Hello friends! I hope that this post finds you well. I am back today with another tutorial, this time, it’s from the release that Tim Holtz shared over on his youtube LIVE today featuring Sizzix Chapter 2. If you missed it you can CLICK HERE to check it out.
This release has a very eclectic and mixed media art feel to it. I love it and was super excited to put my vintage spin on them. I just can’t get away from using buttons, lace and stitches. I hope you like how they all came together and find the combination of the styles inspiring. I shared several sneak peeks this week on my instagram feed and today shared glimpses of the finished makes. CLICK HERE to check out my feed..and keep an eye out as I’ll be sharing more of them very soon.
Today I’m sharing a card and a vignette panel that I made using the new Silhouette Birds Thinlet Set.
Both of these were created using Alcohol Inks, Black Alcohol Ink Paper and Yupo Paper. The Silhouette Birds just felt like the perfect shapes to use with the Alcohol Ink background papers. Alcohol Inks give the birds shading and color, without having to overthink about how the shading should be.
A few months ago, I created a couple alcohol ink backgrounds by using stamps and alcohol lift ink. I stamped on them using a handwritten background stamp and Black Soot Archival Ink, then using Alcohol Blending Solution and Isopropyl Alcohol, I created a ghosting effect.
The Alcohol Ink background colors were the perfect jumping off point for these projects.
So, let’s get to the details of the Silhouette Birds…
I started with Black Alcohol Ink Paper, then gathered more supplies including Alcohol Blending Solution, 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, Sepia Alcohol Ink, Scorch and Radiant Alcohol Pearls, Statue Alloy Alcohol Ink, an Alcohol Ink Air Blower Tool… and the most important part of this paper, Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink. This was actually my first time using the Snow Cap Ink, but it was the key to getting the shading and drips to appear on the Black Alcohol Ink Paper and shading for the birds.
I started by dripping Blending Solution, isopropyl Alcohol and then dripped on several drips of the Snow Cap Alcohol Ink onto the paper, then using my air blower, began to move the inks around. Next, I began to add the color starting with the alcohol pearls, then sepia alcohol ink, and finally drips of Statue Alloy. Then, I moved and blended them around to create the background using the air blower until I had a good blend.
Here’s a dreamy close-up of the blend… perfect for my birds.
Using the Silhouette Bird thinlet set, I cut out several birds from the paper, way more than what I needed, but I just couldn’t resist. I’ll have a few more to use on a future project.
Let’s start with the square vignette panel and the cute little bird…
I trimmed one of my previously made Alcohol Ink Paper Background using a paper trimmer to fit the front (or back, depending how you look at it) of the smallest size (4″x 4″) idea-ology Vignette Box Squares. These were a new item added to the idea-ology line and, can I tell you how excited I am to have small squares to use for my projects? Holy Moly, these are the cutest and have been a wish of mine for a long time. They come in a set of 3, variegating in size, and make the perfect background and base for a vignette or, as for how I used it on this project, a panel.
Once I had the paper trimmed to fit the front, I messy stitched around the edge using my sewing machine and cream thread, then set the paper aside and began painting the vignette box.
I started by haphazardly painting the edges of the vignette square using Dina Wakley White Gesso then dried it with my heat tool. Once the white paint was dry I painted some Dina Wakley Black Gesso over the white. The front of the panel was going to be covered with my collage, so I focused on the front edges and sides.
Once dry, I used my Sanding Grip and sanded off some of the paint revealing some of the white and wood grain below. This gave my piece a well worn look and vintage distressed charm. I hammered in several small idea-ology tacks into the edges of the box, then began arranging the collage for the front.
I found a small piece of vellum in my scrap box, stamped it with a phrase stamp using embossing ink, then embossed it with gold embossing powder. I curled and cut the edges using my Paper Distresser Edge Tool, then rubbed the worn edges with Statue Foundry Wax by using my finger, then set the wax with my embossing gun.
I rolled a corner of the vellum with a scrap of backdrop paper and inserted a few twisty twigs inside, then tied the paper roll using a scrap of string and threaded on a button.
I stamped the phrase “with brave wings she flies” onto a scrap of black cardstock, embossed it with gold embossing powder, then rubbed a small amount of Foundry Wax over the strip and set it with my embossing gun. I trimmed the black paper strip to form a banner, then tucked it into the paper rolled edge.
I trimmed scraps of fabric and lace that I found in my stash, then stitched the pieces together very randomly using my sewing machine.
A few Curator Snippets were rubbed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink with the help of a blending tool, then the snippets were dripped with water and dried with a heat tool. The edges of the small pieces were curled using my finger nail, then placed within the collage. The Silhouette bird was then adhered using foam tape.
I stitched several vintage buttons to the collage then adhered the entire background to my vignette panel using collage matte medium.
Now, onto the card…
I started with the background and using my sewing machine and black thread, messy stitched around the edge.
Then I moved on to creating the tag embellishment.
I cut out a tag shape from a vellum scrap of paper using the Sizzix Tag Collection Die Set, then I stamped a handwritten background using embossing ink and embossed it using gold embossing powder.
I found another scrap of lace and small scrap of idea-ology backdrop paper, then stitched them around the edge randomly to the front of the tag. Using the paper distressing tool, I distressed the edge of the tag then rubbed the rough edge using the Statue Foundry Wax, and heated it up with the embossing gun to bring out the shine.
I cut a piece of scrap using the paper washer from the tag set, and set it into the tag using an eyelet and setter.
I gathered a few pieces from the Snippets Curator ephemera, rubbed them with Walnut Stain distress ink, then began arranging the layout of the tag and added the bird. I cut a few flowers and leaves from the Funky Nature thinlet set out of scraps of the alcohol inked yupo paper, then arranged them behind the tag and added some scraps of thread and added the tag to the front of the card base with foam tape.
A small vintage button that I found in my grungy button tin was added to the front, then the completed card front was adhered to the front of a card base. I tied a piece of jute to the edge of the card, and with that, my card was complete.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and am excited to share more of my creations using the new Sizzix Chapter 2 very soon.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Take care!
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Sizzix Silhouette Birds, Funky Nature, Framlet Tag Set, Stampers Anonymous Dearly Departed CMS413, Tiny Text CMS394, Yupo Paper, Black Alcohol Ink Paper, Alcohol Inks, Pearls, Snow Cap Alcohol Ink, Blending Solution, Isopropyl Alcohol, Alcohol Ink Air blower, Vellum, Statue Foundry Wax, idea-ology Square Snippet Curator ephemera, Backdrops paper, Distress Kraft Heavystock
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OMG Stacy! Absolutely love your background paper creations and those birds are stunning!!!!
Nancy Wethington says
WOW! Absolutely gorgeous! What you create with paper is amazing!
Lee Tincher says
When I saw the bird silhouettes, I just knew you would provide us with inspiration. These are stunningly beautiful with just the right vintage appeal. You continue to teach me new skills with every post. Thank you!
Beautiful, love how you used alcohol ink papers this time. They were indeed the perfect substrate for your beautiful projects. I too am loving the new square vignette boxes….another shape to play with. Looking forward to seeing how you crafted your other projects. Always something to be learned with each post.
Connie Griffin says
oh my these are absolutely amazing, such fantastic details and layering, just beautiful!!
Kim Wakeman says
Absolutely stunning !!! No more words – just beautiful.
Beulah Bee says
Best Tim Holtz project I have seen in a long, long time. Nicely done!!
paula cheney says
absolutely wonderful – the birds have never looked better! I love how you used Alcohol Ink to color them (never would have thought of this) but it is so perfect!
Anita Houston says
Next to those fab artsy Pete tags, this was my fav! I love lve love the gold embossing and vintage feel alcohol inked birds. Just such a stunning combination of elegance and grunge, my fav things. Fabulous projects!