Insect Montage

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May 19, 2016

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insect montageOne of my favourite stamps of old. I love insects for a start, and collage style stamps make life easy because everything is arranged for you already and you simply have to colour.

The background card was from my infamous “box” so I have to guess at the colours used on what was once white card – I’m thinking “Evergreen Bough”, “Tumbled Glass” and “Pumice Stone”? Distress Stains. I added a bit of yellow watercolour in places later.

The bugs were foiled in green and blue, and the “A” in the square in gold. Liquid Pearls added for butterfly/dragonfly bodies. Clear film (or acetate) for dragonfly wings, which I then heated to curl, then spread Star Dust Stickles over. I smeared Glossy Accents over the wings of the large butterfly to highlight, but kept it’s colours muted. I tore around the edge of image and sponged with Sepia Archival before fixing to card layers.

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insect montage 2Stamp: Insect Montage #92699Y from Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

 

 

 

 

2014-08-25 18.17.32Some of my bug collection. My husband has banned me from hanging them in public areas of the house as he says “they’re not everyone’s cup of tea”. As in his, I think that means:)

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Butterfly Flurry

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May 17, 2016

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Butterflies galore! What’s not to like?

Stamps: “Butterfly Study” #90305 by Stamps Happen; Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-It Australia; Paisley Border 2399K by Penny Black

The background was created by swishing a piece of white card through puddles of  “Scattered Straw”, “Spiced Marmalade” and “Crushed Olive” Distress Stains. Heat set. Stamped the Paisley border over it in pale green ink to create another layer of interest in the background. Stamped the Butterfly montage in black Archival, and a second time onto smaller scrap of white card so I could colour in the main center butterfly with watercolours, cut it out and magic mounted it over complete stamped image. I then spread Glossy Accents over its wings with a paint brush and sprinkled clear glitter along edges of wings while still wet. I coloured the remaining butterflies loosely with white pencil for wings and brown for bodies. I sponged around outer border with Sepia Archival ink. The Happy Birthday was stamped in black ink onto scrap of ivory card, sponged around edge in Sepia ink and magic mounted onto card.butterfly montage close

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The Sunflower’s Secret

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May 16, 2016

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A few more little cards from my flower series. I wasn’t going to bother putting them up, but the sunflower card with the bee links in nicely with my next few posts to come – featuring other insects (bugs and butterflies).

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On left: “Secret Sunflower” 705 by Inkadinkado (Tin can Mail), “Honycomb” U5-1796 by Stamper’s Anonymous and “The Bumblebee” 4804C by Stamp-It.

On right: “Framed Daisy” 23.292J by Magenta. Quick and easy to colour. Simple but effective design.

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Butterflies and Moths

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March 28, 2016

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Some simple variations on one of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps P2-1673.

The big clean up of my craft room continues, so creating (and posting) has had to take a back seat for now. Strange how it’s impossible to contain messes to one specific area. You start in one spot, and it seems to create a domino effect throughout the house, so in the end, there is no room untouched. I didn’t think it would take this long…. will it ever be done!?!

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Dragonfly Tag Booklet

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March 3, 2016

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The following three posts are from my archives, but thought them worth dusting off.

This dragonfly tag booklet was done using some of the dry embossing designs on the Crafter’s Companion, and Stamp-It Australia’s range of insect and wording stamps.

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Blue Butterfly

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November 1, 2015

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A butterfly birthday card for one of my girlfriends. It was a bit hard to take a photo of because of the reflection of the clear film.

I stamped Butterfly Moments 4691F onto clear film with white StazOn pad. Mounted it over dark blue card by means of the silver brad through the clock centre and some dabs of glue beneath the butterfly images. This was then matted onto a piece of silver shimmer card, then some blue vellum, which I torn around the edges of. The vellum had been embossed with a sizzix embossing folder. The damask pattern of the folder shows up white on the blue vellum. My backing card was blue mi-teintes. I stamped an extra large white butterfly on the clear film, which I cut out, folded the wings up on and glued down the body only above the identical image on card.

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