Love Card - Friday Tutorial

 Every Friday of the month, except for the first one, I post a creative tutorial on The Robins Nest Blog. Here are some sneaks for this weeks project. You can see the whole thing here.


Wax Paper Butterfly - a Crafty Embelleshment!

 The theme for this months DCC challenge is "Favorite idea or Technique we like".
This is both.
 I only recently learned of a technique similar to this one.
I was showed how to make homemade washi tape from a friend who was inspired by this post.
So I went with the idea and made it my own...to share with and (hopefully) inspire you!

 These are the materials you will need to make this Butterfly.
  • Kabnet Wax Deli Paper - not to be confused with wax paper.
  • Your favorite non-smearing black ink
  • Stamping block if using a clear stamp
  • Stamping foam pad - a must for every stamper or use a thick fashion magazine.
  • Theater of dreams 2 - Butterfly Wings  by Catherine Moore's Character Constructions.
  • Heat gun
  • Assorted shades of alcohol ink pens- pick colors that make you happy.
  • 3D Crystal Lacquer
  • Fine gold glitter
  • Gold Dew Drops from The Robins Nest
  •  Gold craft wire.
  • White cardstock, scissors, a pencil, adhesive and foam tape.
 Extra items to finish the card.... card front, swirl pearls, Dew Drops for the top corner and
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp Set - Good Thoughts.

Now for the Butterfly...
Take a sheet of the deli paper and open it.
You will want to stamp the wings onto the waxy side which is the crease side up.
Depending on how many butterfly's you actually want to make, times that by 3-4. Just in case you mess up.
As you can see in the photo (below)...too much ink, not enough ink, pressed to hard...get the idea?
When you have finished stamping, hold your paper up (away from your work space) to set the ink with the heat gun. This way won't heat up your surface in the process.
 Before you begin coloring, cut out your choice butterfly's and turn them over to the non-waxy side.
You will be able to see your inked design easily enough.
Starting with your lightest alcohol ink shade, color your butterflys to your satisfaction.
No rhyme or reason, just color away and have fun. :)
 When you are done coloring, turn your butterfly's back over to the waxy side and accent with the 3D crystal lacquer. First outline the butterfly, then moderately fill in the butterfly with the glaze and smear around the rest with your finger.

 While wet, sprinkle your fine gold glitter on the wet lacquer. Add some Gold Dew drops at the bottom. Let this dry at room temperature while you prepare the card front, maybe 10-20  minutes.

 After the lacquer has set and is not sticky to touch, you can now trim the butterfly with your precision scissors.  Next, place the butterfly onto a piece of white cardstock and lightly trace with a pencil.

 Cut out the traced butterfly to be smaller than the original.
This allows you to see the full effect of the butterfly's design without the card front design getting in the way.
Cut about 2" of the gold wire and fold in half. Coil the ends and glue the folded end in place at the butterfly's center. Add two tiny layers of foam tape as shown.
Finish you butterfly with 2 black Diamond Dew Drops.
 Attach to your card and watch your butterfly flutter!

 Thank you so much for coming by my blog and seeing my post.
I hope I have inspired you try this and make beautiful butterfly's too!
 I would love to hear from you as you hop along. Comments are always welcome.

 Have a Magical day!

- Michelle Frae Cummings


Embossed Butterfly Hair Clips

To create the above beautiful butterfly hair clips, you will need the following:
  • Butterfly chipboard pieces.
  • Aluminum foil tape- found in the plumbing section of a hardware store.
  • Burnishing tool and detail scissors.
  • 3 Favorite embossing folders and machine to run them through.
  • Alcohol pens.
  • Dew drops and a cluster of beaded wire.
  • Alligator hair clips, e-6000 and a gold leafing pen.
  • A extra piece of chipboard to practice on.

Begin by covering both sides of your chipboard pieces with the foil tape. Trim off the excess and burnish the pieces until no rough edges. Do this the same with your practice piece of chipboard.
 Place your foil covered (practice piece) chipboard  inside your embossing folder. Move the piece around until you are happy with the placement of the folders design. Carefully run though your machine with the appropriate platforms. When you are happy with the pressure of the envisioned design, repeat with the non practice pieces.

 One side of your foil piece will have the embossed design raised and the other side, not raised.
Color the designs with your alcohol pens. Wait for the colors to dry before adding a second coat to really make the colors 'pop'.
 When you have finished coloring all your chipboard pieces, edge them with the gold leafing pen and  decide which ones you want to layer.
Place a line of e-6000 down the center of the large piece before adding the smaller piece.
Here I lightly bent the smaller butterfly down the center before placing onto the line of glue.
Next I added some clear dew drops which I 'just' touched the tops with the gold leafing pen.

 I wrapped the wire beaded cluster in and out of the hair clip until secure.
Then I rolled up the practice piece of chipboard and placed it inside the clip.
I added some e-6000 to the top of the hair clip and placed the layered butterfly. I held this in place with my finger for about 20 seconds until I was sure it would not slip off the clip if I let go.
The rolled up piece keeps the hair clip from being sealed shut if any glue escapes.
Leave this in place over night. Remove in the morning or after 6 hours.

 I colored the second butterfly with a many bright and happy colors.
The nice thing about using alcohol pens, if you mess up...you can wipe the slate clean with nail polish remover and start over! :)


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