Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dice Dice Baby!!!

Hello and Happy New Year everyone!!! I wish all of you peace, love, good health, prosperity, and much craftiness in 2014!!!
The wonderful and talented Eileen Hull, has designed new Cube Dies for Sizzix. These dies have become all the rage, and now her and Amy Bowerman have started a new movement in the crafting world, called Artist Trading Blocks or ATB's using these dies, and their new site The Artists on the Block is the talk of internet town. I was fortunate enough to be given the die cuts to make my own ATB's, and since I did Eileen's Baby 'Punk' Booties in Industrial style, I decided to do the blocks the same way...Industrial Dice! Eileen will be showing these at CHA...at least I hope so.
I mounted foil sheets on manila and cut them to size, 3 inch by 3 inch, and made 12 of them. I used Gold Metallic Mixative from Ranger to color some of the Silver Foil Sheet.
I used six different Tim Holtz Texture Fades from Sizzix to dry emboss each square.
I used Alcohol Ink and Paint Dabber to add some shadowing and definition to the backgrounds, along with a little sanding.
I mounted each square on Eileen's Cube Die pieces.
Then came lots and lots of metal tidbits.
I coated each side with Glue N Seal to protect and really seal everything up. I added Foil Tape to all the edges, and attached a chain to connect the dice.
 

Supplies:


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


44 comments:

  1. I love your dice! They will shine at CHA.

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  2. LOve this project! metal is one of my favourite surface!!!! BArbarayaya

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  3. That crash you might have heard was my jaw hitting the keyboard. :) They are FABULOUS!!! I must get that die, it's a great idea.

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  4. I hope these are the talk of the town at CHA! They deserve to be! What a stunning idea. LOVE, love, love them.

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  5. Brilliant way to use the die and such a great style. Love your post title too lol.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  6. wow these are amazing! i love all the texture and gears ...so fab!! what a great idea! hugs x trace x

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  7. Love this! Going to have to add this die to my wish list!

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  8. I first saw these blocks on Amy's blog and then on The Artists on the Block, but these are something else! Wow Anita, 'industrial' looks amazing on these blocks (pinning this), you have done an absolutely fabulous job here. The title made me smile, that Ice, Ice guy was on TV over here last year and he is quite a character. These dice will attract a lot of attention at CHA! Hugs, Anne x

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  9. Wow Anita, this is stunning!! Love your cubes, they look fantastic in steampunk style, brilliant!! I bet they will be prominently on display at CHA!!

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  10. Beautiful dices. I love this gorgerous colours, textures and all metal elements.
    Happy New Year !!!

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  11. Love these, the metal looks amazing. Great pieces. Tracy x

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  12. Very kook GF! Had not seen this before, so thanks. Happy New Year hugs! Xx

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  13. Dude! Do those things roll a 7 'cause momma needs a pair of new shoes!!
    HOLY MOLY your dice are fabulous Anita. Love how the metal tape on the edges looks too. You're truly starting out 2014 with a bang....awesome job chica. :)

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  14. Ohhh, Pair-a-Dice! Those are very cool, Anita. Love all the metal you used. I too hope they get used at CHA!

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  15. Awesome dice Anita! I love them and they are perfect. Pinning!!!

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  16. How cool are these!?!?!? Love 'em, and can't wait to see them (and you!) in person. Safe travels.

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  17. Hello Miss Anita, these blocks are fabulousssssssss I've never heard of them, I was on their blog looking at all the artist, Your blocks are defiantly the KOOLEST, I love them, and think I could make some, without the die cut of course :O). Happy 20th anniversary, that's wonderful, your tags are GORGEOUS, I feel in love with your Deer ornaments they are fabulous out of the corrugate , it's been wonderful to visit and drool over your creations, all the best in the New year. Oh by the way, thanks for sharing your Italy trip your photos were absolutely fantastic, I looooooooooved them, big hugs...

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  18. Happy New Year to you! Oh my this metal is so great. Love all the embossing. Fun stuff. Great job. I've been enjoying seeing all the different ATBs.

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  19. Fab industrial dice! Love how the embellies represent the numbered sides of the dice! So cool!!

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  20. Wow, that's a gorgeous project. Fascinating.

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  21. Anita- holy cow- the dice are spectacular! The textures and colors are out of this world- truly a steampunk masterpiece! Thanks for letting us display them- they DEFINITELY will be front and center in the booth...

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  22. They're supercool, Anita - just brilliant... I saw the ATBs when they were over at the Sizzix blog - amazing, and you've already taken them to the next level!!
    Alison xx

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  23. Your steampunk dice made me smile. Happy New Year, my friend!

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  24. Wowwww Anita your dice are so unique and creative....big big compliment!

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  25. wow wow wow - it´s so fantastic!!!
    I wish you and your Family a happy new year, Dagmar

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  26. Now there is a pair of dice I would hang in my car!!!

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  27. How could they not show these at CHA they are fabulous! Great idea, you never cease to amaze.

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  28. Happy New Year Anita and WOW to your ATBs, what a great idea and I love the industrial look of them. Hugs, Chris.

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  29. Love how you've decorated these Anita! They look amazing!
    Alison x

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  30. These are fantastic! The metal is such a great product to work with.

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  31. Love'em!!!! You did a brilliant job on your dice! Have fun at CHA!!!! Know you will!!!

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  32. Oh I do love these, Anita! I am so jealous of all you CHA goers, but I am so happy as to all the fun you will have! Enjoy and Happy 2014!

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  33. Wonderful Anita! I love this technique and you've used it brilliantly on these ATB's I'm not with it I haven't been aware of ATB's so will be doing a little exploring , a cube is such a great shape to work with! Have a fab time at CHA it looks like sooooooo much fun I'm sure there will be a run on this die when people see your lovely project ! X

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  34. Amazing texture, dimension, shine, color, style..you ticked all the boxes on this amazing project, Anita! I just love them....

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  35. WOW, love the steampunk dice! cannot wait to get my hands on the new dies. I am sure they will be sold out before most can get them. I will have to be on the ball and order them asap.

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  36. You never cease to amaze. Awesome is the only word that comes to mind right now

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  37. Hi Anita, your grungy steampunk dice are amazing! You always create crazy creative stuff!
    Kate

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  38. Hope someone at CHA is taking orders for you Anita - these babies could keep a gal well heeled! FAB-U-LOUS! Nicola x

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  39. Woah! These are absolutely magnificent. I so love your steampunk projects, adorable. Suzanne xx

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  40. Pinned! What a journey to CHA 2014. -- Mary Elizabeth

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  41. Saw Kirsten link this on twitter tonight - these are bee-yew-tiful!! Must get that die, and get playing. Thanks, for sharing.

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