Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Dreams" Tag with Large Spring Butterfly and Altered Pages Products by Tracey S

Hi, it's Tracey S. here to share the tag I created for the partnership between Leaky Shed Studio and Altered Pages. It could also be used as a decorative wall hanging. I thought this sentiment would be great for a milestone or graduation and fits with our theme this month of "Flies." 

"Souls Have Dreams"

Tips and Techniques
This is the Large Spring Butterfly by Leaky Shed Studio. In order to achieve the layering, I soaked the chipboard in warm water for a few moments until soaked through. Then I carefully pulled apart 4 layers from each wing. I dried with a heat tool, shaping the wings as I dried. Once dry the layers hold their shape well. I then painted with Gesso and used a paint brush to apply stickles for some sweet sparkle. To finish it off, I colored the antennae with a Distress Marker and placed a couple small Prima flowers down the center. 

Altered Pages sent me an amazing selection of gorgeous butterfly images.  I received a sticker sheet of gorgeous vinyl butterflies. I wanted them to be dimensional with gently curved wings, so I applied the stickers to white cardstock, and fussy cut around the images.

I have to share a funny story. I found this great quote, however, it said, "Birds have wings." I carefully wrote it out on the tag, then realized it did not go with the butterflies. I'm so thankful for gesso which I painted over my first sentiment before changing up the sentiment to go with my butterflies.

I fussy cut this transparency monarch image from Altered Pages. I also stamped sweet butterfly wings around the word "wings" in my sentiment. I needed to pop up the sentiment to layer it over the thicker velvet, so used 3D Foam tabs from Altered Pages. 

Across the bottom, I've layered a length of lace embellished with adhesive half pearls.

Here's a close-up of one of the vinyl butterfly stickers.

I used a variety of distressed fibers to tie my tag. 

The background is stenciled, misted and dry brushed with gesso.
I've layered in a doily, feathers, and chicken wire. 

Leaky Shed Studio Products

Altered Pages Products
Vinyl Butterfly Sticker Sheet
A full product list can be found on my blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by Today.

~ Blessings ~


  1. This is so beautiful I love the pastel colors and the feathers

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the techniques...I love how you separated the wings on the chipboard butterfly! I never would have guessed that was the way you did it!

  3. Such a beautiful tag! I love all of your layers and the butterflies are perfect!

  4. Beautiful! I love the layers on the large butterfly♥ I like it so well I pinned it twice on That's Clever.

  5. it is beautiful. thanks for describing how you made it. xo

  6. Tracey you have a way with paper... this is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  7. Tracey, this tag is simply gorgeous. Love all the dimension and details.

  8. What a stunning tag, I am loving all the beautiful trims you have used!