Guest Blogger: DIY Mixed Media Love Story Craft!

Hello to everyone! I’m Barbara from Italy and this is my first post on the Sizzix Blog! I’m very happy and honored to be here. I’m an Italian mom and wife with a big passion for crafting. I hope you’ll love my project. I created a vintage-style panel with the main decorations made with the new Funky Floral dies by Tim Holtz.

Other Supplies:

  • Idea-ology® Memoranda Paper Stash 12x12
  • Idea-ology Classic Paper Stash 8x8
  • Idea-ology Numeric
  • Idea-ology Substrate Sheets Paperie
  • Ranger Distress 4.25 X 5.5 Mixed Media Heavystock
  • Canvas, 9" x 7"
  • Idea-ology Collage Frames
  • Idea-ology Paper Dolls
  • Metal heart charm
  • Double-sided foam tape
  • Masking tape
  • Matte medium
  • Metallique wax (Rose Gold, Vintage Gold)
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink Set Gold Silver Metallic Mixatives
  • Ranger Distress Collage Medium Vintage
  • Ranger Distress Crayons (Bundled Sage, Stormy Sky, Walnut Stain)
  • Ranger Distress Ink Pad (Walnut Stain)
  • Ranger Distress Oxides (Tattered Rose, Antique Linen)
  • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • Sandpaper
  • Tonic Micro Serrated Non-Stick Multi-Cutter Scissor 7" by Tim Holtz

Let's get started!

1. Cut and paste a sheet from the Tim Holtz Memoranda Collection onto your 9" x 7" canvas. Distress the edges with sandpaper and use the Walnut Stain Distress Crayons and Distress Ink Pad to color them.

2. Spread a layer of Distress Collage Medium Vintage on the Idea-ology Collage Frame. Once the medium has dried, add color with the Stormy Sky and Bundled Sage Distress Crayons, blending with your fingers. Ink the edges with Walnut Stain.

3. Die-cut Mixed Media #6 from a second sheet of the Tim Holtz Memoranda collection, using the Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies. Reposition your die and cut again, to create a piece big enough to fit inside the Collage Frame Oval. Use the Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies to remove the die-cut.

4. Die-cut a frame out of green cardstock using the Stitched Ovals set. Die-cut a second, smaller oval frame out of brown cardstock. Ink the edges with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad.

5. Adhere the green frame to the collage frame. Adhere the brown frame to the green frame using double-sided foam tape to create dimension.

6. Take the paper that you die-cut previously with Mixed Media #6 and cut it to fit inside the frame you have just prepared. Now the panel pieces are ready and you can compose it by gluing them in place.

7. I chose flowers and leaves from Funky Floral #1, Funky Floral #2 and Funky Floral #3 to create the central decoration of the panel. I prepared a sheet of Heavystock 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" using Antique Linen and Tattered Rose Distress Oxides. To cut the leaves, I used cardstock from the Classic Collection by Tim Holtz and a scrap of an Idea-ology Substrate sheet.

8. Use the same coloring process to create some tiny hearts die-cut from the Gift Card Bag. Die-cut the word “Story” from the Shadow Script #1 set together with one of the Adeshive Sheets to create the title of the panel. Ink the edges of each shape with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad.

9. Glue the paper dolls and add a metal number and heart, both painted with metallic wax and Ranger Alcohol Ink Mixative Gold.

I adore the versatility of the new Funky Floral and Mixed Media dies. They are so beautiful and perfect to use in every kind of project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

By Barbara Schiassi

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9 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: DIY Mixed Media Love Story Craft!”

  • Wanda Hentges
    Wanda Hentges Jul 18, 2018 at 04:47 am

    A wonderful project and great tutorial, Barbara!!!!!

  • Roxanne L. P.
    Roxanne L. P. Jul 18, 2018 at 06:34 am

    Hi Barbara from Italy! Your project is just lovely! Love all the details and the sweet girl & boy. Wonderful project! TFS!

    • Ann Marie Haase
      Ann Marie Haase Jul 20, 2018 at 08:52 am

      Thank you, Barbara. I was delighted to see your work. A variation of it will be in my family scrapbook.

  • Mary Elizabeth
    Mary Elizabeth Jul 18, 2018 at 08:13 am

    Oh Barbara! This is beautiful. I adore all the different dies that you used and how you showed the incredible versatility of the products many of us have. Stunning romantic project. Your eye for details always amazes me.

  • Stefi

    I'm in ecstasy, this panel is stunning! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

  • Mindy Drummond
    Mindy Drummond Jul 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Barbara, this is beautiful! I love the colors and the theme, great job. I hope to see more of your work soon.

  • LauraVi

    Wow, what a sweet panel and a great step by step tutorial, thank you and good luck for this new adventure!

  • Yvonne Boucher
    Yvonne Boucher Jul 20, 2018 at 07:36 am

    Love your project, you are so creative. And thank you for the detailed tutorial!

  • Marci

    Beautiful! And very good step by step with photos. I imagine it takes a lot of time to write out the steps. Thank you!

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