Sizzix Tutorial | Pirate Party Backdrop by Stefani Khan

Hi it’s Stefani here today with a Sizzix Tutorial for a fabulous pirate party backdrop.


As soon as I saw the new Sizzix Framelits die set with stamps Compass Blueprint by Tim Holtz I knew it would be perfect for a pirate map.


I started by cutting off a 48” piece of mailing paper and randomly inking the whole page to create a vintage look. Next, I looked up a few pirate maps on line to get an idea of what I wanted mine to look like. Then I drew my map in pencil just in case I wanted to make any changes. Once I was happy with my map, I went back over my drawing with a black sharpie.


To really make you feel like you were looking at a real vintage pirate map, I tore the edges of my map and inked them. I love how great the torn edges look!


Now for the piece that inspired the whole map, the compass. I started by stamping the blueprint four times onto another piece of mailing paper. I did this because I wanted to layer the pieces for added depth.


Next, I used my magnetic platform with my Thinlits to cut out the individual pieces. I love how the magnetic platform holds the die exactly where you need it so it cuts perfectly around your stamp! Once I had cut out my pieces I inked all the edges.


To assemble my compass, I used one of my stamped pieces of mailing paper as my base. I tore around the edges so it would match the edges of the map. Then I layered my pieces on top of each other attaching them with glue dots.

Pirate Map DIY 5

Finally, I tore a square out a piece of red scrapbook paper, inked the edges and attached the compass. Then I attached the whole thing to the map. I love how the red paper really makes the compass stand out.

Pirate Map DIY 7

For a finishing touch I added a papier-mâché X I spray painted red and some gold coins.

A backdrop for a dessert table is such a great way to add some pizzazz to your party. Thanks for stopping by!


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Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Mailing paper
  • Red scrapbook paper
  • Brown ink pad
  • Black sharpie pen
  • Glue dots
  • Papier-mâché X
  • Red spray paint
  • Gold coins

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One thought on “Sizzix Tutorial | Pirate Party Backdrop by Stefani Khan”

  • Celeste Goff

    OMG, this is so cool! I think this would be so much fun for a child's party or for a group treasure hunt!

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