Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Hello friends! It is Anna-Karin here with you today, with a tutorial using the new and brilliant Sizzix Inksheets. Did you know that Sizzix won the 2015 Hot New Product Award for the Inksheets and Transfer Pad, at CHA at the start of this year?

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I had such fun trying out the Inksheets for the first time. I used three different butterfly dies: Magical Butterfly by Pete Hughes, Winged Beauties by Prima, and the Fancy Base w/Layering Shapes by Jen Long, as well as Adventure Word dies by Tim Holtz. The Inksheets are such a cool product, and makes you get even more out of your dies. They turn any Thinlits, Framelits and Triplits die into a stamp, and can also be used with embossing folders. How cool is that? The sheets come in White, Black, Silver and Gold. The ink is smudge-free and will stick to many different surfaces:  cardstock, craft foil, painted surfaces, leather, plastic and more.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I started out by die cutting Tags from patterned paper and watercolour paper. The pattern papers are from Prima's Stationer's Desk A4 pad. I ended up only using the black tag and one of the watercolour tags.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

To use the Inksheets, you also need a Transfer Pad. The sheets and the pad can be bought separately, or you can get the Starter Kit, which includes a Transfer Pad, four Inksheets (one in each colour), and one Thinlits 3-die set. In your sandwich, you will use the Transfer Pad instead of one of the Cutting Pads. I cut off a piece of a white Inksheet, large enough for the Magical Butterfly, but you don't need to do that. I only did it so that you would easier see the sandwich. You can keep the Inksheets whole and use it until you have used up the entire sheet, the ink will only transfer where the die is. This is a completely mess-free process.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

With the Thinlits, Framelits or Triplits dies, always use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform. Here you can see the sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Transfer Pad, paper facing up, Inksheet with the glossy side facing up (matte side towards the paper), die facing down, Cutting Pad. Run through your Big Shot or Vagabond.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The white Inksheet gave a really cool chalkboard look on my black paper. As you can see the intricate die didn't transfer perfectly in the center. If you place a single sheet of printer paper as a shim under the Transfer Pad, you'll get a perfect impression. It depends on the thickness of the paper you are transferring too, and the patterned paper I used was pretty thin. Test on a scrap piece first.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Next, we come to one of my favourite uses of the Inksheets, namely that you can turn word dies into gorgeous outline stamped images. Do the same steps as with the butterfly, only using Tim Holtz Adventure Words Script Sizzix Thinlits instead. The Sizzix Magnetic Platform keeps the dies in place to that your words are not crooked. I love the look of these words.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Sand the edges of the tag.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Stamp the tag with Prima Coffee Stains stamps and Distress Paint. Remember to always clean stamps immediately after using them with paint.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I added some detail to the butterfly and the tag with a white gel pen. To give the tag more stability, I glued it to one of the watercolour tags.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Smear a little Prima 3D Gloss Gel here and there on the tag and sprinkle with Silver Micro Beads. Set aside to dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Let's start with the dimensional butterflies. Coat a patterned paper with a layer of gesso. Leave to dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Dab three colours Distess Paint on your craft sheet and mist with water.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Press the paper into the paint for a lovely blended effect. Let dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Use the same sandwich as before, but with a Black Inksheet. These butterflies are from the Winged Beauties set.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Continue with more butterflies, using the Winged Beauties and Fancy Base w/Layering Shapes, until you have as many as you need. Cut them out with scissors.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Layer three butterflies together and staple in the center. Shape the wings to give them dimension.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

On this butterfly, I used the same die to die cut the top butterfly, after transferring it with the Inksheet. As you can see there is a thin line of ink outlining the butterfly.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The smallest butterfly is fluttering by in the top left corner of the tag. The crinkle ribbon was dyed with Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The big butterfly was given a body, using a pen nib included in Prima's Stamp-And-Add Butterfly Wings set. It was painted with Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Paint.

I hope you enjoyed this Sizzix tutorial and that it inspired you to try out the Inksheets. You'll look at your dies in a whole new way.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Surfaces: Prima - Stationer's Desk A4 Paper Pad
  • Stamps: Prima - Coffee Stains
  • Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio
  • Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Cracked Pistachio, Spun Sugar, Peacock Feathers
  • Medium: Ranger Dina Wakley White Gesso; Prima - 3D Gloss Gel
  • Beads: Prima - Silver Micro Beads
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology - Crinkle Ribbon, Small Talk Stickers; Prima - Stamp-N-Add Butterfly Wings

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8 thoughts on “Sizzix Tutorial | Inksheets and Butterflies Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson”

  • shilpa

    Gorgeous!! thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial!!

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  • Raquel Mason

    Great tutorial!

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  • Barb Mc

    You are such a wonderful designer! Love this-love all your work!

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  • jankatal

    Would you every consider making a video tutorial. I love this project. Also, QUESTION: You mentioned using a lighter weight target paper for the ink sheet technique. Would the impression be just as good on card stock?

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    • Anna-Karin

      Thank you so much for your comment! I am hoping to start doing some video tutorials some time a little later this year. :)

      The impression will be just as good, or even better, on cardstock. I mentioned the lighter weight paper because with thin papers you might need a printer paper as a shim, to get a perfect impression. With cardstock that won't be necessary.

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      • jankatal

        Thanks for your response. I have the inksheets and transfer pad on order and can't wait to get them so I can try this. lt's truly great to find another use for our thinlets.

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  • Anne R

    A brilliant tutorial Anna-Karin, it certainly looks like a versatile product that needs to be added to my ever lengthening list of wants/needs! Your finished tag is stunning! Anne x

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  • Deb ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art

    What a cool product, thanks for this great tutorial Anna-Karin! Your tags are just gorgeous.

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