Friday, November 8, 2013

LWD Design Team Showcase: " Alterations Dies by Sizzix"

Well its that time again, my turn up for the Design Team Showcase for Lone Wolf Designs.
This time I want to showcase Alterations Dies designed by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.

The dies I'm using for this showcase are the Pumpkin Jack mover and shaper, the strip die Tattered Banners and the strip die Autumn Gatherings. I know you may be thinking I've seen these used before but hopefully I can show you something that you may have not tried.

First using the Pumpkin Jack die cut both the pumpkin and the stem from thin chipboard.

Now here is the trick part. We are creating a card in the Pumpkin shape.
In order to do this you need to take an A2 card and line the seam side just shy of the edge of the die cut so the card keeps its seam so when cutting you are not creating separate two pieces.

Here's a closer shot after I ran the die though the machine.
You can see that the seam edge of the card is inside of the die cut shape on the right.

Next take some Ranger Paint dabbers and color the chip board pieces.
These are the colors I used.

Once the chipboard is dry paint over the pieces with Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint.
I used a brush and purposely left vertical streaks to mimic the texture of a pumpkin.

While that dries use the Autumn Gatherings die to cut multiple shapes from different fall colors and ink them using Ranger Distress Inks.

Once your pumpkin piece is dry use Distress Stain and go over the pieces to accentuate the crackle effect. I used the Walnut stain color.

Using Ranger Glossy Accents begin gluing the Autumn Gatherings pieces in an arrangement near the bottom of the pumpkin.

 I then covered just the acorn shaped pieces completely in glossy accents to make them stand out from the matte surface of the leaves.

After cutting a banner from the Tattered Banners die I stamped it with a phrase from
Tim Holtz's Simple Sayings stamp set. 
 I just love the way this turned out and hope I have inspired you to try and use your Bigz Dies to create some shaped cards of your own.

As you can see below this technique can be achieved from many of the larger Bigz Dies. After cutting your cards, just cut whole pieces from chip board, card stock or grunge board to cover the fronts and decorate as desired.

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  1. What a great card Stephen! And awesome tips as well! Wonderful job as always!!

  2. I think I'm going to have to get some of that Rock Candy Crackle Paint! I love your card. Thanks for the tips.

  3. Great idea on using the dies for cards! Super post Stephen!!

  4. Awesome tips for using an older product in a new way! Thanks for sharing your creativity and for being part of the team!

  5. That pumpkin looks amazing! Awesome!

  6. Love this one Bear! Great pumpkin card with all it's trimmings. Great ideas for the other shapes, too.

  7. Very nice! I love your card, and thanks for showing how to make the dies into a card. I had heard you could do that, but I had no idea how. Tfs!