Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the perfect spring day…
Did you picture beautiful flowers and colors? Baby bunnies? A soft breeze carrying daydreams through the open window? If so, then this project is for you!
There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than to fill your home with fresh pastels. Making a cheerful, spring-themed work of art for your home is easy, and a lot more fun than spring cleaning!
This papercraft project uses die-cuts and embossing folders to create a beautiful work of framed art to decorate your walls. Perfect for makers of all skill levels, it teaches techniques for creating beautifully colored backgrounds and creatively combines a variety of shapes to compose a lovely scene.
You can even use the techniques shown here to create beautiful springtime scrapbook pages and Easter cards!
So let’s hop on over to the craft table and get making. Spring is on the way!
- Sizzix® Impresslits™ Embossing Folder - Window Box (#663585)
- Sizzix® Thinlits™ Die Set - Bunny Scene (#663320)
- Sizzix® Thinlits™ Die Set - Pop Art Uppercase (#663310)
- Sizzix® Thinlits™ Die Set - Rain Boot Planter (#663322)
- Sizzix® Accessory - Sticky Grid Sheets, 6" x 8 1/2" (#663533)
- Sizzix® Accessory - Adhesive Sheets, 2 1/2" x 4 3/4", Permanent (#663050)
- Watercolor Paper
- White Copy Paper
- Foam Tape
- Ink Blending Tool
- Liquid Adhesive
- Non-Stick Craft Sheet
- Paint Brushes
- Photo Frame
- Ranger Distress® Markers by Tim Holtz®
- Ranger Distress® Collage Medium by Tim Holtz®
- Ranger Distress® Ink Pad by Tim Holtz® (Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood)
- Ranger Distress® Oxide Ink Pad by Tim Holtz® (Broken China)
- Ranger Distress® Sprayer
Die-cut Bunny Scene out of watercolor paper. Die-cut the grass portion of the same die out of a second, smaller piece of watercolor paper. Die-cut flowers from Rain Boot Planter four times out of watercolor paper.
Attach trimmed Adhesive Sheets to two watercolor panels. Adhere a Sticky Grid Sheet to a Cutting Pad. Place Pop Art Uppercase letters onto the Sticky Grid, spelling out the words “SPRING” and “HELO” as shown. Place the two watercolor panels over the letter dies with the Adhesive Sheet facing up, and die-cut. Remove the SPRING panel and letter die-cuts from the Sticky Grid Sheet. Move the letter L die to the end of the word HELO, and die-cut. Remove all the letter die-cuts from the Sticky Grid.
Die-cut and emboss the Window Box Impresslits out of a 4" x 6" watercolor panel and out of a piece of white copy paper. Die-cut two more window panes out of watercolor paper. Save five of the watercolor paper window panes for use later in this project.
Use scissors to cut the window frame out of the copy paper die-cut to make two masks. Using the copy paper masks to cover portions of the watercolor paper Window Box shape, sponge Weathered Wood and Walnut Stain Distress Inks onto the panel, as shown.
Use Distress Markers, water and paint brushes to watercolor the flowers, Bunny Scene and letter die-cuts. Cut off the bunnies from the grass portion die-cut with scissors. Cut off the tree trunk from the Bunny Scene die-cut with scissors.
Dab Broken China ink onto a craft sheet and spritz with water. Dab the SPRING panel and the five window-pane die-cuts lightly into the ink and let dry.
Remove the adhesive backing from the SPRING die-cut panel and adhere it to a white cardstock panel. Inset the SPRING letter die-cuts into the letter openings on the SPRING panel, and adhere with liquid adhesive. Use Collage Medium to adhere the white panel to the back of the Window Box panel, aligning the letters to appear in the window panes of the Window Box image.
Attach thin strips of foam tape to the top and bottom edges of the Window Box panel. Adhere the grass and bunny pieces to the bottom of the panel. Adhere the flowering tree branches to the top edge of the panel. Trim off excess paper with scissors. Place the Window Box panel into the photo frame.
Adhere the HELLO die-cuts onto the window pane die-cuts. Trim the bottom edge of the window panes into two points with scissors, to make a flag shape. Arrange the letters to spell the world HELLO, and use liquid adhesive to connect the panels with a length of twine. Attach a piece of foam tape to the back of each panel, and adhere the panels to the top left corner of the photo frame. Trim the ends of the twine with scissors.
Trade in winter blues for bright pastels with this papercraft project that uses die-cuts and embossing to make a fresh piece of spring décor for your home.