Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Candy Box Crafts MDF Butterfly featuring Tim Holtz Butterfly Dies - Tutorial


Good morning everyone. The picture tutorial I posted yesterday on here has totally gone, so I'm starting over again. Happy days!
Here are the materials you need to create this Butterfly Project.


MDF Butterfly. Candy Box Crafts in the UK.
Centura Pearl Card Stock. White, reverse side, face up.
Tim Holtz Alterations Butterfly Dies. Some come complete with Embossing Folders.


Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing Folder, ''Dripping''. I bought mine from Oyster Stamps but they may have sold out. Give 'em a ring on 01634 686823.


Art Basics, Heavy Black Gesso, Oyster Stamps have this too.
Mod Podge, Glossy or Matt, or any other strong Glue Medium.
Inka - Gold Paints (various colours) Treasure Gold Gilding Wax (various colours) Strong Wet Glue, Seed beads, Small white pearls and Five, pearl tipped, ''Hat Pins'' for the Butterfly Antennae. 
Old paint brush for the applying the Glue Medium, Sponge brush for applying the Inka Gold paint, finger for applying the Treasure Gold or other gilding wax......and this is what you do. 
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Run two pieces of card stock through your embossing machine in the 'Dripping' embossing folder. Apply plenty of Mod Podge or other gel medium, to the embossed images and stick down firmly to the top of the Butterfly wings, one on each wing.



When totally dry, use a heat gun if you wish, cut / trim the card stock to snugly fit the wing shape.
Cut and emboss, using the Dies, lots of different sizes of Butterflies and stick them down, single layer, but overlapping in places, all over the MDF Butterfly shape.


Cut, emboss and stick more butterflies, building up texture, depth and dimension by layering up the same image on top of each other.
Some butterflies on my project are two or three die cuts deep others are four or five. When you are happy with the design of your work its time to break out the Heavy Black Gesso. Apply a coat of the gesso using an old paint brush, all over everywhere and everything. Dry, using a heat gun if you wish and then do another coat. Dry.



Ensuring all the black gesso is totally dry, apply the Inka - Gold paints using a sponge brush and any colours you like as they blend together very well. Apply  the Gilding Wax as well until you have a ''Look'' you like. Messy time but fun! 


Plonk on some wet glue, here and there, in a 'river' and shake on some seed beads. Stick on some pearls and fix the five 'Hat Pins' to the back of your butterfly with strong sticky tape/foam. I will paint the back of my project with more of the Black Gesso to finish it off. 

So, all done and dusted. Please message me if you need any help or have any questions. I hope you found this tutorial useful. Please let me know if you, or your craft group make this project.... be fun to see. Easy innit!
Thanks for looking  I do hope Blogger leaves this post alone and I have not forgotten anything!
Eileen xx

32 comments:

  1. Stunning project, and easy-to-follow picture tutorial......thanks Eileen xx

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  2. Absolutely brilliant tutorial and gorgeous project xx Zoe xx

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  3. Oooohhh I've got lots of the stuff, I'll be looking for some drips to put on the wings. :) xx Smashing tutorial Mrs xx

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  4. Thanks Eileen, loved this, will have to try it

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  5. You are so generous Eileen. Thank you for sharing your technique with us! x

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  6. Thanks for the step by step Eileen. I missed this on Facebook so good to see it here in detail. Fabulous piece of work! x

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  7. Abso-blummin-lutely gorgeous Eileen, the colours are extra super, a stunning piece, and I'm sure with your fab tutorial, butterflies will be hanging in most people's homes, lol !!!!! Huge hugs and love xxxxxx

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  8. Great picture tutorial and a stunning result....x

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  9. Amazingly detail tutorial. Awesome out come.

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  10. Well worth waiting for Eileen xxxx Beautiful make xx

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  11. I love the Inka golds ,great tutorial ,xxxx

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  12. Thanks for reposting this. Brilliant project,hope to try it sometime soon xx

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  13. Thanks for reposting this. Brilliant project,hope to try it sometime soon xx

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  14. Love this so much, can't wait to have a go.....thank you xxx

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  15. I certainly did find this useful....inspiring, amazing and so clearly explained. Brilliant!

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  16. Brilliant - just what I needed to get me 'fired up' to have a go - I'm sure you've been in my little craft room and picked out all the stuff I already have and haven't used lately. Thank you for the most wonderfully inspired blog I know. (Won't be crating much today though....we're out for afternoon high tea, swank, swank..
    love
    Maggie (Yorkite)

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  17. Hi Elaine, it's been a while.......life is busy and I am running.....gorgeous piece, love it and tanks for the tutorial! Like all of these TH butterflies! xx

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  18. The tutorial is fabulous and easy to understand. I think you should do ALL of your cards and projects as tutorials, - either YouTube or written with photo's.. you clever clever lady!!

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  19. This is brilliant... am always totally inspired by your art...only wished I lived nearer
    crafty hugs Ruth

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  20. Thanks for re-do sting. A great tutorial. Love all the Butterfly dies. What a great way to use them. Fabulous result. Hugs Jeanette xxx

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  21. Thanks for re-do sting. A great tutorial. Love all the Butterfly dies. What a great way to use them. Fabulous result. Hugs Jeanette xxx

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  22. Gorgeous! Great way of using all those dies. Great tutorial too Eileen ... thank you xx

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  23. Oh wow! Totally fabulous. You make it sound almost possible. Thank you.

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  24. thanks for that Eileen - I wondered how you did it - I love it!!

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  25. Still as gorgeous as when I saw this on face book, thank you for sharing this tutorial Eileen. Now we can all have a go!

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  26. Stunning! Thanks for the tut. I'll look for something to use as drips too, no embossing folder. Thanks again! Love love your butterfly!!

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  27. Thanks so much Eileen for sharing the tutorial. I just love your butterfly and might have a go with some other dies that I have. x

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  28. So sorry to hear that you had redo this post Eileen, what a chore!! But so glad you did, now we can all draw inspiration from your fabulous art! Will have a go and show when it's done but will be a bit different cos I don't have all the same stuff. Many thanks. Stef xx

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  29. I'm sure it has all been said, but WOW and STUNNING. This is beautiful, Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I'm sure it has all been said, but WOW and STUNNING. This is beautiful, Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Hi Eileen, I saw this on FB while in the states and loved it. Still love it now. As soon as I saw this I remembered the Sunday journal workshop we spent doing a page this way, I've made lots of mirrors as gifts since then and just happen to have a set of these wings in my cupboard waiting to be made over. Now I now just what I am going to do with them. Thanks for showing us how you made it.

    Sue xx

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