This weekend on the Sizzix blog we are celebrating all things Eileen Hull! There are some fabulous giveaways and amazing project inspiration. Design team members all made a project to share featuring their favorite dies from Eileen's collection. Eileen is a "stuff maker" like me so I really love using her dies.
I hope I don't seem like too much of a tease, but I chose to work with two of her brand new dies just released at CHA. The collection is called "From the Heart" and it is truly my most favorite Eileen collection ever! The collection doesn't ship until January (!!) so I thought for my tutorial I would share with you some tips for working with Eileen's dies and Sizzix Mat Board.
When possible, I prefer to cut my mat board and paper as one piece. To do that, I use Therm O Web's iCraft Adhesive which is a thin sheet adhesive. The thin adhesive film is sandwiched between two removable backing sheets. I begin by removing one backing sheet and applying it to my Scoreboard surface which I have cut to fit my selected die.
Next, with the adhesive adhered to the mat board, I remove the second backing sheet and place the mat board adhesive side down onto the backside of my patterned paper. I use a craft knife to cut around the edge of the mat board to remove the excess paper.
After trimming, your mat board will be plain on one side and have patterned paper on the other. I find it is always best to make a test cut over a section of the die that has score lines using a scrap piece of mat board. I like to do this so that I know which way the score lines fold. In the case of this die, they cut so that the side of the mat board that is touching the surface of the die would be the outside edge of the finished project. Because of that, for this box, I placed my piece of mat board patterned paper side down onto the die to cut it.
I wanted to capture a specific part of the design of the patterned paper for my lid. To do that, I applied the adhesive film to the mat board, left the second backing sheet in place and then die cut the lid. I used the scrap mat board as a template and laid it on my pattern paper, adjusting it until the image was framed the way I wanted it. I used a pencil to trace the heart shape and then cut the paper for the lid out with scissors. I removed the second adhesive backing sheet from the die cut lid and placed the paper onto it, lining up the edges. (Be sure to see the glue stick tip below for making this step super easy.)
The tabs will be what are used to assemble the pieces to one another. I like to use SuperTape (red line tape) because of its strength. Rather than trying to apply tape to each individual section, I apply one long strip along the section of tabs.
Because SuperTape is strong and has a quick bond, I like to apply glue stick over the sticky surface of the tape after removing the red liner. Using a glue stick gives you a little more work time to adjust the placement of the tabs but does not affect the strong bond of the tape. This also works for sheet adhesives like the iCraft sheets mentioned above.
Because many of Eileen's dies require assembly, each package insert includes step-by-step photographed instructions. If you ever misplace yours, they are also available on the Sizzix website at http://www.sizzix.com/instructions.
To embellish my box, I decided to add crinoline flowers cut using another new From the Heart collection die, Flower Layers wtih Heart Petals. This flower die, as well as Eileen's other flower dies are great for cutting from fabric. I cut mine using crinoline that I dyed using the Ranger Ink Dylusions Spray Ink in Pure Sunshine. (If you have followed my blog for a while, you know what a fan of crinoline I am for die cutting. If you are confused about what crinoline is, I have a handy blog post to help you: http://tammytutterow.typepad.com/tammy_tutterow/2012/01/crinoline-help-and-facts.html)
After drying the flowers with a heat tool, I stamped over them with my ink blending tool using any residual ink on the foam. I didn't want to re-ink the tool because I wanted only soft hints of the brown.
This die has three sizes of flowers on it. I added two of each size and fed them onto a bunch of vintage flower stamens that had a wired stem attached. (I bought my stamens on Etsy and they look like the ones shown here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/89041122/vintage-floral-pips-peps-glossy-pink).
After feeding the flowers onto the wire stem, I decided to re-wrap the stem using Tim Holtz Tissue Tape. The stem on the stamens was a bit brighter than I wanted, so re-wrapping them allowed me to get a softer color. After I finished wrapping the stem, I applied green Distress Ink with ink blending tool over the tape.
The finished flower turned out so lovely! I absolutely love the way I can die cut crinoline and other fabrics to make such gorgeous embellishments for my projects. With a die, crinoline, and inks I can make a flower to match any project. Now more having bins and bins of pre-colored flowers sitting in my studio! If you are like me, those bins of pre-made flowers are never the one color I need for a project!
To finish my project, I simply tied to flowers together using Tim Holtz Crinkle ribbon that I colored with Distress Ink. I adhered the two flowers to my box lid using Helmar 450QD liquid glue to keep them firmly in place.
This box is so fun and easy to assemble and is perfect for gift giving or keeping precious keepsakes in. Be sure to look for it and the flower die in January 2013! Until then, check out Eileen's other dies for more great packages and flowers. And don't forget to stop by the Sizzix blog this weekend for a chance to will a great collection of Eileen's dies!