Sunday, June 30, 2013

Viva Las Vegas Stamps Button Fairy Swap

Earlier this month, I participated in Viva Las Vegas Stamps' button fairy swap.  If you would like to see all of the button fairies created by the fabulous designers who participated in the swap , click here.  Here is my finished button fairy.

Die cut Silhouette butterfly solid wings (2) from black card stock.  Re-size to fit your stamp image, if necessary.
Die cut Silhouette images leaf tribal (2), and damask leaf(2) from kraft glassine.
Resize both leaf images to fit inside the butterfly wing, as shown.
Paint one butterfly die cut with charcoal acrylic paint.  Let dry.
Dab mixture of fine crackle medium and Copper Penny mixer with a textured (boat/auto) sponge.  Be generous with the crackle medium.
Heat with heat gun until the mixture is dry and bubbly.
Apply Memento black ink pad over the wing to bring out the bubbly texture.  Photo below shows ink applied to one side only so you can see the difference.
Add Terri Sproul's Mixers in Copper Penny and Green Pearl to glaze medium and sponge over kraft glassine wings.  Let dry.
Glue each piece to large solid wing, as shown in the next four photos.

Stamp Vintage Fan Lady on Balloon onto white cardstock with black archival ink.
Stamp portions of the Vintage Fan Lady on Balloon image onto Teresa Collins printed card stock, as shown.

Partially color the whole image (left) with Copic markers and cut out entire image.  Then fussy cut each patterned paper piece, as shown on the right.
Lay pieces onto a piece of fun foam and emboss each of the pieces with a large ball stylus tool to "cup" them, giving them some dimension.
Adhere each printed, embossed piece over the whole image, using foam dots or a dimensional glue.  Glue your "dimensionalized" balloon lady to the center of the wings.  See close up photo below.
Now it's time to make the button tail for the fairy.  I used 22 gauge bronze colored wire, cut to approximately 12" long.  I made a wrapped loop at the bottom, and threaded my buttons onto the wire from the bottom up.
I measured the height of my balloon lady, in this case it was approximately 4", and made a larger loop in the wire for hanging.  I used Helmar 450 glue to adhere the wire to the back of the solid wing.

This is how it should look on the back.
To finish off the back, I adhered the second solid black wing over the wire to give it a nice, clean look.
I added meal gears to some of the buttons, and hung some charms from the bottom loop.
Here is a closeup of the hanging loop at the top, which can be bent out of sight.  I also added a tiny bit of pearl paint to the hat.

Supplies used:

Viva Las Vegas Stamp Vintage Fan Lady on Balloon (Large)
Terri Sproul Mixers (Copper Penny, Green Pearl) (Sakura)
Paper Studio Black cardstock (Hobby Lobby)
Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine paper
Teresa Collins 6x6 paper pad - Sweet Afternoon
Gala Glitz Teal (Art Institute Glitter)
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive (Art Institute Glitter)
Silhouette die cutting machine
Silhouette digital images (Echo Park butterfly wing, leaf tribal, damask leaf)
Ceramcoat Charcoal acrylic paint
Pool Smooch Ink (Clearsnap)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Distress Ink pad (Antique Linen)
Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Ice White, Lavender)
Copic Markers (E21, E02, R81, B00, YG23, V12, Y06)
Martha Stewart Fine Crackle Effect medium (Michaels)
Martha Stewart Tintable Antique Effect medium (Michaels)
Martha Stewart Tintable Glaze Effect medium (Michaels)
American Crafts glitter buttons  (Earth Tones)
Wings charms (Bead Landing Found Objects)
22 gauge bronze wire

I hope you have enjoyed my button fairy project today.   Thanks for stopping by, and as always, have a wonderful week.



  1. Wow, wow, wow, this is completely amazing!! I am blown away and the tutorial is so clear! Totally fab fairy! I just love the steampunky feel to her and so many clever tricks, like how you added the dimension to the stamped image. Absolutely brilliant! I am so happy I found your blog and thanks for this great inspiration!!

    1. Thanks so much, Astrid, for your sweet comments. I am so glad you like her, and she really was easy to make, just took a bit of time for paint to dry. LOL

  2. She's fantastic! I especially love the way you fussy cut the stamp of the balloon lady to give her some real dimension. Very clever! Of course, as always, the Terri Sproul mixers add a very special sheen and luxe quality to the piece.


    1. Thanks, Tristan. I love Terri's mixers too!

  3. Barbara, this is so beautiful. I love everything about it, but especially the glassine wing embellishments and the gears on the buttons.You are way too talented for your own good!

    1. Candice, you always know how to make me feel good, and thanks for all the support you have given me over the years. Thanks much, my friend.

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