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Better Days Ahead Card | Sizzix Donate To Make

Hello crafty friends! I'm thrilled to be sharing some inspiration today featuring the brand new dies being launched by Sizzix! These 2 brand new dies are being launched in support of their chosen charity, Feeding America®.  

These cheerful and uplifting die sets have been lovingly created to help you in your pledge to continue to spread hope and joy through your creative pursuits! Including the iconic rainbow along with a selection of encouraging phrases, these sets are perfect for use for a variety of occasions to spread some positive vibes!

Better Days Ahead Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sizzix Rainbow Die Set and Good Vibes Die Set

For every Sizzix Thinlits Die Set (Rainbow 8PK or Good Vibes 6PK) purchased, Sizzix will donate $10 to Feeding America® COVID-19 Response Fund. Through the purchase of this product you are helping to support their vital work with food banks and leading the fight against hunger. For more information, visit sizzix.com/donatetomake. If you would like to learn more about the Feeding America please visit their website at https://www.feedingamerica.org/.

These 2 new die sets are AVAILABLE NOW and exclusively on the Sizzix website! One of the die sets is called Rainbow and is made up of 8 die pieces. The other is called Good Vibes and includes 6 sentiments that are perfect for spreading love. Here's a look at each of the die sets.
Rainbow Die Set
Good Vibes Die Set

Better Days Ahead Card

Let me share a bit on how the card I created using these new dies came together. I began by die cutting each of the pieces from the Rainbow Die Set from watercolor paper. I then colored each piece using Distress Ink.

Better Days Ahead Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sizzix Rainbow Die Set and Good Vibes Die Set

Here you can see how I smooshed the ink pad onto my craft mat, spritzed it with just a bit of water and then dipped the paper into the ink. I dried it with my heat tool and then repeated the dipping. The ink colors I used are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean.


For the background, I die cut a bunch of extra clouds and used them as a mask to create a cloudy sky. I used non permanent adhesive to position them on a piece of Bristol paper. I then inked over them using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.


I used double sided foam adhesive to adhere the rainbow and clouds. The little heart is from the Tim Holtz Falling Hearts Thinlits Die. I finished off the card by adding the sentiment from the Good Vibes Die Set.

Better Days Ahead Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sizzix Rainbow Die Set and Good Vibes Die Set

#donatetomake
I hope you enjoyed this bit of inspiration using the Sizzix Rainbow and Good Vibes Die Set. I also hope you'll consider supporting their chosen charity...Feeding America. When you get your dies, make sure you share what you create and tag Sizzix on social media using #donatetomake.

Boo Shaker Card | Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3

Boo! Hey friends! It may be the 4th of July here in the US, but I'm in a Halloween crafting mood myself! I'm back today to share a Halloween Boo Shaker Card I created using some of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Dies. You may have seen this project featured during Tim's Facebook Live. If you missed it, you can view it over on Tim's blog. I invite you to it check it out to see this and loads of other Halloween crafting inspiration from all the amazing makers.

Halloween Boo Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Spider Web Thinlits

For this card I used the new Spider Web and Alphanumeric Upper Shadow Thinlits.

Halloween Boo Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Spider Web Thinlits

Now let's see how this shaker card came together! To get started, I took a piece of white Bristol paper (you can also use Mixed Media Heavystock) cut to 4 x 5.25" and die cut an opening in the center of it. I used one of the frames from the Curio Box Bigz Die, but any of the Stacked Thinlits would also work.


After creating the opening, I ink blended the paper using a combination of Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves.


I then inked the edges with a bit of Black Soot Distress Oxide, gave the entire piece a spritzing of water with my Distress Sprayer and dabbed it dry.


After the inking was completed, I cut a piece of acetate and adhered it behind the opening. (I got the acetate from a Bigz Die packaging.) I then cut pieces of craft foam and adhered them around the opening. The adhesive of choice...Distress Collage Medium!


The background behind the shaker opening was created used the smoosh technique with a combination of Black Soot, Seedless Preserves and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. I then adhered a spider web from the Spider Web Thinlits that I die cut from silver Metallic Kraftstock.

As for the shaker filler, I colored Distress Mica Flakes using Purple Twilight Alcohol Ink. I also die cut some spiders from the new Spider Web Thinlits, trimmed off the webbing, and added them to the mix as well. When creating shaker cards, I like to pour the filler onto the background to get a feel on whether I have enough filler or not. I then adhered the shaker box on top.


To decorate the front of the card, I die cut a couple of webs from black cardstock using the Spider Web Thinlits. 

Halloween Boo Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Spider Web Thinlits

Halloween Boo Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Spider Web Thinlits

I then added the sentiment by die cutting silver Metallic Craftstock using the Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits. As you can see, I didn't use the shadow part of the die. I love the versatility of this die set...you can use it with or without the shadow to achieve a variety of looks! I also lightly sanded the letters to give them a slightly distressed look. To finish off the card, I layered the entire shaker onto a piece of black cardstock.

Halloween Boo Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Spider Web Thinlits

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out how I created this Halloween Boo Shaker Card!

SUPPLIES

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Halloween Haunted House Vignette | Tim Holtz Haunted Thinlits Die

Hello friends! I'm so excited to begin sharing some of the Sizzix Seasonal Chapter 3 projects I created for Tim Holtz.  I hope you'll join me in the coming weeks as I share the projects I created. Chapter 3 is full of all things Halloween and Christmas...and if you know me at all you know these are my favorite holidays. I love to decorate for both of them and of course craft all the things for them as well. Needless to say, I'm just a wee bit excited about this release!

In case you missed it, Tim shared the entire Sizzix Chapter 3 release along with loads of inspiration during a Facebook Live that you can check out on Facebook or Tim's blog

Halloween Haunted House Vignette

This first project is a Halloween House Vignette featuring the Haunted Thinlits Die. From the moment I saw this die, I knew I wanted to combine it with the Tiny Lights to create an eerie glow coming from within.

Halloween Haunted House Vignette by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Haunted Thinlits Die

To get started, I began by putting together the haunted house using the Haunted and Gatekeeper Thinlits Die. I painted pieces of watercolor paper with Distress Paint in Black Soot (for the house and bats), Hickory Smoke (for the house details) and Antique Linen (for the moon). I then die cut the respective pieces from each of the the painted papers and assembled the house.


To create the windows for the house, I actually used a piece of plastic. This is similar to the plastic envelope that the Sizzix Dies come in. I have a bunch of this from plastic dividers I've purchased from office supply stores and my 12x12 paper holders. For some reason, I never need all the dividers that come with these things so I have a pile of it! It made for a great window, as I wanted something that would allow the light to shine through without letting you see what was behind the windows. If you don't have any plastic like this, you could also use a piece of vellum to achieve the same look. I personally, liked how the plastic makes the house a little more sturdy.

Halloween Haunted House Vignette by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Haunted Thinlits Die

The background inside the Vignette box was created using Distress Ink, heat embossing and a stencil.
I began with a piece of watercolor paper. I placed the Halftone Stencil onto the paper and inked over it with embossing ink. I then sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun. I then ink blended over it with Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet and Black Soot making sure to keep the Carved Pumpkin in the area that would go behind the house to assist with creating the eerie glow. Next, I splattered a bit of watered down Black Soot Distress Paint over the paper. I then trimmed the paper to size to fit the back of the box and adhered it with Collage Medium. I also trimmed extra pieces to cover the inside top and sides of the box as well.

Halloween Haunted House Vignette by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Haunted Thinlits Die

Once the house was fully assembled I then played with twisting the Tiny Lights to fit behind it in the Vignette Box. I ended up trimming off a few of the lights to make the strand fit. To adhere the Haunted House inside the Vignette Box and to create space for the Tiny Lights, I glued several pieces of chipboard together and placed them behind a section of the house with no windows. I then glued this to the back of the Vignette Box.


Before we go any further, I did drill a hole in the back side of the Vignette Box. I feed the lights through the hold and then adhered the battery pack to the back side of the box. To help the box be less noticeable, I adhered a piece of black cardstock to the pack and trimmed it to size.

To decorate the outside of the Vignette Box, I painted it with Black Soot Distress Paint. While the paint was drying, I used the Spider Web Thinlits Die to cut a bunch of spider webs from black cardstock. I then adhered them to the outside of the box using Collage Medium. I trimmed some of them down to make them fit and of course I added a couple of the spiders here and there.


For a bit more grunge, I added Crackle Texture Paste to the front edges of the box. Once it was dry, I added some Black Soot Distress Crayon to dinge it up. For the final touch, I adhered some florist moss to the base of the box.


This is a look at the Halloween House Vignette with the lighted turned off. It still looks fun, but the Tiny Lights add a special touch to help complete the scene.


I hope you enjoyed learning how this Halloween Haunted House Vignette came together using some of the new dies from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Papercrafts Unite Against Racism Blog Hop

Hello friends! Welcome to the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop. I’m happy to be coming together to stand with the papercrafting community to stand behind our crafty sisters and brothers of colour and to show my support in the never-ending fight for racial equality all over the world.

Now Is The Time Mixed Media Card by Juliana Michaels

If you are looking for more information about the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop and a full list of participants, ways to help etc. head over to Justine Hovey's blog.

NOW IS THE TIME

As I was thinking about what to create for this blog hop, I was struck by the saying "now is the time". Racism and racial injustice have gone on for too long in this country and now is the time for change.

With this idea in mind, I began selecting elements that went together to support this theme. Clocks and gears seemed the perfect fit to represent time and the butterfly was of course perfect to represent change.

The background was created by spraying watercolor paper with Distress Spray Stains in Speckled Egg, Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone and just a touch of Ground Espresso. I spritzed it with water and then dried it with my heat tool. Next I smooshed some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink onto it. For this I smashed the ink pad onto my non-stick craft mat, spritzed it with water and then dabbed my paper into the ink. I dried the paper and then repeated the dabbing until I was happy with the look. I also did some water spritzing and dabbed the water dry to give it a bit more grunge. Once the background was dry, I stamped several images onto it using Vintage Photo Archival Ink. This included the clock from Inventor 1 and images from Dapper and Field Notes.

Now Is The Time Mixed Media Card by Juliana Michaels

The clock was created using the Timekeeper Bigz Die. I cut it from watercolor paper and then applied the Distress Embossing Dauber to different areas, sprinkled it with Walnut Stain Embossing Glaze and heat set it. I then added the embossing ink to some of the open areas not covered with the Walnut Stain Glaze and added Rusty Hinge Glaze. I then added Broken China Glaze to the final spots. The main thing to keep in mind for this look is don't cover the entire surface with the same color. Apply the colors to different section and occasionally allow the colors can overlap a bit. I used this same technique on the clock hands and the Hardware Head was distressed with a bit of Mushroom and Mined Alcohol Inks.

The gears were die cut from watercolor paper using the Gearhead Thinlits Die. I inked them with Peacock Distress Ink and added a tiny bit of Vintage Photo using my finger tip.

On top of all of this, I layered a butterfly cut from watercolor paper using the Tattered Butterfly Bigz Die. I smooshed Fossilized Amber Distress Ink onto my non-stick craft mat and dipped and dabbed the die cut into the ink, drying it in between. I then stamped it with the clock from the Inventor 1 Stamp Set using Vintage Photo Archival Ink.

Now Is The Time Mixed Media Card by Juliana Michaels

To finish off the card, I added the sentiment which was stamped using the Vintage Type Lower Stamp Set from Scrapbook.com. Each word was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock that was inked with Old Paper and then edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Now Is The Time Mixed Media Card by Juliana Michaels

BLOG HOP INFO

You may be arriving to my blog from Martha Lucia Gomez of Joy Clair Designs.  Your next stop on the hop is Amy Hill.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy all the inspiration you find during the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop.

 

SUPPLIES

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. 

Glazed Ceramic Tags

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a set of tags I created a bit ago. I don't know about you, but sometimes I can get so lost in the creative process that I just forget about the sharing part. And then sometimes...like now, I find myself not having the energy or mojo to share.


With that being said, today I'm finally getting around to sharing these textured tags. I was inspired to create them after watching several of Tim Holtz's Saturday Demos. Some of the techniques are ones I learned from watching the videos and some were just me wondering "what if I try this". I originally shared how the tags started out on Instagram. They started out quite bright and pretty in this "before" photo.


I then went about creating the Glazed Ceramic effect before I added the final touches. Keep scrolling to see how each tag turned out. I'm also sharing some of the different techniques I used to create the various textures on each tag.


As you can see each tag was finished off with a similar treatment. I added a Paper Doll to each one that was colored with Embossing Glaze. I used an Embossing Pen to color the clothing area, sprinkled it with Embossing Glaze and then heat set it with my embossing gun. To continue the repeated treatment, I also added some die cut circles. These were all cut from scraps of patterned paper, which I tend to hoard, using the Sizzix Thinlits Stacked Circles. Because there are multiples of each size, it was a breeze to cut a bunch of circles all at once. I then finished each one off with a Idea-ology Small Talk sticker.


3D Embossing Folders + Glaze 

These first three tags each began as a piece of watercolor paper die cut using the Sizzix Thinlits Tag Collection.  After cutting each tag I embossed each one with a different 3D Embossing Folder. From left to right I used: Brickwork, Elegant and Foundry. Next, I rubbed over each tag with an Embossing Ink Pad, sprinkled it with Embossing Glaze, tapped off the excess and then heat embossed it with my embossing heat tool. I tried this technique with the Embossing Dauber the first time, but I personally liked how the ink pad covered more surface area and seemed to cover the paper more evenly than the Dauber when rubbing it over the textured surfaces. 

Glazed Ceramic Tags with 3D Embossing Folder, Embossing Glaze and Distress Crayons by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

On the Brickwork tag I used Vintage Photo Embossing Glaze, on the Elegant tag I used Peeled Paint and on the Foundry tag I used Hickory Smoke. At this point, the tags were bright and shiny like the original image I shared above.


To get that Glazed Ceramic look and to add a touch of grunge, I used Distress Crayons. Working in small sections and rubbing it in as I went I added the crayons to each tag to pull out the embossed detail. On the Brickwork tag I used Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Crayons.


On the Elegant tag I used Peeled Paint and Ground Espresso Distress Crayons. For the Foundry Tag, I didn't quite get all of the paper covered with embossing glaze, so I inked the edges with Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge and a touch of Black Soot. I then finished it off with some Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge Distress Crayons.



Stencils + Glaze

For this next set of tags I used Stencils to achieve a similar effect as the embossing folders. This was one of those what if I try this moments for me. Here I used the following stencils from left to right: Bouquet, Digits, Doodle Art 2 and Bouquet.


By adding Texture Paste through the stencil, I was able to create a textured surface similiar to what I achieved with the 3D Embossing Folders. On the Bouquet tag, I placed the stencil on top of the tag and used a palette knife I wipe Texture Paste over the stencil. I gently lifted it off and set the tag to the side to dry. While it was drying, I also washed the stencil. I repeated this same process for the Digits Tag and Doodle Art 2 Tag.


On the Digits tag, I didn't quite cover the entire tag with Embossing Glaze, so I inked the edges and open spaces with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then spritzed the tag with my Distress Sprayer, dabbed it dry and then splattered on a bit of Vintage Photo and Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray.


I tried a slightly different idea on the other Bouquet Tag. I first stamped several images with Archival Ink from the Field Notes Stamp Set onto the tag. I then used Crackle Paste instead of Texture Paste. 


Once the paste was dry, I used the same process as before. I wiped over the tag with the Embossing Ink Pad and embossed each one with a different color of Embossing Glaze. From left to right I used Tattered Rose, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Fossilized Amber Embossing Glaze. At this point, as I mentioned earlier, the tags were very bright and pretty.

And as before, I achieved the Glazed Ceramic look using primarily Distress Crayons. The Bouquet tag used Vintage Photo Distress Crayon and the Doodle Art 2 used Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge.




I hope you enjoyed the Glazed Ceramic Tags I shared with you today. If you have any questions about them, please feel free to reach out and ask!


SUPPLIES

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. This is not a sponsored post. The products I used to create these tags are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for projects I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 and 2 Release.