Saturday, April 28, 2012

Butterflies for Mom!

Good Saturday morning to you!  As you can see, I am still hooked on butterflies.  These are alcohol inked and embossed.  I have a StepXStep over at Frilly and Funkie on how I made my enameled butterflies.

This week at Our Creative Corner, Anne Marie Hile is our hostess and she has a recipe challenge for us.   We are to make something for Mother's Day and our project must include ALL of the following:  Embossing - wet (heat) or dry, brads or buttons, ribbon and watercoloring.  I really stumbled on the watercoloring part of the challenge.  I had a watercolored panel ready to go, but I just didn't like it and no matter how I tired, I was not satisfied with how I worked it in.  So I tried a different approach - I did my watercoloring direct with a stamp by inking the stamp and then spritzing it with a mini mister.

I started with a sheet of that delish Pion Designs Fairytale of Spring paper and embossed it with the Flourish texture fade from the Damask and Regal Flourishes texture fades set, then sponged it a bit with Vintage Photo DI.  I cut another panel with the Styled Labels die from the back side of the Pion designer paper.  Using the floral silhouette stamp from Verve's Beacause of You set, I inked the stamp with Gathered Twigs DI and misted it with a min mister then stamped in onto the panel I had just cut.  The panel was sewn to the main panel with sort of a random zigzag stitch and I added two bronze floral corners that just seem to lend themselves to that die cut shape.

The enameled flower was cut with the new Tattered Flowers Decorative Strip die.  I cut bunches of those flowers last week, colored the white CS with Tattered Rose distress stain, spritzed with Perfect Pearls Biscotti and then coated with UTEE.  I did some with just the UTEE and Versamark and then later got out the Melting Pot and dipped the rest.  It's faster and less messy to use the Melting Pot, but I actually like the coating better when you do it by hand - the enamel coating using the melting pot is a little thicker and less delicate looking.  But doing it by hand with the Versamark and UTEE, I had to do two or three coats so it is a pretty tedious process doing it like that.

The hearts were cut from the white corrugated cardboard I sell in the boutique and then I used my alcohol ink applicator to apply Snowcap Mixative and Watermeloon alcohol ink - lighly and randomly. Then I rubbed the edges face down onto a distress emobssing ink pad and sprinkled on my hand mixed concoction of UTEE and gold EP to do a bit of thick random gold embossing.  The Mother's Day sentiment is from the same Verve set, stamped in Vintage Photo DI onto a piece of watercolor paper I had floating on my desk.  I just ripped it out and inked the edges.  The entire piece was sprayed very lightly with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist - lightly because you don't want to saturate your paper or it will warp.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all of your wonderful comments.  Hope you will pop over to the Our Creative Corner challenge blog to see what the other designers have made for Mom.

Products used from The Funkie Junkie Boutique


Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Linda,
Looks as though you have a few techniques going on in this card, and I will be impatient to view the tutorial on F&F. What I can determine is how the card generates a warm rich feel,the texture and colour palette may have much to do with this effect. A beautiful card for a (MOM)or for me a (MUM).

Karen T said...

I love this Linda, so so pretty!

lainey said...

love your butterflies & hearts Linda!! lainey x

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

How fabulous! I love all that delicious texture...and the combination of elements is just right...not too busy. I bet that was quite the challenge!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

So soft and frilly, luv it

Pam said...

Fabulous! Can't wait for the step by step later. <3

Sandy said...

I always love the "Funkie Junkie" beautiful cards and wonderful techniques!!

Conniecrafter said...

beautiful colors, textures and design, love the way you used the metal corner embellishments on the main image and with that die!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful card yet again Linda, live your flowers and hearts. The brushless watercoloured image looks fabulous as centre stage and the embossing in the background works so well. Beautiful. Tracy x

Lisa Minckler said...

Well I'm sorry, but Sue is gonna have to fight me for this one! :D
Yet again, so pleased with my visit and all the crafty senses are immensely pleased!


May said...

Stunning creation Linda... LOve the butterflies & hearts just perfect... Hugs May x x x

Anne Marie Hile said...

Linda, you always create the most gorgeous projects! So much awesome detail on this one....I'm WOW-ed, as always! Hope you are having a great weekend! Hugs! :)

coldwaters2 said...

OMG Linda this is totally fantastic, what a superb design, the embossing and embellishments look amazing.
Lorraine x

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