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10/05/2014

Another Autumn Butterfly for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge

Hiya, back again with another Butterfly card for Mrs. A's Challenge #15 (Autumn Butterflies).

First though, let me extend a warm welcome to my newest follower, Tammy of Tammy's Spot. So  happy to have you visit here, and hope you'll like what you see! Many of you already know about Tammy's wonderful blog, but for those who might not, please pop over to say Hello.

Now onto the Butterfly card:

 
 
This card was inspired by Friend Donna of Creative Smiles after seeing how she made a recent card.  I've seen other bloggers use this die technique; had just finished this bit of color play, and decided to try the technique for this card.
 
First the mixed media paper had been watercolored using an old Stargazer watercolor set I found.
 


- dampened the w/c paper, and using a wet brush, applied swaths of autumn tone colors in stripes down the length of the paper. Let that dry. Using Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Mowed Lawn and a small stencil brush, applied these inks using a MB butterfly stencil.

 
This is the stencil I've used recently for paste embossing and was not pleased with the results achieved. Worked a bit better using inks & brush to stencil - think the card photo shows the stenciled butterflies. IRL they show better.
 
Staz On Saddle Brown stamped some butterflies from a clear set purchased at a consignment/garage sale. This set was quite brittle, and in removing one from the clear sheet. it simply tore apart. Lesson learned: perhaps don't buy acrylic sets from consignment or garage sales in future. I'm glad I didn't spend a lot of money for this set. Would have been a waste, because I think this set will get trashed as being unusable.
 
Wet a tiny brush, inked with some of the purple stargazer, and did a bit of outlining while the stencil was still in place. Shows up nicely IRL but think you can see a little bit of it in the photo.
 
- die cut both sides of the dried piece with S/B curved bracket - using 2 of the dies for each cut (one is decorative, one cut the curved edge shape). Adhered to cream card base. Used the cut off waste from the bracket to adhere to the inside right of the card base - on the right side of the cream edge. Cut the card front with the same dies so that this color would show.
 
- Fern is a snippet from a past project trying to the inlay technique. Had used UTEE on the die cut positive piece, and then it didn't fit back well into the negative cut. It's been on the desk for a while. Gold butterfly is an outline sticker, applied over a snippet  of clear packaging from a S/Binder.
 
- sentiment stamped using the Saddle Brown. That's it! Hope seeing the supply pictures helped to explain the how-to's. This was a fun card to make, and was done in bits & pieces as a thought to 'try this' would occur.
 
Ya'll have a wonderful day. I'm off to link up at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge and the Snippets Playground Week 145. Sorry I missed World Card Day yesterday, but was just too busy to participate. Hope your day was just grand. Hugs
 
Edit: Just realized this might work in the Mixed Media Challenge Card Challenge #4 (which is vintage) so I hope this could meet the requirements! It's kind of 'vintage' as some of the supplies were pretty vintage for sure!!!(the Art Quest mica paints!)

47 comments:

Sue said...

Beautiful card. I love the colours.

Hope you are having a nice weekend. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wonderful autumnal hues! Love the use of the dies and stencils - you've achieved a beautiful work of art. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!

Pippa said...

Great background Mary, love those colours.

Jean Straw said...

I love the gorgeous colours you have used here Mary,and the butterfly stencil adds some nice interest to the background.
I like the christmas card in your previous post as well. The penguin carol singers are real cute, and the marbled blue background looks great too.
Jean x

Benzi said...

Mary, the stencil is beautiful as is the complete background. I have that stencil and never used it. I sure want to do that now. Your card is done in such beautiful colors and you know I love curved borders. Your fern is very pretty, too.

Rita said...

Fabulous card Mary. I love the colour combinations too. Enjoy your Evening and Thank you for your kind thoughts. Hugs Rita . xxxx

Kathleen said...

Stunning colours on the background and I love the fern.

Kath x

jimlynn said...

Very pretty Mary! Love the colors on this and the way you used the stencil! Beautiful!
Lynn

JD/ Jill said...

Very pretty Autumn card!

Lisa said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous, Mary!! The background looks amazing!! I love the pretty colors!! The dragonfly is fabulous!! This is such a work of art!! Love it my friend!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Liz said...

What beautiful colours! Lovely card. xx

Redanne said...

Oh Mary, this card is gorgeous, I love the warm autumnal tones and that stencil is fabulous. I love the wonderful little penguins in your last post too, tried to leave a message but Blogger was not playing ball! Anne xx

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card love the glorious Autumn colours
carol x

Irish Cherokee said...

Excellent Mary. Love the color and stenciling. The die cuts a re gorgeous. Love it. - Jim

Sheila H said...

Your background is gorgeous, Mary. As always, your die cuts are outstanding. You have made another fantastic autumn card.

Carol L said...

What a beauty of a card this one is! That dragonfly is amazing with all of it's sparkle, and I love the green fern accent with that gorgeous diecut background! Impressive!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow! Gorgeous technique, Mary! Thank you for saying how you did it! Would love to try this!

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is a beautiful fall card! Love all the autumnal hues. The dies are terrific too. What great inspiration.

laurie said...

Awesome technique and card...just stunning! Off to check out the rest of your blog!

Maxine D said...

What a wonderful vibrant card Mary - it is beautiful.
Blessings
Maxine

Lucy Woods said...

Wow fab artistic design! I really love cards with those colourful painted backgrounds and the stamped on top but I really don't know where to start or what paints are best to buy?!
Lucy x

Faith A said...

Hi Mary, this is absolutely beautiful, love all the techniques you have used. If I could understand them LOL.

Sorry I've not been around of late, I have been so busy! Seems I've missed some more beautiful cards :(

Petra Swart said...

This is beautiful, Mary!! Love your great bg and the stunning butterfly!!! The curved bracket die is lovely and I love how you have used it!!! Great!!!

Have a super week!!!
Hugz

Brenda said...

Oh my Momma Mary, this card is stunning!! I love the fall colors as well as the stenciling and the die shapes. You amaze me at how you get these awesome background colors and now you are doing it with water colors too! Talk about needing lessons-I need lessons in person! lol I just love this card. The green fern leaf is just beautiful against that background and I love, love the beautiful dragonfly! Hugs, Brenda

Deepti said...

Oh my goodness !! This is such a beauty :) love love love the design

Mrs A. said...

Do hope I'm in time to stop you trashing that stamp set. I have a little tip for you. If you have a spare acrylic block then you could use d/s tape to adhere the acetate the stamp is attached to straight to the block and leave as is. Just stamp up in the normal way then as if you were using a rubber stamp on a wooden block.
Hugs Mrs A.

Mrs A. said...

right now to business. I loved reading how you put this card together. Background card looks fab. I have a MB stencil (not quite the same) that I have not used yet so thanksd for the heads up on its useage. Loving how you have created each set of butterflies. A really gorgeous card. Thankyou for fluttering by again. hugs Mrs A.

Far North said...

Beautiful layers...and card! Thanks for playing in the Mixed Media Card Challenge.

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Mary

I don't understand every technique used, but the end result is absolutely beautiful. I love the stencil you have used and the colours are fab.

Hope you have a lovely day
kind regards :-)
Tina XX

Bonnie said...

Wow! Hadn't seen that stencil. I love it and the way you've used it for the background! Love the fancy edges and that butterfly is gorgeous!

brenda said...

What wonderful warmth and depth of colour Mary, full of Autumnal beauty.

B x

MagsB said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!!!! :)

love, Mags B x

SARN said...

LOVE this card Mary. Looks like heaps of work went into it. Fab effects.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Di said...

Really lovely card Mary! Such rich colours and I adore the butterfly!!

Hugs

Di xx

Brenda in IN said...

This is a beautiful card. Your butterfly is so bright and shiny. Great use of dies. The mica color paint is so pretty. Gives a fun lift to your card.

Pat said...

These are colours are really pretty, and the background stencilling shows up beautifully Mary, and the S/B shape looks so pretty with the cream card showing through. The finishing touches with the leaf and sentiment and then the butterfly which looks holographic make it a fabulous card. x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Stunning card Mary!

Warm hugs
Maarit

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
I am a bit late commenting on this very beautiful and lovely Autumnal card.
My this is so lovely, and that inking and perfect background is amazing, and wonderful.
Super designing with that curved edge die too.
Love that superb leaf.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Linby said...

This is a beautiful card.
Thanks for your comment on mine, I'm not Lynn P - I'm Lynn B - known as Linby. I thought I did follow you - but I do now!
Sorry for the delay getting back to you, I've been away.
Linbyx

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Mary. You make THE most amazing backgrounds ... LOVE the colors and the beautiful design of your stencil ... gorgeous. And the cut-out design of your dies ... beautiful. Love the fern and the butterfly (can't believe that's a sticker ... it looks like a piece of jewelry!). So happy to see you playing along with us at Mixed Media Card Challenge. Loll xx

nwilliams6 said...

Wow, Mary. This technique came out wonderful! I may have to try it as well. Love the butterflies, the dragonfly, and the yummy colors! Hugz!

Donna Ellis said...

wow! wonderful card design and fabulously brilliant colors, Mary! xo

crafty creations said...

Just gorgeous - love the design and the colours you used Mary

Jane Willis said...

What a gorgeous card! I love the idea of using the packaging from Spellbinders, it always seems a pity to throw such strong clear plastic away. I'm a big fan of reusing and upcycling!

Deepti said...

This is sooooooo pretty :) gorgeous colors !

Sanna Lippert said...

such a pretty card! thanks for joining in with us at MMCC :)

Elina Strömberg said...

Beautiful card! Love the strong colors and interesting textures.
Thank you for playing with us at MMCC October challenge. Hoping to see you with us again in November!