Howdy hi hello, crafty friends! Did you all manage to catch the Tim Holtz LIVE reveal of the new Chapter 3 Sizzix dies this past Saturday? Wow, what a show that was! Whereas Chapter 3 has traditionally been the huge Halloween and Christmas release in years past, Tim has broken the releases into smaller chunks this year, starting with Chapter 3 now and the holiday releases to come over the next few months. The Chapter 3 release is small, but mighty, filled with fantastic sets that hold year-round appeal, and I know these dies will become great basic additions to your die collection. If you missed the LIVE reveal, it’s not too late…. you can still watch the replay any time on Tim’s YouTube channel.
I am always so excited when I get to create projects for the new release, and of course Chapter 3 is no exception. Today I wanted to share the first project that I made… a friendship card featuring a whole handful of the new die sets. First and foremost is that fun medallion focal point in the center of the card that is made with the new Impresslits Interchangeable Seal die set. Ohmyword, what a cool concept that is! Not only does the die cut and emboss that fun round seal, but you can interchange three different round dies to cut either plain, pinked, or scalloped edges. Brilliant! I die cut the seal from Distress watercolor cardstock and inked the paper with Distress Oxides. The sentiment was made with a combination of the previously release Tiny Type Upper Alphanumeric die set and the brand new Varsity Alphanumeric set. As you can see, that alphabet shape holds way more than just athletic letter-man appeal.
I used another Tim Holtz circle die set (the one that coordinates with his shaker domes) to cut a layer of felt to add behind the seal. As someone who loves fabric as much as I love paper, I can’t help but to incorporate the soft texture of fabric whenever I can. I die cut some Bloom Colorize leaves from contrasting felt and tucked that behind the seal, too. Those, along with some berry sprigs cut from watercolor paper and some wide lacy trim, add such amazing visual texture and detail to the card.
The base of the card is layers of watercolor paper and Distress kraft stock cardstock. I dry brushed Antique Linen Distress paint onto the base and dabbed crackle Distress texture paste and Brushed Corduroy ink randomly throughout the card. And how about that amazing background? That is made with the new Leafy Twigs background die that was cut from watercolor cardstock, adhered to a solid panel, and coated in Speckled Egg Distress paint and Picket Fence Distress crayon. Then, of course, a bit more Brushed Corduroy Distress ink spread across the top. Couldn’t possibly make a project that didn’t include that… my most favorite color of Distress. 😀
Do you have a favorite new die set from the Chapter 3 release? I’d love to hear!
Happy Tuesday, friends. And thanks so much for stopping by!
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