Saturday, 8 February 2014

For the Love of Butterflies

Hello everyone, lovely to see you here!
Yesterday I had some unexpected time to play and so I decided to alter a tag, play with some techniques and just have some fun, - here is the result:
I started with the central panel, which was a piece of Manila card stock leftover from another project. I covered it with a thin layer of Paperartsy Grungepaste, spread unevenly with a pallet knife. While still wet I spritzt a Tim Holtz script stamp with water and stamped into it. When it had dried, I then coloured it with Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress inks. I gave it a couple of spritzes with some home made Perfect Gold mists, Gold and Green Patina, I also added a little bit of a patina Gelato.
Here is a close up:
I stamped the Tim Holtz Papillon  butterflies twice on smooth card stock with Potting Soil archival. I cut the three largest ones out, coloured them with the same colours, plus some Peacock Feather Distress ink. I glued one on top of the other for a 3D effect and then adhered them to the panel.


The actual tag was a size 10. I added some strips of old book paper and blended over it with Antique Linen Distress paint. I then coloured in a similar way but I also added some Chipped Sapphire and blue chalk ink around the edges to deepen the colour.
The butterfly panel was adhered over a bit of torn corrugated card on one side.
As you can see, I embellished with a rusted pen nib and a stamped Tim Holtz ticket. The pen nib was rusted with a cool medium called Rust Copper from Modelmates. I got a little sample to try out, hopefully Calico Crafts will be stocking this very soon. I also added some Rust Antiquities embossing powder.
On the other side I added a Tattered Doily, cut from the same old book paper.
I finished the tag in my usual way with some died seam binding, a little Prima flower to hold it together and a type key charm.
I realize it's not the most original of tags, but I can't help it, I just love those Tim Holtz butterflies. I guess they must be one of my most used stamps.
Well, there you have it. Hope you like my grungy tag. It has all my favourite colours and I had fun making it.
I am going to add this to Brenda's (Floral Fantasies) 5 year blogoversary candy challenge as I am using my all time favourite products with this tag, Distress Inks and Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp.

Thank you for visiting like always and I hope you find the time for some creative art play yourselves!! I always find there is no better way to unwind!

58 comments:

  1. Astridthis is gorgeous , from the beautiful butterflies to the rich colours you always manage to achieve to the textures and details! I for one love this! Hugs xtrace x

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  2. Beautiful tag. Love all details and colours.
    J.

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  3. Ms. Clueless here had no idea you could stamp into grungepaste...what a very cool effect. The entire tag is just luscious...my first love was peacock colors as my daughter would say and this has just the right amount of grunge for me....really nice!!

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  4. this is just the best Astrid,,such rich and vibrant colors and I adore butterflies ... into my faves x

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  5. Morning Astrid,

    So much lushness (is that a word I wonder) on one gorgeous tag, the ageing techniques all look great and I need to try stamping into the grunge paste as it looks fab.

    Some of my favourite colours which I always think lend themselves so well to Vintage inspired artwork. Not to mention the TH Papillon stamp set which also happens to be a favourite of mine as well, there are so many elements that you can use is so many ways.

    I am so pleased that you joined in my blog celebration, thank you so much and good luck with the prize draws.

    B x

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  6. Oh wow - it's gorgeous and i love it so much! Your collours so fantastic!
    Hugs, Dagmar

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  7. This is beautiful Astrid and I'm so glad you got some time to play and have fun with your supplies. The butterflies are gorgeous and I love that you added the doily in this with the other textures. A beautiful tag. Have a great weekend xx

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  8. A really beautiful tag and amazing use of the butterfly stamp. The scrunched up ribbon with the beautiful flower is the perfect finish I think

    Love Chrissie x

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  9. super gorgeous tag Astrid - I too love this stamp - love how you've used it xx

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  10. This tag is absolutely fabulous. Hope you will have time to play again. Just have to keep on looking. Love the color too. Thanks for showing Anneke.

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  11. Your tag just oozes class Astrid, it is stunning. The Patina colour is so striking and the rusted pen nib is wonderful. I share your love of that butterfly stamp, you have reminded me that I should use it more. Totally gorgeous! Anne xx

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  12. Fab project, beautifully composed - it really presses many of my buttons - butterflies, verdigris effect, script, book pages, pen nib - mmmm very yummy! Makes me want to get to my craft desk immediately and play. Happy weekend. Elaine x

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  13. Oh my word, Astrid *gasp*
    This is absolutely superfantaboulisticmegastunninglygorgeous!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!

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  14. Butterflies have a personal meaning, for me, and yours, here, are stunning! I love the texture of this project - absolutely beautiful! xo

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  15. Very beautiful and I do love butterflies :-)
    Have a nice weekend!
    xxx Marianne

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  16. what a beautiful creation?! Oh my gosh!

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  17. Astrid, you always thrill me with your textures! This is gorgeous! I love the colors, those butterflies are so beautiful. Absolutely fabulous play time project!

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  18. Ans please Astrid, never stop using these butterflie, cause I absolutely LOVE what you´re doing with them and this tag is no diffreence, it´s sooo beautiful and sooo gorgeous all the way through. I LOVE it.

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  19. This tag is mind blowing Astrid. The textures and colours are stunning. I love the blues shades on the ribbon. Enjoy your Weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

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  20. Stunning work Astrid fabulous colours

    Anne

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  21. This is gorgeous the colours so rich.

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  22. Stunning tag Astrid - the colours are amazing and all those textures. Stamping into grunge paste now on my list!!! Have a lovely weekend x

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  23. Stunning tag with so many details. Wonderful layers and textures love those butterflies x

    Hugs Annie x

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  24. Just beautiful, as is everything you create. Love the colors and textures on this one. Hugs, Catherine

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  25. Another absolutely stunning butterfly creation, Astrid - I'm in love with it!
    Alison xx

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  26. Wonderful colours & textures! This is gorgeous Astrid! xxx

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  27. O my word.. This is Gorgeous Astrid, the texture is amazing...Love the colours & butterflies... WOW, WOW, WOW,...Love it.... Hugs May x x x

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  28. There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said Astrid. Beautiful!
    Sandy xx

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  29. Love the stamped grunge paste, it adds real depth & texture to the layers. Great deep blue shades too. I have to admit I have fallen in love with Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire - every product!!! Salty Ocean is another firm favourite (along with all the other colours ;)) but seriously I do love the blues they all work beautifully together with some green thrown in.

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  30. Adorable Tag, dear Astrid! I also love butterflies - and you used it in the very way, I find :) The colors are wonderful and the stamped grunge paste looks great!
    Have a nice sunday!
    xxx Evelyn

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  31. Astrid, what I continually admire about your art, isn't only that it is always exquisite (which it is) but you manage to use colour in such a clever way as it always has a vintage air to it, never bold and brassy and I absolute love that about your creations.
    This tag is exceptional.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  32. Such a wonderful tag, I'm sure that you've had a lot of fun. Love the pen nib and the gorgeous colored butterflies.

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  33. Another beautiful creations!!! Love it!

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  34. Astrid, I love all the texture and the stamping into the paste, but those butterflies are out of this world! I can't believe you did such a great fuzzy cut right down to the antennae! Love this tag!

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  35. Your tags are always awesome Astrid and this one is no exception!! Love the gorgeous rich colours and those butterflies just glow. They look absolutely fabulous!!! Love, love, love!! ox

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  36. Ahhhhhhhhhh..was my first reaction on seeing this STUNNING TAG! Amazing job Astrid. Karen.x

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  37. Ooooooh, yessssssssssss - a real eye candy here, love it from start to finish. Beautiful work Astrid! Valerie

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  38. Yummy, yummy, yummy layers (:o)A grunge tag par excellence. Love the look of torn corrugated card peeking out and your butterflies make me smile. Very beautiful♥

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  39. This is a very delightful tag, dear Astrid! I love the corrugated cardboard, the colors of the butterflies! Really beautifully designed! BRAVO!!

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  40. Oh my, Astrid,

    this is breathtakingly beautiful! You at your very best! LOVE this!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  41. Just had to stop by to tell you how gorgeous I think this tag is!! I love the patinas, the colors and beautifully shabby, distressed layers!!! ((hugs)) Rebecca

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  42. Loved the beautiful texture, Astrid!
    surprisingly, I've created similar card with hearts, but it is not as gorgeous as yours!

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  43. I am glad you had unexpected time, because this tag is really gorgeous Astrid. I love paper doily and little butterflies....so many details you have to take time to look at them...gorgeous!

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  44. this is beautiful Astrid! The colors are amazing!

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  45. Wow , what a great butterfly tag , I love the colours and the way you put some cold on it!!! infect I love every detail!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  46. Well Miss Astrid, I do say you are the Queen of tags and this has got to be one of my favorites, the blended blues are delicious, fantastic butterflies , love the corrugate in the back,love the doilie all the stamping the texture, yup, I just love it, thanks for sharing..

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  47. Astrid ... I hope by now you realize what a sensational tag this is. Sometimes our "playing" turns into fantastic art and that is the case here. First, the colors are sensational. Love the Chipped Sapphire around the edges and the blue bow.. That really brings out the pop of color on those beautiful butterflies (I love those stamps too). The layers of texture in the middle are fabulous. Thanks for the details. I want to play with modeling paste. You are inspiring me to do so. Love this!!! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  48. Fabulous layers of texture and art! Your warm tones really set off these gorgeous bright butterflies!

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  49. Astrid...as always, such a lovely, feminine piece. I love your fluttering butterflies. Such lovely, lovely warm blended tones on your tag make for a soft, romantic work of art. I love the mix of the corrugated paper with the more delicate distressed doily in the background. Really a lovely make! <3 Candy

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  50. So lovely, such beautiful colours and the textures are just stunning, A really opulent finish very Victorian styled

    Hugs

    Jools x

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  51. Astrid, this is stunningly beautiful. I always have trouble with the vintage concept, but you have nailed it. The colors and the butterflies are gorgeous. Beautiful work!

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  52. This tag is over the top awesome!!! It's screams vintage-grungy which I love! Great job!!! And I have to have th butterfly stamp you used! It is beautiful ! I would def use it often as well, if I had it!

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