Art Journal Video ~ How to Use Diecuts in your Art Journal

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Diecuts are a favorite of mine.

I used the Sizzix Vagabond machine in this art journal project, and I made a 5-minute video showing how the page came together with three of Tim Holtz's dies.

VIDEO - How to use Sizzix diecuts with paint, stamps and stencils in your art journal (Marjie Kemper)

This bird cage is an oldie but goodie from Tim Holtz, called Caged Bird.  The little black bird is a paper punch and I like how it's perched there on the sentiment.  The heart is a Sizzix ‘movers and shapers' die and I've also used Tim's honeycomb on-the-edge die in the background.

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Do you have a favorite type of art journaling?  How do you feel about using “store bought” products?  Some people feel that any elements that are purchased should be off limits in an art journal. I personally feel that there are no rules and the sky's the limit.  I also enjoy mixing it up and having some pages with collage elements, some with just paint/ink, some with magazine clippings, etc.

VIDEO - How to use Sizzix diecuts with paint, stamps and stencils in your art journal (Marjie Kemper)

Another reason I like using dies is they give the impression of a lot of dimensions without a lot of bulk.  All the layering adds up, especially when you distress them or add another form of texture.  I embossed the Bird Cage die with an embossing folder that gave it a raised texture, and I crumpled up the heart and distressed it with ink.

I also ‘roughed up' the edges of the sentiment and inked them with brown distress ink, which gave it a more interesting took than if it were just clean and flat out of the package.  What types of techniques do you use for adding interest to purchased items?  I'd love to know. Please leave any comments or questions below. I read each one and am sure to answer if you have any questions.

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  1. lou on July 3, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    what did you use to distress the edge of the quote?

    • Marjie Kemper on July 4, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Lou, it’s one of Tim Holtz’s gadgets… I think it’s called a distressor. It’s a circular tool with lots of little cut (blade) grooves.