Wow. Honestly, there isn’t any other word than “wow” that fits. I am so overwhelmed and touched by all of your kind comments and congratulations to my incredible news yesterday. I have read each and every comment here, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on Tim’s blog. I am so incredibly touched by all the comments. I wish I could reply and thank you all for each one. I started blogging and sharing what I made out of a simple love of creating and wanting to share and connect with others who loved creating as much as me. I think I have done just that. Truly, thank you all for your support from the very bottom of my heart.
Now, how about a tutorial?
Die cut one Trellis from manila cardstock using the Tim Holtz Trellis Frameworks die.
Apply adhesive to the back of the Trellis die cut. If you have a Xyron Creative Station, use it for a really fun effect. Remove the top Xryon film on top of the die cut. If there are glue goobers in the openings of the die cut, leave them.
Apply Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the die cut by rubbing the ink pad directly over the die cut. Using the pad directly will apply a rich and juicy ink application. Using the ink pad directly on the die cut is also a quick way to add color. If you used the Xyron Creative Station, leave the die cut on the white backer. It keeps the die cut in place while inking.
Sprinkle clear embossing powder onto the wet ink on the die cut. Shake the excess off.
Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder. If you used the Xyron, continue to leave the die cut on the white backer. It will stand up to the heat of the heat tool.
Tear a piece of Tissue Wrap from the roll that is about twice as wide as a #8 manila tag. Scribble over the tissue with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. You can apply the ink directly from the ink pad like before.
Use a heat tool to dry the ink. Wipe over the Tissue Wrap with a dry cloth to remove any excess ink that did not absorb or dry.
Apply glue stick to the Tissue Wrap in an area about the size of the die cut.
Peel the die cut off of the white backing paper. The open areas in the die cut will have patches of melted embossing powder in them. The patches come from excess ink, static and extra glue goobers on the white film. I think the clear patches in the opening looks like bubbled glass or frost.
Place the die cut on the Tissue Wrap over the glue. The glue will help adhere the clear patches in the openings. Use a dry towel to pat over the surface to help bond the clear patches with the glue.
Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to a #8 manila tag. Apply the paint in thin streaks from the top of the tag to the bottom. Use a heat tool to dry the paint. Apply a second layer of thin streaks over the first. Dry the paint again with a heat tool.
Mist the tag with Peacock Feathers Distress Stain placed in a mister bottle.
Allow the excess stain to drip from the tag back onto the craft sheet.
Use a heat tool to dry the tag. If you dry the tag very thoroughly, you can keep the dripped and splattered look.
You can also dry about halfway and then wipe it with a dry cloth to wipe away the excess stain leaving a much cleaner weathered look.
The dried paint will resist any ink applied to the edges of the tag. To ink the edges, sand the edges to knock some of the paint off and to expose the paper pulp of the tag. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink the edges of the tag.
Use a heat tool to dry the ink on the edges of the tag.
Mist Peacock Feathers Distress Stain onto the craft sheet. (I used the excess stain from misting the tag.) Mist the stain with water. Toss a piece of Crinkle Ribbon (about 1 yard) around in the stain. Blot the ribbon with a dry cloth. Tap the ribbon with an ink blending tool lightly inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Dry the ribbon with a heat tool.
Apply glue stick to the back of the Tissue Wrap piece.
Adhere the Tissue Wrap piece to the front of the tag. Line it up so that the edge of the die cut matches the edge of the tag.
Trim the excess Tissue Wrap that hangs off of the tag. Tear away the excess Tissue Wrap around the die cut. Tear, curl, and ink the edges of the Tissue Wrap.
Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to a butterfly Adornments and a metal Word Band.
Use a heat tool to dry the paint. When the paint is almost dry, use a dry cloth to wipe away the paint from Word Band. When buffing with a dry cloth, the paint will stay in the letters and will wipe away from the smooth silver band. Lightly buff the butterfly.
Tap the butterfly with a Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink pad. Apply the ink to the raised areas of the butterfly.
Heat the piece with a heat tool to dry the ink and to heat the metal.
Sprinkle this butterfly with clear embossing powder. Embossing powder will stick to hot metal. Be sure to use tweezers to handle the metal piece. It will be very hot to touch.
Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder. The melted powder will seal the ink and paint onto the butterfly.
Thread the Word Band onto the ribbon.
Tie the ribbon around the tag so that the Word Band is about 2/3 of the way down on the front of the tag. Tie the ribbon. Trim the ends of the ribbon leaving two tails about 1 1/2″ long.
Bundle the rest of the ribbon together like figure 8s. Place the bundle over the center of the two tails. Tie the two tails around the ribbon bundle. Fluff the ribbon to create a bow.
Add a Tiny Attacher staple to each side of the tag to hold the ribbon in place.
Adhere the butterfly to the tag above the Word Band. I used Beacon 3n1 glue to bond the metal to the paper securely.
Die cut several small flowers from the remaining yellow Tissue Wrap using the Tim Holtz Tattered Garland. Color more Tissue Wrap with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Die cut leaves from the green Tissue Wrap.
Layer several flowers together with a brad in the center. Pinch the flowers up around the brad so that the petals are all pointing upward. Brush the tips with an ink blending tool using an ink blending tool. Leave the prongs on the brads straight. Apply liquid glue to the prongs of the brads.
Use the brad prongs like stems. Poke the “stems” in and around the bow.
Pinch the bottom of the leaves together so that it creates a crease in the center of the leaf.
Apply glue to the base of the leaves. Tuck the leaves into the arrangement around the flowers and under the bow.
Add Remnant Rubs to the lower right corner of the tag to add an additional sentiment.
I love the way the butterfly looks like copper. The Ripe Persimmon ink combined with the paint and embossing powder creates such a unique finish! It is so easy and takes the already gorgeous metal butterfly to a whole new level!
What a fun combination of different textures and finishes. Each one is so great and can add so much to a project. Combined together I think they are pretty stunning!
PS. If you would like a printable version of this tutorial, you can find it in my Tags of 2014 e-book.