Thursday, June 5, 2014

New Butterfly Easel Cards

These days I am so bogged down with wildlife that there is little time for crafting.  Little, but never no time, I need that stress buster.

I decided to make some more butterfly cards, and I used the Viva Decor Metallic paste medium for some of the embellishments.  I am in love with that paste, but apparently Michaels customers didn't catch on because they are clearing out that medium.  Big mistake, but what can I say...

For this card I used multiple techniques.  The ironworks image in the center is an emboss resist technique where I used a white embossing ink to stamp the image, added clear embossing powder and embossed the image, then added the distress inks until I liked the way it looked.  Wiped off the embossed image to bring back the white and then worked on the embellishments.  I applied the Viva Decor metallic paste on 110lb card stock, let it dry, buffed it, and then cut out the Cheery Lynn fairie butterfly and corner decorations which also needed embossing and which I believe are from Marianne.  The flowers are a punch and hand shaped.  I added the background to the butterfly, colored those with Sakura glitter pens, and also added glitter to some areas.  The flowers have color coordinated rhinestones.  The bottom is embellished with Martha Stewart's punch all over the page daisies, the sentiment is propped up and holds the back in place.  

This easel card was done a bit differently.  I decided to play around with extreme glitter acryilic paints.  I had to apply several coats to 110lb card stock and let the coats dry but also helped them along with a heat gun to speed up the process.  I then used the small Cheery Lynn Lace butterfly and another small one and cut them out.  Took several passes and some shims since the paint makes for tougher cutting.  The background is the same principle for emboss resist, but I layered the image.  It is decorated with color coordinating rhinestones.  The flowers are hand made and have centers of the same color rhinestones.  The embellishment is raised and holds up the back.  

Don't be afraid to try out new methods or mediums!  The results can be quite stunning.  

And now back to feeding my babies!  

I hope you liked my creations which are also available for purchase on my Etsy store.

As always, I welcome your comments!

Happy crafting!