Hello everyone!! It is Anna-Karin here with you on the blog today, with a Valentine's Day card Sizzix Tutorial. I made a fun dimensional card using Stephanie Barnard's Regal Stand-Ups Card Sizzix Framelits and some lovely watercolour techniques. If you change the sentiments and the colours, this card would be great for any occasion.
The Stand-Ups card sets by Stephanie Barnard is so much fun and the card can also double as a decor item for the recipient. The sets also contain lots of extra dies, which can be used to embellish other projects too. Here I used the Regal Sizzix Framelits set, which contains 22 dies. If you don't want to make a card, you can of course use the techniques in the tutorial for other types of projects: scrapbooking, art journaling, tags, etc. Let start!
I used watercolour paper as my base for everything on the card, because it works best together with watercolour paint. You can also try to use other types of papers, as long as they can handle a certain amount of water. Start by mixing up red, pink and bluish grey watercolours. If you don't have watercolours, try the same technique with, for example, Distress Ink, Gelatos, Derwent Inktense blocks, or watered down acrylic paint. Paint the paper with clean water first and then give it a wash with the blue-grey. Before it dries drop in some puddles of pink paint.
Continue with a new piece of paper. Again paint it with clean water first and then continue with the red paint. Wipe up the paint collecting at the edges to avoid back runs.
On a third piece of paper, do the same technique with pink paint. Drop in a slightly darker pink here and there.
Finally, on a fourth piece of paper, paint a light version of the blue-grey. This time don't add water first, but aim for more of a dry brush look. Add a darker version of the same colour at the bottom. Leave all the pages to dry.
Die cut the shapes needed for the cards from the papers you created. You can mix and match the colours as you like. Use this sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad.
I used the first paper with the blue and pink for the base of the card, adding some blue-grey paint to the back, since you see parts of the back of the paper too. All the shapes shown here are in the Regal Set, except for the balloons in the top right corner which come from the Balloons Sizzix Triplits set, and the zigzag borders, from the Borders Sizzix Thinlits set. I die cut a few shapes from white paper too, for variety.
Did you know that you can stencil with watercolour paint? You just have to try to not use too much paint and soak the paper because then the paint will seep under the stencil. Use a piece of Ranger Cut-n-dry foam to apply paint through the stencil, dabbing it off on scrap paper first. I used the blue-grey paint here and there. Then I decided to also use water through the stencil, lifting some of the original paint and creating lighter dots on the papers. This adds nice a texture. The stencil is by Dina Wakley.
I also used Dina Wakley's adorable Scribbly Birds stamps and Collaged Hearts. Stamp them with a waterproof ink on watercolour paper.
Paint the bird and the hearts with the same colours as used on the card. I mixed a slightly darker version of the blue-grey for the bird. Leave to dry and then cut them out.
Fussy cut your bird and heart. Then stamp the background paper repeatedly with word stamps by Tim Holtz. Layer the various shapes on the background until you are happy with the result. I let the bird stick up a little bit, which works well with these types of dimensional cards. I really like the words included in this set, and they look great together with the die cut shadow.
The balloons were glued behind the beak of the bird. They couldn't quite hold up their own weight so I die cut a second ribbon and glued it behind the painted one. That did the trick. These Triplits balloons can be layered and mixed in many different ways.
The heart also sticks up a little from the card base, with a second little heart glued on top.
I stamped the main sentiment on the front part of the card, making sure that it would show when the card is standing up. Anything stamped behind the little flap holding up the top part of the card won't show. The part behind the flap is a great place to write a personal message.
Glue two hearts in the bottom left hand corner and the card is done.
This is what the card looks like from the top when it is standing up. It is such a fun shape to decorate and would also be very popular with children.
Dimensional cards are often hard to post, but the Stand-Ups fold down completely flat. You just need a slightly larger envelope to accommodate the balloons sticking out.
Thank you so much for looking at my tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it!
Other Supplies Used:
Surfaces: Canson Montval Watercolour Paper 100 lbs
Stamps: Ranger Dina Wakley - Scribbly Birds, Collaged Hearts; Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz - Hashtags
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Paint: Daler & Rowney Watercolour paint
Stencil: Ranger Dina Wakley - Plastic Canvas