Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, here today’s Sizzix tutorial with a spring-inspired card to share featuring some of my new favorite Sizzix dies and stamps, along with a fun technique using Eileen Hull’s adorable new Polka Dots & Starflowers textured impressions embossing folders.
It has been a really long winter for so many of us this year, and I’m sure I’m not the only one with a touch of spring fever. I couldn’t wait to bust out some of my favorite Sizzix dies and stamps in happy springtime motifs like this butterfly and leaf branch to create a card in my favorite shabby chic style. Of course a perfectly shabby chic creation needs to be playful and messy, which is easy to do when you break out the paint, like I did here on my embossed background.
Love how it turned out, and it’s really easy and fun to do. Here’s all you need to do.
Cut a panel of cardstock the same size as the embossing folder you want to use. Paint the inside of the embossing folder on the side with the raised design using white paint or gesso. I used watered-down gesso for my card, but you can experiment to get the look you like. Insert cardstock into the folder, and run through your die cut machine to emboss.
Paint the edge of the embossed cardstock panel and allow to dry completely. Don’t worry to much if your paper warps a bit from the watery paint. It will flatten down once adhered to your card base. I also stitched around the outer edge of my panel, which helped flatted it back out.
Die cut text-print paper using Eileen Hull’s new Pleated Ruffle 3-D #2 Decorative Strip die, and fold the strip along the score lines. Cut a panel of patterned paper for the card base, and a contrasting strip of paper to use as an accent.
Adhere the embossed cardstock panel onto the patterned paper card base, using foam adhesive for dimension, if desired. Die cut a banner flag from the small piece of patterned paper using the Bigz Banners die, and adhere banner to the left center of the card. Layer with a journaling card, followed by the pleated ruffle decorative strip. I added a bit of Distress Ink to the edges of my pleated ruffle, and folded back the corners a bit to show some of the detailing. Finally, add twill trim across the center.
Die cut a butterfly from felt using Tim Holtz’ Movers & Shapers Mini Butterflies die. Machine stitch down the center of the butterfly, leaving the threads long on both ends for an extra fun detail. Adhere butterfly to the center of the bow, and top with a matching button.
Stamp a leaf branch from the Leaves Framelits & Stamps set onto watercolor paper using dark grey ink. The magnetic platform makes it so easy to line up the die, for perfect placement every time.
Watercolor the leaves using a very wet paintbrush and your favorite ink pad. Tuck leaf branch under the bow and adhere.
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