Sizzix Tutorial | Hydrangea Shadow Box by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin here today with a Hydrangea project for today's Sizzix Tutorial made with Susan Tierney Cockburn's Hydrangea Flower die. I wanted to squeeze in one more summery project before it is time for autumn.

Earlier this year I made a similar shadow box, but with a Lilac Tree branch and I thought it needed a partner. I altered a wooden shadow box which is 4.5 x 4.5 in. You can use any type of shadow box for this project, or make the flower for something else: a card, a tag, a gift box and so on. You can also easily make more than one for a larger project.


The Susan's Garden dies work great together with the Magnetic Platform. Start by die cutting both flower petal Thinlits dies three times from cream or white card stock, using this sandwich: magnetic platform, cutting pad, dies, paper, second cutting pad. When I need even more precision with the Magnetic Platform I use this sandwich instead: platform, cutting pad, paper, die facing downwards, second cutting pad.


For the leaves, colour a piece of cream card stock with green Pan Pastels, on both sides. Die cut six leaves.


This set die cuts a lot of petals at the same time, as you can see on the dies. These are the pieces you need for one flower. If you want to make a large flower, you'll need to cut more pieces.

Shape the petals with the loop and ball tools, then stem, vein, pinch and bend the leaves. For two great videos on using the Susan's Garden tools, have a look here and here. Try to keep the large and small petals separate.

The flower needs a base and I cut a 2 in polystyrene ball in half. You could use something else as well. Colour a circle cut from Tim Holtz tissue wrap with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.

Glue the tissue paper to the half circle and add some more colour with Distress Paint. Not a lot will show through, so you don't need to be careful.


Glue a large petal to the base and add a smaller one on top. Continue until you have covered the base with flowers.


Normally, I would have coloured the paper before die cutting the flowers, but in the instruction leaflet to this die it is suggested to instead colour them after they are glued to the base. I thought I'd give it a try and pounced blue shades of Pan Pastels all over the flowers. Spray with a fixative when you are happy with the result (always do this outdoors).


Add three tiny dots of green in each flower.


I painted my frame with gesso first, to give it a base.

The frame was covered with three different tissue tapes. I painted a layer of matte multi medium on top to make sure they were stuck down.


White wash the frame with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I added two layers.


When the white paint is dry, dry brush a little bit of Walnut Stain Distress Paint here and there, especially along the edges.

Glue the flower into the frame and add leaves around it. Here you can see that applying the Pan Pastels with a paint brush gives a more speckled look, if you compare it to the leaves. This works great for a Hydrangea.

The dry brushing emphasizes the textures in the frame and gives it a distressed look.


For a sentiment, I simply added two Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers. Keep the frame for yourself or give it as a gift to remind someone of summer flowers during the cold months.

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy crafting!!

Anna-Karin

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Cream Card stock
  • Paint: Ranger Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Walnut Stain, Bundled Sage
  • Stain: Ranger Distress Stain: Peeled Paint
  • Ink: Ranger Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
  • Pastels: Pan Pastels: Turquoise, Turquoise Shade, Bright Yellow Green, Ultramarine Blue, Bright Yellow Green Shade, Permanent Green Shade
  • Medium: Ranger Matte Multi Medium; Ranger Dina Wakley: White Gesso
  • Paper pen: Viva Paper Pen: Olive
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Postale Tissue Wrap, Chit Chat Stickers, Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers, Laboratorie Tissue Tape, Symphony Tissue Tape

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