Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A Toolbox Planter with Sizzix

 
Hi everyone, Mou here with a Sizzix tutorial for you using Eileen Hull's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die Toolbox and a few other favorite dies, also from Sizzix. Let me walk you through the steps of creating the little succulent planter pictured above.
 

 
To diecut the Toolbox, create a Sizzix sandwich: lay Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 13" Black Mat Board on the blade side of Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die Toolbox. Place them between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Extended Cutting Pads. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. This will give you the bottom piece, 1 side piece and 1 handle piece. To diecut the second side and handle pieces, repeat the same procedure. I cut out big enough pieces from my Mat Board and placed and secured them with tape right where the die blades are for a particular shape. That way I saved some Mat Board for later use. 

 
Here are all the diecut parts of the Toolbox.

 
Follow the instructions on this PDF file to assemble your Toolbox.
Decorate your Toolbox at this point. I used paints and stamp on mine to make the Toolbox look like  rusty, old metal.

 
To create the succulents, I chose felt and Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D.

 
Cut the felt into blocks and place them over the blades. The steel rule Sizzix dies can easily cut through 3-4 pieces of felt at a time. Create a Sizzix sandwich by placing the die and felt layers between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pads. Pass the Sizzix sandwich throught the Sizzix Big Shot machine to diecut the flowers.

 
This is what the diecut flowers look like. To transform these spiral shapes into the 3-D flowers, or in this case succulents, roll each spiral starting at its outer edge and keep wrapping inward till you have reached the center. The soft felt will easily retain the shape. Add touches of paint to make the 3-D flowers look like succulents. 
 
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Fold a small cardboard piece to fit inside the Toolbox. Arrange your succulents inside the Toolbox in clusters and secure with little bits of hot glue. 

 
Diecut the gift label in two easy steps. Create a Sizzix sandwich by laying a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad and the word dies 'Love' and 'You' from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - Celebration Words: Block by Tim Holtz, blade-side down as shown and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The powerful magnets of the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies will hold the dies in place so you can diecut the words/ phrases just the way you want.
To cut out the label, create a Sizzix sandwich: lay a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Place the larger frame die from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK - Numbers and Frames by Brenda Walton around the diecut phrase on the cardstock, blade side down. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. Cut another of the same sized label to back the phrase label layer.
Color the phrase layer. Glue it to the backing layer. Glue the finished label to a stick. Insert into the Toolbox.

 
Here's a close-up of the finished Toolbox planter.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will explore the many DIY possibilities of Sizzix dies!
 
Supplies:
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Art Journaling with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Week 4

Hi everyone, Mou here with the 4th and final week of Art Journaling month!

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In the beginning, we picked an art journal and an inspiration piece. Week 2 was about creating foundations. Week 3, we started drawing, journaling, adding photos, etc. And in this 4th week, it comes all together... and here are all the pages from my art journal.
I have colored, stamped, added texture, illustrated, and added natural objects in my art journal. You could add anything you like, such as, photos, ephemera, fabric... anything you can imagine :)

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Starting with the cover

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Spread 1

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Spread 2

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Spread 3

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Spread 4

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and Spread 5.

I hope you enjoyed the process of our art journaling and that you found it inspiring enough to start your own art journals!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A sketch and a layout

 
Here's a sketch I created for October Afternoon

 
and a layout based on it.
You can find all the details here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Art Journaling with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Week 3

Hi everyone, Mou here today as we continue into week 3 of our art journaling journey.  

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So let's recap here... we have chosen a journal and an inspiration piece and created the foundations in our journals. My journal is about seeing beauty beyond landmarks and exotic vacations. It's about paying attention to the beauty in little insignificant things that are often ignored. I took this challenge so if any of you out there feels like they can't art journal because they didn't take a vacation to an intriguing place, I can show you that you can create on the go as well as right where you are. So, this time I invite you to take a walk with me in my neighborhood and explore my backyard. Here's to beauty in humble things!

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This is my sea glass collection sitting on my window sill. Love how time can polish off the sharp edges of a piece of broken glass. They are no longer clear and bright. But the smoothed out uneven pieces of colored glasses glow in the sunlight. Every morning, I see them when I make breakfast. I sketched the stack with pencil and colored them with various shades of Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. To create an impression of a soft shimmering morning sun through the window, I applied Glass Bead Glitter Gel through a stencil with palette knife. For journaling I used PITT Artist pen BLACK Superfine and the calligraphy pen from Journaling PITT Artist Pens set for the title.

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While my Whipped Spackle was still wet after stamping into it, I wrote on it with a pencil.

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After stenciling and multi-colored stamping, I still felt that my page looked boring. So I colored the backdrop with some Lemon Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color and blended it with a Deluxe Waterbrush. Love this Waterbrush as it makes watercoloring so easy on the go, whether on a trip or just local strolling and quick sketching.

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Here are my real leaves. The background is Chalkboard paint and then I painted a frame around it with Gesso and journaled with the Magenta pen from PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW. An it wrote beautifully even on a glazed surface! The title is written with the Stamper's Big White pen, another favorite of mine.

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The eggs are colored with Metallic Mint Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color and the shadowing is with PITT Pastel Pencils NEUTRALS. Now, because I'm working on a book where facing pages touch each other when closed, I don't want the pastel pencil to rub off. So I sealed it with Glaze.

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Here the background is Chalkboard paint and the leaves are colored with Stamper's Big Brush pens Chrome Yellow # 109 and Scarlet Red # 118. They are also the Stamper's Big Brush pens I used to stamp the background. Yep, you can stamp on Chalkboard paint with Stamper's Big Brush pens... I just realized that while playing!

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You can use your PITT Pastel Pencils not only for coloring and shadowing, you can use it as chalk! They go on beautifully on a surface painted with Chalkboard paint. Again, seal it off before you close the book.
Be sure to join me next Monday as I share my finished pages with you.