18 October 2022

Sunflower Book with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month has already started with a bang as Eileen launched her new Chapter 4 Sizzix Die and Embossing designs. Now Eileen's design teams are sharing tutorials for some of the samples shown during her FB Live and as part of the blog hop.

Going back to the blog hop you'll remember I decided to feature the new 'Sunflower' on the front of a hand-bound book, made using the 'Card Caddy' Die and 'Woven Leather' 3D Embossing Folder.

Let's find out how this came together, starting with that gorgeous sunflower. Cut three of each petal layer, three leaves and one centre using the Sizzix 'Sunflower' Bigz L Die from Sizzix Cardstock. I save card by cutting one of each shape from photocopier paper, then use it as a template to cut out the cardstock to size.

Next cut the central part of the Card Caddy from Sizzix Matboard using the Sizzix 'Card Caddy' Scoreboards XL Die. Cut off the spine section before embossing the two covers using the Sizzix 'Woven Leather' 3D Embossing Folder. Misting the Matboard with water before embossing it helps to get a deeper impression.

I then used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints to add colour to the sunflower, leaves and book covers. A tip when painting the sunflower and leaves is to dry brush the colour from the centre out to create a feathering effect. Add a vintage look by blending brown permanent ink to the edges of everything before blending a little 'Gold' Luster Wax on top.

To make this a thin book I cut away two of the scored spine pieces to leave just one, joining it in the centre of the two covers with some Architape®. Use the 'Card Caddy' Die again to cut folded paper/cardstock signatures before binding them inside the finished book cover. There are a lot of great bookbinding videos on YouTube to help with that bit.

Here are a few close ups of the finished book, including a peek inside;

Thank you for joining me today. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

4 October 2022

Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Chapter 4 2022 - New Releases and Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome. Thanks for joining the Eileen Hull Chapter 4 2022 Release Party and Blog HopChapter 4 is finally here! Each release is so exciting and it never gets old…

Eileen will be sharing her new dies and embossing folder during a special Facebook Live/YouTube Livestream today at 12pm Eastern (5pm BST) so make sure to be watching.

Here's what Eileen has to say about her latest designs;

"The Geometric Box is a different kind of design for me. I love the ease of assembly, the unique shape and and the possibility of expanding the box into larger containers! This is a ScoreBoards Die so it may be cut from sturdy materials like matboard, chipboard, metal, leather and fabric and a fun feature of this die is that it adapts to how you shape it."

"The Sunflower is a Bigz L Die, designed to cut and score a myriad of materials. The Sunflower measures about 4" across and comes with a leaf, three sizes of petals and a flower center. Stack layers of petals to make a traditional sunflower, or change the colors and create a pink coneflower. You could even make a stem for the flower using wire and your Twist and Style Tool. The coordinating Geometric Box die works perfectly as a vase!"

"I love the whimsical patterns of vintage cutlery and that's why I created the Silverware 3D Embossing Folder. The design is so detailed you can actually see a tiny bride and groom on the handle of a cake server. This folder is perfect for creating seating charts, menus, invitations, cards and recipe books. Once you have embossed the image, rub a light coat of a metallic Luster Wax over the top of the design and you have an amazing result!"

So now it's my turn to show you a couple of  hand-bound books created using the new dies in combination with some of Eileen's Chapter 3 releases.

The first book features the new 'Sunflower' - it's SO easy to get all that fabulous dimension using the various die cut layers of petals and I followed Eileen's tip for using the 'Crochet Mandala' 3D Embossing Folder to add extra detail to the centre. The base of the book has been made using the 'Card Caddy' Die which has been embossed with the 'Woven' 3D Embossing Folder. I will be sharing a tutorial for this one here on my blog later in the month.

The second book features the new 'Silverware' 3D Embossing Folder which has been used to emboss the covers, cut using the 'Skinny Mini Book Box'. As suggested by Eileen I've rubbed a little 'Rose Gold' Luster Wax onto the raised parts to make them really pop against the pale pink background. As well as adding a pink ribbon tie and beaded page holder to the spine there is a little plaque (from the 'Card Caddy' Die) which holds the Italian word for food - the idea is you can record your favourite menus, recipes and even shopping lists for all those special occasions.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the first of my projects for this month using Eileen's latest die releases. Make sure to tune in to Eileen's FB Live/YouTube Livestream and also head on over to see the rest of the project peeks in the blog hop.

Pam Bray
Jennie Atkinson
Sarah Lizzie
Lisa Hoel
Sharon Curtis
Tonya Trantham
Elizabeth Robinson
Jenny Marples
Maggi Harding
Sue Eldred
Karen Bearse
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