gypsy butterfly brooch…

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

one of my favorite things about designing fabric is the ability to merge that surface with products I also design for the paper craft world. today, media team vicki boutin shares a clever project that can be work or used as an adornment for a journal cover or anything else you can image. get ready to let your creativity take flight…t!m

Hey friends!  It’s Vicki and I’m back with another fall themed tutorial.  I have been busy decorating my home and paper projects for the season and thought today I would create something to embellish me!  I absolutely adore the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabrics!  I am not the best at sewing so I decided to make a no-sew brooch with some fabric, inks and my favorite Tim Holtz Sizzix die.  Take a look…

Supplies:

  • Surfaces: Grungboard (1),  Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric
  • Dies:  Layered Butterfly
  • Distress Ink: Distress Mini’s #11 Shabby Shutters, Festive Berries, Tea Dye, Milled Lavendar
  • Distress Paint: Antiqued Bronze
  • Distress Glitter: Clear Rock Candy
  • Alcohol Ink: Pebble
  • Embellishments: Corked Vials, ChitChat stickers
  • Mediums: Multi-Medium Matte, Glossy Accents
  • Tools: Craft Sheet, Heat It tool, Mister Spray Bottle, Vagabond
  • Other: silver seed beads, 20 gauge copper wire, pliers

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Adhere fabric to Grunge Board with a glue stick.  Let dry.  This will be your base.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Cut a butterfly shape from the covered Grunge Board using the Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades Layered Butterfly die.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Use the die to cut a 3-4 more butterflies from your favorite Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric.  The lighter backgrounds will work best.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

I just picked up the Distress Ink Mini Set #11 and I think it will be perfect for a fall color palette for this project.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Add Festive Berries Distress Ink to your Craft Mat and mist.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Place one of the fabric butterflies in the ink to obtain your desired color coverage and heat set or let dry.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Add Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and Tea Dye Distress Ink to your Craft Mat and add some color to a second fabric butterfly.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Heat set the color on the second butterfly.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Color a third fabric butterfly with Milled Lavender Distress Ink and heat set.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Cut the wings from the three fabric butterflies.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Apply a layer of matte Multi Medium to the front of all of the fabric wings and let dry.  Repeat on the back side of the wings.  Allow them to completely dry.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Create folds in the first set of fabric wings and add them to the fabric covered Grunge Board butterfly base with matte Multi Medium.  Only adhere them near the center of the base, leaving the outer wing area unattached.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Adhere the second set of wings.  Note that each layer is visible as the next set of wings are added.  Fold the layers in the wings tighter to make them slightly smaller.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Add the final layer of wings.  Allow the butterfly to completely dry.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Apply some matte Multi Medium to the top set of wings and sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to add a little sparkle.  Let dry.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Add a few drops of Pebble Alcohol Ink inside a glass vial, swirl it around and allow it to dry.  You may need to repeat this step to achieve the desired color coverage.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Add seed beads and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter inside the vial.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Wrap some 20 gauge copper wire around the glass vial to attach it to the butterfly.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Create the “antennae”.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

I decided to add a little Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint to highlight the detail in the wings.  This step would be a lot easier if you completed it before adding the glass vial!

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Adhere a ChitChat sticker to a piece of Grunge Board and edge it with the Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint.  Once dry, add a coat of matte Multi Medium, let dry and add it to the glass vial with Glossy Accents.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Take a look at the completed Gypsy Butterfly Brooch!  It will be a perfect addition to this scarf my friend made for me!

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Here is a closer look at the glass vial and wing detail.  Note that the Pebble Alcohol Ink creates the look of “veining”…similar to the appearance of a Monarch Butterfly’s wings.

Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

Note with this side shot of the butterfly that the wings are lifted and separated.  You can manipulate the pieces to create the shape.

Well I hope you are inspired to create something using Tim’s Eclectic Elements Fabric.  I love them and can’t wait to create a few more of these brooches as gifts!  Thanks for stopping by!

Vicki

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online…

(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

Eclectic Elements (IE|SSS)
Grungeboard (IE|SSS)
Layered Butterfly (SSS|IE)
Corked Vials (IE|SSS)
Chit Chat Stickers (SSS|IE)
Festive Berries Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Milled Lavender Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Tea Dye Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint (SSS|IE)
Pebble Alcohol Ink (SSS|IE)
click here (IE|SSS)
Glossy Accents (IE|SSS)
Multi-Medium Matte (SSS|IE)
Mister Bottle (IE|SSS)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Heat Tool (IE|SSS)
Vagabond (IE|SSS)

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Gypsy Butterfly Brooch by Vicki Boutin | www.timholtz.com

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