April 6, 2014

Birds and Butterflies

Hello, I hope you are having a lovely spring Sunday!  

This week I decided to play around with my distress paints and pulled out some lovely spring colors - Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China.  I gave them a good shake and then instead of scribbling them onto my craft sheet, I splatted them - lightly so it created a ringed dot rather than a whole splatter.  I misted them a bit with water and then turned my jumbo manila tag face down on them and burnished the back to pick up the color/pattern.  I did that a few more times and made a few circles with the distress paint dabbers right onto my tag.  I dried the tag between each application.  Then I filled in the color by sponging the tag with Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China distress ink.  I finished off the background with a little spritz and flick.  

Then I went to work with the stamping - the sentiment from Serenity, the numbers from Generation Redux, the grid from Whimsical Melange and the song bars from Ephemera Backgrounds, all stamped with jet black archival.  The large butterflies were stamped with a flourish from Serenity using both Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China.  They were also misted with Perfect Pearls Biscotti mist.  I added some Prima rhinestone flourishes and a bird from the new Tim Holtz Adornments - Nature pack.  The bird had Picket Fence distress paint rubbed over it with my finger.    Once I glued down the bird and butterflies, I still felt it needed a bit more.  I stained a strip of paper with Worn Lipstick and stamped it with the music note stamp from Ephemera Backgrounds and used my new Butterfly Frenzy die to cut them out.  I like the extra pop of contrasting color.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin


Nikki said...

Great background ! Gorgeous colours xx

butterfly said...

Delightful - the spring colours are so pretty, and I love what you've done with the dabbers to create the circles, so clever! Lovely butterflies too!
Alison x

Terry said...

Such a fun springtime tag, Linda. Love the painted background and the bling floating over the butterfly bodies! Beautiful. Hugs!