Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Butterfly Birthdays

Hello everyone and lovely to have you visiting!
I seem to be in card-making mode right now, but then I have a lot of birthdays to make for in August...
I made two rather similar and fairly quick cards, here is the first:
I used the Tim Holtz layered Butterfly die with matching embossing folders for both cards. The base is a paper from the Prima Time Traveller collection.

I cut the butterfly first from Grunge paper and then from a small piece of a paper from the Finnabair Sunrise Sunset collection. I glued the two together and then ran them through the embossing folder. I inked and spritzt with some Walnut ink and when dry covered it all with Clear Rockcandy Distress Crackle paint. When the crack appeared I rubbed some Walnut Stain Distress Stain into the cracks and highlighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold. I also used one of the Shadow Press folders, though it is hard to see on the photos.
The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Classic 11 set. I also added a piece of the Trellis die cut from Kraft Card.

The second one was done in a very similar way, using the same paper collection.

This time the butterfly was cut from 480 grms white card and coloured with a mix of Golden Fluid Acrylics and Distress Inks.
The butterfly was covered in Rock Candy Crackle again and the cracks highlighted with Walnut stain. I love how it took on an almost glass like appearance.
This time I fussy-cut some flowers from one of the other papers and mounted them onto the trellis die cut.
The word Congratulations was embossed with a Darice folder.

Well hope you like my cards, the first one is for an artist friend, the second for my sister in law, neither of them are into card making at all, so fingers crossed they will like them....
 Isn't it amazing how the month of August is just flying by? Thank you for visiting and hope you will find some time to do something creative!


52 comments:

Ruth said...

Both stunning, fabulous effect with the rock candy, just love the butterfly die, breathtaking Astrid.

SusanK said...

Both are just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Stunning pieces! I love the rich, earthy colors.

barbarayaya62 said...

Wonderful use of this die Astrid! both your cards are incredible, butterflies are stunning! BArbarayaya

Susanna said...

So beautiful again. I love your earthy colors also. Have a nice and inspiring August!

massofhair said...

Always enjoy your colour palettes Astrid, both of your layered butterfly cards are stunning. Love the colours on the white card from Golden, they have blended well.

Two very lucky people! :-) xxx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great butterfly art!!! I love them both, they are corgious , I love the colours a lot!!

Greetings
Maria

Inkypinkycraft said...

These are gorgeous and your butterflies look wonderful as always x hugs x !

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful card with many beautiful details. Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Magnificent Astrid! That is another stunner !

froebelsternchen Susi said...

and: I would take both variationas if I could chose!

Maryann Laursen said...

Two outstanding cards here again Astrid. Soo beautiful work as usual, sooo well made and soo beautiful overall. I just love these and especially the blue color on the last one is sooo amazing.

chrissies said...

Really beautiful cards with wonderful textures. The butterfly on the second card has such richness of colour.

Love Chrissie x

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Amazing colours and textures! Both cards are stunning and I'm sure they will be much loved and appreciated! Ingrid xx

Netty said...

You do make such beautiful cards Astrid and I love both of these, such fab butterflies. Annette x

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brenda said...

Both are a delight Astrid and such beautiful butterflies. If I had to choose it may be the second that pips it as like the touches of colour.

Will also confess that I so liked the way you use the honeycomb die on a piece a few weeks ago that I had to give it a try.

B x

Nikki Acton said...

Great cards Astrid. My butterfly should arrive this week, can't wait to play! Might have to try your techniques, the results are stunning. Nikki xx

Buttons said...

Two absolutely beautiful cards Astrid and I'm sure both friends will be thrilled with them. Jenny x

Redanne said...

Apologies, I cannot seem to leave my message... These are both absolutely gorgeous Astrid, I will never tire of seeing how many ways this fabulous die can be used (I used it today too). Your colour choices and treatments of the butterfly are wonderful. Both ladies will be thrilled I am sure! Anne xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a gorgeous cards Astrid...the stunning butterflies look great against the interesting backgrounds!
greetings, Alie

Bonnie McLain said...

ART WORK in the mail.. wow what a gift to these friends... these are masterpieces of butterfly LOVE... just the depth alone is great... love these... I have not gotten any of these and after seeing these, might have to get the butterfly... love these Astrid.. just beauty from the heart. Love, Light and Peace...
Bonnie

Evelyn Walter said...

Beautiful cards, Astrid! Both are stunning, but if I could chose, I´d take the second.
xxx Evelyn

Meggymay said...

Two beautiful cards, super texture and details on the butterflies.
Yvonne

Annie said...

Absolutely gorgeous makes Astrid. Love the layout and colour palette. I am sure your friends will love them x TFS and crafty hugs
Annie x

Karen Garrard said...

OMG Astrid what stunning cards. When I saw the first card I though oh this is just gorgeous then I saw the second one........jaw dropping. Beautifully done! Karen.x

rachel said...

stunning makes Astrid - seems like you Anne and I are butterfly triplets today!! Lol - Such a fabulous die! Hugs rachel xx

Ana K. said...

It’s really hard to choose which one is better, because both are gorgeous!!! Beautiful textures!

Susie Bentz said...

Gorgeous!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Absolutely breathtaking cards Astrid!! Always such a pleasure visiting your blog, I sit for ages just oohing and aahing over everything you've created!! Those butterflies are just beautiful!!! ox

Dee Adams said...

Lovely! x

toni said...

Two gorgeous cards Astrid! How lucky the recipients will be. Love how you have worked the butterflies. The rock candy highlighted with walnut stain gives a fantastic finish. Love them both xx

Dagmar said...

Deine beiden Schmetterling-Karten sind einfach traumhaft schön - am liebsten möchte ich einmal ganz vorsichtig darüber streicheln. Ganz liebe Grüße, Dagmar

Corrie Herriman said...

Oh Astrid, it is getting boring but again all I can say is that these cards are beautiful !
Corrie x

Cardgenie said...

Astrid, your friend and sister in law are very lucky to be receiving such gorgeous cards. I think they are fabulous. Jean.x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Two beautiful and stunning cards Astrid - the colours are wonderful x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Gorgeous! These are both sure to be treasured! Chrisx

Anneke said...

Both cards are wonderful. Your butterflies are so pretty.
Love the way you made the background the butterflies fit perfectly. Beautiful Anneke.

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous cards Astrid. Beautiful butterflies and lovely backgrounds.
Happy crafting, Angela x

May said...

Gorgeous cards Astrid, Those butterflies are amazing...Love the designs & beautiful colours..., Hugs May x x

Juliz Design Post said...

Such elegance and style, beautiful cards.
Julie x

JackieP Neal said...

Both cards are exquisite! Astrid!! xoxo

Marisa Job said...

Both cards are stunning!!! Hugs!!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh those butterflies are stunning!! I love the blues and greens on the second one ...

Daydreams in Lavender said...

Gorgeous! Your work always amazes me!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Oh my word, I believe your butterflies are as beautiful as real butterflies.
The first looks as though it is positively glowing, such a wonderful idea to coat the butterfly. Can you believe I have never tried Rock Candy!
Such elegance to the cards.
Wishes
Lynne

Terry said...

Two stunning birthday cards! I love your butterflies and the crackle is gorgeous! Of course your use of papers and layers adds more loveliness! Hugs!

Paper Profusion said...

Both exquisite, im sure recipients will treasure them. Nicola x

Paper Profusion said...

Both exquisite, im sure recipients will treasure them. Nicola x

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Astrid, both of these are stunning the backgrounds the texture and the gorgeous butterflies, what fantastic cards for anyone to receive, a work of art, thanks for sharing, and hope you have a wonderful weekend, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

Aquarius said...

I'm sure the recipients will just love these beautiful cards

Silvia(Barnie) said...

These are breathtaking pieces, love the textured butterflies.

boomer said...

I loved your design so much that I copied it (well, to the best of my ability!). I have made 7 butterflies, all different colors, and a few different techniques...and I am thrilled with my results. Thank you so much. Your work is wonderful and you are such an inspiration.

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