Thursday, January 30, 2014

Baby Shoe Tutorial

Hello everyone! Today I have a little Sizzix tutorial to share with you, made with Eileen Hull's new 3-D Shoe die from her new Cherished Collection. This is a perfect gift to a new baby. The techniques work just as well for many other types of projects.  

Here's the finished shoe. I only made one, but you can make a pair instead and it won't take much longer at all. Since the die both cuts and scores the material, these shoes are very easy to assemble.
Die cut the three pieces for one shoe out of mat board, or chipboard. This is an XL die, so you need the extended cutting pads.

Paint the inside of the shoe with Broken China Distress Paint and the sole (both sides) with Vintage Photo. Aim for a streaky look on the sole.

When the paint is dry, lightly sand both pieces for a shabby look.

I love this Tiny Star Background stamp by Hero Arts. Stamp it with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink on the inside of the shoe, for a tone-on-tone effect.

Stamp a sentiment and maybe also the name of the child on the sole of the shoe and his or her date of birth.

I still have my first shoes, a white leather shoe (with a brown sole, just like these), and wanted to mimic that somehow. I decided to go with embossing powder. Apply embossing ink one section at a time on the shoe. I used Ranger's Emboss-It dabber since it gives great precision. If you get embossing powder on the flaps, remove it with a paint brush, since embossing powder on the flaps makes it harder to securely attach them. I also worked one section at a time on the areas with scorelines, since I didn't want to cover the scorelines with embossing powder. The Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel gives a great look.

Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.

Set small eyelets into the holes and place strong adhesive on all the flaps. I used Wonder Tape.

Adhere the shoe to the sole. I also added two tiny staples.

The finished shoe is so cute. Tuck a little gift inside the shoe or give the shoe instead of a card. Make two and use them as decoration in a baby room. You can of course also use different colours.

Thank you for looking!!

Happy Crafting!


Surface: Sizzix Little Sizzles Cream Mat Board 6 x 13
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Shoe
Stamp: Hero Arts: Tiny Star Background CG616, Basic Lowercase Letters LL188
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Cornflower Blue, Jet Black; Ranger Emboss-It Dabber
Embossing powder: Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel
Paint: Distress Paint: Broken China, Vintage Photo


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