Last weekend I wanted to try how many different card styles I could make using the same papers and only one Sizzix die image. Well, if the design of the image is great, the task isn't tricky at all. In a matter of fact, first I did a few simple cards for my kids as they had a couple of birthday parties on their agendas and there was a quick need for some 'finished-in-a-few-minutes' type cards. Then I started playing with these projects, and after they were finished I already had new ideas cooking in my head for cards with a bit different feeling (I will show you those later this week).
I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of super cute images. Many of them appear a bit childish to me, and if I'm not making something for or with my kids, they are bit difficult to work with. However, the Woodland Creatures collection by Sizzix/Debi Potter was a positive exception: The longer I played with the Sizzix Bigz Fox Face die the more I loved it. I was amazed how versatile a single die can be!
Sizzix has put out a collection of project ideas and printable papers for you to download. For free! My projects are made using these printable papers. In addition to the printable papers I only needed some pieces of black cardstock, white felt, and white cardstock for card base. Just follow *this link* to the Sizzix / Woodland Creatures web page, enter your e-mail address and get access to 12 printable papers and 6 project tutorials. Cool!
Whenever I'm playing with water soluble inks, I tend to add water splashes on the inked surface. When using a normal ink jet printer on heavy office paper the printed image acts very similar to the inked paper. I splashed the tag sized paper with water and wiped off the excess with paper towel before drying. On the larger card I misted water through a piece of punchinella, dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel, and dried the card with heat gun. I loved the end result! This technique will be used again, that's for sure!
The tag is die-cut using Tag and Bookplates die, and paper #12.
Card background is made from papers #12 and #9. The bushes are die-cut from leaf patterned paper #3, using Sizzix Bigz Tree & Heart die.
And here are my finished projects:
White parts of the faces and the tail tips are die-cut from white felt. That's one thing I love about Bigz dies that you can cut so many different materials with it!
Tails are hand drawn on paper #11 and cut with scissors.
Sentiment stamp and die is from a recently published Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello by Hampton Art / Jillibean Soup.