Hi there! It’s Marsha here today, back again with another colourful project!
I don’t believe in new year’s 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 as I still had one more of those shadow box frames left from my last project, I decided to create something vibrant and shiny to put into it.
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 an online class and 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 artist 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!
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 a local discount store and is 6.3″)
Craft foam (black)
Label writer (Dymo)