Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

Hi everyone!  It's Jan here today, sharing a layout using Sizzix Thinlits dies by Pete Hughes and Tim Holtz.  I will also be sharing a new product line by Sizzix, called Inksheets.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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.

Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins

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!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan

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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

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7 thoughts on “Sizzix Tutorial | Butterfly Beautiful Layout by Jan Hobbins”

  • sue mathews

    Just beautiful. a work of art.

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  • Raquel Mason

    Wow, what a stunning layout! Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial.

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  • Charlotte Zweigoron

    This will be printed out to go in my "things I want to do" pile! Every week I try several things I've seen online... it is my idea of a research lab! My students would love this... We usually do a kit I've made up but, whenever we have any part of a project that allows them more freedom, the room absolutely hums with enthusiasm. This looks like a good basis for such a project. It is gorgeous and I love the cut outs! TFS...!!!

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  • jankatal

    I think I am confused.

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  • Celeste Goff

    What a fantastic layout! I love all of the texture and metallic finishes on it!

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  • Ona

    Thanks Jan for using so many interesting techniques....I will be requesting some ink sheets and transfer pad.

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  • Michele

    Jan, this is fabulous, thank you for sharing the techniques, love the shrink plastic idea, sometimes, we forget to think out of the box and use the stuff in our stashes

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