Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Decorated cubes with Sizzix


I have been playing with this 3D cube die by Eileen Hull for Sizzix and I can't stop playing! I ended up making quite a few cubes or blocks with this die with completely different finished looks. This die is versatile just like a blank canvas!. 
I used:
Others: Chipboard, Cardstock, Gel Medium, Gesso, Gelatos, Watercolor pencils, Pen, Acrylic paint, Paint brush, Whipped Spackle, Patette Knife

Let me show you the steps:

Diecut chipboard using Big Shot machine and the Scoreboards XL die. This die not only cuts the scoreboard or chipboard but also scores it for you for easy folding. To make one cube, you'll need to diecut two of these pieces. They'll fit together like a charm to make one cube.


Knowing that I was going to use various wet mediums on the cubes, I used some Gel Medium on the end folds to keep the cubes securely closed. You could use other strong adhesives of your choice.


Once the Gel medium dried, I coated each surface of the cubes with Gesso to prime the bare chipboard. If you are not into mixed media, you could cover your chipboard with patterned papers. It will be better to cover the chipboard with paper first and then diecut the pieces.


Color the cubes with Gelatos or another kind of paint.


Diecut some cardstock with the Overall Pattern Honeycomb and Love Hearts dies and use them as stencil along with any texture paste you have. Let the paste dry thoroughly.


At this point, you can get as creative as you wish. I used watercolor pencils, paints, pens, etc. to draw some faces, write some messages, add more colors, etc. My girls were inspired by the beautiful girls by Kelly Rae Roberts. You could add other diecuts to embellish your cubes. You could add photos, stickers, ephemera or anything else you wish. If you plan to use stamps, however, you might want to do that before assembling your cubes as it's much easier to stamp on a flat surface than on something dimensional. But if you do stamp, be sure to check that the stamped surfaces face the same direction all the way around.

My cubes are 3" x 3" x 3". You can make smaller cubes with this die. For more ideas with cubes by other designers, visit the Sizzix blog.

Have fun with blocks :)

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