Fly Away Home Decor Tag by Emma Williams
Hello everyone, Emma here and today, I’m here to share my latest project with you, using dies from Tim Holtz’s recent Chapter 2 release for 2020, combined with some older dies from Tim.
As soon as I saw the Feathered Friends die set, I fell in love. They are just such a charming and beautiful set of birds and can be so easily bought to life by using inks and watercolor techniques to add color and dimension.
You will need:
Tim Holtz Mediums: Matte Collage Medium
Tim Holtz Distress Marker Pens
Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Ground Espresso, Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs, Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon
Tim Holtz Spray Stains; Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters and Squeezed Lemonade
Ranger Ink White Gesso
Ranger Ink Texture Paste Opaque Crackle
Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock Mixed Media Card
Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock
Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Stash Card Stock
Tim Holtz idea-ology; Clippings Stickers, Bouquet Findings
Stampers Anonymous Small Etcetera Tag
Water Mister and Water Brush
White Seam Binding Ribbon (Crafty Ribbons)
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Twigs and Moss
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Old White Matte Wax
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops ~ Bottle Green
Emerald Creek Seth Apter Baked Velvet Embossing Powder ~ White Cloud
How to make:
- To begin with, use the Stacked Circles die set to die cut a selection of different sized circles, from Heavystock Mixed Media Card using a combination of dies. Vary the shapes of each of the circles, die cutting some solid pieces, and some outlines of different shapes and widths, created by placing the dies inside one another to cut the circles.
2. Arrange the circles onto the small Etcetera tag to create a pattern to the background. Adhere each circle into place with Matte Collage Medium and allow to dry.
3. Apply a coat of gesso over the surface of the tag.
4. Once the medium is thoroughly dry, paint the surface with two coats of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint. Once again allow the surface to dry, or use a heat gun to gently heat dry the paint, before applying another layer of Matte Collage Medium over the top to seal the paintwork.
5. Scribble a light coverage of Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the top of the tag and then using a semi dry baby wipe, rub the wipe over the top removing the majority of the crayon but allowing the colour to accentuate and highlight the die cuts. Repeat using Gathered Twigs and Pumice Stone Distress Crayons, gradually building up the layers of colour to create the background.
6. Using your fingertip, apply a small amount of Old White Matte Art Alchemy Wax over the top of the raised die cut circles to accentuate the edges and make them pop against the background.
7. Apply Crackle Paste down the edges of the tag, and leave to dry. Once the paste is dry and the crackles have appeared, apply the Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the crackles and using a waterbrush, blend the crayon into the cracks.
8. Paint the hole reinforcer piece for the tag using Ground Espresso Distress Paint. Once it is dry, lightly apply a layer of Old White Art Alchemy Wax over the surface. Attach the hole reinforcer piece with Matte Collage Medium, placing it over the hole at the top of the tag.
9. Die cut a selection of foliage from green card stock using the Garden Greens Die Set. I used a combination of card colored with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and also Classic Kraft Stash.
10. Using a hot glue gun, attach garden twigs across the bottom section of the tag. Attach the die cut foliage amongst the twigs, together with some garden moss. Add small dots of Bottle Green Nuvo Crystal Drops to the foliage to create the appearance of berries and allow to dry.
11. Mist a bunch of Bouquet Findings with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and heat dry these before snipping each flower from the stems and attach the flowers amongst the foliage.
12. Taking the Feathered Friends Die Set, die cut the two birds from Watercolor card.
13. Watercolor each layer of the bird die cuts using Distress Marker Pens and a water brush to blend the colors.
14. Once each layer is completed and the paintwork is dry, layer the pieces together using foam pads between each die cut section, forming two separate birds. Attach the birds with foam pads, placing them to stand on the twigs.
15. To create the ‘Fly Away’ wording, die cut each individual letter from chipboard three times using the Alphanumeric Classic Lower die set.
16. Layer the individual pieces over the top of one another to form each letter.
17. Gesso each of the letters. Once they are dry, dab the surface of each letter with the Versamark Ink Pad before sprinkling Emerald Creek Baked Velvet Embossing Powder over the top. Heat emboss until molten and shiny.
18. Attach the letters to the top left hand corner of the tag, adhering them into place with Matte Collage Medium. Underneath the wording, add the ‘all the world is bright’ Tim Holtz Clipping Sticker.
19. Place sparkly adhesive gems onto the background.
20. Cut 8 strips of seam binding ribbon, approx 10” in length and hand dye four of the strips using Shabby Shutters and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains and the remaining strips using Squeezed Lemonade and Antique Linen. Scrunch the ribbon tightly and then heat dry thoroughly before threading it through the hole at the top of the tag.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you’ve enjoyed all the tips and techniques that I’ve used to create this mixed media tag full of texture, dimension and all using the versatility of dies to create each element.
See you again very soon,