Tuesday, 17 January 2012

B is for Butterflies

Yes I know that is a bit predictable but there are some brilliant butterfly stamps from Chocolate Baroque (also birds and bees - spoilt for choice really). I started this tag by liberally dabbing a piece of white card with two colours of Distress Stains (Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concorde) and dropping salt crystals onto it while still wet.  Once dry the salt was brushed off and left me with this mottled effect from which I cut out the tag and also one of the bookplates on the die. The stamp used was from Butterfly Flourish swirls stamped with black archival ink.  The butterflies were made by stamping onto  some Tim Holtz vintage shabby paper adhered to a piece of Clearly for Art by Studio 490 (also available from Chocolate Baroque) - this is a plastic sheet which when heated with a heat gun softens and can then be moulded to give some dimension - the butterflies were easy to cut out  with scissors. If the result isn't to your liking it can be reheated and moulded again until it is right.  These butterflies and the bookplate - which had been sponged with the darker Distress colour - were both rubbed over with Rock Candy Distress Stickles which gives a distressed glitter effect.  These two tags have now been packed up,  posted off and in due course I will be receiving an A and  B tag made by someone else in the swap - something to look forward to!! I am already thinking ahead to C and D and also what colours and techniques I might use for them.


  1. Another lovely tag Val - really like the mottled background effect.Haven't tried the Studio film, but it gives a lovely effect to the butterflies - it will be very interesting to see if anyone hasn't done butterflies for 'b'!

  2. Another stunning tag Val. The butterflies are gorgeous and the colous looks really good too.

    Sue x

  3. Another lovely tag Val and what gorgeous colours...pretty butterflies too


  4. This is another gorgeous tag Val, I've not tried the Clearly for Art by Studio 490 but I think I might have to now.I really like the background effect so will have to give that a try too. I'm really looking forward to receiving my tags from the swap, must start to work on C & D now

    Jackie x

  5. A gorgeous tag Val - don't you just love the Clearly for Art? I've got mine but not had a chance to play yet.

  6. Amazing background & I love the colours you used for the fibres. Amazing techniques & even if the butterflies are predictable they're so typically CB. I love the shimmer & dimension of your butterflies.
    Paula (PEP)

  7. oooh, this is gorgeous! I'm so excited about receiving my first swaps. I've been trying to hold off posting my tags on my blog but had decided I'm going to do at least one today (2/2/12). I've been playing with Clearly for Art this week too and I decided to paint mine with Viva Precious Metal paints. Works a treat! I love your butterflies Val and the background to your tag is beautiful. Someone is going to be lucky to receive that.

    Lesley Xx