I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, sharing this new colourful, vibrant project!
I don’t believe in new years resolutions, but I do choose a word for each year. Just to start the new year with intention. It’s a new chapter after all!
I have thought long and hard about how I want this chapter to feel and I came up with: bright, active, upbeat, happy, buzzing… vibrant. So that’s the word I chose!
I always like to create something that I can look at to remind me of my word throughout the year. I usually create a canvas or a scrapbook page, but this time I decided to add something vibrant and shiny to a shadow box frame!
The idea for it came from these scraps that I had left after die-cutting rainbows with the new Rainbow Sky die set:
I also happen to be studying the life and works of Sonia Delaunay for the Love Art Happy Life E-course that started January 1st! The shadow box frame is heavily inspired by her Electric Prisms. I love her art and it fits my word so well!
But before I started die-cutting Shimmer Sheetz, I experimented with coloured paper first. It’s a good thing I did, because I found out that a combination of layering and inlaying the pieces worked best for me.
Here are the steps to create the layered, checkered circles:
1 | Choose the paper/colours you want to use and then the sizes of Fitted Circles you want to layer. I looked at Sonia Delaunay’s work for colour inspiration.
2 | Cut squares of Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the size of the Fitted Circles you have decided to layer.
3 | Cut the paper in squares to adhere onto each quarter of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive squares. The paper squares in the photo are huge: you really don’t need that much excess paper!
4 | Position your Fitted Circles dies on top of the paper. The point where all four colours of paper meet, needs to be in the exact middle of the Fitted Circle.
5 | Die-cut the circles.
6 | Adhere the checkered circles one on top of the other.
7 | Optional: add leftover Rainbow Sky pieces!
I used the same steps to create the Shimmer Sheetz shadow box frame. I found that I did not need to use the Metal Adaptor Plate this time, but most times I do use a Metal Adaptor Plate for the best results when die-cutting Shimmer Sheetz.
Here’s a look at the result of my experiments:
Happy, vibrant crafting!
Extra deep frame (mine came from local discount store Action and is 6.3″)
Craft foam (black)
Label writer (Dymo)