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Sizzix Tutorial | Dimensional Butterfly Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Hi everyone! It's Anna-Karin here on the blog today with a Sizzix tutorial for a dimensional watercolour butterfly, made with the Tim Holtz new Layered Butterfly die by Sizzix.

I made a 5 x 5 in card, but you can use these techniques on many different projects. Tim's new Layered Butterfly, Layered Bee and Layered Dragonfly are all perfect to use together with the Dimensional Cutting Pad, and I'll show you how in this tutorial. With the Dimensional Cutting Pad you can easily create dimension in a single layer, pretty cool.

The Dimensional Cutting Pad is the same width as the Bigz dies (6 x 6 in), which means that it is easy to place it so that you get the centre where you want it. As you can see, the Dimensional Cutting Pad has a groove in the middle, which reduces the pressure, so that the die won't cut the paper there. Use this sandwich: ordinary cutting pad, die facing up, paper to be die cut, dimensional cutting pad.

Here you can see that the butterfly has not been die cut in the centre. I used Rangers Watercolour paper, but you can use other papers instead. Ranger's watercolour paper has two sides, the textured one that you see here, and a smoother one at the back. I die cut my butterfly again on the smooth side, and decided to use that instead (just forgot to take a photo).

The Layered Butterfly die comes with a coordinating embossing folder. Position the butterfly inside the folder and run through your Big Shot or Vagabond. Embossing sandwich: Tab 1 on the Extended Multipurpose Platform, cutting pad, embossing folder with paper inside, second cutting pad. You'll get a perfectly embossed butterfly. Here you can see that I used the smooth side of the watercolour paper instead.

I decided to do wax crayon resist on my butterfly, but you can skip this step if you want to. For an extensive tutorial on this technique check out this post of mine. Place scrap paper between the wings and the background and use a white wax crayon on all the embossed parts.

Press Distress Ink on your craft sheet, mist once with water and pick up with a paint brush. Paint the butterfly, still keeping scrap paper under the wings.

Continue painting the butterfly until you are happy with the result. You can leave it this bright and happy if you want to.

I decided to ink it with brown Distress Inks, which adds texture, especially to the parts with the wax. Apply the ink with an ink-blending tool, still keeping scrap paper between the wings and the background. Wipe off the leftover ink with a moist cloth, the wax crayon resists the ink.

Smear some more Distress Ink on your craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Tap the paint brush to create splatters - remember to protect your clothes and work surface since these splatters can fly far.

Shape the wings a bit with a bone folder and ink the edges with Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs.

I layered the butterfly on text paper and placed two small foam dots underneath the wings. You can add more foam dots if you want too, it depends on the weight of the paper you used.

The background was stamped with a few stamps and Potting Soil ink and I stitched the panel to folded Kraft-Core card stock.

The Word Band was aged with Distress Paint and tied with Linen Ribbon.

I added a pen nib to the body of the butterfly, also distressed with paints.

The effect of the bright watercolouring, wax resist and brown inking creates a really interesting looking butterfly.

The dimension you can get by combining the Layered Butterfly with the Dimensional Cutting Pad is pretty cool.

Thank you for looking at my tutorial!

Happy crafting!


Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Surfaces: Ranger Watercolor paper; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Collage Paper Stash
  • Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz - Nature Walk; Stamper's Anonymous - Classics #17
  • Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs; Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil
  • Crayon: Caran d'Ache Neocolor 1 wax oil pastel white
  • Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Peacock Feathers, Walnut Stain
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Word Bands, Linen Ribbon, Pen Nibs

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14 thoughts on “Sizzix Tutorial | Dimensional Butterfly Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson”

  • Véro

    Whouahh!Your butterfly looks real!What a great card.I didn't know the dimentional cutting pad.Thank you so much for the inspiration:Bravooo!

  • paperpopups

    Your art is beautiful!

    I was about ready to give up on the Sizzix Newsletter. Your idea is so great. Keep up the great works. Cannot wait to see more.

    Happy thoughts,

  • Raquel Mason

    Wow, that was an awesome tutorial Anna-Karin. I was curious about the dimensional plate, thanks for showing how it works. Your watercolor butterfly is so beautiful!

  • Anne

    The butterfly is stunning, I love that Tim has created such wonderful big dies with this insect range!

  • storky46

    This is gorgeous! Now I must go buy that dimensional plate. I hadn't a clue how to use it, so I had never paid much attention to it. Thanks for the tute!

  • michellezerull
    michellezerull Aug 05, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Wonderful tutorial! That dimensional cutting pad is amazing. I love how you used it here. Fabulous!

  • renee m

    Ah, so that's what that plate does--I never really understood until your tutorial! Thanks for the great pictures and how-to's. Such a lovely card (beautiful coloring!) and I'm excited to try the wax technique.

  • Gretchen Wilson
    Gretchen Wilson Aug 05, 2014 at 01:29 pm

    What a gorgeous butterfly and i just love the tutorial, it was very clear and I am looking forward to trying this new technique out.

  • shilpa

    Brilliant!! TFS the tutorial

  • scrapvat

    Awesome Tutorial Anna Karin. You are one talented lady. Love this

  • Shereen Aftab

    Very interesting. love it.

  • dyeandpigment55
    dyeandpigment55 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Nice, nice card. It is very artsy and so glad you used the dimensional cutting pad to show how it can be used. Thanks.

  • Lisa H

    Fabulous!!!! Thank you for showing such a great idea with the dimensional cutting pad. I haven't quite known what to do with it.

  • Jacquelene L

    Thank you Anna-Karin for this amazing butterfly art card and for the excellent tutorial. I have the dimensional plate and I have never used it, yet. Now I know I will be using it with my butterfly and the dragonfly dies. This is one of the best project tutorials I have seen on the sizzix blog in a long time. Unfortunately the blog has gotten really boring, with over simplified projects. Thank you for raising the project standard back to art.
    Jacquelene L

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