Monday 18 April 2016

Butterfly Beauty

Hello everyone!

I can't quite believe that it's Monday again already but at least that means that I get to share my latest project for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, our theme is all about...BUTTERFLY BEAUTY!

So the hardest part of this challenge will be which butterfly to choose from the many, many that are available ~ it's not going to be an easy choice but whatever you decide, we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I chose to use the beautiful detailed butterfly from the Tim Holtz Perspective stamp set and created a wall panel packed with texture and dimension, showcasing the gorgeous butterfly in flight!

...and hope you enjoy the creative process behind this project!

To begin with I cut a piece of canvas paper that can be used with acrylic paints and cut the paper to size before applying a layer of Weathered Wood Distress Paint over the surface and drying thoroughly with a heat tool.

To create my layers of colour, I used Distress Crayons and applied Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Black Soot and Seedless Preserves over the top of the Distress Paint, blending them together with my finger. Once I was happy I then took a baby wipe to remove a small amount of the crayons in areas, knocking it back to the Weathered Wood base colour ~ this creates that gorgeous distressed look on the canvas. To add even more interest, I then took some gesso and applied some paint scratches with the edge of a ruler and also used the lid of the bottle of Distress Paint to create some circles.

Once I was happy with the background, I used the Hickory Smoke Crayon around the edges and blended this into the background.

Now for some texture and for this, I used Texture Paste through the Splatters Layering Stencil and also the Speckles Layering Stencil. You can just see the paste underneath the butterfly in the picture below!
I also applied some paste through the Industrial stencil, adding the "Found" wording onto the left hand side of the canvas.
Once the paste was dry, I smeared a little crayon over the top of the wording, but I kept the splatters white.

For the finishing touch on the background, I added some Vintage Gold Foil around the edge and also over the top of the wording ~ it just adds that touch of glimmer to the project and I added some paint splatters using Picked Raspberry Distress Paint and some watered down Gesso.

Now that I had my background, I added a torn strip of corrugated card across the bottom section and used some dyed crinkle ribbon to attach a quote band that I altered with Picket Fence Distress Paint.

I matted my background onto kraft card and black card to create a framed border for this piece and then set it aside to create that beautiful butterfly.

For this, I stamped the butterfly onto watercolour card using Jet Black Archival Ink and coloured it with Distress Marker Pens! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen this in progress! Once the butterfly was coloured, I cut it out and then attached it to my canvas, layering it onto some twigs cut from my garden.
I love how the twigs lift the butterfly from the canvas, creating the look of this beauty in flight!
To complete the canvas, I added a scruffy bow which a Dapper Fastener in the centre and a star embellishment.

...and that is my canvas complete and I hope you've enjoyed how I created this piece and love it as much as I loved making it!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Perspective
Distress Paint: Weathered Wood, Picket Fence, Picked Raspberry
Distress Crayons: Set 1, 2 and 3
Layering Stencils: Speckles, Splatters, Industrial
Distress Spray Stain: Scattered Straw
Ranger Ink products: GessoTexture Paste
Canvas paper and twigs from my own stash


  1. Emma this is simply STUNNING!!! you have so much amazing detail.....just perfect


    kaz xxx

  2. Beautiful canvas Emma, the background is fabulous and I love the butterfly and all of the details, the whole design is absolutely gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Really beautiful Emma! Love the background you created here and all the detail added. xx

  4. What a beautiful background! Amazing colors and great canvas texture. I love your coloring on butterfly too. Lovely and soft project. Amazinf as always...
    Hugs, Marzena

  5. Absolutely STUNNING! Emma Fabulous design and superbly created . Theres huge LOVE here for this wall panel - I could quite honestly look and admire all day. Thank you for endlessly sharing and inspiring .
    big hugs xx

  6. Emma, this is gorgeous. I was headed to work on a blog and the little thumbnail grabbed my attention. Very well done! Thank you for sharing with us.

  7. totally amazing. i think i will use it as inspiration or my mum's mother's day card. lovely palette, hugs xxx

  8. WOW! Stunning project, Emma! I love the addition of the branch :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Beautiful project. The butterfly is perfect and I love your background.

  10. If I had to describe this using only one word it would be "tranquility." It must be due to the dark background and subtle jewel tones and the quiet of the open spaces. I admire that the butterfly colors are natural but strong and the sentiment is so appropriate for this bit of wonder.

  11. Magnificent, Emma. The background, the colors, the butterfly, everything!

  12. To my eyes, it has the look of distressed wood in the background... and the Perspective butterfly is divine in those colours - love this! Anne x

  13. The vibrant butterfly looks so pretty on that darker background. Love it! Gorgeous project Emma.

  14. Love it all, Emma, from the fabulous textured and subtle background to the brilliant butterfly and ribbon!

  15. Hi Emma, this is so beautiful. Love it. xx

  16. I'm stunned because you never fail to come up with different ideas each and every time. This is wonderful and I wish I could spend a day with you watching you craft

  17. Beautiful as always, Emma. That butterfly is absolutely gorgeous and you are the master of the shabby bow! Cathie <3

  18. Love this stunning creation, Emma. The butterfly is so beautiful. :)

  19. So pretty, Emma! Love the darker background, full of all sorts of color. The butterfly is stunning. Hugs, Sandra

  20. Emma your works are always an example of creativity mixed with technique ! This work is totally amazng! love the colors in the backgroround: fabulous! Barbara

  21. beautiful project the colours you used in the background and that butterfly is just WOW WOW WOW Hugs kath xxx

  22. This is so pretty, Emma! Everything you do has such a classy vibe and is totally pro-looking. LOVE the subtleties in the background and the way you incorporated the textured strip underneath your ribbon.

  23. This is so beautiful. How DO you do it? Every week a wonderful project before expectation.

  24. Such a nice card! That butterfly is so darn pretty!


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

Powered By Blogger

Total Pageviews