Thursday, 23 May 2013
I found this little video tutorial using Karen Burniston Pop'n Cuts die system. Can't watch it myself, as I cant stand my accent in English (in my head I speak proper) but I hope it will help explain the system.
I love the way it works, so simple and easy to use. Personally I would only dare to make a pop up card using this fab system designed by an engineer that happens to love papercrafting, Karen Burniston.
The dies I used are:
657802 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die Set - Card, Horizontal A2 w/Circle Label, 3-D (Pop-Up)
657788 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Hello Set
And to see the full line of the Sizzix Karen Burniston Signature line, click here.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
You all know how much I love craft storage and organisation - Crafty Storage is testimony to that is there was ever one!
In any case, I wanted to do some labels that had that older look for those boxes that I have that do not have a metal label holder, so I decided to make my own using the Sizzix Old Labels dies set from my Everyday collection.
And as I like to share, I have uploaded the pdf of the labels click bellow.
The one on the left has the names of the stuff and the other one is empty so that you can write your own.
You can download them for free.
You will need to print at 100%, borderless and with no expansion!
And remember that is free for personal use. Any other use contact me!
PS: if you cant download it, just let me know.
I like to print it in matt card 170 gsm as my printer struggles with anything thicker than that.
I place the die on top of one of the printed labels and secure it with a low tack tape.
You can see I did cut quite a few. I love seeing all those die cuts together!
Then I used the larger die from the same set Sizzix Old Labels dies and cut two at once using thin mirri card.
Then I use the bookplate embossing folder to emboss the edge, depending which side it is facing up. To make sure it doesn't move I used low tack tape. Yes, I use low tack tape a lot!
You can see the slight difference of the different way the emboss pattern goes.
But they both look good to me once layered, so I guess it doesn't matter that much which way you emboss the mirri card.
You can see above without the silver outliner and bellow with it. Also, I really like how it looks well with proper metal ones bellow.
Anyway, I hope you like the labels.
Friday, 3 May 2013
I love charts and diagrams. They truly help me to find easily the right size dies and circle dies are the ones I used the most - is there any instance where you can not use a circle? is a no brainer to make a one chart with all the Framelit Circles available from Sizzix.
Sizzix Framelits Circles, Circles #2 and Circle Wrappers have all nesting circles, but none of them have repeated sizes.
And bellow in cm:
As you can see no repetead sizes.
Feel free to download these images if that help you out.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
So, this is another quick tutorial on how to make a background using any of the Square Fancy Charms - Sizzix Framelits Charmas, Fancy. Part one is here.
I started by die cutting loads of Fancy square charms using the same die ut different papers. Here I am using Bo Bunny Double Dot, one of my favourite papers to die cut. I placed them together and moved them around until I was happy with colour distribution.
Once I was happy, I turn them down one by one. Remember that it will be mirrored. And then I made sure that I aligned them properly with the craft mat's lines.
I placed foam pads on the back with the backing already removed.
This way, they did not move at all once they had the foam pad.
I took my 6 x 6" card and with the scored line on the right, I gently placed it over the die cuts.
Again, I used the lines of the craft mat to make sure the card was straight.
I pressed gently all over the card and then lift it. This is what it looked like. As you can see there are empty areas and over flown areas.
I first trimmed the bits that overflow by turning the card over and using strong non stick scissors as some areas will have the foam pads.
Then I used the left overs to cover the empty gaps.
Once the card wall filled I added a flower from the intricate flowers.
But you could use this background for far more elaborate work!
I hope you liked it.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
It is a mini album tutorial using the Framelits on the edge, featuring both the Hearts and Flowers and the Dotty and Flowers as well as the Wrappers Circle.
Today i am going to share a bit of a tutorial about the two sets that coordinate bellow from my Sizzix collection of Framelits. The aim is more to show how they work together than to make a pretty project.
On to the making card:
I placed two dies from the rectangles - Sizzix Framelits Rectangles #2 - secure with low tack tape and die cut using my Big Shot.
Because Rectangles #2 is based on a european A6, it means that as long as the card you use is true european A6, it will always nest nicely. However there is a lot of card sold "like A6" that is actually 6 x 4" which is not true european size, so it wont work as well.Just be aware!
Here you have the Fancy squares of the Fancy Wrappers set. Both of them kind of nest as you can see above and bellow.
But you dont have to use then necessarily together.
Then I die cut all the fancy squares, both from the Wrappers and Charms. The smallest one, on the left of the photo, is the one that comes on the Fancy wrappers. The other four charms are part of the Fancy Charms, but they all mix and match.
As you can see here.
And here. Those Wrappers are ready now to be used.
Here I stamped a message from my stamps designed for Personal Impressions called Simple Flowers. Then i placed one of the Sizzix Sentiment Tags dies, secured it with low tack tape and die cut.
Here you have it all assembled. Quick and easy!
And this is another version, a bit more oriental!
Tomorrow another quick tutorial using the Fancy squares to make a background.
Monday, 29 April 2013
Thanks to everyone who came to the Crafts U Love demo. It was great to see you all, I know it sounds cheesy but I truly treasure being able to demonstrate and chat with everyone. Sharing what I do at home is really special, thank you for allowing me to do it!
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
As I was born in Zaragoza, Aragon (Spain), St George is one highly regarded as it is the patron Saint of Aragon. The fact that he is also the patron of England where I have been living for over ten years is a plus! So I wanted to celebrate with a simple card.
I started by die cutting a Union Jack - using the Sizzix die from my everyday collection - out of acetate. I cover the non cross the Saint George bits using low tack tape. I kept the cross in the middle as I knew I would use it later on.
I place the template on my white card and secure it with low tack tape.
With the help with a finger dabber, I started to add colour by dabbing gently Treasure Gold in Ruby.
Continue until the colour is deep enough.
This is how it would look like. However, I put the mask back own for the next step.
I place this Crafters Workshop mask over it and again secured it with low tack tape. then I applied White Fire Treasure Gold, a soft whitish gold.
Because I left the Union Jack mask, the brocade pattern is only on the Cross.
I removed the Union Jack Mask and place the Brocade mask directly on the card positioning it carefully exactly as it was before. Then I placed over the top the positive cross - the left over from the die cutting phase - to protect the work done so far. Then I applied Silver Tresure. through the mask.
And kept going until the whole are was covered.
And this is the result. I really like the two tone damask pattern which is much more visible in real life.
To add more detail, I spray over Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold.
And to distress the edges I used a combo of Brushed Corduroy and Pumice Stone distress inks.
I layered in with black card and mounted on to chipboard card.
Anyway, I hope you like it!