This Shimmery Butterfly Tag DIY Is What Dreams Are Made Of



Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin here today with a very shimmery and shiny tutorial. I hope you are enjoying summer so far. We try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, even when the weather isn't perfect: walking, cycling and swimming. We are lucky to have many lakes close by (there are lakes everywhere in Sweden), and the sea is not too far away either.

Today's tutorial really shimmers and shines, perfect for summer. I will show some idea for how you can use Tim Holtz's Flutter stamps and coordinating dies, as well as a fun mixed media background. The techniques work on any type of project, but I was in the mood for a tag.


Start by white embossing butterflies on watercolor paper.


Each butterfly in the Flutter stamp set has a coordinating die. The easiest way to check which die belongs to which butterfly is to turn the sheet of stamps around (so you can see the printed back of the stamps) and place the dies on the respective stamps. When die cutting, it is best to use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform. Use this sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad.


I really like how neat and even these look.


Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush to paint the butterflies. The embossing will resist the ink.


Mist with Pearl Mica Spray for shine. When dry, shape the wings a little.


Die cut the coordinating bodies from white Brite-Ons Shimmery paper.


For the feelers, I cut a piece of wire, folded in half and formed each end into spirals.


Now to the tag. Die cut two tags from manila cardstock with the Tag & Bookplates die. Die cut one of the tags repeatedly with the brick die from Tim's Mixed Media #4 set.


Adhere the die cut tag to the solid tag with Matte Collage Medium.


Coat the tag with gesso and when dry, apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste with a palette knife. Most of the crackle paste will end up in the recessed areas. Leave to dry and cracks will appear.


Paint the whole tag with Pearl Metallic paint. The effect is hard to photograph. It is very pearly.


When the paint is dry, apply Distress Crayons here over the crackle areas and rub with your finger. Use a slightly moist cloth to remove excess color.


The sentiment was die cut with the Thin Traveler Words from white Brite-Ons Shimmery paper. I also cut watercolor paper to size and watercolored with Distress Inks.


Dye a piece of crinkle ribbon by pulling it across Distress Ink pads and mist both it, and the coloured strips, with Pearl spray.


Glue the die cut words over the colored strips.


Glue the bodies to the butterflies and the feelers underneath.


I also added some idea-ology Bouquet flowers to the tag.


The butterflies are such fun to color and have wonderful details.


I adhered my butterflies with foam dots, for dimension.


Since the Crackle Paste was applied with a palette knife, it is much thicker in the recessed areas and the cracks are therefore bigger there,


It is hard to capture all the shimmer on this tag. Everything shimmers, except for the white flowers, from the pearl paint, pearl mist and the Brite-Ons paper.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy summer crafting!



Other supplies:

  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade
  • Ranger - Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, Pearl Metallic Paint Dabber, Distress Collage Medium Matte, Dina Wakley White Gesso
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Pearl Mica Spray
  • Ranger - Manila cardstock, Watercolor paper
  • Simon Says Stamp White Embossing Powder
  • Tsukineko Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology - Bouquet Flowers, Crinkle Ribbon
  • Wire

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