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Tuesday 21 June 2011

Pink Green and Blue Paper Pieced Butterflies

Well, as promised here is my attempt at colouring with Distress Inks and the shaving brushes from Wilkinsons in place of the much more expensive Inkdusters or similar. The card I made, an anniversary card, was actually based on a beautiful tag created by the very talented ClarkyJ and you can see her stunning masterpiece here.

Having looked back at Janet's tag, I realized hers looks more balanced as she has followed the 'rule of thirds' whereas mine is more half and half. I shall try and remember that for the future!!

I started by stamping the Butterfly image, from Chocolate Baroque/Craft Stamper, onto pieces of the pink butterfly paper from the Papermania Summer Bloom paper pad using Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink and cutting them out.

A piece of white textured card was coloured using the shaving brushes and a selection of Tim Holtz Distress inks. The green area was created using Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss and the blue area using Weathered Wood and Faded Jeans. The edges were then distressed with the Walnut Stain ink. In retrospect, I think maybe Antique Linen may have been a better idea - never mind!

The green area was then overstamped using the Forest Moss ink and the Cone Flower and Grass stamp from the Inkadinkado Meadow stamp set.

The butterfly image was stamped a couple of times onto the blue area and then paper pieced using the pieces already cut out. The excess was cut away from the edge of the panel.

The sentiment, from the Hero Arts Anytime Messages stamp set, was then stamped onto the panel using the Graphite Black ink and then a frame from the Papermania Mix and Match Frames stamp set was stamped to go around it. The frame section was coloured in using a black Whispers Brushstroke marker.

A clear Sakura Stardust pen was then used to trace over the frame and the word 'JOY' and on the swirly sections of the butterflies. You can just make it out on the above pictures.

A length of green fibres from the HOTP Emerald Sarabooks Fibre Pack was then tied around the panel and this was then matted onto a panel of the pink dragonfly paper from the Summer Bloom paper pad.

A strip of the lime green plaid paper from the same paper pad was punched using the Martha Stewart Doilly Lace border punch and distressed with the Forest Moss ink. This was matted directly onto the card blank and the image panel matted over the top to the right of the card blank.

Here are the challenges I am entering this card into:


Kelly said...

Fab card. Loved the colours you used.I really need to get some shaving brushes. (Kam1 docrafts)

Teresa said...

Another gorgeous card Kathleen, I love all the brushed tecnique it looks lovely. Teresa xx

Audrey Pettit said...

What a beautiful card! I absolutely love your butterfly scene. The blended background and stamping is just wonderful. Love the scalloped edging and the fiber wrap, too. Thanks for playing along with us this week at The Kraft Journal.

Aquarius said...

This is really lovely and I'm glad I'm not the only person to use Wilco's shaving brushes for colour dusting - I discovered them ages ago but they've recently gone up in price (like everything else). still cheaper than the 'dusters' though!!

Elaine ♥ said...

Such a pretty card :) Love the butterfly scene and the gorgeous scalloped edging :)

Thanks for joining us at Karens Doodles this week :)

Elaine ♥

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow great card kathleen ... I do not have any distressed inks but may have to invest in some ... love your design ... well done and happy crafting love sandy xx

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous card! Thanks for the very detailed explanations. I'll need to have a go with shaving brushes...


Dawn said...

Love this card! The colours are fab!
Thank you for playing at My Grafico this month! Great to see you again!
Good Luck
Dawn xxx

Unknown said...

Really cute card. Very nice !Thanks for joining our challenge at SAM

mudmaven said...

I love everything about this card - simply gorgeous Kathleen!!!! Thanks for joining us for our Celebrate Summer Blog Hop challenge on Sentimental Sundays. ~chris

Unknown said...

Wow stunning Kathleen - I love the whole look especially using the CS butterfly - How clever :0) Thanks for playing along with the stamp man challenge too and the little link to my blog is a pleasant surprise x Thanks so much and I am pleased I inspired you a little x Janet

Audrey said...

What a beautiful card. I love how you did the butterflies. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

Anonymous said...

Love your card the butterfly
is beautiful,blends in well love alma x snowfairy 2

Fiona said...

stunning card...fantastic layout and colours...very pretty indeed!! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


Carlie M. said...

This is just amazing! Love it to bits and pieces! Love the papers! Thanks for joining us on Sweet Stampin!

Lisa Jane said...

wow gorgeous butterflies and pretty colours
Thanks for linking up to Make it Monday
Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

Zoechaos said...

Delightful card just love everything about it. XOXO Zoe

Teresa said...

Hiya Kathleen I'm back! hehe, just popped back to say thanks for sharing your wonderful card with us at ATSC
Teresa xx

Teresa said...

...and Sweet Stampin' lol, are you following me around :o)
Great card! xx

Rachel said...

Fab card, this is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week. Wedgie xxx

mamapez5 said...

A lovely card and excellent instructions. I use a pastry brush from wilkos rather than a shaving brush but it works just the same. We crafters don't need designer labels do we? You've done well with the freebie stamp too. Kate x (Also Kathleen!)

Sandra H said...

This card is stunning...:) Sandra H

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! Love the colors you used! Thanks for joining us at Little Darlings Challenges. hugs, Angela

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

A gorgeous card! Love those colors you used. The paper is awesome!! And the image is so cute.
So happy that you have joined us at BMC....


ike said...

Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Simply Create.
Ike xx

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous, wonderful card Kathleen.

Julye said...

A fab card and fab idea for paper piecing thanks for sharing with us all here at OSAAT.

Marie said...

Fabulous card!

Thank for participating in the Alota Challenge!

Tammy L said...

what a pretty card. Your scene is lovely. Thanks for joining our paper piecing challenge at Craft Your Passion this week.
Tammy GDT

Dori Shelton said...

Very pretty card. Love the butterflies and all the texture.

Tracey said...

This is beautiful Kathleen - I love it!
Thanks for sharing it with Sentimental Sundays & Good Luck :)

Tammy Miller said...

What a Cute cute card thanks so much for playing along with the Aud Cards Challenge Blog!

Anne said...

Very pretty card Kathleen
Thanks for playing along with Karen's Doodles
Anne x

Marlene said...

Great Card! Love the sentiment! Thanks for playing with us at Sentimental Sundays!

DT Member

Choccy said...

Beautiful !! LOVE your butterflies.
Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT for our 'Things with wings' challenge. Good Luck !
Choccy x

Janne said...

Cute card! Lovely colours.I like the twine you have used. Thanks for joining us at the Sentimental Sundays♥

Biggan said...

So beautiful!! Love the layout and your coloring is awesome!! Thank you so much for joining us at Alota Rubberstamps Challenges!


Anonymous said...

Hello a very beautiful card and a great design.

Thanks for joining us at ASC.

mckinkle said...

Hello Kathleen,

I love yoru paper pieced butterfly, its so delicate.

Thank You for joining in with our 'Things that Flutter' challenge this week at Delicious Doodles.

Keryn :)

Nancy said...

Oh this is so beautiful, Kathleen:O) Love the scene, pretty colours, lovely design!
Thank you for joining Karen's Doodles, good luck!
Hugs, Nancy;O)

Nadell said...

Wow, fab card! Thanks for joining us at ATSC.

Hugs Nadell

Marlies said...

What a beautiful card!
Thanks for joining us at ATSC.
hugs, Marlies

joanne wardle said...

your butterfly is beautiful!
thank you for the lovely comment on my paperartsy castle card. you inspired me to get the stamps out again. I wasn't sure if you have the mini or the full size stamp (I actually have both) but I made a card that would work with both if you are interested
I'd be honoured to send you this card if you'd like it. just hit reply to this comment and let me have your address and I'll post it to you. :)

Crafteezee said...

Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine. Hugs Tracy x

Janice said...

Very very beautiful card, love all the little details! Thanks for playing Simply Create this week!

Mandy said...

Wonderful card....Love the butterflies and your colours are gorgeous...Thanks for sharing with us at Hooked on Crafts challenge...
Mandy x

Clarissa Schupp said...

Great work, love the shine and the colors you used.

Thank you for joining us at ASC.

hugs Clarissa

Kerrie said...

What a beautiful card!

Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

Wendy said...

Fabulous card Kathleen,so beautiful.I brought 9 of the wilkos shaving brushes,not sure want I'm going to do with mine lol.
Wendy xx

Karen said...

What a lovely card. Love all the distress inks and the way you have used them. I have just bought a few but too scared to play yet. xx

Unknown said...

Lovely card - will have to try this technique

Michele said...

i love your very pretty butterflies! thank you for joining the "things with wings" challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! xo

Anne H. said...

Such a lovely card!
Beautiful butterflies and lovely colors, great take on the butterfly-theme.
Thanks for joining us this week at Stampavie and More.

Dawn said...

What a lovely card! Thank you for joining us at CFAS!

Minna said...

Beautiful card:) Thanks for joining us at Deep Ocean Challenge.

tiggertastic said...

adore how you created that background and the use of the butterfly stamp, very impressive make

Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

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Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs , Kenny K and My Time To Craft

Louise said...

Hi Kathleen :)

You have made such a gorgeous card :) Love the way you´ve distressed it to get all of those beautiful colours :)

Thank you for joining us at DOC :)
Welcome back!

karen said...

This is gorgeous Kathleen,a fabulous scene, might have to try this technique, Karenx

Sue said...

this is stunning, your brilliant detailed instructions are so useful too

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