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Friday 27 January 2012

Vellum Butterflies Tutorial

 As promised here is the tutorial on creating Vellum Butterflies.  I must admit that I did not create this technique.  I learned it on Youtube from Jennings644.  Here is how I do it.

You will need vellum, any weight
                      alcohol inks and felt stamper
                      embossing pad
                      gold pigment pad
                      gold embossing powder
                      heat gun
                      gold stickles
                      gold wire
                      Glossy accents
                      sharp scissors

Begin by choosing your alcohol colors and placing a few drops onto your felt pad.  I used three colors.Tamp the colors over the vellum.  They will dry very quickly.

Now, ink up your butterfly stamp. I used the large butterfly from the butterfly dreams set.  First ink the stamp with embossing ink, followed by pigment ink.  I know that you don't actually need both, but I find both work better for a gold emboss.

 Stamp your butterfly onto the inked vellum add your embossing powder and emboss.  Be sure to keep a close eye on your embossing, to much heat will girl your vellum.  (Ask me how I know).

As soon as the embossing is cool, cover the entire stamped area with Glossy Accents.  Do not worry about the anteannas you will be cutting those off.

Next, add your gold Stickles INTO the Glossy Accents, following patterns in the wings.  Use the tip of the Stickles bottle to push the glitter into the Glossy Accents. The Stickles will be mostly covered by the Glossy Accents.

Allow to dry.  This will take several hours.  I usually do this early in the morning and wait until evening to work on the butterflies or vice-versa getting to this point and finishing in the morning.

Once the butterfly is dry, fussy cut along your embossed edges being sure to cut on the outside of the embossing.

Next cut a short piece of gold wire and fold it in half.  I like to wrap the upper edges around the tip of skewer to create a curl in the antenna.

Flip the butterfly over and glue the antenna to the back of the butterfly.

Voila - You have now created a gorgeous jeweled butterfly.


  1. So cool and sparkly, Mary. :D

    I really love the dimension of these! Very cool.

    The tip about the skewer is great.

  2. So pretty! I'll definitely have to try this technique.:)

  3. Thanks for a fab tutorial!

    Have a great weekend.

    Warm hugs

  4. I LOVE this flutterby...that is what my little ones used to call them... Thank you, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  5. Ooh how pretty. *note to self* Buy vellum ;)