Monday, 24 March 2014

Butterfly Wings ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello friends...

Can you believe it's Monday already? Well, time is definitely flying but the start of a new week means that it's also the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week's challenge is all about Transparent. So, will you use vellum or add a layer of frosted film or use mediums that aren't opaque? Whatever you choose, we would love for you to join us and can't wait to see what you make.

...and here's what I created ~ as always, I hope you love it!!
I chose to create a shabby distressed wallhanging showcasing the gorgeous, (and one of my favourite ever stamps) the Butterflies and Moths from Tim Holtz and here's how I created it...

To begin with I cut a piece of Kraft card to size and then cut an aperture in the centre to create a frame. I then painted the frame using Snowflake PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint. Once the paint was dry, then came the fun bit, to make that frame distressed and for this, I went in with my scissors to create little rips and tears in the frame which would show the kraft card background through the white paint. I then added some ink lines to create the joins of the frames and placed a piece of acetate behind the aperture to create the look of glass. I used one of the Observations Word Bands, coloured with Picket Fence Distress Paint and attached this to my frame using Paper String stapled into place with the Tiny Attacher.
The next stage was to create the image and for this, I used the Butterflies and Moths stamp from the Papillon stamp set by Tim Holtz and stamped this in black Archival Ink, onto white card lightly inked with Old Paper Distress Ink. 
I coloured the stamped image with Distress Marker pens and then added flicks of the ink onto the background to give that feel of discoloured vintage paper. I then wanted to create the wings and for this, I used Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art Modeling film. 
I stamped each of the images onto the film and then cut them out before gently heating them to mould the wings. I then layered the wings over the tops of the stamped images and placed my painted distressed frame over the top, raising it with foam pads to give the depth I needed for the wings.
I mounted the completed frame onto a further piece of kraft card, then matted it onto layers of white card, followed by another piece of kraft.

To complete the piece, I used the Sizzix Garden Greens die by Tim Holtz to die cut Grungepaper, which I painted with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Paints, shaped the leaves to make them more realistic before inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I created a shabby bow from Crinkle Ribbon, dyed with Broken China Distress Stain and placed this in the centre of the frame together with the greenery and added a Wire Pin and beads.
Finally, I needed to hang the piece and for this I used the gorgeous Melissa Frances Decorative hangers which was the perfect finishing touch to my wallhanging.

Even though transparent isn't the easiest thing to photograph, I hope you've enjoyed my picture tutorial and that you love my framed wallhanging. For more great ideas and inspiration, then look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members. Every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
Products used:

Distress Inks ~ Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Rubber Stamp ~ Papillon
Distress Paint ~ Picket Fence, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters
Distress Stain ~ Broken China


Thank you so much for all your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for now...love Emma xx

29 comments:

  1. Good Morning Emma. What a beautiful wall hanging . Love the frame idea and you have aged it so well. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. Wow Emma I love it I was fooled and thought your butterflies and moth were real. x So much work but its paid off. xxx Wonderful project.
    Hugs B.X

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  3. Beautiful wall hanging. Love the aged element along with the dimension on the butterflies. Lovely transparent elements too. Gorgeous piece of art Emma. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

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  4. This is GORGEOUS!! I want to run and make this RIGHT NOW! It is amazing!!!! I love it!

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  5. Who wouldn't want this for their wall at home! Beautiful! Perfect composition, love it.

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  6. Lovely piece of Art Emma. I love the vintage crisp look.

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  7. wow!! Loving how delicate this project is, and your amazing balance of color + neutrals and how those butterflies come to life in this artful frame piece. So beautiful - Emma you always amaze me!

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  8. I like this piece very much, it is really lovely. I can't say exactly what attracts me so, perhaps the unexpected shades of color in the top embellishments? I'd be proud to hang it on my wall.

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  9. OMG! This is so beautiful! The closer you look, the more beautiful it becomes. Gorgeous elements!

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  10. Oh Emma, this is just gorgeous. xxx

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  11. This would be as well-placed in a gentleman's study as it would be in a crafter's den; each owner would appreciate it for different reasons. Me? Well, I just think you are getting more and more clever, oozing ideas and an unstoppable force in card design.
    Will some BIGWIG in crafting industry please notice this lady's achievements?

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  12. Gorgeous hanging, Emma! It's so elegant and bright! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

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  13. this made me smile!
    I love it!

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  14. Lovely wall hanging! I really like the pop of botanical at the top :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  15. Emma, that is stunning. The butterflies are gorgeous.

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  16. Gorgeous piece Emma! Love all the gorgeous butterflies and beautiful bow!

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  17. This is such a fabulous creation, Emma. Love the beautiful distressed look and those butterflies are wonderful. :)

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  18. stunning! I thought it was beautiful before I saw the closes ups but I can appreciate it even more seeing the gorgeous details!

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  19. I love everything about this! I recall seeing the top-secret sneak-peek on the group blog and being completely blown away by this. I was waiting on this week to come to see what you'd used. A true work of art that would look fabulous in any home. Love it!

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  20. A really beautiful shabby chic style hanging, Emma. Love the subject of the dimensional transparent winged butterflies. Reminds me that spring weather really is close! <3 Candy

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  21. This is a stunning piece! I love the butterflies in particular and the way you used transparent materials gives it such an elegant ethereal look. I also really liked how you mixed such different elements like the greenery with the ribbon. Gorgeous from every angle!

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  22. Wonderful project! It's simply perfect! I adore your frame and your transparent butterflies give one touch of lightness at your work! Amazing! BArbarayaya

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  23. The pop of color on this vintage white is sublime! LOVE the leaves especially!

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  24. How totally gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing the close-up shots and details on how you created this stunning piece of art! I will be buying some of that modeling film for sure because of all the inspiration provided using it! Beautiful work, tfs! :)

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  25. It's very wow as ever...I adore your work

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  26. This is so pretty Emma and what a wonderful idea!! The frame you created is gorgeous and I love those dimensional butterflies. Perfect finish with the branches and ribbons.

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  27. This is just amazing. Left me speechless. A piece of art!

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Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated.
Please come back and visit me soon...
Emma ~xx

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