"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A Die-cut Toolbox Planter


Hi everyone, Mou here with a Sizzix tutorial for you using Eileen Hull's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die Toolbox and a few other favorite dies, also from Sizzix. Let me walk you through the steps of creating the little succulent planter pictured above.



To diecut the Toolbox, create a Sizzix sandwich: lay Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 13" Black Mat Board on the blade side of Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die Toolbox. Place them between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Extended Cutting Pads. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. This will give you the bottom piece, 1 side piece and 1 handle piece. To diecut the second side and handle pieces, repeat the same procedure. I cut out big enough pieces from my Mat Board and placed and secured them with tape right where the die blades are for a particular shape. That way I saved some Mat Board for later use. 


Here are all the diecut parts of the Toolbox.


Follow the instructions on this PDF file to assemble your Toolbox.
Decorate your Toolbox at this point. I used paints and stamp on mine to make the Toolbox look like  rusty, old metal.


To create the succulents, I chose felt and Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D.


Cut the felt into blocks and place them over the blades. The steel rule Sizzix dies can easily cut through 3-4 pieces of felt at a time. Create a Sizzix sandwich by placing the die and felt layers between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pads. Pass the Sizzix sandwich throught the Sizzix Big Shot machine to diecut the flowers.


This is what the diecut flowers look like. To transform these spiral shapes into the 3-D flowers, or in this case succulents, roll each spiral starting at its outer edge and keep wrapping inward till you have reached the center. The soft felt will easily retain the shape. Add touches of paint to make the 3-D flowers look like succulents. 

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Fold a small cardboard piece to fit inside the Toolbox. Arrange your succulents inside the Toolbox in clusters and secure with little bits of hot glue. 


Diecut the gift label in two easy steps. Create a Sizzix sandwich by laying a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad and the word dies 'Love' and 'You' from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - Celebration Words: Block by Tim Holtz, blade-side down as shown and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The powerful magnets of the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies will hold the dies in place so you can diecut the words/ phrases just the way you want.
To cut out the label, create a Sizzix sandwich: lay a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Place the larger frame die from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK - Numbers and Frames by Brenda Walton around the diecut phrase on the cardstock, blade side down. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. Cut another of the same sized label to back the phrase label layer.
Color the phrase layer. Glue it to the backing layer. Glue the finished label to a stick. Insert into the Toolbox.


Here's a close-up of the finished Toolbox planter.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will explore the many DIY possibilities of Sizzix dies!

Supplies:
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

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