Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Vintage Layout

Hello Everyone!
This is my first official post as part of the Sizzix Design Team and I'm so excited!  

I decided to do a layout using the Sizzix Bigz Hanging Sign die and of course I can't seem to create anything without including the Rosette flowers and one of my favorite dies, the Tattered Pinecone.

I started off with the sign, and cut out a piece of chipboard or grungeboard a little larger than the hanging bar.  Next, I used metal foil tape, but any metal paper will do, and adhered it to the chipboard.  Run this through your die cut machine and set aside.

I cut out the sign part with chipboard or grungeboard and my patterned paper.  This wood pattern paper from the My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks collection was my inspiration for creating something with this die.

Using a few different colors of alcohol ink, (I used Pitch Black, Lake Mist, Snow Cap) I lightly dabbed them on the metal piece.  I used the Snow Cap at the very end, and it gave the metal a purple tarnished look.  Glue your patterned paper to the sign, add your title and ink the edges with light brown ink.  I then covered the whole piece with Rock Candy Crackle Paint and set it aside to dry.  Once it was dry, I lightly dabbed Distress Stain around the edges and in a few places on the sign.  Use a heat gun to lightly heat set the stain into the cracks.  Next, attach eyelets to the two pieces and link them together with rings.

The center of my background paper was wood, but I wanted something softer, so I cut it out and used this polka dot paper behind it.  I stitched it around the outside edge and inside edge.  Ink the edges with brown ink and curl the inside edges.  Adhere your hanging sign next to the edge.

Now for the flowers!  Make your rosette flowers and add brads to the center.  When I'm using the Pinecone die as a flower, I've found that if you bend the end pointy parts or clip them off, your flower will lie flatter. Also, using a rounded end from a stylus, curl your petals to give them more of a rounded look.   I trimmed the petal edges of this flower with Platinum Liquid Pearls.  The small flowers and swirls were hand cut from patterned paper and the centers dotted with liquid pearls also.  The ticket was cut from the Sizzlit ticket strip die and used for journalling. 

Cut out rectangle pieces of patterned paper and adhere to your background.  Add in your two matted photos and then glue down all your flowers.  It's hard to see in the photo but I did place very small dots with the Liquid Pearls all around the edge of the lace on the paper.  Once I started adding it on my flowers, I couldn't stop!

I hope I have inspired you with my layout!  Have a great day!


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  1. You've definitely inspired me! LOVE this and I just happen to have all of these die, so nothing's holding me back from trying this out. LOVE how you did the sign and definitely trying it out with the metal.

  2. Superbe layout. Love vintage. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

  3. I love this stunning layout- so many beautiful layers.

  4. What a gorgeous layout Jan - just love all the details!

  5. Great LO Jan! I love all the fussy cut flowers and of course your technique of the foil and alcohol inks! Can't wait to see more of your work here!

  6. I love your gorgeous layout!! The pinecone die is one of my faves too :-) Congratultions, your first post was perfect!

  7. That is an awesome layout. I don't have the sign or the pinecone die...yet.

  8. Jan: What an outstanding job! I have the sign die which I love but never used. I just loved the weathered look and also that paper! You mastered the use of many textures and pulled them all together in a work of artful genius.

  9. Oh Tammy this is so gorgeous. From the hanging sign to the beautiful flower arangement to the on-the-mark LO design. Everything just so well executed and I love the paper line choice. Super LO!!!!!

  10. I don't have that hanging sign die, and after seeing how you used foil on it....I want it so bad!!

  11. A beautiful page, I really like the background and flowers. A greeting.


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