Hello friends!! I've been busy trying to sort out my new studio, and most things are no longer standing around on the floor, although I still need to figure out if everything is in the right place. Today I have a Sizzix tutorial to share with you, using new dies by Tim Holtz.
I had such fun making this mixed media tag, starting out without much of a plan and ending up with a cool textured tag. The new Butterfly Duo is such a great die, and I really like the size of the butterflies. It comes with a coordinating Texture Fade, so that you can dry emboss the butterflies. Let's start with the butterflies:
Smear gesso here and there on a piece of Ranger's natural sticky back canvas.
I used Dina Wakley's paints because they are thick and creamy, perfect for what I had in mind. Start with one colour, and apply it with a palette knife, making sure each application is not too large. We want to have quite small areas of each colour, but close to each other, to basically fill the whole sheet. Leave to dry.
Adhere the sticky back canvas to a piece of cardstock to give it more stability and die cut the butterflies twice. Sandwich: Cutting Pad, die facing up, canvas, second Cutting Pad.
The butterflies are colourful and I like the random blobs of paint. You need four butterflies.
Emboss the butterflies in the coordinating folder. I find it to be easier to do one at a time, rather than to try to line up both butterflies.
You don't see the embossing that well yet, because of all the colours.
Add a little white paint here and there on the butterflies. Leave to dry.
Dry brush Umber paint on the butterflies, most of the paint will be picked up by the raised parts and you will see the embossing better. Make sure that your brush is pretty dry when you do this so that you don't cover up all the paint.
Coat the tag with a layer of gesso and leave to dry (I forgot to take a photo of this step). Paint the tag with slightly watered-down Pumice Stone paint and while the paint is still wet, mist with Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain. The paint and the spray react with each other and a great textured effect.
When the tag is dry, stamp it here and there with a definition stamp and Watering Can ink.
Tone down the colours of the patterned paper tag by swiping it quickly with Picket Fence paint.
Glue the two tags together and place some of the off-cuts back into the die cut holes. This is like doing a puzzle and it takes a little patience to find the right pieces. Paint them with Picket Fence paint before gluing them into their places.
I dry-brushed the edges of the tag with Black Soot Distress Paint, and splattered some of the same paint here and there on the background.
I was real happy with how this die cut, painted, misted, stamped and splattered background turned out.
The butterflies were attached with a game spinner and brad. The same paint technique can be used for many different dies and creates a great painterly effect.
There is something about butterflies that just makes me happy. Paint a large piece of canvas and have it ready and handy for when you want to use it to die cut something from.
Instead of using a ribbon, I cut and frayed a strip of Eclectic Elements fabric and tied it to the tag.
White paint was rubbed into the words on the philosophy tag and I added some around the edges too.
Thank you so much for looking at this tutorial!!
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