Saturday, 25 May 2013

The Flying Flower

         Welcome back to Laurart! I have been shopping at PaperArtsy and was spoilt for choice when trying to decide what to buy - I wanted stencils as I felt that was something I had not mastered yet and needed to practice - ( and I bought various Fresco paints, grungeboard letters, archival ink, hanging boards and Treasure Gold - but they are all part of other posts to come!)

   So, my stencilling experiments - I had fun making a nice tag...nothing planned, just sat and played - It was so much fun!

       First I used the chicken wire stencil and applied some paste. When that was dry I chose the three colours that I used for my last project - Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters. I began to blend them over the card.

        I added further detail using the chicken wire stencil again, but using Peeled Paint.

      I then applied Peeled Paint through the harlequin stencil. And then went around the edges adding some Vintage Photo just to enhance the shading and add some shabby look to it.

     Now to decorate it....I had some flowers left over from another project that were coloured with Weathered Wood and Antique Linen Stain.

       I cut out a butterfly from the Melange tissue paper. I stuck the butterfly onto card and then coloured it with the inks. When it was dry I added some Diamond Stickles glue (I bought this a while ago but hadn't used it yet - I am not really a 'glitter' person - But I really liked it!)

I wanted to capture that gorgeous iridescent sheen that butterfly wings have so I dabbed some clear embossing ink over the wings and that added a dusting of a pale pink iridescent mica powder. I am very new to using Mica Powders - so was unsure if I was doing the right thing - but I think it looked wonderful and gave just the effect I was after.

       And now the quote - Tim Holtz stamp was perfect - It is the little things that make life BIG! I adore that stamp and it was very appropriate for this tag.

    So there it experimentation and learning how to use stencils. I am going to have fun with my growing collection!

          Thank you so much for being here and taking a look at what I have made - your comments mean so much - I would love to hear what you think of my work! 


       I would like to enter this in the following challenges -

The Artistic Stamper - Words
Inspiration Journal - Favourite Quote


  1. Beautiful tag, Laura! Love the chicken wire background and that butterfly is exquisite! Enjoy the weekend!

  2. This is gorgeous. Love the stencils you used and the popped up butterfly.

  3. Oh Wow Laura! Stunning does not seem enough - the butterfly is glorious (I love using the Melange this way too), the stencilling is wonderful and the flowers are pure delight. I think I am in love with your beautiful tag...... Hugs, Anne x

  4. New follower here. I just want to say how amazing your work is.
    I just love the butterfly!!!
    Look forward to seeing more.

    Happy Crafting
    Dean Designs

  5. WOOHOO what fun, well you mastered the stenciling quite quickly :),the background is STUNNING all that paste, then the inks, paints, wow stunning,I love how you made the butterflies, on tissue then on cardstock then color, I will try that:). I haven't use my micas with the embossing powder, it gave a beautiful effect. lovely flowers, this was so much fun, letting us experiment with you and I have learned 2 new things I can try,Thanks soooo much for the workshop, thats what it was like for me:). Have a wonderful weekend having fun creating..

  6. Wow, a wonderful tag.

    Have a wonderful weekend

  7. I always wondered if flowers flew - wonderful tag and gorgeous colors - so pure and crisp.

  8. Beautiful tag and the butterfly is just stunning! The effect of the Stickles and mica powder is just perfect and the colours really go so well together. A beautiful tag!!

  9. Oh WOW WOW WOW I am so loving this tag and your butterfly is gorgeous, I love the mica on it, just a little fantastic. The background is awesome. What company is the butterfly from? if you don't mind me asking lol. Also a huge thank you for entering my giveaway which will be drawn next Wednesday. I am in the middle of doing end of year accounts (they are to be sent next Thursday at last lol as I'm missing crafting) so I'm rather late visiting everyone. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxxxx

  10. Oi Laura!!!

    Agora sou sua seguidora e amei os seus trabalhos. Parabéns. Seu TAG está perfeito!!!


  11. Great tag Laura with beautiful colors and details.
    Love the butterfly very much.

    Greetings Janny

  12. A lovely detailed tag Laura, the butterfly is great on it

    kind regards Alie :-)

  13. Absolutely gorgeous, I love the butterfly
    Rosie x

  14. Beautiful tag Laura with a stunning butterfly! You have mastered stencilling no problem. Have a lovely week, Nicola x

  15. That's a beautiful tag with great details.

  16. Love the background and the flowers, adore the iridescent butterfly. Perfect. Hugs, Jenny x

  17. Thanks so much for sharing your work. I am not confident with inks and colour but you have inspired me with your lovely results in unplanned playing... I am off to try again ... 😊


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