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.
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.
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.
Thank you for looking at my tutorial!
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