Saturday, 2 June 2018

From Cardboard Packaging to Mixed Media Embellishments

I have started collecting my drink packaging since attending a class with Maria Moorhouse.  We turned packaging into embellishments using Sizzix Bigz dies.  I have taken things one step further and used the dies that I have with matching embossing folders, for extra texture.  All these embellishments were created from one box!
I started by cutting up the box and using my e-bosser to cut out two sets of butterflies (Sizzix / Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo) and one set of Tattered Leaves (also Sizzix / Tim Holtz).
Next, I used the matching embossing folders to add texture.
The third step was to use black gesso to paint both sides of each die cut embellishment.
I added a different colour of Creative expressions Gilding Wax to each die cut; the one that I used is shown next to each piece.






Finally I added touches of a second colour to each piece for highlights.



I may add wire antennae to the butterflies before using them.  The embellishments are really robust and the wings of the butterflies hold their positions when lifted.

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