Apr 08

Butterflies, mixed media and craft retreat aftermath

Written by: iwona    29 Comments

I haven’t yet had a chance to share any of the cards I made during the recent craft retreat with some crafty friends. Seeing as a few challenges fit the bill, I’m redeeming myself now with the two creations from the lot… there’s more coming! Hopefully soon enough, or I forget what I used on them 🙂
We were very lucky to share our craft supplies and I made sure I try as much as I could, in the limited time we had. Some companies I never played with before and it was tons of fun.

Both of the projects I’m entering into The Card Concept #7 – butterfly theme. When I don’t use a floral of some sort, I’d gladly put a butterfly on everything… both at the same time? I say, better yet!

This little card features the beautiful Patchwork Butterfly stamp from Darkroom Door. It was a hit among the ladies, apparently I wasn’t the only one falling for it! I’m quite tempted to get it myself, in fact I’m quite mesmerized by all Darkroom Door stamps, their quality is great and the designs are fresh and unique.
The other stamps that made it there are Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous French Collage (my oh my! another new favourite) which I stamped my background with, and Mama Elephant Fair Feathers for the sentiment. The banner was cut with Paper Smooches Flag Tags die, the foliage was cut in vellum with SSS Clustered Leaves, the butterfly watercoloured with Distress Inks. On the other hand, I have no idea where that patterned paper comes from 😛

Another piece that I want to show you today, is a little canvas – each of which was given to all of the girls at the retreat (thanks, Lyndal!) and we got busy turning them into miniature works of art. I think most, if not all of the finished ones were already linked to Virginia’s View challenge #2 since we were playing with stencils, so I figured I should jump on the bandwagon as well 🙂

I had fun experimenting with this one. What I did first is primed the surface with gesso, then added colour with Gelatos (OMG I so need them!) and blended the colours down with a baby wipe. Then I grabbed one of the hollyhock stencil from Donna Downey Poppies and Peonies collection and applied on using embossing paste. Once dry, I sponged various Distress Inks over the raised parts and flicked ink mists in two tones over the whole piece.The sentiment from Tim Holtz City Central set was stamped with archival ink on tissue paper and I applied gesso generously over it, which muted the colours and gave it a nice battered look. The butterfly is Chrissy from SSS and it was double cut in both patterned paper and vellum, then topped with a sequin.

Here are the challenges again, feel free to click on the graphics to be taken to the respective sites. I’m also linking the canvas to the Styling With Stencils Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

See you again tomorrow 🙂

Just a Note card

Mini canvas

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29 thoughts on “Butterflies, mixed media and craft retreat aftermath

  1. I’m glad you finally blogged these two beautiful creations! Loved watching them come together during the Retreat! My DRD butterfly card has been submitted for publication, so I will blog it later!

  2. Thank you for sharing your fabulous creations from your retreat. I look forward to see what else you have made. 🙂 I’m especially in love with your canvas piece. You’ve inspired me to make one of my own.

  3. Wowza!!! Both of your cards are stunning! Well all of your work is stunning 😀 That butterfly is gorgeous! Love love love!!

  4. Ahh, memories!!! I love your butterfly – when are you buying Inktense??? Great idea to place the sentiment over the butterfly as it is sooo big! I love the beautiful script background and the bold green! Gorgeous!
    Love that gorgeous canvas as well – it was very inspiring to watch you make it!

    • Haha! Thanks, sweet girl! I’m not sure when, or if the Inktense will come to play… I need to behave for a while! LOL

  5. Yum, yum, yum! This is a whole lot of gorgeous-ness all in one place, I don’t know where to begin! I’m glad you got a chance to use some stamps that you haven’t used before and showcased them for us all 🙂 my wish list just got even longer… 🙂

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