Not exactly sure where a month went by... life with Jia is busy and beautiful. And quite exhausting as well.
I had scheduled all my blog posts till the last one ahead of time, before delivery. I wanted to keep the time open as much as possible so I can devote most of it to our new baby. This pregnancy wasn't easy. Still not quite up to social media or blogging or creating much for that matter. There are several post caesarian complications to deal with. Ton of emails and even messages and texts are to be read and answered. While I wanted to post here the very day she was born, obviously that was unrealistically ambitious. But here I am... finally posting about my new little girl Aaliya. We call her Jia, Jiabear, Jiapet and more and Nini and Om have grown up so much in the last few months. They help a lot by bringing me diapers, drinks, blankets, etc. Love how excited and proud they are of their baby sister. And I'm thankful.
Start by diecutting the sentiments. Pick a Label die and place a block Holiday Word inside it on a standard cutting pad on top of the Magnetic Platform. Be sure to put the dies blade side up. The strong magnets of the platform hold the dies securely in place allowing you to get precision cuts. Layer cardstock on top of the dies and top it off with another standard cutting pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Big Shot machine.
Trim cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5" pieces. Place them inside Holiday Knits embossing folders. Place the folder between two cutting pads and lay it on the embossing tab of the multipurpose platform. Pass the sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
Lay Layered Snowflake die blade side up. Place cardstock on top. Put them between two standard cutting pads and run the sandwich through the Big Shot machine. To add beautiful embossed details, place the diecut snowflake inside the accompanying Texture Fade embossing folder. Put the folder between two cutting pads and place it on the embossing tab of the multipurpose platform. Pass the sandwich through the Big Shot machine.
With ink blending tool, apply Peacock Feathers Distress ink to the Holiday Knit embossed piece.
Color the smaller pinked circle label with DecoArt Metallic Silver Fluid Acrylic paint. Color the center of the bigger pinked circle with Adirondack Metallic Gold Acrylic paint. Mount the sentiment to the bigger label with foam tape to add dimension.
Color the embossed design on the layered snowflake with Adirondack Metallic Gold Acrylic paint.
Attach the Holiday Knit background piece to card front. With foam tape attach the snowflake on the top part of the card. With more foam tape, attach the layered sentiment labels at the center of the snowflake. Splatter gold paint across the card to finish.
I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would be using some of these fun dies for your holiday crafting this year.
I have two new online video workshops for you... I have worked on them with a lot of love over the past few months. Being pregnant and having my baby has put the launch of my online classes to the back burner a few times, but here they are now:
You can watch the trailers by clicking the class links above.
If you follow my blog, you can browse and see how I create detailed tutorials of projects. These video workshops take that to the next level. If you have never taken a class from me, I think this is a good place to start. If you have taken my workshops at Big Picture classes or another live event, you might enjoy these as the next step in our mixed media journey. You can find out more about these workshops and me right here. Please feel free to email me any questions you have about these workshops at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Hope to have you in my classes :)