Mar 13, 2016


is our latest challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
(chosen by me this time!)

We haven't had butterflies as a challenge for some years at FSC, and I think most people have at least one butterfly stamp!  Do you?

My card fits beautifully with International Women's Day I think...and I have really enjoyed how women of all ages are starting to embrace this time and support each other in so many ways.
A shout out to my friend Jenny who is involved with "Around the World with 80 Artists" where a proportion of the funds go to the Malala Fund to help educate girls...well worth checking out!

The stamp that I have used is a new butterfly stamp (for me anyway) from Indigoblu called "Big Butterfly"

I  made the butterfly the way I had imagined it...and then...
I had absolutely no idea what I was going to put in the background!
That's a first for me, it's usually the other way around.

After cutting it out I thought that maybe I could layer it up wasn't working for me.
~  then I thought perhaps I could create a mixed media piece with I walked away for a day or so, as you do.

Finally, I settled on a one-layer card as the way forward for me.
So I re-stamped the whole piece again and started over. 

The butterfly is wet embossed.

The left side of the butterfly was coloured using Inktense pencils and DI (used as a watercolour)...for a punch of brightness.

The right side, which was only half inked up, was masked and stamped with the lady in grey ink and then the face stamp in black ink.

The background colours, yellows/oranges and grey, were chosen from the main image.  
Then it was a matter of stenciling, stamping with print and Finnabair circles, splats with Color Bloom spray, inked lids for circles and some spritz and flicking with bleach.  
So I guess really it is a mixed media piece after-all.

And it didn't quite end up as a one-layer the printed circles were cut out and stuck close!

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!



Fliss said...

This beauty just popped up in my reader Dot and I just love it! The butterfly is so gorgeous and your background looks amazing!
Fliss xx

Fliss said...

Ooops! Just noticed you entered our Stencils and Masks Challenge! Thanks for joining in and lovely to have tou with us.
Fliss xx
That's Crafty DT

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow Dot, this is incredibly clever, my jaw just dropped when I saw it. The way you did that butterfly looks amazing, so, so clever, I adore this piece, it's stunning!!!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Dot, love your background and fabulous stamping. Great combination X X X

rachel said...

this is amazing dot - really fab x

Amanda said...

Absolutely stunning Dot, was a fabulous idea and so expertly stamped.
Amanda x

Lea Brawn said...

Just stunning. X

Buttons said...

I'm AWESTRUCK by this Dot!!!!!! You truly are the Queen of One Layer stamping and this just proves it. Layering the ladies beneath the wing of the butterfly is absolutely inspired and the background simply adds to the whole beauty of the design. Totally wonderful! Thank you so much for the shout out too. You're a gem. Jenny x

Zoe said...

Fantastic! Enough said xx Zoe xx

Caro´s kreative Welt said...

Hi Dot, your card is fantastic. The butterfly and the background, what a great idea... WOW.
Hugs Carola

Majo said...

Wow, this is AWESOME!!

Sid said...

Beautiful design, love the image !!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

What a marvellous inspiring idea with the combined butterfly!!The whole composition lloks very expressive.
Have a nice sunday,
hugs Anja

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I find all of your artwork stunning Dot and this is another exceptional piece. Fabulous masking and stamping. I love it! :).

Kath Stewart said...

stunning much interest in your background and wow that butterfly is gorgeous...thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

Team Clark said...

This is one more beautiful project! Love every color and detail! <3

Jackie Trinder said...

Wow this is stunning. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Erin Bentley said...

Absolutely stunning, love the Butterfly and all the sparkle. With gorgeous colours.

Hugs Erin xx

Mrs.B said...

Stunning piece Dot, love how you've stamped the butterfly, looks amazing. The background has a wonderful depth to it.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

Stunning piece Dot, love how you've stamped the butterfly, looks amazing. The background has a wonderful depth to it.
Avril xx

Sandy Trefger said...

Beautiful card! I love the coloring on your butterfly and that gorgeous background! Thanks for sharing it with us at Cards in Envy!

Zoey Emanuela Scarpelli said...

This is beyond amazing!
Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
xx Zoey

Gio said...

I am in awe, so gorgeous!
Thanks so very much for playing with us in the TIMI challenge :-)

Claire Grantham said...

OMG I don't know where to start, this is so beautiful, cannot believe it is a one layer card. Cx

Sybrina K said...

I'm with Claire... This is too beautiful to no where to begin! And, I'm so glad you stayed with your gut feeling to go with a one-layer card. WOW! Thanks so much for joining us at Cards in Envy. :)

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous card, Dot! I like how you only coloured one wing. Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper!

Linda said...

WOW! This looks amazing. I love how you've used the butterfly. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge. Linda xx

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE your card!! Thanks for sharing with us at the Craft Stamper challenge! This is one of my favorites in the challenge, you did it again :)

Electra said...

Wow, this is amazing!

Shirley Chillman said...

An absolute jaw dropper Dot another creative piece with lots to keep coming back to have another look at.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x