Sunday, 23 November 2014

And more Butterflies ………...

Today is my turn to share another DT project at Country View Challenges for our Bugs, Bees and Butterflies challenge. I so love the new Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly Die and Embossing Folder I just had to make a frame for it.

I decided to use up some of my favourite stash:

  •  my favourite Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint - Victorian Lace
  • lace, flowers and metal embellishments left over from my Finnabair workshop in May and 
  • some additional metal flowers which were a present from Rita.

I started with this cheap wooden frame and gave it a layer of gesso first and then a coat of the Victorian Lace Fresco Finish Paint

I wanted to use the Gothic stencil as an inner frame and although I did take measurements I was slightly squint, but it is possible to lign up the stencil to create a rectangle.  I used Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste and when dry smudged some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and into the crackle. I got rather a lot of ink around the edges too, so I sanded this back and got a lovely distressed edge.

In the Finnabair style I glued all my embellishments onto the frame and gave them two coats of gesso.

When dry I used some Victorian Lace Fresco Paint here and there and then some highlights with Honey Amber Luminarte Silks. I also prepared the background of the inner frame with some Melange Tissue Tape and gave it a coat of gesso to tone it down a bit.

And then the butterfly! I cut and embossed the butterfly with metal and then painted it with the Victorian Lace Fresco Paint.  When dry I gave it all a coat of Rock Candy Distress Crackle.

I felt the butterfly needed a body so used the same paints to alter these lovely scissors purchased from the Funkie Junkie boutique. They are gorgeous and needed a special project!

I really love how the frame turned out and the colours are just fabulous for our sitting room, so it already has a place to reside!

There is still time to join us in our challenge. Hop on over to the blog and have a look at some of the wonderful DT and Guest DT pieces which have been presented this month.  An amazing array of inspiration!

As always thank you for joining me today - I really appreciate it.

Jennie x


Rita said...

What an amazing card/frame Jennie. Love everything about it. The butterfly takes centre stage and looks so stunning. Hugs Rita xxx

Ingrid Kristina V said...

I'm blowed away with the beauty of this frame and your butterfly! The soft colours and gorgeous textures throughout ate wonderful! Beautifully done!! Thank you for the inspiration! X

Anneke said...

Thanks for the step by step for this beautiful card. Really love the color you have used. Anneke.

Marci said...

Exquisite! The color, the scizzors for the body, the embossing paste, love this!

Redanne said...

Just one word - STUNNING!! Anne x

Tracey Mallaghan said...

So beautiful. Must get some of the fresco paint as never heard of it before. Love your style and thanks for tips on how to :)

Buttons said...

So beautiful Jennie. You always inspire me with your delicate touches and incredible eye for design. That butterfly is a triumph! Jenny x

Sue Fraser said...

This is amazing Jennie. I love the texture around the aperture and the tiny scissors for the butterfly's body: sheer inspiration.

Lys Scrap said...

I love this wonderful frame and the way you made it. Beautiful colours and shabby style!

Linda Pekrul said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS Jennie! That butterfly is STUNNING!!!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

A lovely work of art, Jennie! I love what you did with the Gothic stencil (one of my favorites!) and your butterfly is drop-dead gorgeous! The way you used those sweet scissors is brilliant.


Aspiring crafter said...

Fabulous frame Jennie,
Love the colour of that fresco paint and the stencilling looks stunning!