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Sizzix Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin here with you today with a Sizzix tutorial for a great airbrush technique. I love using my dies to create my own stencils (also check out this tutorial of mine) and thought that Tim Holtz new Distress Marker Spritzer would work great together with stencils and masks made from dies.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

I made a tag and a matchbox using two different versions of the technique. The first time I set eyes on the Butterfly Frenzy die, I knew I was going to use it to make a stencil. It is so pretty. I wanted a watercolour look to the butterflies, and airbrushing with Distress Markers worked really well for that. On the matchbox, I used the Birds in Flight die to make a mask. The technique work just as well on cards, scrapbooking pages and for art journaling.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Die cut a tag from watercolour paper, or manila cardstock. Start by smearing Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone and a little bit of Peacock Feathers) on your craft sheet. Mist with water and press the tag into the ink. Dry with a heat gun.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Die cut a strip of Eclipse tape with the Butterfly Frenzy die. You can also use thin acetate, but you might have to spray it with a temporary adhesive to make sure ink doesn't seep underneath. The Eclipse tape is made for masking and has a low-tack adhesive. Carefully remove your stencil.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
Place the stencil over the tag, tearing or cutting the tape at the edges. Make sure that the edges at the top and bottom of each strip are not too thick and overlap slightly to make sure that the butterflies are evenly spaced.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
I started with Mustard Seed, spritzing it here and there. You can see a video by Tim Holtz explaining how to use the Distress Marker Spritzer here. If you don't have the spritzer, you can ink the butterflies with an ink-blending tool and Distress Inks.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
Continue with Broken China.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
Finally add just a tiny bit of Faded Jeans. You can of course use other colours instead.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
Mist the tag with water to give a watercolour look to the butterflies. Quickly remove the Eclipse tape.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
This is the finished background. I made two because it was such fun. Spritzing instead of inking gives more colour variation, and the inks mix to form new colours when you mist them with water.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Stamp the background with a grid stamp using Tumbled Glass, giving it a very faint texture, and with a sentiment and some image stamps.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
Die cut a ticket from Specialty Stamping paper and stamp it with a collage butterfly stamp. Stamp a second time on Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art Modeling Film.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Colour at the back with alcohol inks. Use an alcohol ink fillable pen for the body of the butterfly and drop colours onto the rest of the butterfly.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Ink the edges of the tag with Gathered Twigs and the stamped ticket with Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs, but leave the butterfly white, making the alcohol inked one more vibrant.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Before attaching it to the tag, gently heat the Modeling Film butterfly with a heat gun. Be careful not to burn yourself. Shape the wings. Modeling Film holds its shape perfectly once it is cool. I also cut out a word from the stamped Modeling Film and gave it the same treatment.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Die cut two leafy branches with the Spring Greenery die, from patterned paper and glue behind the ticket. Dye a crinkle ribbon with Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
I love the look of the watercolour butterflies and the gorgeous shade of green that the inks blended into. I also like that on some of them, you can still see some spritzing, as on the large one here.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

To make the matchbox I used the same technique, but here the die cut was made into a mask instead of a stencil, and I skipped the water misting.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Die cut the matchbox from manila cardstock and colour it in the same way as the background of the tag, but using Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. Die cut the Birds in Flight from Eclipse tape and carefully remove the birds.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

I had two leftover birds and placed them on what I planned to be the back of the box. Spritz with Frayed Burlap and a tiny bit of Walnut Stain.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Leave the masks in place and stamp with a script stamp and Potting Soil ink, first stamping it once on scrap paper (which I forgot to do on the impression on the lower right).

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Remove the masks and spritz just a tiny bit of Antique Linen on the birds, to make them blend in more with the background.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Spritz the inside drawer of the box with the same inks and stamp with a bird stamp and the script stamp.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Stamp the back with a bird's nest stamp and the two edges with sentiments. You might notice that I stamped 'birthday' upside down. It was fixed with a strip of leftover manila.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

Assemble the box according to the instructions on the packaging insert.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin

I ended up liking the side with the two birds the best, so I made that the front. The edges were lined with tissue tape.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Airbrushed Stencils and Masks by Anna-Karin
The first part of the sentiment, stamped on the edge. This could also make a sweet Mother's Day gift box.

Thank you for looking at this tutorial! I hope it inspired you to use your dies to make your own stencils and masks.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

 

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies


Surfaces: Ranger - Manila Cardstock, Specialty Stamping Paper; Tim Holtz Idea-ology - French Industrial Paper Stash; Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous - Clearly for Art Modeling Film; Canson - Montval Watercolour paper | Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Nature Walk, Classics #16, Simple Sayings, Graph & Croc | Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Potting Soil; Ranger Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Squeezed Lemonade | Markers: Ranger Distress Markers - Mustard Seed, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain | Alcohol ink: Ranger Adirondack - Sunshine Yellow, Pool, Pitch Black | Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Chit Chat Stickers, Crinkle Ribbon. Elements Tissue Tape; rhinestones | Adhesives: Judikins - Eclipse Art Masking Tape; Ranger - Wonder Tape

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