Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ghost Town - Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3

This spooky little Ghost Town is a fabulous die set from Tim Holtz and Sizzix as part of the Chapter 3 release. I spent quite a bit of time trying to come up with a card idea worthy of its spookiness. Unfortunately I wasn't happy with anything I came up with on my own. Then I saw in my youtube notifications that Jennifer McGuire had posted a new card tutorial. So I headed over to see what kind of genius thing she had thought up and low and behold, her Split Card Design tutorial was just what I needed. I thought it would be just the thing to showcase these Ghost Town dies. I put a link to her video tutorial at the end of this post, but for now, let's go ahead and talk about how I applied her technique to this card.
Starting with the houses and trees, I wanted them to look old and weathered, so I did the following process on all the houses and trees that I used on this card.
I cut the trees and houses from a heavy black cardstock. Then I put a layer of clear Distress Crackle Paint.
Once it was dry it looked shiny and that wasn't the look I wanted. I could have used Distress Crayons on it at this point but I wanted to try something else.
I sprayed the crackle paint with Pumice Stone Distress Oxide Spray.
Then I rubbed it in with my finger to make sure it went down into the cracks.
I let it dry a little bit and then wiped off the excess.
As you can see it weathered the houses quickly and easily. If desired you can add some additional color with Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Sprays.
Now to make the card. For the Split Card you need to separate "split" sections either on the top and bottom or on both of the sides.
 This card has a split top and a bottom. The split pieces are not to connect together by themselves. The die cuts are what connects them. You need two pieces to make the top and two for the bottom.
To make the top of the split, I cut two pieces. One of them will need to be longer as it will be scored 1/2"-1" to be folded under the inside of the card. Jennifer McGuire will explain this in her video tutorial. She had dies that cut some cloud shapes for the upper part of her cards.
I didn't have that but I did have some fantastic bat dies from the new Bat Crazy set. I figured out that if I used the inside of the bat wings that I could make some crazy looking clouds with them. The two different types of bat wings make two different styles of clouds.
 I attached the shorter piece of cloud paper at the fold where the longer piece that had been scored.
Then I had to cut the bottom part of the split, so I used the longer bat wing to make some abstract looking hills.
Again I cut a longer and a shorter piece so there are layers. They need to line up at the bottom.

Here is how I positioned the bat wing to cut one side of the hills, then I moved it to the other wing and other side for a second cut.
Once I got them cut, I adhered them together and then did some messy sewing across the bottom
You have to attach the splits together, so to start, you have to put the scored piece on the top split behind the inside of the card. 
 Since you are going to be seeing the inside of the card through the split, I tried to make it look like the night sky. It is black smooth cardstock that has been sprayed with several colors of Distress Oxide Sprays in Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet, with a little bit of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain thrown in.
I added a few smaller bats from the Bat Crazy set, and cut the sentiment out of the new Handmade steel rule alphabet. I made sure the sentiment was behind the upper and lower splits. I only wanted the night sky and the bats to show through behind the ghost town.
To put this together, you attach the flap at the top of the cloud portion of the split, behind the top of the night sky piece. Then attach the entire night sky/inside piece to a piece that will be the very back of the card. This hides the flap at the top and gives the card a little strength.
Lay the bottom split even with the bottom of the card, hold it in place with something, and then use the pieces of the ghost town to attach them together.
Only put glue on the back of the houses where they will touch the top and bottom of the card split.You do not want any adhesive on the back of the card  that is in the split because you don't want it to stick. You want it to open.
Use foam dots to give the bottom house a little dimension.
Once this is all dry, flip the card open and cut all of the die cuts again and adhere them to the back of any of the die cut pieces. Line these all up and adhere them to the back of the split pieces and to the house.
Here is the video I watched from Jennifer McGuire on Split Card Design that gave me the inspiration to figure out how to make this work with these Chapter 3 dies. Once you see this video, my instructions above will hopefully make a lot more sense.
 Thank you Jennifer for always sharing your creative genius! I loved this card idea so much that I made several split cards with the dies from this release.

Thanks to my readers for making it this far. I hope you give this split card design a try. It's fun and a little addicting once you get the basic design format mastered.

I am an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp and so the links below send you to one of those stores depending on which logo you choose.  If you wish to purchase something from either store and use one of my links below, I get a small percentage of your order, at no additional cost to you. This helps me to defray the costs of this blog and the ideas and tutorials I post here, and your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Simple Halloween Cards

Here are two simple cards that can be made with some of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 dies.  It's fun to use the dies in over the top, detailed, crazy fun projects, but it is just as fun to use the same dies on simple cards for friends and that is just what these cards are.
 I made this card for a friend who I know loves the musical Wicked. I usually don't use the witch dies and things, but I knew this use of the witch feet and hat from the Frightful Things die set, would make a light-hearted card for my friend.  In addition to the new cauldron and Frightful Things dies, I added the Alphanumeric Cut Out uppercase font for the sentiment and a Halloween Story Stick from Ideaology. The cauldron is cut from black kraftstock and the feet and hat were cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and layered and colored with Distress Oxides.
 This card was for another friend who loves Disney. I was inspired by the talking skull above the drop in Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, voiced by one of my favorite Disney imagineers, X Atencio. He also wrote the script, the song and designed the original ride.
 I mounted the Skull and Crossbones on one of the Stacked Archway dies that had been embossed in the Brick texture fade. They were both mounted on some kraftstock that had been run through the Lumber 3-D texture fade and colored with Distress inks and oxides.
 The skull and crossbones were cut from some Sizzix Mat Board in cream color and then covered with Distress Gritpaste. Once it was dry I covered with a layer of Distress Collage Medium and then once that was dry I added Walnut Stain, Black Soot, and Peeled Paint Distress Crayon to make the bones look old and weathered.
The sentiment on this card was also cut from the Alphanumeric Cut Out Uppercase. To finish it off, I added the four Ideaology Hardware Heads.

So as you can see these are both simple cards that are very easy to replicate and even to duplicate if you were making invitations for a party of some sort.

I am an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp and so the links below send you to one of those stores depending on which logo you choose.  If you wish to purchase something from either store and use one of my links below, I get a small percentage of your order, at no additional cost to you. This helps me to defray the costs of this blog and the ideas and tutorials I post here, and your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Jolly St Nick - Colorize

Sometimes a die deserves a whole scene and I felt that was the case with Jolly St Nick.  This new type of detailed die cut, Colorize, was dreamed up by Tim Holtz and was a showstopper as part of his Chapter 3 release this month. It's such a fantastic concept and I adore the result!

Although this may look like a difficult scene to create, it really is just a matter of enjoying the time cutting, coloring and assembling this piece. There really isn't any technique involved save the assembly of St Nick. With that in mind, I have really just posted a lot of close ups and will add a tidbit here and there that might help in the assembly.
Starting with the basics, it is a large Vignette Tray, two large finial bases, and a pull from Mini Hardware Pulls. I covered the inside of the box with paper one of Tim Holtz's paper stashes.
The tree is one of the Layered Pines. I cut it from chipboard and Distress Water Color Paper. I colored the watercolor paper with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Ink. Then sprayed it with Distress Resist Spray and dusted it with Distress Rock Candy Glitter. Then decorated it with some of the candles, stars and bows from the Festive Things die set. 
This is a Steel Rule Bigz die so it can be cut from all kinds of things. That's why I cut it out of chipboard as well to give it some thickness so it could stand away from the wall. You can see it has a base that was part of the Festive Things set. It is cut from silver metallic Kraftstock and aged with Mushroom alcohol ink.
This Festive Things set was one I used quite a bit in this scene. I used a majority of the dies in the set. I used Distress Watercolor Cardstock, a little bit of the silver and gold metallic paper, and some papers from various past Ideaology Christmas paper pads. I found it easiest with those to back them with Sizzix Permanent Adhesive sheets and then when I cut them they were easier to assemble.
Behind the tree is the new Window Frame. It's a fun, quirky window. In this scene I used Watercolor Cardstock so that it would look like a painted window frame. The night sky was made with black cardstock with Picket Fence Distress Spray to make the stars. Then a thick coat of Distress Resist Spray to mimic the window glass. the wreath is again from the Festive Things set and it is popped up off the window with foam dots.
The Window Frame die is a Bigz Steel Rule die so it can again, be cut out of thick materials for dimension.
The decor over the mantle was made with a few pieces of spruce cut from the Large Funky Festive set. I added two bells cut from metallic kraftstock and a bow. The bells were added with foam dots.
The Large Funky Festive set has some really nice sized florals that can be used for any season depending on how you color them. I used this set on several of my Halloween projects as well.
The Fireside mantle was also made from Distress Watercolor Cardstock to look painted. The bows and swags are part of the die set and it also comes with two small stockings.  The stocking I put on the mantle is the one from the Festive Things set however.
Below you can see all of the many detailed parts of the Fireside die set. This is also one of the Colorize dies, so it helps aid you through the cutting and assembly.
The brick surround is part of the die set. I colored the paper with Fired Brick Distress Ink and then Inked the raised portions of the die with Black Soot Archival Ink before I cut it so it would add the detail in the depressions. The bricks in the back behind the flames are from the Mixed Media 3 set and adhered over some black cardstock. The grate is part of the Fireside set and was cut from metallic Kraftstock.
Now to the main attractions - Jolly St Nick. He may look intimidating at first but I have linked to some videos that will help with the concept of Colorize and with assembly. Just cut it out of cardstock with SIzzix Permanent Adhesive on the back. Trust me, this will make it so much easier to put together in the end!

There are several ways you can do this. I cut the white parts all the same white Watercolor Paper and lightly inked the edges. I colored the other papers with Distress Ink before I cut them and inked the edges.
In this video Tim discusses these dies and how he puts them together.

 You may be curious as to how I got Santa to stand up. Well what I did was after he was basically assembled, I added some scrap pieces of chipboard on the back to hold it all together and to make it sturdier. Then I attached him to a piece of the packing foam that comes in the Vignette Trays that keeps them separate. I adhered the foam piece to the back wall and then to the back of Santa so there was a lot of dimension to this piece.
I always figure that the more I know about something the better, so this is a colorize assembly video by Pete Hughes. I've just recently found out about him. He is delightful and has an interesting technique for this die.
I hope having all three of those videos helped. It's nice to see so many different perspectives.
Now on to the goodies that Santa brings. He has to have something to hold them in, and the moment I saw the Halloween Cauldron die, I couldn't help but see a Santa Sack. I stuffed it full of gifts, stockings, and a tree from the Festive Things set.
It needs to be attached to the base or back wall with a piece of the packing foam and also attached to the side of the tray first, then attach Santa last because he overlaps the side of the cauldron and can be attached to it for stability.
The Cauldron die is a Bigz steel rule die, so I cut it from Watercolor Paper and chipboard. The handle was only cut from gold metallic kraftstock.
Often when working with the Vignette Trays, we use tape to cover the raw edge, but I wanted something a little more fancy, so I made multiple of the small 3-D Star Trim cuts. The I attached them all around the outside of the tray with some Collage Medium. It fits perfectly on the thick edges. I used gold Metallic Kraftstock.
Because this is a 3-D Impresslit die, that embosses and cuts, you have to lightly spray the paper with water, and then run it through the machine three times. Also only use ONE cutting plate.
There you have it. The basics of this Santa's Delivery scene. It was so much fun to put together and I hope you are inspired to make a scene of your own!
I am an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp and so the links below send you to one of those stores depending on which logo you choose.  If you wish to purchase something from either store and use one of my links below, I get a small percentage of your order, at no additional cost to you. This helps me to defray the costs of this blog and the ideas and tutorials I post here, and your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!