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Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Hi everyone! It is Anna-Karin here today with a Sizzix Tutorial for how you can make your own personalised Christmas ornaments using only one die, Stephanie Ackerman's Hearts #4 Sizzix Bigz.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The Hearts #4 die is a Bigz die and has three differently sized, pretty large hearts. It is great value for the money, and a heart die is something you'll use all year around. I decided to make my own ornaments, using Christmas photos from different years. The hearts are chunky and I wanted them to look like wood. If you don't want to make ornaments, you can make flat hearts and use them on a card or a scrapbooking page.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Start by die cutting the hearts from mat board, using this sandwich: cutting pad, die facing up, mat board, second cutting pad. You can also use chipboard, but you might need more layers.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Die cut the hearts five times from the mat board.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Glue the hearts together with matte multi medium or another liquid adhesive. Place them under a heavy book to make sure all the pieces are stuck together.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Paint the hearts on all sides with Dina Wakley's Ruby paint, which is a lovely red.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
When the paint is dry, sand the hearts to reveal some of the cream mat board. This technique works great with mat board.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Stamp the hearts, back and front, with a woodgrain stamp and Red Geranium ink.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
I wanted some more stamping on the hearts and used a Tim Holtz ice skates text stamp together with Jet Black ink, stamping it only here and there.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Drill holes through the hearts.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Coat the edges of the hearts with Ranger's Emboss It Dabber and sprinkle with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. Melt the powder with a heat gun, taking care not to burn yourself.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
As you can see, the hearts are pretty chunky, but because the mat board is light weight, they don't weigh much. The embossing on the edges gives them a nice finishing touch.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Cut and fray small pieces of Tim Holtz fabric and layer under the photos. When I edited these photos, I realised I had written the wrong year on two of them, I have fixed it now.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Add mirror stars and chit chat stickers as embellishments. The number label stickers were sanded slightly.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Rub white paint into the wording on the Tidings Token.

Sizzix Tutorial | Heart Ornaments by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

It would be fun to have one of these hearts for every year's Christmas photos. I still need to make one for 2012 (I had missed including those photos here) and from this year's photos which we took yesterday.

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy Christmas Crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Dies: Sizzix - Hearts #4
  • Surfaces: Sizzix - Little Sizzles Cream Mat Board
  • Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz - Wallpaper & Wood, Old Fashioned Christmas
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Red Geranium, Jet Black; Emboss It Dabber
  • Embossing Powder: Stampendous - Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel
  • Paint: Ranger Dina Wakley - Ruby
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology - Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers, Mirror Stars, Label Letters, Tidings Token; twine
  • Fabric: Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements

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