Sunday, July 25, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 2021 - Painted Leafy Twigs and Brushstroke Flowers 3 in Potted 2 Field Notes Vignette Box

Yup, I saved the best for last from this Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 series! Hello Everyone! Today, I have my last make using the new Potted 2 Bigz Die and Leafy Twigs Thinlits, plus the Chapter 2 Brushstroke Flowers 3 which I hadn't used yet. This may be hard to believe, but I rarely make anything for myself. I always make for others or plan to give projects away. This however, I planned out and made for me, and it matches my half bath where visitors usually use, and so this will go there. I absolutely adore this project (Especially since I love making home decor pieces!) and love how it came out exactly as I planned which doesn't happen to me often. Grab sustenance and enjoy...this one is long!
For the vase, die cut two of the Potted Vases using White Heavystock along with two of all the rim and thin stripe pieces. Use Collage Medium to adhere the two matching pot and rim pieces together, but do not adhere the stripe pieces together, and don't adhere anything to the pot yet.

Paint over the pot using Picket Fence Distress Paint from Ranger. I know it's already white but it adds to the nice painted look. Paint over the rim and stripe pieces using Black Soot paint. You might need to do two layers of the Black Soot for a nice look. When dry, adhere the rim piece to the top of the pot using Collage Medium and even space the stripe pieces over the pot (longer stripe pieces at the top) and adhere those with equal spacing. 
Trim off the stripe pieces so they are flush with the pot. Trim the bottom so it is now flat and not curved. 
Ink the sides, bottom, and top portions of the pot with Black Soot Archival Ink and an ink blending tool. Add some reflection lines to the white stripes with Antique Linen Distress Paint for a nice painted pottery look. When dry, use a paint brush and Distress Resist Spray to coat over the pot for a glazed look. Let dry, and wash the paintbrush so it doesn't stick together forever.
For the flowers, die cut one large and two small flowers from the Brushstroke Flowers 3 Thinlits using White Heavystock. Die cut one large leaf, two small, and three fern looking pieces as well. Make sure to keep the pieces together as there are several tiny pieces that are easy to lose, and it's good to figure out before hand how it all goes together.
Since the leaves are single pieces, it's good to start there. Paint over the fern pieces solidly with Twisted Citron Distress Paint, and then add Rustic Wilderness paint over randomly here and there. Paint over the regular leaves half Citron half Wilderness and then hand paint in some stem lines. Let them dry. Paint in the stamen of the flowers with Black Soot, and the part they will go on top of with Picket Fence. Paint over the base of all the flowers with Festive Berries, and all the pieces that will go on top of those with Aged Mahogany. 
While your brush still has a bit of Aged Mahogany on it, dry brush that over the flower bases from stem out to petal so you can see some fine darker lines. Dry brush a little Picket Fence on the bases the same as you did the other for a little contrast. Dry brush some Antique Linen over the white stamen pieces as well. Ink the edges of the small flower pieces with Barn Door Archival. Adhere all the pieces on the flower bases with Collage Medium. Set the flowers aside.
For the tray, using the larger tray from the Vignette Set, paint the outside of the tray (The inside will not be used.).Let dry. Cut a piece of Entomology Collage Paper to fit the bottom of the tray with the butterfly on the bottom and another piece for the top. Collage these onto the tray as good as you can using Collage Medium, to make a clean seam that is hardly noticeable where the two pieces meet, and folding around the sides. Use sand paper to sand off the overhang. 
Set the tray up vertically, and make a pencil mark on the top right in the middle. Drill a small hole for the screw to fit into from the Mini Hardware Set. Using Collage Medium for extra adherence, screw in one of the knobs. Use Black Soot Distress Paint over the borders of the tray to highlight what is going on the surface. Let dry. 
For the shelf, using the 4 inch Etcetera Scallop Borders, paint over the set using Black Soot Distress Paint. Let dry. Adhere the widest one to the bottom center of the tray with Collage Medium. Screw in a screw eye loop on the right edge. Adhere the smallest scallop border above it so it is hanging over to form a shelf. Using Festive Berries Distress Paint, paint in the words on a Thought Token, and wipe off the paint from the surface, and let dry. Add a few links (about three) from a chain with jump rings to the screw eye and then to the Thought Token so it can be read while it's hanging. 
For the leafy background, cut a piece of White Heavystock the same size as the Leafy Twigs Thinlit, and then paint it with Rustic Wilderness Distress Paint. Let this dry, and then die cut the Leafy Twigs, and clean out all of the scrap pieces.
Add two layers of foam tape to the back of the Potted vase, and adhere to the middle of the shelf.  Cut off the border of the Leafy Twigs and cut off random pieces of stems and leaves and play with the arrangement above the vase so it looks full and even and all the stems match up. Once you like the look, adhere the Leafy Twigs in place with Collage Medium. Add all the flowers and leaves on top of this and play with the arrangement until you like it, and then adhere them in place with either Collage Medium or foam tape. 
Take a biee from the Entomology Adornments, and use Mustard Seed Distress Paint to paint in the stripes with a detail paint brush. Let dry, and adhere the bee in place on the vase with Collage Medium. 
To finish the tray, add a squirt of Black Tie Enamel Accents to the silicon mat, and pick up dots of this with a stylus tool (the one from Tim's Sizzix tools set works great) and place the dots of Enamel Accents onto the tips of the stamen in the centers of the flowers for added dimension. Let dry. 
(Paper Trimmer, Die Cut Machine, Small Collage Brush, Small Paintbrush, Scissors, Ink Blending Tool, Die Brush, Die Pick, Medium Paintbrush, Sanding Block, Hand Drill, Flat Head Screwdriver, Pliers, Foam Tape, Small Stylus)
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die (Chapter 3 2021): Potted 2 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock: White 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Black Soot, Antique Linen, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Rustic Wilderness, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Black Soot, Barn Door 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Brushstroke Flowers 3 (Chapter 2) 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Vignette Set (Tray), Entomology Collage Paper, Mini Hardware Set, Vignette Hardware, Chain, Thought Tokens, Jump Ring, Entomology 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Etcetera Trims: Small Scallop
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 3 2021): Leafy Twigs 
-Ranger Enamel Accents: Black Tie
Phew...that was long. I hope I have inspired you with these Sizzix makes. Thank you so much for following along, and please know I sincerely appreciate it. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 2021 - Leafy Twigs and 3D Mini Roses in Rectangles Stacked Tiles Metallic Card

Hi All! Here is another card using the new dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. This one in particular, another metallic beauty, is made with the Leafy Twigs Thinlits, Rectangles Stacked Tiles Framelits (Yup, so good!), and the Mini 3D Roses Texture Fade. I am in love with how this card turned's like old school meets modern times to me. I like that combination, and I like that this can be given for so many reasons as there is no wording, just crazy shine and color lurking behind windows. Enjoy! 
Using the green tinted Metallic Confections Kraft Stock, trim a piece about the same size as the Leafy Twigs Thinlit. Die cut the thinlit, and use a die pick to help you remove all the inside pieces. Take a piece of blue tinted Metallic Confections Kraft Stock, uncut for now. Spray the back of the Leafy Twigs piece with Spray Adhesive (or use another that you like...just thought I'd try this out and I liked it) and then quickly lay this on the blue Confections piece and press over it with a paper towel to make sure the Leafy Twigs are flat. Remove the paper towel and use it to clean off any Spray Adhesive by softly rubbing over the pieces. The adhesive will rub off the metallic even when dry to leave the metallic nice and shiny. You can use Collage Medium for this as well, but I thought I'd try this and see how it worked on Metallic Kraft Stock, and I liked it a lot as the residue cleaned up perfectly as sometimes on Metallic cardstock I have a hard time with. Trim around the Leafy Twigs leaving a slight border of the blue to 4 7/16 x 5 5/8 inches. 
Cut a piece of the platinum Metallic Confections Kraft Stock to 4 5/8 x 5 7/8 inches. From the Retangles Stacked Tiles (There are five sizes, and I call them XL, L, M, Sm, and Tiny.) gather one XL rectangle, one L, one M, and two Sm. Using a ruler to help you, lay these as shown on the platinum Kraft Stock (on the Magnetic Plate to make things a little easier to die cut) so they are distrubuted evenly with about a 3/4 inch border around the edge, die cut side down. Run through your die cutting machine. If you are worried that the dies will move while cutting, use a little washi tape to help hold them down. Remove the platinum piece and the five rectangles inside and set them aside as you will use them later. Gather one L, one M, one Sm, and two Tiny rectangles, and have them ready to use for the Leafy Twigs piece. These rectangles will fit inside the rectangles you just cut. That is what makes these dies so great is that they nestle inside to create frames as well as solid rectangles. 
Lay the platinum piece over the Leafy Twigs piece to use as a guide, and looking from behind make sure the Leafy Twigs piece is centered with the platinum. Lay these down carefully on the Magnetic Plate, and use tape (that won't tear the cardstock) or sticky note to hold the pieces in place. Lay the one size smaller coordinating Rectangle Tiles in the center of the coordinating rectangle cut outs. The platinum piece is acting as a guide to make sure you center the smaller rectangles. You can remove the platinum piece once all five rectangles are on, but it makes it easier to just leave it in place. Run through your die cutting machine. (Note: If your cutting pads are really chewed up with die cutting lines it will make the marks on your platinum piece as mine did. This will be on the bottom so it will not be so noticeable on the card front, but if you have clean smooth pads use those.)
Remove the platinum piece from the top of the stack and mount on to slightly larger (4 7/8 x 6 inches) black cardstock with two sided tape. Mount this onto a kraft card base 5 x 6.25 inches. Ink the edges of the card base with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool. Remove the rectangles from the Leafy Twigs piece and keep those for another project. Set the Leafy Twigs piece aside, and you are finished with the rectangles.
 Take the five platinum rectangles, and lay them inside the rectangle spaces on the card so you know which one goes where. Using the Mini Roses 3D Texture Fade, figure out where each rectangle will go on the fade so that you will see the whole image correctly once all are embossed. Place two rectangles at a time in the fade so there is plenty of room, and mist with water and run it through the machine three times. Do the next two, and then the last rectangle. Once all are embossed you should have the whole image if pushed together with a little over lapping which is fine. Add two sided tape to the center of the rectangles on the card and lay the correct rectangles in the spaces and press to adhere.
 Fill a Detail Water Brush with 91% Rubbing Alcohol to 'watercolor' (more like alcohol color) with Archival Inks. (You need a permanent ink on the slick metallic surface so 'watercoloring' with Archival is perfect for this. Make sure to empty and rinse your water brush of the alcohol when finished as the alcohol can erode the bristles over time.) Remove the silicon mat from the glass mat so you can see the white grid surface. Apply the Archival Ink directly from the pad onto the surface, and pick up with the brush and color in the raised areas on the Mini Rose. I used Picked Raspberry for the petals, Fossilized Amber for the centers and a little on the leaves, and then Peeled Paint on the rest of the leaves. If you get the color on somewhere you don't want just wipe away with a paper towel misted with a little alcohol. I purposely let the ink seep out for a more watercolor like look though. Once colored in, add foam tape to the back of the Leafy Twigs piece and adhere to the front of the card making sure there is an even border of platinum behind so that the rectangles match up. FYI, you can spray with Spray Fixative to make sure the ink stays bright year after year if you are displaying your card. The glass mat is easily cleaned up with more alcohol or hand sanitizer which contains alcohol.
(Paper Trimmer, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Paper Towel, Ruler, Tape and/or Sticky Note, Ink Blending Tool, Detail Water Brush filled with 91% Rubbing Alcohol, Glass Mat, Scissors, Black Foam Tape)
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 3 2021): Leafy Twigs 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Confections Kraft Stock 
-E6000 Spray Adhesive
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits (Chapter 3 2021): Rectangles Stacked Tiles 
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock, Black Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades (Chapter 3 2021): Mini Roses 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint
Once again, thank you so very much for stopping by, and especially letting me know you did. I'll be back soon. I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!