Elizabeth Craft Designs | Colourful Fitted Circles

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

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:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

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.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

Here are the steps to create the layered, checkered circles:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted 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.
Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

5 | Die-cut the circles.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

6 | Adhere the checkered circles one on top of the other.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

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:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

Happy, vibrant crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1075 Alphabet 2 Lower Case
1117 Fitted Circles (coming soon)
1151 Rainbow Sky (coming soon)
Shimmer Sheetz
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape or Sheet

Other:
Extra deep frame (mine came from local discount store Action and is 6.3″)
Coloured cardstock
Craft foam (black)
Label writer (Dymo)

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