Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tutorial: Birds of Paradise In Geometric Holder


Recently, I took my three-year-old to a Moana theme party. There were Tiki posters, fruit punches and other tropical touches and of course, music, to make the luau come alive. The girls danced in grass skirts and the boys ran around in their leis. Everyone was having a good time and it reminded me of the time we were in Hawaii at a real luau complete with PiƱa coladas with tiny umbrellas, the time long before the aforementioned three-year-old was even born! I remembered our secluded resort bungalow that had a pool edged by bushes of birds of paradise and fresh floral arrangements that adorned the lacquered bamboo side tables. There's no way I could match that kind of pro floral arrangement skills, but I could make something simple to remind me of the magical time we had there. So, I pulled out my Bird of Paradise and Geometric Holder dies and set out to create my own little floral centerpiece!

Let's start by looking at the supplies. 
Supplies:
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Bird of Paradise, 2-D and 3-D

Sizzix Bigz L Die - Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D  
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White and Gray)

Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter)

Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies 
Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Standard (optional)
Other: Watercolor paper, Gelatos colors, Paint brush, Bone Folder, Adhesive, clips, glass pebbles, water cup with water

Now, let me walk you through the steps.



I am using watercolor paper for die-cutting because I plan on using paints to color my pieces. But you can get stunning results with your favorite patterned papers too.

To die-cut the pieces for the Geometric holder, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: 
On the Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pad, Standard, place the Sizzix Bigz L Die - Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D  blade-side up. Lay watercolor paper cut to fit through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine on the die and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Start turning the handle of your Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White and Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready. 

You'll need four of the biggest pieces for the side panels, one square piece for the bottom and the triangular pieces are for decorative layering which I skipped. 

NOTE: Now, as tempting as it is to cut all four of the side panel pieces together and you CAN do that with the Sizzix Bigz dies, I suggest that you cut one side panel piece at a time. Why so? Well, there are not only cut lines in these pieces, there are scores lines for folding as well. And in my experience, when you stack your papers for quick die-cutting, the extra pressure that it puts to cut through the layers, might cut through some of those score lines, thus detaching the scored foldable tabs, making it difficult, even impossible, to attach the pieces together. So, take your time with this and the rest of the process will go much smoother. 


To die-cut the parts for the Bird of Paradise flowers, create the following Sizzix Sandwich:

  • Place the other Standard Cutting Pad on top and start turning the handle of your Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready.
You'll notice that there are some bigger and smaller stems and petals in the mix. The smaller die-cuts are designed for the two-dimensional flowers and the larger pieces for the three-dimensional flowers. But I ended up creating three-dimensional flowers using all the pieces, big and small.


Fold the pieces of the Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D following the score lines.
 

Start attaching the side panel pieces to the base square with adhesive as shown. Remember, the small tabs go at the bottom and the bigger ones will go at the top.


Apply adhesive to the side tabs of one panel and attach it to the next panel and continue to do so till the entire Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D is assembled. Fold back the top tabs in and secure with adhesive. Set it aside for now.

I have to say I was a little worried that my Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D may not look right, but it was so easy the way it came together almost magically!


Follow the score lines on the large stems and fold them.  
Fold the leaves and petals in halves vertically as shown. I used a bone folder to create clean edges for the leaves and petals. 

Color the stems and the biggest leaves green. I used Gelatos colors and blended them with water using a paint brush. Use your favorite coloring medium for this step.


Rub Gelatos colors generously on craft mat and spritz water to dilute the pigments. Paint the Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D with clean water to moisten the surface and then drop in diluted Gelatos colors for a watercolored effect. Color some of the petals with the same colors.
  

Color the remaining petals with Gelatos colors.
 

Apply adhesive to the base of the petals (the pointed tip is the top and the flat end is the base) and stagger them as shown. Hold the petals and stem together with a clip while the adhesive sets. 

Now, if you recall that I cut the smaller stems for the 2D flowers, I colored those too with the same shade of green. I wanted my Birds of Paradise to have slightly different heights when I put them in the
Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D. I attached the smaller stems to the bigger stems at different height points with adhesive to create the height difference. 

Place the Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D where you want to display it and fill with some light weight pebbles or other kind of filler and stick the floral stems in. The pebbles or fillers will hold the stems in place and not let them flop around in the vase. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Try out these dies, they are very well-designed making it very easy to put together a decor piece in no time at all!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win! 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 5


Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 5.

Today, I present to you the fifth and final tag art I created with ephemera, die-cuts and found bits. I hope they have brought you inspiration to make a few tags or just take them as starting points to create whatever you may fancy!

I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash. You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely.

If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK – Funky Floral #1
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #2

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils
Embellishments –
Photobooth
Tissue Wrap - Postale
Metallic Stickers – Quotations

Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits

*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 4


Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 4.

I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash.
You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely.

If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Supplies*:
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Mixed Media #6

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK – Funky Floral #1
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #2
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #3 Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Set – Brights
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Jaipur
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils

Embellishments –
Metallic Stickers – Quotations
Paper Dolls

Nailheads
Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits

*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 3


Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 3.

Here's tag # 3 that I created with ephemera, die-cuts and found bits.
I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash. You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely.

If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10 pk - Shadow Script # 3

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK – Funky Floral #1
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #2
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #3
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft
Gelatos Mix and Match Collection - 34-piece Gift Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils
Embellishments –
Photobooth
Tissue Wrap - Postale
Metallic Stickers – Quotations

Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits
*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 2


Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 2.

Here's my second mixed media tag inspired by the photographic ephemera which I used as my starting point and then built up in layers with die-cuts and some found bits.


I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash.
You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely.


If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Supplies*:
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection
Sizzix Bigz Die - Stacked Stars
Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10 pk - Shadow Script # 3
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mix and Match Collection - 34-piece Gift Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils
Embellishments –
Photobooth
Tissue Wrap - Postale
Metallic Stickers – Quotations
Nailheads
Buckles
Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits

*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 1

Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 1.

Over the next five days, I hope to share with you five mixed media tags created with ephemera, die-cuts and found bits.

Each tag is inspired by the photographic ephemera which I used as my starting point.

I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash.

You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely. 

If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Supplies*:

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK - Funky Floral #1

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK - Funky Floral #2

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK - Funky Floral #3

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Set - Brights

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils

Embellishments -

Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits

*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nature-Inspired Intuitive Watercolor


In the midst of a SUPER BUSY week, here’s an intuitive painting inspired by my backyard, based on the 21 Secrets Just Add Water workshop by Tanyalee Kahler.
 

My class goes live tomorrow. You can still sign up through this link. See you there :)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tide Pool Mandalas


A bit much?
 
Well, this was all done with Jia’s art supplies (she's three) while watching the FIFA finals... that’s over 90 minutes of doodling!!! So, no subtle colors in these tide pools or control on the doodling because I was too busy having fun... talk about letting loose.
 
Class by Faith Evans Sills from 21 Secrets Just Add Water. Has been such a great variety of approaches (not just techniques) to water-coloring so far. My class is coming up on July 19th. You too can sign up through this link to access the classes.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pineapple Fold-A-Long Card Tutorial


Did you know that pineapple is the symbol of hospitality, friendship and, in some cultures, of good fortune? Apart from their great taste, pineapples also have a distinguished look which is so fun to draw. Since it stands for such great things, a pineapple greeting seems like a cool idea for sending out a card and the Pineapple Fold-A-Long Sizzix card die by Jen Long makes it really easy!

Here are the materials I used in case you want to follow along.

Supplies:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Card, Pineapple Fold-a-Long
Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Pineapple Texture (optional)
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)

Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter)

Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies 
Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Standard (optional)
Other: White Cardstock, Paints, Paint brush, Bone Folder, Adhesive, Stencil, Whipped Spackle, Scissors

Now, let me walk you through the steps.



Fold an 8.5" x 11" white cardstock in half to 8.5" x 5.5". Use bone folder to create a crisp edge. Place your die on the folded paper to double check that the width of the die fits the paper.


To die-cut the Pineapple card base, create the following Sizzix Sandwich –

Here's the die-cut extended gate-fold card base in the shape of a pineapple. This card base can be folded along the crease lines to make a uniquely shaped accordion.


Follow the crease lines to fold the parts, making sure that the edges line up nicely. Crease down with the bone folder to create clean crisp edges.
 

Paint the leafy part of the Pineapple green, front and back. You could also use color cardstock or patterned paper but I find it a lot more fun to paint my pieces.


Paint the fruit part of the pineapple, a light yellow, if you are taking the painting route. Be sure to paint both front and back as you'll see all sides when the card is finished.

Also paint the die-cut embellishments, sentiment and sentiment block. Set them aside for now.


Now, pineapples have a signature textured skin. So to make my pineapple look the part, I chose a diamond stencil and applied Whipped Spackle with palette knife on the front flaps of my card. Then I let the paste dry completely.

If mixed media is not your style, you can also use the Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Pineapple Texture to bring your pineapple to life, so to speak. For that, die-cut a duplicate pineapple card base using the same Sizzix Sandwich as above. Cut along the very first and very last sections of the pineapple with scissors. Cut off the leafy tops from both sections.

If you choose to emboss your pineapple, create the following Sizzix Sandwich:
Attach the embossed pieces to the front flaps with adhesive. 



Insert the sentiment block/label from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Card, Pineapple Fold-a-Long in the center slot of the card.

I suggest you do this step before embellishing the sentiment block to make sure that none of the embellishments get in the way of your card closing correctly.


Here's my embellished Pineapple Fold-A-Long card. Hope you enjoy the tutorial! These Fold-A-Long cards are so much fun to make, I hope you'll give them a try!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!