Hello, hello friends, and happy Friday to you! Today I am excited to share a Sizzix tutorial with you for this fun art tag, made with the gorgeous Butterfly Duo die and Dot Matrix embossing folder by Tim Holtz. This tag features pretty Distress Inks with a very cool linen-texture technique, a bit of simple painting, and lots of shabby crackle glaze, too. I really love how it turned out, and I hope you do, too.
Isn’t the background texture on this tag amazing? This linen look is something I first saw on my sweet friend, Tammy Tutterow’s blog, and I’ve been anxious to try it ever since. It’s a super easy technique, and really lots of fun to do. And I’m smitten with the new Butterfly Duo die. The texture that results from the matching embossing folder really can’t be beat. I love the whole shabby look of this. Let’s take a closer look.
Working on a Ranger #8 manila tag, swipe Picket Fence Distress Paint repeatedly across the tag from bottom to top, using straight lines only. Allow the tag to dry, or use a heat tool to speed up the process. Then swipe the paint repeatedly across the tag from side to side, once again using only straight lines. Dry tag with a heat tool. Repeat both steps a second time, drying the tag between each step.
Randomly dab a mixture of Distress Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet. I used Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough, and Mustard Seed. Spritz the inks liberally with water until beads of ink form.
Swipe the front of the tag through the ink mixture, making sure to cover the entire tag. Dry the tag with a heat tool. You can repeat this process to darken the color, if you wish.
Place the bottom portion of the tag into the Sizzix Tim Holtz Dot Matrix Texture Plate Embossing Folder.
Then run the tag through your Big Shot die cutting machine using the extended platform open to tab 1, and this Sizzix embossing sandwich: Extended Multipurpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, embossing folder, Standard Cutting Pad.
Using an ink blending tool, apply additional Distress Inks to the tag. I added a bit of Mustard Seed to a few areas on the top of the tag to bring out more of the yellow, and added Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint to the bottom embossed portion only.
Using a distressing tool, scuff up the edges of the tag. Then apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Add a heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the embossed portion of the tag.
And immediately scrape off the excess crackle paint using a scraper or scrap piece of cardboard or chipboard. This will remove most of the crackle finish from the top of the embossed area, while leaving it in the recessed portions. Allow the crackle paint to dry completely. Once the crackle lines begin to appear, you can finish the process with a heat tool, if you wish.
Now add details to the finished tag, like patterned paper strips, chit chat word stickers, and vintage ephemera. Machine stitch around the word stickers and bottom edge of the patterned paper. Add Tiny Attacher staples to some of the ephemera pieces. Use pop dots to elevate a round ephemera label.
Using the new Butterfly Duo Die, die cut one butterfly from manila cardstock. Then place the butterfly into the matching texture fade embossing folder, and emboss using the same steps as outlined above.
Fill in the recessed portions of the butterfly with Picket Fence Distress Paint using a fine tipped paintbrush and allow to dry.
Dab yellow Distress Inks onto a non-stick craft mat. I used a combination of Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed. Mist the inks liberally with water. Then drag the butterfly die cut through the ink mixture and dry with a heat tool.
Cut about 1.5′ of crinkle ribbon and sop up any remaining ink from the craft sheet with the ribbon. Dry the ribbon and set it aside.
Tie the crinkle ribbon around the bottom of the tag, looping the extra length into a sloppy figure eight. Secure the sides of the ribbon with a tiny staple.
Coat the butterfly with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and allow to dry. Embellish the butterfly with twine antennae and candy dots. Adhere the butterfly to the round label section using pop dots. The crackle paint will naturally curl the butterfly wings for even extra dimension. Love that little added bonus. And I think having that small bit of crackle at the bottom of the tag really pulls it all together.
Here’s a close up shot of that fabulous linen background. It’s so soft and subtle, yet adds a lot of charm and character, doesn’t it? Can’t wait to try it all again.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We got that extra layer of snowfall last night, so I believe we are in for the weekend.
It’s beautiful, but it does make me think of one of my favorite local memes….
Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades – Butterfly Duo
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Sizzix Accessory – Multipurpose Platform, Extended
Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair