Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! Anna-Karin here with a Sizzix die cutting tutorial to share using Eileen Hull's new ScoreBoards Block dies: the 3-D Blocks/Cubes and the 3-D Block/Cube/Bank. I combined some of my favourite family photos and sentiment stamps for a fun home decor project.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

These dies will be available in February, but if you want to make a block now, you can also use the Square Box die, which makes a slightly larger block than the largest one here. The techniques in this tutorial can be used on many different types of projects, and with different colours and sentiments you'll get totally different blocks.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

Die cut two of each of the three smaller blocks and two of the larger block from mat board. These dies are XL, so you need the extended cutting pads.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

Ink with yellow and blue Distress Ink, using an ink-blending tool. Mat board takes ink beautifully.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

To add texture and for a chalky look, I misted the blocks with White Linen Dylusions spray.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

I picked both very old and newer family photos and paired them up with some of my favourite Tim Holtz sentiment stamps. Each block has six sides so there is plenty of space to decorate. Remember to plan it so that everything faces in the direction you want once the blocks are assembled. I didn't decorate mine on the side that was going to be the base. Stamp with Archival Jet Black ink.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

I also stamped some images, mainly at the top of each block. I made a mistake on one of the large blocks, but simply covered that up with a photo.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

I love to add texture to my projects and stamped the blocks with a dot and a swirl stamp using Mustard  Seed and Salty Ocean, for a tone-on-tone effect. I held the cling stamps in my hand for a more random impression, and to easier avoid stamping too much on the sentiments.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

The edges of the photos were sanded and I embellished the boxes with Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal pieces, rub-ons and Studio Calico wood veneer stars and hearts.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

It is easier to attach embellishments before assembling the blocks. If you want to be able to staple the blocks on top of each other, avoid placing bulky embellishments on the top of the blocks.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

Use a strong adhesive to assemble the blocks. Since the ScoreBoards dies both cuts and scores the material, assembly is very easy.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

Adhere the pieces together and you have a block.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

You can decorate these in so many different ways, and they can also be placed in different ways for variety.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

I liked the combination of old and newer family photos, all printed in black and white.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

The blocks look great placed on top of each other, and since every side is different, you can move them around to get different looks.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

You can also place these so that you have only photos on two sides and sentiments on the other two. Or skip the sentiments and place photos on all the sides.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Inky Artist Trading Blocks by Anna-Karin

From the top the blocks look like this. For more inspiration on the blocks, check out Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Block post and the Artists On The Block site.

Thank you for looking!

Anna-Karin

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Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Tiny Things, Tiny Textures, Warehouse District, Mini Ornates, Way With Words, Psychedelic Grunge, Classics #1, Classics #5, Mini Classics, Artful Tools, Mini Muse, Words for Thought, Attic Treasures, Stuff to Say | Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Gathered Twigs; Archival Ink - Jet Black |Mist: Ranger Dyan Revealey Dylusions Mist - White Linen |Paint: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Picket Fence | Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Words Remnant Rubs, Elements Remnant Rubs, Game Spinners, Gadget Gears, Pen Nibs, Long Fasteners, Observations Word Bands, Chit Chat Stickers, Mini Gears; Studio Calico Wood Veneer - Tiny Hearts, Tiny Stars

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