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Sizzix Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Hello! I (Anna-Karin) am happy to be here with you today to share a fun Sizzix tutorial with techniques using Tim Holtz dies.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

I made a layout showcasing one of my favourite photos of my grandmother. You can use the techniques for cards, tags, art journaling and 3-D projects too. Recently, I posted a Frameworks Mosaic Tutorial on my blog, using Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste for a cool effect. I ended up having lots of leftover Frameworks pieces. So I was thinking I had to use those honeycomb frames for something, and this is the result.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Start by die cutting Honeycomb Frameworks from different materials: mirrored sheet, embossed paper, wood veneer, natural-sticky back canvas, embossed papers and more. Since this is a steel rule die, you can die cut thick materials. You can use any of the other Frameworks dies too, for the same effect. I love these new dies by Tim, they are so versatile.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

These are some of the inside pieces that were left over.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Ink some of the pieces with Tumbled Glass, or another colour Distress Ink. To see how I got the cool resist effect on the lower frame, have a look at my Frameworks Mosaic Tutorial.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

For the background, I used a Tim Holtz patterned paper. Smear Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Frayed Burlap Distress Stain on your craft sheet, mist with water and press the paper into the ink. When dry, I glued the patterned paper to a sturdier watercolour paper using Multi-Medium, since I was afraid it might not be able to handle the technique I had in mind on its own.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

I thought it would be fun to use Wendy Vecchi's new Crackled Texture Paste, both to add a cool crackle effect in between the honeycomb frames, and as an adhesive. Smear it here and there on your background, varying the thickness somewhat (thicker paste leads to larger crackles).

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

I cut off a few ends from my frames, so that they would not all be even and planned the placement on another piece of cardstock. Press the frames into the paste, adding Glossy Accents as needed on the parts that will adhere to the paper. Overlap them so that you get a seamless pattern. Leave the top protective layer on the mirrored sheet pieces.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Complete the whole page and leave to dry. I ran out of frames and had to cut one in two to cover one of the rows, but since I knew the photo was going to go there, it didn't matter that there is a gap.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Water down three brown shades of Distress Paint and paint the crackle paste using a paint brush. Wipe the paint off here and there with a moist cloth, until you are happy with the result.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Add honeycomb pieces into the frames here and there, focusing on the areas that don't have crackle paste underneath. Now you can remove the protective plastic from the mirrored sheets.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

I wanted some flowers and die cut flowers and leaves from smooth watercolour paper, using Tattered Florals, Mini Tattered Florals and Garden Greens dies. You can use other papers too, as long as they can handle a bit of water.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Press Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink on a craft sheet and mist with water. Press the flowers into the ink, but don't press too hard or move them around, since we are aiming for a splotchy look.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Do the same with the leaves and some more flowers, using Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and a tiny bit of Tumbled Glass.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

When the flowers are dry, stamp them with a honeycomb stamp and Wild Honey ink. Hold the cling stamp in your hand instead of mounting it on an acrylic block and don't stamp everywhere. Do the same on the brown flowers and leaves, but with Frayed Burlap ink.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Use Susan's Garden Tool Kit to shape the flowers, which really brings them to life.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Layer the flowers into larger and smaller flowers. I die cut the stamen from Susan's Garden Helleborus Flower set, which is a great stamen. Press into misted ink as with the flowers, roll up and glue to the centre of the flower. When the glue is set, you can shape the stamen.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Die cut an Ornate Frame and a Vintage Market title from mat board or grungeboard. Paint silver.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Sand the edges and ink with Black Soot for a distressed effect.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

Coat the frame and the title with Glossy Accents, to add some shine.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

I love making flowers starting out with only white paper, dies, ink and stamps. These dimensional textured flowers are really pretty, and would look great on a 3-D project too.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

If you want to, you can completely cover the area underneath the honeycomb frames with crackle paste, but I thought it looked quite nice with the partially covered areas.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Crackled Frameworks by Anna-Karin

The Crackled Frameworks background is so easy and fun, adding great texture. It would look wonderful also as a card background or try it in your art journal.

Thank you so much for looking! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology - French Industrial Paper Stash, Mini Collage Papers, Mirrored Sheet; Derwent Hotpress Watercolour Paper; Ranger Natural Sticky-Back Canvas; Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric; Simon Says Stamp - Birch Wood Veneer Paper; Old Dictionary Paper | Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Mixed Media | Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot |Stain: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Frayed Burlap | Paint: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain; Adirondack - Silver | Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous - Crackled Texture Paste | Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Chit Chat Stickers, Crinkle Ribbon

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