Since it is January, I decided to do a snowy layout and scrapped some photos from a cross-country skiing outing a few years ago. The techniques I used would work for any topic, and can easily be adapted to cards or other types of projects. For instance, if you would do just one of the panels, that would make a great card.
I've always loved the look of dry embossing on the background of a layout, it adds just the right amount of detail and texture. Three of the panels are actually flaps, and hide a pop-up.
Start by cutting six 4 x 4 inch squares of white smooth paper, and three 4 x 8 strips. Fold the strips in half, these will become your flaps for the pop-ups. To add detail to the dry embossed panels, I used a 'kissing' technique. Ink up a stamp with waterproof ink and wipe some of it off with a paper towel, for a more random impression. Stamp on your embossing folder. I used Tim Holtz Reflections stamps, since with ordinary text stamps, you would get a mirrored impression on your paper. You can use any type of stamp, swirls, little snowflakes, dots or stars would also look great for example.
Carefully place your cardstock in the folder and emboss it in your Big Shot or Vagabond. Here's the result, it looks like the stamped text is underneath the embossed parts.
Continue the same way, using a different embossing folder for each square. I picked folders that fit with my photos: snow, branches, woodgrain, trees, and the rising sun.
Distress all the edges, except for the folded side of the flaps.
Cover all the embossed papers with a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles, for a frosty look. If we hadn't used a waterproof ink earlier, it would have smeared in this step. Leave to dry.
Arrange your squares on a 12 inch patterned paper (or cardstock). I stitched all the squares with a sewing machine, except for the three flaps. You could also just adhere them with double-sided tape.
Now when the background is done, we can continue to the pop-ups. I used three of Karen Burniston's new pop 'n cuts dies. Place them in your pop 'n cuts base tray.
Cut a piece of patterned paper, 4 x 8 inches, and place it on the die, making sure to line up the center of the paper with the center marks on the die. I cut my paper just a little bit longer than 8 inches and then trimmed it down after die cutting.
My three pop-up panels: the 3-D Star, the Square Ornate 3-D Frame, and the Poinsettia 3-D Flower. Pop-ups aren't only for cards, but can add a real fun interactive element to layouts and mini-books, and offer extra space for journaling and photos.
The Poinsettia die is not only for Christmas since it can be used as lots of different spring and summer flowers, but here I decided to turn it into a snowflake. I white embossed a snowflake on both sides of the pop-up, using a scrap paper as a mask to avoid getting ink underneath the Poinsettia.
To add to the snowy feeling, I dabbed all around the edges with a Ranger Emboss It dabber and sprinkled white powder on top.
Here's the resulting Poinsettia turned snowflake.
Some snowflakes and a sentiment were stamped on the panel.
Adhere the pop-ups inside the flaps with double-sided tape, you might need to trim them a little bit first. I placed photos under both of the negative shapes.
The little bird was die cut from Core'dinations ColorCore cardstock and sanded.
I used the 3-D Star die to cut a star from a photo and adhered it on top of the star of the pop-up. This photo is pretty dark, having been taken at the very end of the outing, but it still worked okay on the pop-up. I stamped some trees with Evergreen Bough and more snowflakes. The sentiment was white embossed on another patterned paper and placed underneath the star opening.
Glue the tips of the star together with Glossy Accents.
I like how the star framed the little snowy scene on the photo placed under the star cut out.
I placed a photo underneath the cut out frame, as well as inside the frame.
Die cut snowflakes from white smooth cardstock and color them with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Colour some of them on the back too.
Glue three snowflakes around the frame pop-up. To make sure they didn't extend beyond the pop-up (although that would have been fine too), I glued them as shown on the photo, using a piece of scrap paper to prevent any glue seeping through to the patterned paper.
The finished frame popup. I wrote my journaling under the second negative space.
For embellishments, I die cut a bird, stars, and swirls from patterned paper, and pine trees from blue Core'dinations ColorCore cardstock.
The bird and swirls were inked with Evergreen Bough, some of the stars were white embossed and the other stars were stamped with a snowflake stamp. The pine trees were sanded and then dry-brushed with a bit of white paint.
The title letters were die cut from Tim Holtz mirror sheet, with the Word Play die. Cool stuff, it reflects just like a mirror. I found some photo turns and used them on the flaps, but it would work fine without them too.
A little bit of twine grounded the bird to the page. Glue the remaining snowflakes here and there. Chit Chat stickers were placed here and there.
All done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I sure had fun making this layout.
Surfaces: Core'dinations Tim Holtz ColorCore cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirror Sheets; Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic patterned papers; Neenah Solar White cardstock
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Reflections, Grunge Flakes, Mini Holidays, Mini Holidays 2, Classics #5; Hero Arts: Printer's Lowercase, Winter's Butterfly CL234
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink French Ultramarine; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough; Ranger Emboss-It Dabber;Versamark ink
Stain: Ranger Distress Stain Brushed Pewter
Paint: Ranger Adirondack Snow Cap
Embossing Powder: Ranger Seafoam White
Stickles: Ranger Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chit Chat and Seasonal Chit Chat stickers; 7Gypsies photo turns, rhinestones; twine
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine; Tim Holtz edge distressor, Tiny Attacher
Do you love the look that embossing and die cutting adds to your scrapbook pages? Be sure to visit the project gallery at Sizzix.com for more scrapbook page ideas that feature embossing!