Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin here with you today. With only a few days to Christmas , I can't believe how fast this year went by. I hope you will have some time for craft projects over Christmas, and here is a cute wall-hanger that won't take much time.
I used new dies by Lori Whitlock and I always enjoy using her dies, because they are so versatile and can be used both for cute projects and for more artsy and distressed projects. My wall-hanger is somewhere in between. We recently borrowed a book about foxes from the library and my son and I have enjoyed learning more about these interesting animals. That's why I was happy to find the Fox #2 die and make this project for his room. The entire wall-hanger is made from Paper Leather.
Start by smearing Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and press white Paper Leather into the ink. The Paper Leather takes ink beautifully. You can also do the project with, for example, watercolour paper.
Die cut in your Big Shot or Vagabond using this sandwich: Cutting Pad, die facing up, Paper Leather, second Cutting Pad. I used brown Paper Leather on the photo here.
Die cut the fox's body from the red coloured Paper Leather. Die cut the face, stomach, tail and legs from white Paper Leather. Colour the top part of the legs with the red inks. Die cut the ears from brown Paper Leather and the nose and eyes from black Paper Leather.
Cut the head of the fox apart as shown, and cut out the centre part of the ears.
Place the fox on a cutting board, or even better, on a softer surface, such as the back of the Stamper's Secret Weapon. Make impressions to create the texture of fur. The Paper Leather is very durable.
Emboss the tail and the stomach in the Dot-Matrix folder.
To add texture to my fox, I used Tim Holtz's Spritzer Tool and Distress Markers.
Ink the edges of the fox with Ground Espresso ink and glue the parts together as shown. I used foam dots for the stomach and the tail. Use a Ground Espresso marker to add some shading and definition between the parts.
Mist the paper slightly with Gathered Twigs.
I wanted my fox to be in a pretty natural landscape and used a gorgeous stencil from the Crafter's Workshop. Place it on white Paper Leather and mist with Distress Spray Stains, adding a little blue to the sky area afterwards.
Die cut arrows and words from Paper Leather, using this sandwich: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, Paper Leather, die facing down, second Cutting Pad.
I die cut two tabs to use as hangers for my panel. Punch a hole and set an eyelet. The panel was stitched together on my sewing machine, which also works great on the Paper Leather.
Glue the embellishments to the panel, or you could stitch them too.
I love the cute little legs. The texture added with the paper piercer tool and with the spritzing make the fox look more interesting.
The fox is so cute and can be customized in many different ways, to fit with your project.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
And a very Merry Christmas from me!
Other Materials Used:
- Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Barn Door, Ground Espresso
- Distress Spray Stain: Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Gathered Twigs
- Distress Markers: Ground Espresso, Antique Linen, Festive Berries, Fired Brick
- Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop - Mini Mountain View