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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Sizzix Inksheets and Leather Paper Sheets

Eileen Hull has challenged her Inspiration Team to use the fabulous Sizzix Inksheets and Leather Paper Sheets.  I must admit I had never used either of them before but once I watched a couple of videos I was hooked!  Quite simply, the Inksheets can be used with any Embossing Folder to transfer the ink to the embossed area.  You can also use thin dies too and it turns the dies into stamps... how clever is that!  I decided to make his and hers keyrings using the Embossing technique.


The Leather Paper comes in a variety of colours and it is wonderfully strong, it will emboss and die cut beautifully.
To make my his and hers keyrings I used Eileen Hull's Needle Book die and two of Eileen's Embossing Folders - Leaves and Swirls and Sunburst.
In this pack of Leather Paper the colours are Pink, Grey and Cream and I used a black Inksheet.

I use a Big Shot Plus machine,   Once I die cut the Needle Book, I used the large platform and also the B Plate.  I put my cutting pad first, the embossing folder, the Ink sheet with the dull side toward the die cut, then the Leather Paper die cut, the top of the Embossing Folder and another small plate (mine are blue but yours will likely be clear. 
After embossing your piece the Inksheet transfers the pattern to your die cut, it looks just like you have stamped and embossed your pattern.  Just think of the possibilities!
I die cut some of the cream Leather Paper with the Needle Book die, and cut it down a fraction so it would fit with a little space so that the holder would fold easily.  I also die cut a second tab, glued one to the top and one to the side.  I also attached one of Tim Holtz fasteners to the front.  I then glued the cream insert to cover the tabs and fastener.
I used the same process to do the 'his' keyring, using the Sunburst Embossing Folder and a black Inksheet.

I die cut a black insert from black Leather Paper.  I love the look of the Sunburst EF on the Grey Leather Paper.  To finish off I used a couple of Tim Holtz punches, they cut beautifully through the Leather Paper, and added a key ring to each.
I will be honest, I didn't get it right first time but with a bit of perseverance it worked out beautifully in my opinion, they both have a wonderful 'distressed' look.

I look forward to experimenting more with these Leather Papers and Inksheets and I hope that you will have a go with them too.  You can also get an Inksheet Starter Kit, which gives you the plate you will need to use if you are 'die' stamping with the Inksheets.

My teamies have already and will be sharing more projects all this month if you want to check them out here and here.

As always, thanks for looking!

Hugs, Anne xx

Edited:  I scheduled this post a couple of days ago when I thought the virus was on it's way out, sadly, it is back with a vengeance, sincere apologies if I don't get round to visiting you over the next couple of days - sorry!  Hope you all stay virus free! xx

32 comments:

  1. These are adorable Anne, gorgeous gifts and cleverly put together. Looks like I need to get this starter kit and have a play you have got my creative juices working. I wonder when there will be time lol?
    Sorry to hear you're not well and suffering from a virus. Ken has one too which has really knocked him for six. Take care and huge cyber healing hugs coming your way. Xxx

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  2. Oh, my, would you look at this! What will they think of next! I'd best get on with ordering ~ these products will be sold out after folks get a view of what you've done here with these gorgeous key fobs, Annie! Utterly magnificent! Don't worry about visiting me. You take a teasy now and get yourself well! Tender hugs and love, Darnell xxoo

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  3. A brilliant tutorial Anne! I wanted to know more about these new surfaces and it has really sparked so many ideas seeing how they work together. Thank you so much for sharing.
    On a personal note I hope you recover from this rotten virus soon and start to feel better as the warmer weather approaches. Hugs to you both. Jenny xxx

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  4. The keyrings are fabulous Anne.
    Sorry to hear the bug is still hanging around. Hope you are soon on the mend.
    ((((hugs))))
    Toni xx

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  5. What a fabulous product, I have never seen this before. These keyrings are adorable and would make fabulous useful little gifts. I can't believe that virus is still lingering, not helped no doubt with the cold and damp. Keep warm my lovely friend hope you get rid of it soon. Big Hugs Mo x

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  6. Great ideas from these clever new products.
    Sorry your virus has returned, hope you soon feel well Anne x

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  7. Wow Anne what an amazing technique...love your beautiful keyring holders...a great gift idea. I hope you finally manage to get rid of this horrible virus...take care my friend...sending get well hugs xxx

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  8. These are fabulous ! Anne and such a clever idea to turn the needle book die into a 'his' n 'hers' key holder . These leather paper and ink sheets create very effective results and I too love the look of the Sunburst Ef o the grey leather paper .
    You really have showcased these so well and offered up lots of inspiration .
    Sorry to hear you are suffering at the mo - sending you lots of get well hugs xx

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  9. Hi Anne, I'd never heard of the ink sheets, aren't they clever! Your little keyfobs are really gorgeous and beautifully made. (You are always so incredibly neat!) There will be no excuse for anyone getting locked out of your house! I'm so sorry to hear that virus continues to rage. You poor lamb. I hope that you are feeling much better very soon. Warm hugs, Nicola x

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  10. Sending hugs Anne. I have a virus at the minute so I feel your pain . Love your little needle books, such a lovely idea. The embossing looks so deep. Take care Anne. Tracy x

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  11. Oh my gosh, I just love these Anne! The dark on the pink is a wonderful contrast and I love that you attached a ring for a keychain! Fabulous project idea! hugs :)

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  12. Goodness gracious sakes alive - you have been really busy. But knowing you I think you thoroughly enjoyed making these handsome key ring holders. You are so dag gone good Anne and you always are amazing me with something new. You and Eileen Hull go together like ice and cream!! She is so luck to have you!!
    Sandy xx

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  13. A very interresting tutorial. A nice discovery and an idea to try! These are gorgeous gifts. Hope you'll get better soon and I can't wait to hear from the new stay of Paloma;)

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  14. This was the best idea Anne! You then made it even better with a his and hers! Super fabulous idea!

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  15. amazing work as always Anne - I think the sheets look like great fun and I can see I will have to try them - your projects really showed their function perfectly! Hope you feel better soon - mine lasted three weeks but I think it has finally gone! Hugs rachel x

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  16. You always introduce me to such wonderful new products and that leather paper is now on my wish list dearie! Such a fun and fantabulous designs with his and hers. Hehe! The contrast with the pink and black is awesome sauce and but the black and grey is my cup of tea. Genius idea and so useful! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  17. Never heard of the leather paper but love your projects with it. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well and hope you get better soon. My OH is snivelling and coughing beside me so I keep taking the vitamins etc!! Elaine xx

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  18. LOVE to see someone using these...they are so underused! Gorgeous little journals, and love the designs with the ink sheets!

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  19. Hi Anne these are gorgeous. I don't know this product so will have to have a look for it. Happy crafty weekend, Angela x

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  20. Those are gorgeous Anne, fabulous idea to make key rings from the needle books and that inksheet technique is amazing, yet one more thing to add to my ever increasing wish list! Hope this finds you feeling much better! Deb xo

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  21. These look gorgeous Anne and what a fabulous little gift. Those ink sheets look amazing .... will keep my eye out for those :) Hope you're feeling better ..... hugs Linda xx

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  22. Fabulous job Anne! I would have never thought to turn the needle books into key rings. :-)

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  23. Adorable projects! Now I want Leather paper!!!!! Barbara

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  24. Wow Anne! What fantastic and creative projects! Makes me want to craft using leather!

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  25. These are both fabulous! You have really showcased the leather paper and the ink sheets fantastically, thank you! I hope you are feeling better! Take care! xxx

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  26. These are awesome! Look like something from a high end boutique. Amazing project!

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  27. Anne, you rocked these projects! What a fabulous design and that leather paper is gorgeous! Love these! Hugs!

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  28. Hmmmm....lost my comment! Love these key wallets, the "his" is my favorite,. I love that embossing folder! And thank you for introducing these fabulous new products to me...my bank account does not thank you! Well done, Anne! Healing hugs to you!

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  29. These products look well worth exploring and you have show cased them brilliantly. I hope you feel better soon,

    Lucy x

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  30. What creative projects you made with this new leather paper Anne - I've just ordered some to try out with some of Eileen's dies - great idea with your key holders! The ink embossing looks beautiful on them! So sorry you both are still suffering from the nasty virus - hope you can knock it down soon! Julia xx

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  31. Looks like you had lots of fun playing with these new products, and with great results.
    Alison x

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  32. Wow, leather sheets, not sure that hasn't come up on my radar, but I think I'm going to have to give it a try, I love making altered journals. Thank you hun for inspiring us with your gorgeous work xx

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