Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Eileen Hull Has Released New Sizzix Dies & We're Hoppin'

Hello there and welcome! You have arrived at your next stop on the Blog Hop to celebrate the new Chapter 3 Die releases of Eileen Hull! If you are jumping in midway, you can go back to her blog to begin at the beginning. For my hop project I used the new Snowman Die. There is a tutorial so scroll on down past the Hop list to check it out.

Throughout the hop you will see all the creative ways the Inspiration and Education Teams have used the Mitten and Snowman dies! We hope that you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.
But wait – there’s more – the Release Party continues! You won’t want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern time on Wednesday, July 1! Join the chat – and a random commenter will WIN a Snowman Die. 

Please hop with us through all of the projects and leave comments on the different designers' blogs. A lucky commenter will WIN a Mitten Box Die…

Hop Participants:
  1. Julia Aston
  2. Jennie Atkinson
  3. Debbie Bankston
  4. Karen Bearse
  5. Susie Bentz
  6. Pam Bray
  7. Sue Eldred
  8. Anna-Karin Evaldsson
  9. Annette Green
  10. Maggi Harding
  11. Lisa Hoel <<<YOU ARE HERE
  12. Anita Houston
  13. Sarah Lizzie
  14. Jenny Marples
  15. Elizabeth Robinson
  16. Tonya Trantham
  17. Cheryl Waters
  18. Mitsyana Wright
  19. Nicole Wright
  20. Eileen Hull

Tutorial time!

Step 1 – I used foil sheet covered matboard and chipboard for the box sides and pieces. I had it in mind to make a vintage, "chippy paint" look project. I really like how Distress Paint applies to a metal surface (more on that later).

I did not cover the snowman body parts because my plan was to use white embossing powder on them (more on that later too). The snowman "accessories" and parts are cut out of thinner chipboard. The box sides are matboard that I embossed after die cutting.

Tip: Those eyes and carrot nose are small and hard to get ahold of. I took a scrap of matboard, applied repositionable adhesive to it and stuck those tiny parts on. It made it so much easier to paint them.

Which leads to…

Step 2 – Painting the parts! The backs of the snowman bodies and inside of the box I painted red. When dry, I flipped the box sides piece over and also painted the metal embossed side red. When the paint was halfway dry, I took a damp baby wipe (not too wet though) and gently wiped off some of the paint from the high points of the embossed design. If you wipe off too much, you can always add more paint back on and try again. Do not let the paint dry all the way or that's it. It is permanent when dry.

I did the same thing to the little parts. I painted them and gently wiped off some paint when they were partly dry.

Step 3 – Embossing! I have an old Ranger Melting Pot (sadly discontinued, try ebay) that works really well for small shapes like this. (See my other tutorials Here and Here for more projects using it.) I used Eileen's Clear Blends Ink on the snowman body to adhere a thick layer of her White Wonder Embossing Powder. I set it into the pot and let it sit to melt.

While the white was molten, I carefully pressed the parts into the liquid powder and then lifted it all out (with that handy little craft mat insert!) The powder cooled and set and the parts were stuck down tight.

Step 4 – Assembly! I peeled the top (metal foil) layer off the tabs so the glue would stick better when assembling the box. I used a small glue gun to glue the tabs onto the back of the snowman bodies.

As a final step, once the box was assembled, I gave the whole thing a very light wash of watered down black/brown acrylic paint to give it a vintage look. I used a baby wipe to dab off some areas that got too dark and just played around with it until I was happy with the "grunging" up.

Supplies used:

Eileen Hull Sizzix
Snowman  Sizzix / SB ) 
Starlight Embossing Folder #660337 - retired

Sizzix Mat Board
Eileen Hull Blends Ink - Clear
Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions Embossing Powder - White Wonder
Distress Paint - Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Foil Sheets
glue gun

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  1. Great texture on the box part. Super detail.

  2. Fabulous ideas Lisa, and I have a melting pot! Jane R x

  3. Love it. great seeing the melt pot in use, not seen one in use for yonks thanks for the inspiration xxxx

  4. Your painting and embossing make the pieces look like metal Lisa! A lovely snowman box!

  5. Love the embossed and painted side parts. I actually have one of those melting pots somewhere buried in my huge craft stash.Will have to dig it out in autumn when I copy your fantastic project. Thanks a mill for the tutorial and reminding me to use my old tools :)

  6. Love all the attention to details. Perfect for the holidays.

  7. Love the shabby look you achieved...and I (sadly) do not have a melting pot. Time to start hunting!

  8. Cute snowman. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Great textures on the Snowman and thanks for the tip about the melting pot! Super Christmassy feel with those traditional colours. Jennie x

  10. Fabulous Snowman Box....going to drag my melting pot out. I always forget about it until I am reminded...like today with your gorgeous project! Super cute by the way!

  11. Beautiful snowman box! ☃️☃️☃️

  12. From the painted metal to the molten powder, yum, and so cute.

  13. Brilliant - simply brilliant Lisa. I was intrigued to see how you got that chipped paint finish and it's ingeniously done. And your idea for embossing the snowman and attaching the elements is so clever. Totally love it xx

  14. Thank you for such detailed instructions!!

  15. Great tip with the melting pot! Absolutely love your snowman!

  16. Your snowman box looks awesome! I love the textured and vintage look! Awesome embossed design on the box, and the snowman is just adorable! Great project!

  17. I love the texture of your snowman! What a great vintage look!

  18. I love this! The vintage/aged effect looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing your techniques!

  19. well done- especially like the embossed attachment piece!

  20. The vintage wash makes your snowman look like his head and body were just rolled up in the snow. A real snowman is never pristine white. And I like how you did the box, too.

  21. I still have my melting pot. I might have to dust it off! Cute snowman box.

  22. Great tips on using the melting pot/embossing powder to stick on snowman parts :-) I will have to get mine out and play- really cool texture over it all. I like him as a Fourth of July snowman too :-) Thanks for all you did to make this hop happen!

  23. Wonderful! I can hardly wait for the Snowman ⛄️ to be available here!

  24. just received my snowman die this morning , absolutely love it , there is a piece that resembles a cloud and I aren't sure where it goes if anyone can help , thank you in advance x


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