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Bugs Abound

Summer, a time when you really notice all the bugs about.

The Insect stencil in the background is by Alexandra Renke, the dragonfly stamp by Stamp-it. After colouring the card with Distress Stains, I tried spritzing water through the stencil first to bleach the colour from the insect shapes, but this didn’t work to my liking as it lost too much detail, so instead I sponged a darker blue ink through, then outlined each shape with a fine blue marker. Some more experimenting needed with that stencil.

I used Tim Holtz ‘Frosted Film’ for the dragonfly. This is a really cool product (though hard to find sometimes). I stamped the dragonfly onto it, then cut it out. When heated with a heat gun, this frosted film will start to curl. While warm, you can mold it into whatever shape you like. When it cools, it will retain that shape. So I heated his wings to create the appearance of movement, but made sure his body remained flat to better enable gluing down. I smeared some Turquoise Stickles over the frosted underneath side, and set aside to dry before gluing it into place over the stamped image on my card. The smooth upper side of the film catches the light, but being opaque, you can see the sparkly turquoise colour showing through from beneath, while still retaining the fine line details of his wing segments.

Using the same Distress Stain colours, I created a similar background (below), this time stamping a large ‘Beetle Collage’ stamp (from Woodware) over in black. I then silver embossed a circular birthday wording (from Stamp-it) and lay a disc in the center stamped with a bug image (from Amazing Creations) which I covered with Glossy Accents.


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