Thursday, March 21, 2013

I received a beautiful butterfly pin from a swap at convention last year.  I believe the Demonstrator's name was Pam Staples.  I've had several inquiries on the pin, so I thought I would make a batch.  Each of the ladies going to St. Louis with me this weekend will receive one.  ALSO, if you book a workshop with me in April, you will receive one of these beautiful pins as a Hostess Gift.  

Use the Beautiful Butterfly Bigz die to die cut one card stock butterfly and one First Edition Specialty DSP butterfly. 
I used the Everything Eleanor and Itty Bitty Bits stamp sets to stamp the images (matching the ink to the card stock).  

Punch 3 flowers using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and two tags using the Jewelry Tag punch. I also used the "hand crafted" stamp from the Tiny Tags stamp set.  
Coat one side of the card stock butterfly with a layer of Chrystal Effects. Allow to dry, then add a second coat - make sure you don't have brush marks.  This is after the first coat was dry.  

I made 19 of these babies!
While the backs are drying, assemble the front.  I used Pearl  Basic jewels on half of the butterflies and Rhinestones on the rest.  Attach the two tags with a small brad or Vintage Trinkets button brad (used here).  I also used a bit of Sticky Strip and added a little scrunched up ribbon on each one (see photos below).
Add a pearl or rhinestone between the layers at the tip of one wing. Glue both layers together, then coat with a layer of Chrystal Effects.  Make sure to add Chrystal Effects to the area open between the layers.  

Add a second coat to the top of the butterfly.  
I used a bit of Chrystal Effects to attach a pin back.  
Here's my pile of finished butterflies! 

Beautiful Butterflies Stampin' Up! Bigz Die - by Stampin' Up!
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Let nature flit about your head and land gently on your craft projects with this Stampin' Up! exclusive die. Simultaneously cut multiple butterflies perfect for layering with easy when you use this die.

■ Use a Sizzix Big Shot machine and standard cutting pads with this die
■ 5-1/2″ x 6″
■ Rule-based die which can cut up to 50 different materials
■ Fold paper and align with the side of the butterfly for an even bigger image
■ Stampin' Up! Exclusive die

Crystal Effects - by Stampin' Up!
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Embellish any image without embossing using Crystal Effects. It gives a high-gloss finish to any image.

■ Creates amazing 3-D effects
■ Applicator tip gives great control
■ Distributed exclusively by Stampin’ Up!
■ Water based for quick and easy cleanup
■ Dries completely within an hour depending on how thick it is applied
■ 2 oz. bottle

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