I first started my layout by applying my mixed media to the background paper. Using a splat stencil, I applied a thin layer of gesso. Once this dried, I applied Distress Sprays that matched my patterned paper. Next I chose a script stencil and applied archival ink on top.
I wanted to use another stencil and this one I made with a Sizzix Thinlits die the from Tim Holtz Mixed Media set. Normally I would use a regular piece of thin acrylic, but this time I used a piece of Shrink Plastic. I'll explain why a little later. I cut out the die in various areas to fill my sheet (about 5.5 x 8"). My Sizzix sandwich for cutting out this die was; Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate or Standard Cutting Pad, plastic, Thinlits (cutting side down), and a Standard Cutting Pad. I have been using the new Precision Base Plate in place of a cutting pad when cutting my intricate dies, and I love how well my die-cuts turn out, plus it saves my acrylic cutting pads from getting warped.
For added dimension, I used texture paste and transparent texture paste, coloured with sprays. I used the two different pastes, as I wanted some areas a little more transparent. I add a bit of each colour to the paste, but just mixing them slightly, I didn't want it too blended. Before I applied my paste, I used two colours of paint pens and drew a big circle a few times around. Apply the paste and let dry.
This is why I used the Shrink Plastic! Once I was finished using my stencil, I washed it off and shrank it with my heat gun on my splat mat. I was going to heat it in the oven, but I'm glad I used my heat gun. The edges curl up as it's shrinking, so with a wood skewer, I gently pushed them down. After my mixed media piece was cooled off, I took small wire cutters and clipped some of the edges so they were uneven. I got a little carried away and my piece snapped in half where it was the weakest, which I ended up liking the two small pieces. I used alcohol ink to colour them. I really liked how they turned out, I know I will be using this plastic with more of my dies, especially these Mixed Media ones.
I finally got a chance to use these new Sizzix Inksheets! They create perfect smudge-free dry ink impressions using your wafer thin dies. I decided to try it on vellum paper with my Pete Hughes Magical Butterfly Thinlits die.
My sandwich for this was my Magnetic Platform, the Transfer Pad instead of a cutting pad, my vellum paper, Gold Transfer Film sheet, Magical Butterfly Thinlits die facing down, and new Watermelon Standard Cutting Pad.
I'm layering a few different sizes of vellum on my layout, so I had a smaller piece under the large vellum (about 7.5" x 4") piece. My stamped butterfly image turned out like this. I set my pieces aside for later.
Taking a piece of white cardstock or as I used, a piece of speciality stamping paper, spray various colours of sprays. I like to go back and forth with the different colours and spraying them with water, while drying with my heat gun. Set aside to dry before die-cutting.
Die-cut the Magical Butterfly and the Graceful Flourish Thinlits die with white cardstock. Again, your sandwich is Magnetic Platform, Precision Base plate or Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits die, Standard Cutting Pad.
To help remove paper from your intricate dies, the Sizzix Die Brush really helps. Just lay your die and paper on the foam pad, roll the brush over top, and your paper releases easily.
Colour these pieces also with different sprays, but I used white also, so the colours are lighter and a different shades than the large sheet. I ended up cutting out another butterfly to use also on the layout.
I die-cut my flourish and butterfly thinlits again from the coloured sheet using the same sandwich. But this time I had the die, hang off the edges as shown.
This is how your paper looks after die-cutting. You are going to use this negative die-cut image. I cut down the paper to make it smaller.
I then inserted the lighter coloured die-cuts in this piece. I use clear tape to tape these pieces (on the back), to secure them.
I cut two smaller pieces of vellum, lightly tinted them with alcohol ink, then machine stitched the pieces together as shown in my layout. For the paper with the small tip of the butterfly wing, I cut around the wing. The outer edges of the vellum pieces were torn, then a coloured marker applied to the edge. Adhere this to your background paper. Adhere the darker coloured die-cut paper on top.
Adhere your photo (this is my daughter), extra butterfly, and the shrink plastic embellishments. I added in the word, Beautiful, which was die-cut from the Tim Holtz Adventure Script Words Thinlits set and foil cardstock.
Hopefully I've explained everything that I've done on my layout. There's a bit of everything on here! These are beautiful dies by Pete Hughes, I love that flourish. I wonder how that butterfly would turn out with the Shrink plastic? I can't wait to try!
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Other Supplies Used:
- Blue Fern Patterned Paper, Speciality Cardstock, Shrink Plastic, vellum, foil cardstock
- Ranger Distress Stain Sprays, archival ink, distress ink, alcohol ink, white gesso, transparent and white texture paste,
- Adhesive, paint pen, Irresistible pen, Crafter's Workshop stencils