Sizzix Tutorial- Heartfelt Thanks

Hi everyone, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today I have a quick Sizzix tutorial to share with you featuring a fun mix of Tim Holtz Alterations dies, both new and old, as well as some of his new Textured Surfaces

Those of you who’ve known me for awhile know that I’m basically a shabby gal deep down at heart, and this shabby little card really does make this ol’ gal quite happy. I am crazy about the new Tim Holtz Textured Surfaces. Love the natural and rugged touch they add, and as the name implies, love that texture. I’ve used two of the new surfaces here, with the burlap background and the cork hearts.  I think they add a ton of charm, and best thing? You can alter, paint, ink, cut, tear, punch and yes, die cut, the Textured Surfaces for all sorts of crafting possibilities.

Along with the new surfaces, I’ve used a fun mix of Sizzix Alterations dies for my card. Layered onto the burlap background is a panel of patterned paper that was die cut with one of my favorite older dies, the Movers & Shapers Postage Stamp Frame. I stitched around the edge of the frame, and then adhered it onto the burlap using strong red-line adhesive. Love the detail of that postage stamp edge, and talk about easy.

The main panel is from the Thinlits Postage Dots die set that was part of the travel themed March release. I stamped some script verse onto the panel with Picket Fence Distress Paint, and then inked the paper with soft pink and brown inks. Stitched each section for a bit of extra detail. Here’s how.

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To create my main panel, I die cut the smaller of the two Postage Dots dies from manila cardstock using this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

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The Postage Dots dies pierce all those tiny holes you see separating the sections.. but as often the case with such intricate dies, some of the tiny pieces may be left behind. That’s where a new Sizzix tool, the Die Brush, comes in mighty handy.

Simply lay your die cut down onto the foam pad included in the kit, and roll over the top with the die brush. The bristles of the brush get down into the cuts and grooves, and remove all the tiny pieces for you.

I added a large paper banner strip to the postage frame background, topped with a bit of Tim Holtz tissue tape, remnant rubs, and shiny mirrored stars. The hearts are from the Sizzix Heartfelt Bigz die, from Tim’s January release. Great thing about Bigz dies is that they can die cut any number of materials, including this fabulous cork paper, using this standard die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), paper or material to be cut, Standard Cutting Pad. I painted the edges of the hearts with Picket Fence paint, and added some Remnant Rubs. The Thanks sentiment was also painted, and added to the bottom of the postage dots frame. It is from the Handwritten Celebrate Thinlits die set.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you are interested in any of the products I’ve shared with you today, I am happy to share a special discount code SZB2015, good anytime until December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).

Hope you all have a wonderful day!


Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die – Postage Stamp Frame

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK – Postage Dots

Sizzix Bigz Die – Heartfelt

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK – Handwritten Celebrate

Sizzix Accessory – Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies

Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)



19 thoughts on “Sizzix Tutorial- Heartfelt Thanks

  1. LOVE the combo of the cork and burlap. My eyes just don’t know where to go. This is fantastic. How come you didn’t give yourself credit for going back and stitching in those pierced holes? 🙂 I really like how you used the rub-ons on the cork hearts. Awesome shabby project! Hugs!

  2. Oh, how I love this, Audrey! The details are fantastic! The postage stamp die and the hearts are two of my most favorite dies. I need to get some of those handwritten sentiments–they are beautiful!

  3. Lots of wonderful texture! Love the sweet hearts! And, the stitching is beyond amazing!!! Hope you have a great week, hugs!:-)

  4. I love everything about this Audrey!
    The colors, the stitching, the textures!
    Thank you also for sharing the step by step!
    so sweet!!

  5. Oh be still my texture-lovin heart! This card is just gorgeous! I love the soft colors you’ve used with all of the texture. It’s shabby chic perfection!

  6. I LOVE this card! I love all the shapes, and the textures are so rich. Your use of the die cuts is so clever and creative!
    I’ve been traveling for work and haven’t been able to keep up with my blog reading. But I was so happy to open your blog today and see this card. Have a great week!

  7. OK, this has to be one of my newest favorites! I love every stitch and every layer. You put so much into all your cards. I also love the way you mention each layer and what you did. It keeps me from missing any details. Love this!

  8. Oh sighhhh… beautiful shabbiness! Audrey, now this is absolute perfection! I have to buy that cork paper… your hearts are amazing… LOVE IT ALL!!!! I’m off to go shopping, LOL!!!

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