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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Embossed Butterfly page

Hello, it's Sue C here and today I'm sharing a journal page which is also my piece for the current ePlay challenge which is Embossing.

I loved one of Wendy Vecchi's recent journal pages and it prompted me to have a play with the Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die and embossing folder.

I started by die cutting the butterfly from white card and then using the embossing folder that comes with the die.

I used a mixtue of Dandelion, Orange Blossom, Red Geranium and Potting Soil Archival inks to colour the butterfly. I then put it to one side as I wasn't sure where I was going yet but getting ink onto card is always a good first step !

I then cut a piece of white card to the size of my journal and used my brayer with Fresco Finish paints.

I felt it was a little too orange so I added some London Bus Fresco Finish and a little Tikka too.

I then took the negative of the die cut and taped it onto my journal page. I don't usually tape my stencils down but card can start to warp when it gets damp and this helps to keep it flat to the surface your stencilling on. I used Chutney and French Roast Fresco Finish paints but only around the edge of the butterfly.

This is what you're left with !

I then stuck 2 Post-it Notes together and die cut the butterfly again, this made the perfect mask for me to stencil over. I layered up the colours of the stencilling in the corners of the page, starting with white as the colour that followed was translucent and stencilling onto white lets the true colour show.

I then went back to my original butterfly and rubbed some Treasure Gold around the lower wings and on the top half I used Sticky Embossing Powder with Distress Rock Candy glitter.

Before I stuck the butterfly down I added a little more stencilling using the numbers from Wendy Vecchi's Classic Words stencil. The sentiment is from the Purpose of Art set and is stamped using Potting Soil Archival ink onto a piece of card that's been brayered with Fresco Finish paint.

You can see the Distress Glitter a little more on the above photo.

I hope you've enjoyed today's journal page.


Annie said...

A very inspiring make with wonderful techniques. I love the colour palette and stencil details create great depth .

Annie x

rachel said...

oh Sue - this really is super - love it xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

A gorgeous page Sue - the colour combination is stunning and I love how you used the butterfly die AND the negative in order to give it so much depth. Brilliant!

SusanK said...

Love how you've created the butterfly! I do think this is one of my favorite of all time dies and embossing folders.

toni said...

Fabulous sue! I've been having a play with that die, love the way you've used it here xx

Greta said...

This is a masterpiece! I totally adore that gorgeous butterfly!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful, sue, amazing attention to detail and tips and techniques along the way,

Lucy x

mamablitger said...

Sue this journal page turned out very pretty and oh so lovely vibrant due to the fab colors you choosed...
Love it !!!!
Thanks for sharing your art !
Hugs from SPAIN

Gerrie Johnnic said...

This turned out so nice! Love all the techs and colors GF! Xx

Julia Aston said...

What gorgeous colors on your wonderful background and beautiful butterfly Sue!

Micki said...

wow I absolutely love how the outline of the butterfly turned out. Must try that :-). Love the background color and the butterfly with the texture and colors really pops. Love it.

Andiepants said...

I would have never thought to do the shadowing like that! Fantastic job! {{hugs}}