XOXO with Sizzix

Hiya Sweeties! Happy Friday! Just two more days until graduation!

Today I wanted to share a quick Sizzix tutorial with you, for creating a sweet all-occasion friendship card using a fun mix of Tim Holtz Alterations dies and Idea-ology vintage ephemera.

This card uses some of my most favorite things. Pretty Distress Inks, some awesome dies, a big shabby bow, and lots of fun vintage images. But I have to say that my favorite part has got to be that cool honeycomb pattern in the background, made with just one of the four intricate pattern dies from the Mixed Media Thinlits die set.

I die cut that panel from manila cardstock, and then inked it up with a variety of yellow and green Distress colors, such as Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, and Wild Honey. The inner pieces were removed and inked separately, so that I could get a wider range of color. I then layered the panel onto a second piece of manila cardstock, and pieced some of the die cut shapes back into the honeycomb, leaving the rest empty. Kinda like building a jigsaw puzzle.

AudreyPettit Sizzix ThinlitsFramelitsSandwich
To get started, die cut the honeycomb lattice Mixed Media die 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.

AudreyPettit Ranger ThankfulHanging Tut1
Dab a variety of Distress Inks or Stains onto a non-stick craft sheet. Mist the inks liberally with water until beads form. Remove the inner pieces from the die cut panel, and then press the front of the cardstock into the ink mixture. Allow to dry completely. You can repeat this process, if you’d like to darken or intensify any of the color.

AudreyPettit Sizzix TrulyGreatFriendsTag Tut3
Cut a length of Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon that is about 12-15 inches long, and use the ribbon to mop up any remaining ink on the craft sheet. Set the ribbon aside to dry. Add a bit more Distress Ink to the craft sheet, and ink just the inner pieces of the honeycomb lattice. Set those aside to dry, too. If you’ve got any ink left over, bring back the ribbon, and mop it up again.

Layer the honeycomb panel onto a larger piece of manila cardstock, and then onto a layered card base. I used two pieces of Distress Core’dinations cardstock for my card. Sew around the edges of the panel, if desired, and then piece the inner shapes back like a puzzle. Add a bit of Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint over the lattice area when you are finished. Then add some vintage images. I used two botanical and nature prints from the Thrift Shop Idea-ology ephemera pack.


The sentiment was die cut from a strip of manila cardstock using one of Tim’s new Thinlits die sets called Friendship Words: Block. I removed the positive letters and set them aside for another project, choosing to use the negative space instead. That’s what I love the most about this die set…. so versatile, and with 16 words in the set, you’ll have no trouble finding the right word for any occasion.

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

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK – Mixed Media

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK – Friendship Words: Block

Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)



16 thoughts on “XOXO with Sizzix

  1. This is absolutely STUNNING, Audrey! I keep looking at it and finding new details. I love the colors and images, but the textures are incredible. You definitely hit this one way the heck out of the park! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous card with honeycomb background, Audrey! It has such a “nature” feel to the card with the bird and flowers! It’s stunning…love it!!!

  3. There’s no guessing that this is made from Tim Holtz goodies. His product is so recognizable and loved by all. Love the pieces from the ephemera and that awesome way you used the die for the background. Fabulous work my friend! Hugs!

  4. This is beautiful Audrey! I just love all the vintage elements. And your stitching just ties everything together! I can never stitch that neatly…lol

  5. Your card made me think of botanical, vintage and a sort of nostalgic color scheme. Tied up with that fab ribbon ( love the dye-instructions!!!) and that honeycomb backgrond is amazing. I think one of your ebst creations ever. Wow!

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