Butterfly Specimen Canvas | Tim Holtz Butterfly Perspective Thinlits

Butterflies are my thing! I love everything about them so it was no surprise to me that I immediately fell in love with the Tim Holtz Butterfly Perspective Thinlits! This oversize design is perfect for offsetting and using only part of the design as I did in my Don't Forget To Fly Card or to use it in full as I did on this Butterfly Specimen Canvas that I'm sharing today.

Butterfly Specimen Canvas by Juliana Michaels featuring the Tim Holtz Butterfly Perspective Thinlits

The base of this project is an 8x8 inch canvas. You can find these at your local craft supply store or online. To prep the surface, I first painted it with a coat of Distress Collage Medium. Once that was dry, I inked over the entire thing with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then added some Distress Crackle Paste to the sides of the canvas and then on the top about a 1/2" or so in from the sides. No need to waste the paste when I knew I was going to layer other pieces on top of it. Applying the ink before the paste allows some of the color to seep through and add to the distressed look of the crackle. After the Crackle paste was dry, I then applied another layer of Distress Collage Medium and allowed that to dry. To complete the distressing, I then applied some Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to make the cracks stand out even more. With the base completed, I set it to the side and began working on the focal layer.

I started off die cutting the Butterfly Perspective twice from Distress White Heavystock. I inked both layers with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink toward the edges and Speckled Egg Distress Ink toward the center. Next, I applied a bit of Therm O Web DecoFoil Transfer Gel to the edges of the one butterfly and allowed it to dry. Once dry, I covered it with a piece of Copper Decofoil and ran it through my Minc to adhere the foil. I then adhered the two butterfly layers together and sat them to the side.

Now onto the background. For this I took a piece of Distress White Heavystock and trimmed it to 6.5 x 6.5 inches. I placed the Roses Layering Stencil on top and applied Crackle Paste and allowed it dry. I cleaned the stencil and once the crackle was completely dry, I placed it back on top and applied embossing ink. I then sprinkled the flowers with Tattered Rose Embossing Glaze and the leaves/stems with Peeled Paint Embossing Glaze and heat embossed it.

I find that if I try to apply the Embossing Glazes to the Crackle Paste that a lot of it doesn't stick and blows off when I go to heat emboss. This extra step with the embossing ink has solved that problem for me! Next, I added some random stamping using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink with the Ledger Script Stamp Set. This step would have been easier if I'd done it before the stenciling, but it's all good! I then added a couple of stamped, distressed and cut out labels from the Field Notes Stamp Set. To the edges I added some ink blending with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap. I then finished it off with the addition of some Hardware Heads colored with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.

This entire piece was then layered onto a piece of paper from the Kraftstock Metallic 2. The final touch was that I used a straight pin, colored with Mushroom Alcohol Ink to "adhere" the butterfly specimen to the canvas. To do this, I simply poked the pin through the papers and used a bit of hot glue to hold it in place on the backside. If the pin is too long, you can use a pair of jewelry metal cutters to carefully trim off any excess that might poke anyone.

Thanks so much for your visit and I hope this Butterfly Specimen Canvas using the Tim Holtz Butterfly Perspective Thinlits inspires you with your next make!


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  1. Absolutely beautiful, and your knowledge of the materials is spot on. Thanks for the post and detailed instructions!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Love the detailed instructions and your knowledge of how to use the materials was spot on.

  3. This is such a stunning canvas! WOW!!

  4. I too love all butterfly stamps and dies. Your artwork is beautiful! !

  5. Juliana, thank you so much for your inspiration and blog on this beautiful make. As soon as I saw it I knew I needed to try and recreate it for myself. Beautiful, thank you so much xx


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