This was a really fun challenge for me because I love to put butterflies on my projects. Here I created a panel using chipboard as a base and covered it with stamped Tim Holtz plain tissue wrap.
There are a few fun elements to my background, so stick around and see how I created it with my step-by-step photos.
To begin creating my background, I stamped Tim Holtz Plain Tissue Wrap with a script stamp from his Ledger Script (CMS241) stamp set in Jet Black Archival Ink.
After allowing the stamp images to dry, I adhered the stamped tissue wrap to my chipboard base with Ranger Collage Medium (Matte).
After the base was completely dry, I cut away the excess tissue wrap around the edges. Next, I prepared an overlay for the stamped chipboard base and used a sheet of patterned paper from the Tim Holtz Mini Paper Stash Collage paper collection. I tore a section away down the middle of the paper and distressed the edges with a Tonic Distresser.
I added some stenciling onto the patterned paper using Paper Artsy Grunge Paste and the Tim Holtz Bricked Stencil.
When the grunge paste was completely dry, I curled the edges of the torn section with the end of a paint brush.
I went over the bricked stenciled area with several different inks. I used both Ranger Archival Ink (Tree Branch and Potting Soil) and Distress Ink (Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso). The reason for using two different types of ink is so that I could wipe some away with a baby wipe to get a shaded effect over the bricks. Archival inks are permanent, distress inks are water soluble. I used the archival inks first with the distress inks on top. I also stenciled the flat surface of the piece with the Tim Holtz Typo Stencil in Potting Soil Archival Ink.
Next, I splattered some paint onto the base with Black Soot Distress Paint that had been mixed with water. I used the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush to apply the splatters and that finishes my background piece.
Below are steps showing how I colored the elements of my piece.
For my projects I used several different sizes of butterflies. The largest butterfly is from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly Die Set. The photo above shows the base of the butterfly. The areas that are embossed are the areas that will show through when the detailed die is placed on top. I first wet the butterfly base with water and then applied Distress Markers in Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick.
I did the same with the smaller butterflies I cut from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy Decorative Strip.
For my branch, I used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Bird Branch Die but didn't want the bird on the branch so I cut that away. I colored the branch with Fern Green Archival Ink and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I then inked the edges with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
For my sentiment, I used Sizzix Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Thins Dies. I cut out two sets of each of the letters. One from Strathmore Watercolor Paper and the other from Black Card Stock. I inked the watercolor paper letters with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and offset them on the letters cut from black card stock. This gives the letters a shaded effect.
I placed all the die cut elements on my piece and added some May Arts Pink Twine String along the bottom. I then added ribbon, died with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, attached a Tim Holtz Heart Charm metal piece and called this project done!
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