Fifteen amazing artists from the StencilGirl Design Team will all be showing their art on one of my new Sizzix dies, the Block/Cube/Bank, 3-D AKA the Artist Trading Block™!
The projects I have seen so far have been simply jaw-droppingly amazing... so make sure you stop by every blog and see all of them:
Eileen Hull (you are here)
The Block is part of my new Sizzix Cherished collection which is designed around a baby theme. But let me tell you, this die is not just for babies! First of all, it is a ScoreBoards die, which is specially designed to cut and score THICK materials, like matboard and chipboard. This technology is unique to Sizzix so you won't find anything else like it!
The Block measures 3" square, can be assembled in under a minute and it is super versatile! You can use inks, paint, chalks, mists, or markers with your stencils- the rigid matboard makes the block nice and sturdy so you don't have to worry about wrinkling or tearing- load on the techniques- the matboard can handle it!
Artist Trading Blocks™ are the next big thing in the crafting world! Unlike tags and ATC’s, Artist Trading Blocks allow you to create in 3-D! Why show only one side of your creativity when you can express yourself with multidimensional style? Make your mark on these six-sided blocks using all of your favorite craft supplies and techniques.
OK, so now for my project... I have to admit- I was slightly intimidated to design something for this hop having seen all the amazing StencilGirl DT's work. Designing dies is a totally different process. Everything has to line up and be perfect or the die will not cut straight. So I am not used to the freedom I had here to just try things out and play. But it sure is fun!
I like to think of each 3" x 3" square as a mini-canvas to experiment on. They are quick and small and if you mess something up- oh well, move on and try again! With that attitude, shoot, I could play forever!
So I gathered some of StencilGirl's fabulous stencils, an assortment of inks, paint and brushes and went to town... and what came out was not too bad! Of course now I have more ideas of things to try... you know how that goes.
I started by lining up the two matboard strips next to each other and then placed the Words to Live By stencil on top. (note- if you want the blocks to be all going in the same direction, reconsider this method. We are experimenting though, remember?) After securing the stencil in place with post it notes, I took some Clearsnap Cat's Eye dye inks and a stencil brush and transferred the ink on the stencil, varying the colors and blending them into each other.
I outlined some of the words with a black permanent marker and then colored them in with Copic markers. Don't you love to color?
Here comes the experiment... I took the Song Birds stencil and a very detailed Wing stencil and decided to try and layer them. I wasn't sure if it would work with two layers but what the heck... I laid the bird stencil down first where I wanted it, securing it with more post its, and then added the Wing stencil on top. To get into these tiny areas, paint seemed to be the best choice. I loaded my stencil brush with black acrylic paint, wiped most of it off, and then applied it using a circular motion over the stencil. Because this one is so detailed I wasn't sure I could reposition exactly in the same place so I made sure every area was fully filled in before I took the stencil off. Success! Then I outlined the bird with black marker.
I did not tape this block together because I will be sending it to CHA and will fold it flat to ship. Due to the sturdiness of the matboard, no tape is necessary to keep it in the block shape!
It was hard to stop and I created another project- a set of blocks I call "A Tribute to Tie-Dye"... but this post is already too long so will share it next week. Here's a peek...
I would love if you would like my Facebook page and see what's to come in 2014. I have a brand new product launching! But my lips are sealed till Jan. 11. It's killing me people!
But wait- there's more- a giveaway over on StencilGirl Talk consisting of SG product and a Block die! All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. The giveaway will close on Friday, December 13th at 11:59PM Central Time.
We have lots of plans in the works and will be posting lots of inspiration over at our website, The Artists on the Block. Please stop by to see what's new and LIKE our Facebook page too! Feel free to post your latest projects so we can ooh and ahh over them!
Head on over to the amazing Mary Beth Shaw's blog to see the rest of the projects. Thanks for stopping by!