain #3 Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and emboss the paper using the Extended Multipurpose Platform and this embossing sandwich: Extended Multipurpose Platform (open to Tab 1), Standard Cutting Pad, embossing folder with paper inside, Standard Cutting Pad.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

Remove the paper from the folder, and check out that amazing texture!

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

Cut a strip of patterned paper and adhere slightly to the left of center on the embossed panel. Place the largest die from the Fancy Base with Layering Shapes Thinlits die set face down onto the panel, and move it around until you have it centered. Die cut the paper using the same Sizzix sandwich mentioned above for Framelits dies.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

Adhere the panel to an A2 card base using foam adhesive. Die cut a second Fancy Base shape from contrasting patterned paper, and adhere inside the die cut frame. The smaller tag shape comes from another new Doodlebug Designs Framelits with Stamps set called Notebook Paper, Tag, & Ticket. I die cut that using patterned paper as well.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

Before assembling the rest of the card, we have one more piece to die cut. This time a branch, die cut from solid patterned paper using the Tim Holtz Garden Greens Bigz die. For die cutting with Bigz dies, use this Sizzix sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

Ink the edges of the branch and leaves using Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. Bend the leaves along the center to create veins, if desired. Cut small pieces of foam adhesive to fit behind most of the leaves. Then adhere the branch to the center of the die cut frame opening.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit

If you need to manipulate the individual sprigs to fit behind your tag, simply snip off small sections, and tuck them underneath the tag. I did that for the smallest piece in the top right corner. Add a binder clip and ribbon bow to the top of the smaller tag, and then adhere the tag to the opening using additional foam adhesive. Add more foam adhesive behind the bird, and add it to the center of the tag.

Sizzix Tutorial | Smile Distress Watercolor Card by Audrey Pettit
Stephanie Ackerman's wonderful Tags & Words Framelits with Stamps set has lots of fun sentiments to choose from. I used the Smile word, stamped onto a thin strip of watercolor paper using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Cut the ends of the strip into V-notches, and adhere at the bottom of the tag. Enjoy!

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Watercolor Cardstock, Distress Inks, Distress Marker, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool: Ranger
  • Patterned Paper: BasicGrey
  • Trim: Stampin'Up
  • Binder Clip: Making Memories
  • Adhesive: Therm O Web

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