Friday, July 11, 2014

Modern Surrealist by Sizzix

I think that's a super cool name, don't you? I'm talking about the new line of Sizzix dies by Marisa Pawelko.
Here's how to describe this fun line staright from the Sizzix Catalog:
"What do you get when you combine girl glam, dazzle and fashionista into one fabulous design collection? Introducing the Sizzix Modern Surrealist series from trendsetting artist Marisa Pawelko. This line of economically-priced steel-rule dies for teens and tweens creates one-of-a-kind jewelry, fashion, locker art, home d├ęcor and more with the Sizzix SophistiCut Machine."

It works for me because I have a tween girl of my own :) But if you take a closer look at the designs, you'll notice that they can be used not only for little girls but also for other projects if you let your imagination loose.

Here's what I made with my first set of Modern Surrealist dies.

This is what I used to make this layout:
Sizzix Originals Die: Chained
Sizzix Originals Die: Thought Talk Bubbles
Sizzix Originals Die: Mini Envelope
Sizzix SophistiCut Machine
Others: cardstock, patterned papers, Gelatos Colors, gesso, stencil, Whipped Spackle, color journaling pens, palette knife, pencil, paint brush, adhesive

Now, let me walk you through the steps:

Trim cardstock to 6" x 2.75". Place the die, blade side up on the bottom cutting pad and place the cardstock on top of the die and create a sandwich by placing the top cutting pad. Run the set up through the super cute purse-like SophistiCut die-cutting machine. These dies also work with Sizzix Big Shot, BIGkick, and Vagabond machines with the appropriate accessories. You can cut a few layers of regular weight cardstock with these dies in one pass.

Here are the die-cut chains, mini envelope and talk/ thought bubbles.

Apply a thin coat of gesso to the cardstock. Color the left side of the page with Gelatos colors. Blend with wet brush. Let dry.

I accidentally deleted a step photo here, but I'll explain it in words. Once the Gelato colors dry, attach strips of patterned paper as shown. Attach the chain die-cuts near the patterned paper strips. Next, attach the talk bubbles slightly overlapping each other to the right of the chain die cuts. Attach the mini envelope near the bottom. Color some of the talk bubbles and the mini envelope with Gelatos colors. 
Lay a floral stencil near the top of the page and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife around the attached die-cuts. Let dry.

Outline the talk bubbles and mini envelope with color journaling pens and write some tween lingo on them.

Write the title with paintbrush dipped in moist Gelato color. Sketch some flowers and leaves with pencil near the talk bubble diecuts.

Attach photo and journal around to finish.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and thanks for stopping by :)


Scrap Mom 23 said...

I just love to see your work. I love mixing mixed media stuff with scrapbooking and I love the way you do it. Thanks for sharing your process. said...

Very interesting technique! Thanks for sharing your tutorial! Great work!