Tuesday, December 15, 2009
by Brenda Pinnick
My name is Brenda Pinnick, and I'm a licensed artist with several collections of dies made by my good friends here at Sizzix! I'm excited to be a guest on the Sizzix blog and to have the opportunity to show you what I've been up to.
I just love glitz and glamour for the holidays, and finding a fast, fun and inexpensive way to add more to my holiday decorating makes me feel almost smug – like I've found a secret! Well, I'm sharing it with you here today. When I say, "fast, easy, fun" ... I mean it!
Let's start with the dies – beautiful shaped dies are a must have for your crafting studio. They offer opportunities way beyond mini-books. I love this classic cartouche shape, Frame, Ornate, paired with the Frame Back, Ornate die, both from my collection of dies available from Sizzix.com or from fine retailers. This is one of those shapes you could find a million (or at least thousands!) of uses for, it's so functional.
I paired these two dies with some fabulous metallic cardstock and sticky backed prismatic foils from the Grafix company – http://www.grafixarts.com/index.htm. I'm a huge fan of their products, and they sent me some to experiment with.
It's so very easy to make these ornaments, which could also be used as tags for gifts, on the front of a holiday card or as place cards for your holiday table setting. I stamped on each one, first using a gold-toned pigment ink and then white embossing powder. This gives the white a bit of a warm tone. These stamps are some of my own design (available soon), but you can use any elegant stamp to recreate this look. These ornaments would be a wonderful way to display memories from past holidays by placing a picture in the frame instead of stamping a design.
The one on the lower right is made just with just the base piece, not the frame. It's still beautiful, don't you think?
Ornaments, gift tags, card crafting, place cards are some ideas for this technique.
You'll notice I added a few crystals on top of the embossed design.
Here's a tip for placing the prismatic foil onto the base shape:
Start by peeling back 1/2" or so of the backing. Place the shape in its proper position and press down the exposed section. Then slowly and gently peel back the rest of the backing as you use your hand to press into place. No worries if you don't get exactly right the first time; it does lift off and can then be repositioned. None of mine are perfect ... it simply proves it's handmade!
I'll be back here in two weeks or so with another project idea for you to try.
I hope your holidays are filled with love, laughter and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the meaningful part of this special time.
Hugs to all,