Monday, 29 August 2016

Talking butterflies

Greetings from Sunny (hurray!) Dublin and thank-you for your visit.

A more colourful than usual card from me today...

Here's a step by step:

Stamped the background and embossed with black EP.

The Stamp wrapper is torn but I think stamp is 'Butterfly Script' by Hero Arts.

Die cut the stamped image using die from Sizzix 'Enchanted' set.

The other dies shown in snap are used later on.

Coloured in butterflies with a Tim Holtz waterbrush and various distress inks.

Stamped 4 different blue shades of distress ink onto craft mat keeping the 4 colours separate. Blended each of the 4 inks with a blob of glossy texture paste by Ranger. (Forgot to take pic at this stage). Applied the 4 varying shades of blended paste through stencil (by Agateria). Left overnight to dry allowing the paste to harden and turn transparent.

Diecut 2 feathers using Sizzix 'Writing Desk' dies. Inked them with distress inks as shown and decorated using Tim Holtz 'lattice work' stencil.

Also stamped feathers with some text using Prima stamps (Finnabair Vintage Vanity 4 and Sweet Fairy mix 2). Coated them with crackle glaze and left to dry overnight so that crackle could 'do it's thing!'

Diecut the inkpot and inked it purple. Coloured the chipboard text (by Scrapiniec) with markers. Coated both with glossy accents and left to dry overnight. (Take care adding any type of 'moisture' to the chipboard as it is very fragile).

Assembled card with layers of red and white cardstock. Affixed 4 brads to corners and ran red thread around each. Added metal embellishments to the stamped butterflies. 'Grounded' inkpot using black border diecut from the lovely Agnieszka Barska. Diecut some tiny butterflies using Tim Holtz / Sizzix 'Butterfly Frenzy' die, coloured them with same blues used in background stencilling, coated each with glossy accents and secured at inkpot. Splattered some Ecoline white and black inks about.

That's it! Hope you like!
Wishing all a lovely week ahead and thank-you so much for taking the time to stop by.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Stencil It
Scrapyland - Use image (digi / rubber) plus brand carried by store (Sizzix)
Allsorts - Use at least 2 dies
Inky Chicks - Lots of Butterflies
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Stamps & Stencils - Time to Take Flight
Crafty Creations - Words / Letters on background
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Let's Fly Away
Scrap & Craft - S.C.R.A.P. (Stencil, Chipboard, Paper)


  1. A little bit different for you Nicola but very artistic and love the bold colours and background. Many thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Stamping Sensations.

    B x

  2. Gorgeous card with beautiful details.
    Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts;-))m

  3. I love your colorful side, Nicola!! Wow!! This is stunning!! The colors are amazing!! I love the sentiment!! The details are perfect!! Your tutorial is fabulous, too!! Love, love this my friend!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Fantastic made. thank you for letting it show how it is made.
    Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

  5. Love, love, love this look! Fantastic background and the blue makes the red pop. The thin red frame is a small, but effective detail.

  6. Fabulous Nicola I love the colours used and all the detail
    Kevin x

  7. Well, this is a real feast for the eyes Nicola! I love the gorgeous vibrant colours you have used, the feather looks incredible with the stencilling and stamping and the butterflies look beautiful with their Idea-ology bodies! I have recently got some of those Scrapiniec sayings and I think this one is my favourite of them all!

    Whilst here, I should say thank you too for joining in our Stencil-It Challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at the challenge of Inky Chicks. DT Veronique

  9. Beautiful, colourful card Nicola. Love all the interesting things, especially the butterflies. Hugs Rita xx

  10. The sentiment really made me giggle. A fabulous card, great bold colours and design.
    Thank you for joining our Use two dies challenge this week at Allsorts.


  11. Hi Nicola!
    I love your use of bold color here, and the texture and dimension achieved with the stenciling and embellishments. So much to catch the eye here!

  12. Nicola, this is absolutely gorgeous. The color palette is striking and the entire design is inspired. Thank you for the wonderful step-by-step, too! I always enjoy seeing the process. Wishing you a week as lovely as you. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  13. A lovely excursion into bold colours - the rich jewel tones are really vivid and exciting. Gorgeous stained glass blues in the background, and I love the metal bodies on your butterflies. The glossy ink bottle is a triumph!
    Alison x

  14. A fabulous card Nicola, love the bright, bold colours and the background looks stunning. Gorgeous effect on the feathers and ink bottle.
    Thanks for the step by step process, great to see.
    Avril xx

  15. stunning work - I adore the gorgeous bold colours - beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at stamps and stencils this month! Hugs rachel x

  16. A never truer that! The colors you achieved are just a WOW! Bright and bold and gorgeous, and love the wording font! Beautiful!

  17. How unbelievably beautiful and dynamic, Nicola! I love what you've done with color and pattern here! Amazing! Hugs, Autumn

  18. Wow, a beauty of a card Nicola with wonderful colours and fabulous texture and embellishments, love it xxx

  19. Beautifully created...gorgeous colors!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Fussy and Fancy!
    Diane FAF DT

  20. Wow Nicola, this is so dramatic in it's design and colour palette. So different from your normal shabby style, but I love it just the same! Great tutorial, some fun techniques there! Love the glossy paste with the tint, gorgeous! hugs :)

  21. A very pretty card. lovely layout and design. Thank you for the picture tutorial and for sharing with us over at Scrap & Craft Inspiration. Good luck!
    Hugs Suzi

  22. Beautiful stenciling on this bright and fabulous design! LOVE that red feather and wonderful chipboard sentiment! thanks for joining us in the AVJ stencil challenge Nicola! Julia xx

  23. Wow Nicola! What a fantastic project! Love the bright and bold colors! All the butterflies fluttering about look awesome! Happy September!

  24. Fabulous! Nicola Really love the colour palette and the creative use of the pen and ink die with the butterflies .
    The gorgeous blue stenciling makes for a wonderful background . Love this .
    Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey

  25. This, Nicola, is masterful in it's design, execution, balance and beauty. You have wowed me completely! Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey xx

  26. Beautiful card !
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapyland Challenges blog and good luck !
    Maryvonne DT Member

  27. Absolutely amazing ! I love it <3 Thank you so much for joining us over at Scrap&Craft Inspiration.

  28. WOW! Gorgeous, stunning card Nicola! Love it!


Thank-you! Your visit and comment is very much appreciated. Nicola x