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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

It's far better to be "we" than "me".........

Good morning!

I've popped this post on as an extra this week so that I can get it entered in to a couple of challenges.

I must admit, I got totally engrossed in this one and REALLY enjoyed it as it developed.  I have taken photo's of some of the products that I have used so I'll pop those at the end of this post but for now, I'll talk you through where my mind was going when I was doing this piece of artwork.

This is an amazing stencil from That's Crafty - loved it the minute I saw in on their website and just knew that I had to have it! So many possibilities with it....

The stencil is called "Butterfly Wings" but of course is the shape of a man and a womans face outlines so I was going to follow the theme for this months Rubber Dance colour swatch challenge which is dark brown, light blue and white - brilliant colour combination and there is an inspirational photograph to help you with your creation too.

So, I started by sponging distress ink through the main stencil which gave me two beautiful blue wings (or face outlines).  I then had to turn my thoughts in to making those wings not only symmetrical but also looking like two faces.  So, I used the Stampendous stamp called "chilling" but only used the eyes - you see, I needed a stamp with two eyes, a left and a right to make this work.

Here is the stencil.

Here are the stamps used.

So, back to the artwork, the eyes were stamped on by just adding ink to the eye areas only on the Stampendous stamp and hoping that I got them in the right place and inked up correctly - not an easy thing to do!  I then stamped in distress ink (walnut stain) the flowers bending the stalk in opposite directions on each stamping and I decided to use some of this creepy looking tree branches on that stamp around the neck and chin areas of each face/wing.  I wanted to get some texture on there so I passed some structure paste through a stencil to put leaves across the faces (this was also to make the wings look more symmetrical - I didn't want to veer too much away from the fact that this is also a butterfly).  I also added eye brows by painting with the structure paste.

So, I had my main images stamped I then needed to complete the background and to fit in with The Butterfly Challenge this had to be a night sky with "R" to repeat - I have repeated the stamping of the flowers, the branches and the eyes and the stencil work on both wings to ensure the symmetry .  So I blended three different colours of distress ink from darkest at the top, to lightest at the bottom to give me a night sky and I added some stars with white gesso and then topped those with some lovely glitter.

The next task was to make those wings stand out from the background so I placed the masks of the faces back on and used a clarity brush to brush the walnut stain outwards all around the wings.

I needed the perfect sentiment for this card, as it is rather unusual! So the Sheena Douglass "It's far better to be "we" than "me" was superb - not just a single butterfly but a couple.

Now, I had a slight moment of genius I think as I came across these scissor embellishments in a drawer and I thought, if I just clip the fingers rings I could make these in to a butterfly body and stain them gold with gilding wax!

Finally I wanted to bring this design closer to the inspirational photo for Rubber Dance so I used some glue and some white glass beads on the flowers heads, and dotted some black momento ink on them, went over the black dots with a white pen to highlight and then over the top again with glossy accents to look like water droplets as in the inspirational photo.

I will also enter this in to the That's Crafty challenge "Foliage and Flowers" as it shows off their stencil superbly and another favourite of mine, good "ole" Stamping Sensations and "Anything Goes".

Mat and layered in white and navy.

I was pleased with this artwork, very different but very me!

I hope that you have enjoyed how I got there with this piece, I did it over two days.

Thanks for stopping by, I'll pop my next post on Friday as usual for you,
Leanne xx

I would like to enter this in to The Butterfly Challenge:-

Rubber Dance - colour swatch and inspiration photo challenge, dark brown, light blue and white:-

Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes:-

That's Crafty "Foliage and Flowers":-


  1. Ooooh, I like this one, it's very clever. I love the colours that you've used and the little touch of adding the scissors finishes the card off to perfection. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  2. Simply gorgeous!!!! Thank you so much for joining our April Colour Challenge over at Rubber Dance. xx Susanne.

  3. Wow this is wonderful, this stencil really catches the eye, and it works perfectly with our colours this month. Thank you so much for joining in with us at Rubber Dance. Sue xx

  4. You should be pleased Leanne it's such a beautiful make.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  5. Oh my goodness me this is absolutely stunning. I love every single detail on this. It is amazing. I don't think you have played along before so welcome to the Butterfly garden. Thankyou so much for fluttering by. Hugs Mrs A.

    1. Hi there, this was my first entry and thank you for your kind comments (and top 6 pick), xxx

  6. WOW! This card is absolutely fabulous!!! What a cool stencil. So many awesome details. Love how you bent the flower stalks in opposite directions! Beautifully coloured, too, and lovely use of our challenge colours this month. Thank you so much for joining us at Rubber Dance ♥

  7. That is indeed a lovely stencil Leanne and used to great effect making for a super creation, many thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations April challenge.

    B x

  8. Wow that is one amazing project Leanne, I just love it! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  9. Hi Leanne. Wow ... there is so much to love about this card. The colours are so soft and fit perfectly with the butterfly concept. The scissors is an inspiring addition.
    Thank you for joining us at Rubber Dance for our colour challenge this fortnight.
    Dot x
    Ink Art Designs

  10. Wow, this is fantastic, love the way you have used the stamp

  11. What a stunning piece of artwork Leanne, I love the way you have used the stencil mirroring your design. OUTSTANDING.. So glad you shared it.. Tracey xx

  12. Gorgeous. Love how you combined the stencils and the stamps. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz