Wednesday, February 8, 2012

To Die For

I had the best intentions to blog while I was at CHA, but that went out the window after the first day! I had an amazing time though, and am rested and ready to share some of the samples I did using the new Idea-ology findings. This tag is a total 180 from my last project, but I love it just as much. I had a blast combining all my favorite Sizzix dies, and even came up with a new technique!

You know the saying, 'necessity is the mother of invention'? This technique came about because I really wanted to use glitter on the little heart, but knew that Tim was not a big fan of glitter. To keep the mess contained, I knew I had to encase the glitter somehow. UTEE to the rescue! Here is a quick tute - hope you like it!

Supplies: Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), Inkssentials Glue n Seal, Ranger Adirondack Dabber - Silver, Ranger Distress Embossing Ink, Sizzix Heart Die (Love Struck Movers and Shapers), Chipboard, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Stickers, Silver Glitter, Heat Gun

Step 1: Cut heart from chipboard using Sizzix die and paint with Adirondack Dabber.

Step 2: Choose a word sticker and adhere it to heart.

Step 3: Coat heart with Glue n Seal, making sure to avoid the sticker.

Step 4: Cover heart with glitter, pressing down to make sure it adheres. Let dry completely. If your glue is a little damp, it will cause bubbling during the next step.

Step 5: Sponge heart with embossing ink (using a sponge will keep your pad from getting contaminated with glitter).

Step 6: Coat heart with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).

Step 7: Using heat gun, heat UTEE until it melts. When it cools, sponge with more embossing ink and add another layer of UTEE. Heat that layer until it melts and smooths out.

Ta da! No glitter mess here. I love the look of the sticker under the UTEE too. Very cool!

The base of my tag was created with Idea-ology Kraft Resist Paper that I cut using the Sizzix Tag and Bookplates die and then coated lightly with a Snow Cap Dabber. The panel underneath the cupid was cut with the Mini Baroque die and embossed with the Valentine Texture Fade. My little cupid was cut from black Kraft Core'dinations paper and lightly sanded. The doily was cut using the Sizzix Doily die. Both it and the ribbon were dyed using a homebrew dye of Adirondack Cranberry Colorwash and Worn Lipstick reinker. I love the new Idea-ology Word Bands - my favorite thing to do is add ink to the depression where the words are. You can totally change the feel of them, match your card, etc. by doing this. Fun!

This closeup is a little blurry, but sometimes you can only see the sparkly-ness of the glitter when it's a little out of focus! My little heart makes my tag perfect for this week's Sunday Stampers challenge. Make sure you check out Hels' inspiring blog and have a peek at all the wonderful submissions.

There is also another fantastic challenge going on right now - over at the Inspiration Journal blog, we're challenging you to 'Put a Heart on It'. Check out the post here to get all the deets.

All the supplies I used are listed in the tutorial and below, and can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Don't forget to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% off your total!

Supply List:

Sizzix Mini Love Struck Movers and Shapers Dies

Sizzix Tag and Bookplates Die
Sizzix Mini Baroque Die
Sizzix Distressed Doily Die
Sizzix Valentine Background Texture Fade
Idea-ology Tissue Tape - Commute
Idea-ology Word Bands
Idea-ology Word Stickers
Idea-ology Kraft Resist Paper
Snow Cap Dabber
Kraft Core'dinations Paper


  1. Yummy!! I love it. The heart is wonderful!

  2. Very cool, that heart is amazing! Love that cupid! Stunning tag!

  3. corrrr, this is absolutely GORGEOUS... loving that heart, what a brilliant idea hun... and... am ever such a smidge Peeled Paint cos you have that new Idea-ology and I ...ahem... need it... very soon, otherwise I fear I shall selfcombust with the excitement of waiting lol Thanks for joining in with the sunday STamper... oh and.. I am now away to order that die... I have seen you use it a couple of times now and... now... I ...(ahem again) NEED it!!! xx

  4. Really cool technique, Shelly. Isn't that UTEE just the coolest stuff? :) I'm so glad that you had such a fabulous time at CHA!! <3 Candy

  5. oh Shelly, this is fabulous and I love your new technique! I am not much for the mess of glitter either, but this is way cool.

  6. WAY cool!!! This tag is gorgeous! Glad you are back!

  7. Great way to deal with the glitter! Thanks for sharing.

  8. How cool that you were at CHA! I love this tag - and I can't wait to get my hands on some of the new goodies.
    sorry I've not been by in awhile but hope to be more regular in future.
    Deb M

  9. There are certian things that need glitter! You nailed it...sometimes you need to think out side of Tim and too add" to make it that extra finish of your own...

  10. I LOVE this tag! All the details are great and the heart is amazing!

  11. Fabulous technique, TFS can't wait to try it... LOVE UTEE, and glitter.. what's not to love?

  12. Love what you have done Shelley and love the way you have done it! Brilliant!!

  13. Coolio tech and tute, Shelly, GREAT idea! The tag came out beautiful!

  14. I love the tag and your technique for containing the glitter.

  15. Yet another wonderful creation!!! Love it! Totally

  16. Fantastic-the heart is pure genius and looks so pretty! Thank you for always sharing your brilliant techniques--I'll have to try this when I have the right supplies. Have a great weekend coming up!!!!

  17. Great tag Shelly and the heart is gorgeous!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  18. What!!! t!m dosen't like glitter...hehe. Oh well:(( your tag is lovely! thanks so much for the tut!

  19. Love the tag, everything about the tag, the whole tag so help me god.
    especially love the encased glitter x

  20. Gorgeous tag and what a heart! I have mixed glitter with embossing powder and have sprayed with a sealer, even Mod Podge, so will give this a try! I also really hate glitter and mostly just mix it with beads now. Thanks for the tip!

  21. Beautiful! I love the new word strip (can't wait for mine to arrive) and you've done wonders with that funky heart!

  22. What a great idea for the glitter and the heart. The whole tag is very cool!

  23. Okay "girlfriend", love what you did, I'm gonna go play today... gotta get those "chit chats" too...those are AWESOME !


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