Saturday, 11 October 2014

Lovely new dies!!

over the past weeks I have seen the new Tim Holtz layered dies popping up all over the place and I have loved all 4 that I have seen. So, flinging restraint to one side, I went out last week and bought all 4 of them.

I decided to use the butterfly, dragonfly and bee ones to make a trio of plaques to put on the dresser in my living room at home. I recently redecorated and the wallpaper that's we put on one wall is from Laura Ashley and it contains shades of blue, pink. Green and yellow, so I thought I would take 3 of those colours as the main colours in the plaques.

I used Tim Holtz foil to cut out the dies and then I thought I would try different techniques on each and see how they came out.



Each of the plaques were 6x6 squares of MDF. I painted each of them with a light cover of gesso and then dried them. For the butterfly plaque I used Victorian Velvet stain, which I watered down and fired so it was patchy. I then used the same colour ink and one of Tim Holtz stencils. I did exactly the same for the dragonfly square, using Iced Spruce stain and ink and finally the bee one was made with seedless mustard.


For the butterfly, I used various shades of distress paint and then, when they were dried, i sanded some of the paint off. I used a pen nib for the butterfly's head and added some painted Tim Holtz foliage. The words were printed out and then coloured with a little ink befor being cut out into steps and adding to the picture.



The dragonfly has been embossed in 3 different colours and what doesn't show in the photo is the beautiful iridescence of the wings as it shimmers between black and green. This whole plaque shimmers from the delicate silver corners and the Tim Holtz clear stars


Finally, the bee was coloured using alcohol inks. I love the use of crowns with bees as it always makes me think of France and so I added one of Tin Holtz' crowns to this. I added a little yellow paint to the crown to reflect the yellow of the bee.

I really like each of the 3 and can't make up my mind which I like best. It is just as well that I don't have to decide between them!

I am going to enter this trio of plaques into the following competitions:

A Vintage Journey - Heavy Metal
Fan-tastic Tuesday
Sparkles Monthly Challenge