Category Archives: Butterfly basics

Back to Black twinchies

So as per usual I made twinchies for the coin swap peeps… and kept to the same Back to Black theme. This first set of four was using black cardstock and the baked texture embossing powder in Deep Sea to add the dictionary stamping in the background and the butterfly embellishment. Also added the punched leaf from black cardstock and kept it plain as contrast. Then edged the pieces in black embossing powder to finish off.

Second set of four was another scrap piece of black cardstock and this time heat embossed with the handcarved stamp although didn’t ink it fully so it meant it was more of a loose stamping.Then I heat embossed the white splodges on top. Next I coated some cardstock with sparks paint and then heat embossed one of the Watercolour wings stamps before using a punch to punch out the butterfly.

I then used the Tap Tap Tap sentiment which I heat embossed in white and then finished the twinchies off with white gel pen doodles.Pictures don’t really show the sparkle and shine on these but they are fab in real life.Then another pair of twinchies…

Next a set of six…More embossing and this time one embossed background with white craft ink stamped and embossed which created cool effect on the leaves. Then punched and stamped butterflies on top.

Next up a set of eight. Again an embossed background this time using the world map stamp and then the simply sketched leaves using different powders.I found a butterfly in a magazine stamp set and embossed them onto the black card using white powder.Finally two using scraps of patterned paper, and embossed flower and embossed details on punched butterflies.Some fun twinchies … all back to black but also with butterflies thrown in for this month’s theme too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Butterfly Artist Trading Coins

Yesterday I revealed the theme for the swap in my Artist Trading Coins UK swaps group over on Facebook… Butterflies.

I figured it would be an easy theme for people to join in with as there are so many butterfly themed crafting things around and not the hardest things to draw or paint either!

I decided to use a lot of supplies that were hanging around on my desk to make mine.I chose papers from Making Cards magazine kit that I had never got round to putting away for covering the coins and then added another layer of a partially die cut wall (Tim Holtz dies). Then I die cut book print using the leaf die from Petals and More. Then took a shiny leaf from the stash, copper thread and some little flower embellishments.

Then for the butterfly…. Butterfly basics little text butterfly which I white heat embossed on some bronze cardstock and stuck it down. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto shrink plastic and heat it so it became a cute embellishment.Absolutely love these textural and layered coins with fun embellishments.

Hopefully the eventual recipients do too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: pop up card in a box

Not created a pop up card in a box for a while… so it was nice to mix up the cardmaking and mixed media stuff I’ve been sharing with this 3d creation.

I started with a piece of cardstock and used a template I found for a smaller size pop up box that is 4×4 in size when folded.

Then I chose papers in nice bright colours to add to each panel.

Then added some decoration using Petals and More dies and the same papers. Next I heat embossed butterflies on the papers and cut them out and added these on to some acetate strips so they could float out of the box! And two of the little ones on the top and front panel.

Finally I added the sequins and a sentiment to finish off!

So so cute.

Looking forward to visiting all of the other teams creations and seeing their pop up box cards. Please visit the blog
Here.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UK stampers forum tag swap

Hi there

Today I have the tag I made for the swap over at the UK stampers forum.

I used a gelli printed tag for the base which provided a lovely background full of colour and details.

Then I added patterned papers and punchinella and another gelli print. O to this I added the stamped and fussy cut butterfly and the sentiment. Love the different layers and textures for this tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Making Cards magazine … 5 cards one kit

Today I have 5 cards I made yesterday using the latest Making Cards magazine paper collection kit.

I filmed the process which you can watch here.

I love these papers and ran out if time making cards… I know I could have made many many more!

Love how all of these turned out. The colours are so lush and summery.

Will be back with more makes from this collection in the future I am sure.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies … using up gelli prints

This month’s inchies I used up a random gelli print as the background and mounted it onto the mountboard and then cut it into the 1″ squares.

Next I stamped and embossed with the Seth Apter Patina Oxide embossing powder a text circle from Finnabair. I then decided to edge all of them with the same powder.

Then I needed a bright contrast for the focal and chose to punch the butterflies from paper and spray it with Distress stain in picked raspberry. Then I stamped using distress oxides on the top and this gave a variance in the colour and on some the text is visible (but not on all). I mounted them and added a gem to finish off.

Love these grungey and funky inchies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Flowers postcard

The theme for this month at the Postcard art swap group was flowers in my garden… well I don’t really have many of those so I’ve used some creative licence and used the flower from Butterfly Basics to add the floral element to this postcard.

I added the Tim Holtz tissue wrap and then gesso to the panel and then lots of brushos using the Matt medium to make them less reactive. I stamped in archival and coloured using the Brushos again. Then I added some subtle texture and pattern stamping too.

Next I added the glitter paste through a stencil to create the chicken wire type fence. I mounted the artwork onto some pale kraft cardstock I had stamped with hardwood to give it a frame.

Happy crafting!

Catherine