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Sizzix Cravings

I have been getting the urge to get out my Sizzix machine.  Well actually I must confess that I now have two!  On 31 January (the receipt is beside me on the dining table that suffices as an office) I was walking past a charity shop when I spotted one in the window.  £15 which included some dies.  It had to come home with me.

If you are not familiar with the delights of Sizzix then it is a gadget which lets you cut paper and card using biscuit cutters.  Well, it doesn’t actually, but that is a very non-technical explanation of the effect.  At some point I will try to do photos and videos and things but I expect you can hunt the web or even go to the Sizzix home page to find something along these lines.

Anyway I’ve not used one for some time but they are great for cards and scrapbooking and all sorts.  I am going to dig out some pictures of previous projects.  You will see I got quite hooked on the tags punches.

Card Making

I’ve not done any card making for a while but thought I would publish some I have done in the past.

On 3rd August 2004 I attended my first card making class at Spire Crafts, which was a craft shop in Louth.
The class was presented by Sharon Bramley aka The Glitter Diva.

It was both enjoyable and inspiring.

Here are pictures of the cards I made – together with some notes on how they are made.


Materials:A5 sheet of white card
Wide double sided tape
Glitter in white and a colour
Small piece of ribbon
Best Wishes peel off
Piece of wide lace

Attach a 2″ wide strip of double sided tape to the outer edge of the card front. Remove top paper and attach the lace so that the scalloped edge of the lace is against the outer edge of the card.Smooth the lace down onto the tape and sprinkle over glitter – in this case white. Rub the glitter onto the glue and shake off excess.Gently remove the lace and then sprinkle over another colour of glitter. Rub in gently, so as not to disturb the first colour of glitter. Remove excess.Stick a Best Wishes peel off onto white card and trim close to the peel off. Cut a piece of double sided tape slightly large and put onto card. Place the Best wishes greeting centrally and then sprinkle with glitter. Rub down gently and shake off excess. Trim to give a sparkly border to the greeeting. Attach this to the card with glue or double sided tape. Attach a small bow just above the greeting.
TagsMaterials:A5 piece of card
Double sided tape
Thick paper for stamping on
Two stamps – tag and text
Stazon ink in black
Ink pad in brown or gold
Ink pens in red, blue and yellow
Piece of paper for tearing
Small piece of ribbon
Stamp two pieces of paper. The uppermost tag is a rubber stamp of a tag. The tag underneath is just text. (Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than believing herself to be beautiful). Cut around the tag stamp and use this as a guide to cut the piece with the text to the same shape.A little ink from yellow, red and blue pens is then put on a metal tray and picked up with a wet brush and daubed onto the tags. The tags are then brushed with water to spread the colour thinly.Allow the tags to dry thoroughly before daubing with an ink pad to “age” them.Lining up the holes attach top tag to bottom tag – it is best to put glue or tape on the uppermost tag. Thread ribbon through both tags.Take a strip of plain paper and make a tear down one edge. Tear the paper you don’t wantaway from you. This means that you don’t get white underneath part of the paper showing on the piece you want. Apply wide double sided tape to the strip of torn paper, as closed to the torn part as you can get.Fold card in half and position the paper on it with the straight edge slightly overlapping the fold. Then trim the paper to the edge – this gives a neater finish than just lining up the edges.
TreeMaterials:A5 piece of card
Black and white card for matting and layering
Double sided tape
Patterned paper for tree
Brown paper for stem
Paper for flower pot
Coloured paper for flowers
Small greetings stamp
Ink pad
Small piece of ribbon
2p coin to draw round
Tiny flower punch
Flower pot punch
Take the piece of paper you want to use for the tree shape and fold it in half. Use a 2p coin to draw a circle which is against the fold. Cut round the circle making sure you don’t separate the circles.Stamp a suitable greeting on the inside of the circle with the pencil lines on. Decorate the top circle with punched flowers.Take some brown paper and cut two curvy pieces and then intertwine them for the stem.Take a punched out flower pot and assemble the tree on a piece of white card. Remember to put the tree and the flower pot over the ends of the stem. Attach a small bow to the stem.Cut round the tree leaving a small border and then layer – white onto black, onto white, onto black. Then attach to your card.
Three FlowersMaterials:A5 piece of hammered card
Double sided tape
White card for stamping on
Black card for layering
Small flower stamp
Stazon ink in black
Shadow in ink pad in harvest
Ink pens in red, blue and yellow
White glitter
Use shadow ink to stamp a repeat design on your card with a small stamp. It is often most effective if some stamps go over the edge of the card.Using Stazon ink stamp three of the same stamp on a piece of white card. Using the technique described in the “Tag card” colour these in.When dry cut around the edge of the stamp and attach each the cut outs to a piece of card using a piece of double sided tape which is larger than the stamp. Sprinkle with glitter and rub this onto the tape. Remove excess and trim to a square.Mount each square onto black card and trim to give a small border before attaching to the card.
Three HeartsMaterials:A5 piece of hammered card
Double sided tape
White textured card for stamping on
Small heart punch
Pink glitter
Best wishes peel off
Sticky fixers
Hero arts “Snow” background stamp
Hero arts Bubbles stamp
Pink ink pad
Onto a small piece of textured card stamp Hero Arts “snow” in pink. Onto the card itself stamp bubbles in the same colour.Use a small heart punch to punch three hearts from the “snow” piece of card. Keep the left over pink card. Use the technique described above in “3 flowers” to give each heart a glitter border.Stick a piece of double sided tape larger than the three hearts onto white card, peel off the paper and stick the hearts onto it leaving a border around each. Sprinkle over the pink glitter and then cut out the hearts with a glitter border.Attach greeting to the left over “snow” card and again give it a glitter border.The hearts are attached with sticky fixers to lift them from the card, the greeting is attached using double sided tape.
ChineseMaterials:A5 piece of card
Double sided tape
White and black card for stamping on and matting and layering
Gold paper
Red paper
Black ribbon
Black Stazon ink pad
Tiny rubber stamps of Chinese/Japanese symbols
Stamp the symbols for Health, Good Luck and Longevity onto white car and trim close to the stamp. Layer the white onto black, onto gold, onto black again. Use glue or double sided tape to do this.Use double sided tape to put a wide band of gold paper down the side of the card. Do the same with a narrow strip of red paper, overlapping the gold.Then use small pieces of double sided tape to attach the black ribbon. Wrap the ends inside the card and use a liner to cover.OR – use red card instead of paper and wrap the ends of the ribbon round the card before attaching to the gold to give a neater finish.
BearsMaterials:A5 piece of card
Double sided tape
Gold paper
Velour paper in a fur colour
White and black card for matting and layering
Gold peel off of animal(s)
Small piece of ribbon
Felt tip pens – optional
Take a peel-off that has an animal on it and stick it onto a piece of fur effect paper. Using a pair of sharp scissors carefully cut the fur fabric away from areas where it shows which are not snimals – in this case the window frame, the stars and the moon.Put a piece of double sided tape onto white cardboard and then stick the peel-off over this, ensuring that double-sided tape is under all the blank areas. Sprinkle glitter over the exposed tape and rub in. You can use a felt tip pen to colour in any area which you want a different colour – eg yellow for the moon.Cut around the outline of the peel off and mount onto gold paper. Cut to a rectangle close to the edges. Mount on black, white, then black again. Mount on your card.Use a bow to complete.