Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Souls Have Dreams" Tag for Leaky Shed Studio and Altered Pages

If you haven't been to the Leaky Shed Studio blog this month, you really should hop over there for fabulous inspiration. Leaky Shed Studio is partnering with Altered Pages and our teams are creating projects using products from both companies. I've created this tag/wall hanging which would be great for a milestone or graduation and fits with our theme this month of "Flies."

"Souls Have Dreams"
"Souls Have Dreams" tag by Tracey Sabella for Leaky Shed Studio & Altered Pages. Butterflies, Lace

Leaky Shed Studio Blog: HERE
Altered Pages Blog: HERE

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. (Don't worry if your wings don't pull apart perfectly - mine tore in a couple places, but by the time it is gessoed and glittered, those little imperfections are never noticed.) 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
3D Foam Tabs

Other Products
BoBunny ~ Primrose - Bliss, Time Washed, Garden
BoBunny ~ Small Doilies
White Cardstock ~ Stash
May Arts ~ Netting 1.5" (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
MayArts ~ Crochet Lace 5/8", Pink (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Hug Snug ~ Seam Binding 1/2", White (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Hemptique ~ Bamboo Cord 20lb (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Mauve Organza ~ Stash
Mauve Velvet Ribbon - Stash
Prima ~ Silverwood Rose - Cottage
Darice ~ Feathers, pink
Lace, white - Stash
Self-adhesive Pearls, Pink - Stash
Darice ~ Chicken Wire, White
Fountain Pen with Mauve Ink
Liquitex ~ Gesso, White
Beacon ~ Fast Finish Decoupage
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Ranger ~ Distress Stickles, Worn Lipstick
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine - Gold, Primrose
Ranger ~ Distress Marker - Old Paper
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Chiffon
TCW ~ Art Is - 6x6" Stencil
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Zutter by Donna Salazar ~ Distrezz-it-All
Tim Holtz ~ Grid Blocks
EK Success ~ Honey Bee Scissors
We R Memory Keepers ~ Crop-A-Dile

Thanks for stopping by Today! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. So beautifully shabby chic with wonderful wording and I love the little lace border at the bottom with the pearls.
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  2. How gorgeous! Love what you have done with the butterfly wings!

  3. So gorgeous! LOVING the butterflies!!!!!

  4. Beautiful tag Tracey!! Love how you shaped the butterflies ... so pretty!! ox


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