Hello my friends, and happy Wednesday! Today I have some Sizzix fun to share with you. A fall-themed home decor project and tutorial made with my favorite die from Tim Holtz’s fabulous new Fall and Halloween Alterations release, Pumpkin Parts.
If you haven’t seen the new Pumpkin Parts die yet, it’s name literally speaks for itself in that this die cuts 5 separate individual sections that you then layer and build up together to create one super cool 3D pumpkin.
The detail on this die cut pumpkin shape is simply amazing and looks so lifelike with the ridges from the separate layers. I thought it would be fun to shabby one up with lots of Tim Holtz Distress products and pop it into an old frame for a quick and easy autumn home decor project. Looks great for Halloween, and works well into the fall and Thanksgiving, too.
I have a quick tutorial to share with you for creating the shabby distressed finish of my pumpkin. So let’s get started.
Here are the individual parts from the Pumpkin Parts die. Cute all on its own, but even better with the built-up layers. Since this a steel-edged die, you can die cut the pumpkin from any number of starting materials. I knew I wanted a strong, durable, dimensional pumpkin for my home decor frame, so I die cut mine from raw chipboard.
*For Sizzix Bigz dies use this basic Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Cutting pad, die (cutting side up), paper or material to be cut, second cutting pad.
Paint the pumpkin parts with Distress Paint. I used Spiced Marmalade and Frayed Burlap. Allow the paint to dry completely.
To give some definition and shadowing to the pumpkin parts, dab a darker color of Distress on the edges of each orange body piece. For this step, I used Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain.
Using a foam blending tool, apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the edges of all of the die cut pieces. This will help all the layers stand out from each other when finished.
Apply a fairly heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the pumpkin parts, and allow to dry completely. I left the pumpkin stem matte, but you can crackle it, too, if you wish.
Look at this amazing pumpkin once the crackle paint has dried! To bring out the crackling a bit more, you can wipe over the pieces with your foam blending tool and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
As a final step before adhering the pieces together, we’ll add a bit more detail. Wipe the edges with additional Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, then add a light touch of Distress Glitter around the pumpkin stem and along some of the edges of the individual pieces. I like to use the Clear Rock Candy crackle paint for my glitter glue.
Once everything is dry, glue the parts together using the crackle paint, Glossy Accents, or your favorite tacky glue. Embellish the stem with a bit of moss, hemp, and a button. I added a tag and harvest sentiment to mine. The tag is die cut using Tim’s 8-piece Tag Collection Framelits set. And all the paper is from Graphic45, our product partner on the Sizzix blog this month. Their beautiful An Eerie Tale collection.
Pop the pumpkin into a simple 4×6 frame and there you have it, an instant home decor project. Hope you enjoyed! Oh, and looking ahead….
My Halloween Haunted House tour continues on Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Accessory – Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection
Sizzix Bigz Die – Pumpkin Parts
Patterned Paper: Graphic45 An Eerie Tale
Distress Ink, Paint, Crackle, Glitter: Ranger
Trim: May Arts
Other: Moss, Button