Monday, 7 April 2014

Nature’s Beauty – Crafty Individuals

Forest Butterflies
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There is a new challenge started over at Crafty Individuals and this month we want you to get thinking about all the beauty there is in nature, so this can take you in so many directions.
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I seem to be well into the fresh green colours for Spring and this is no exception. The background was made by stamping the  beautiful butterfly trio (CI-347) with picket fence distress paint and then blended with mowed lawn, tumbled glass and squeezed lemonade DIs. It was then spritz and flicked, dried and then dipped in peacock feathers, pine needles and mustard seed DIs and dried. There is some lovely graduation and mixing of colours to create this very forest look.
To create the leafy edges I used the small leaf garland border die by Tim Holtz putting it through the Big Shot about 5 times at different angles then carefully blended forest moss over the raised areas, now it was beginning to create the effects I was looking for.
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Using my water brush I coloured in the white butterflies with some of the distress inks to give them a little more depth.
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I stamped another set of butterflies using black archival ink on white card and coloured them also with the water brush and DIs.
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Finally I finished with some petaloo flowers that I edged with walnut stain and some punched leaves.
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I love these little creatures fluttering through the undergrowth.
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Hopefully we will see all you nature inspired projects over at Crafty Individuals, you only have to use one CI product to be eligible to enter.

Have a great day

hugs Brenda xx

37 comments:

massofhair said...

Loving the butterflies, stunning colours, my kind of Tag ArT. Great inspiration, thanks Brenda:-) xxx

Deborah said...

That's beautiful Brenda! The distress ink painted butterflies - so simple to do yet so effective. Very inspirational.

Valerie-Jael said...

Really gorgeous!Hugs, Valerie

debby4000 said...

Such a beautiful tag Brenda and those painted butterflies really are a gorgeous finishing touch.
luv
Debby

Redanne said...

This tag is absolutely stunning Brenda! Hugs, Anne xx

Ruth B said...

That is beautiful Brenda. Ruth

Daniele said...

fabbie tag Brenda, I must get mine done my mojo has flown the coop
hugs x

Juls said...

Gorgeous, love the rich green colour tones. Hugs Juls

Dagmar said...

your tag is so beautiful and i love it so much!!! Thank for the "making of" - Hugs Dagmar

Karin said...

fabulous nature tag!!
groetjes Karin

Anita Houston said...

GORGEOUS green!!! Love the butterflies!!! Awesome!!!

cheryl Baker said...

Oh wow this is one brilliant tag hun the colours are amazing love it hugs cheryl xx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

This tag is so lush and so beautiful the way you used the butterfly stamp.
Wishes
Lynne

Netty said...

smashing tag Brenda and beautifully put together, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Dots Dabbles said...

Lots of inky fun here Brenda! A really great tag, and butterflies are always so uplifting.
Dot x

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous greens, its a fantastic tag to celebrate the season.
Yvonne

PetraB said...

Absolutely stunning.

annekescardart said...

Beautiful fresh color. When I look outside the same color is appearing.
I really love the butterflies. Both ways . The colored one and the embossed ones. It looks wonderful all together Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

craftytrog said...

Stunning tag Brenda, the butterflies are beautiful! xxx

Coco said...

A fantastic tag Brenda!!! Hugs, Coco xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

FANTASTIC, love these colors.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Stunning Brenda! I just love the colours and those butterflies are just fabulous! How did you do the embossing ………… I may have to email you about that one! Off to have a go x

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE it!

scrappymo! said...

This is a gorgeous tag. So inky and full of colour but still has caught the delicate beauty of nature as well!

Chris Warner said...

Stunning Brenda, and gorgeous colours! Chris xxx

Terry said...

Nature's Beauty is so right! Those butterflies are stunning and I just adore the depth you have created on this lovely tag! Hugs!

Gio said...

Such a gorgeous look has this tag, Brenda. Love the movement between the different butterflies. Brilliant !

sally said...

Fab spring tag! So nice to see greens again...(yes I am back:-D)

Sally

Julie Ann Lee said...

Such beautiful and accomplished work. Wonderful colours, stamping and composition. I have been a long time admirer of your work, Brenda and at last I've found my way to your beautiful blog. Wonderful inspiration! Julie Ann xxx

Sandy said...

Wow!!! I am keeping this post because I want to follow your instructions and see what happens.
Fantastic tag!!
Sandy xx

Tincan Crafter said...

Hi Brenda - thanks for leaving such an awesome comment on my blog. We are leaving to Jo'burg today to attend a conference that I will be presenting my paper at on Saturday....in my other life I am an academic! Just wanted to stop by before I did that to say thanks and what an amazing project this one of yours is!

hazel said...

I love your gorgeous tag Brenda - the colours and the butterflies are beautiful.
xxx Hazel.

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful butterflies! I'm amazed at the detail you have when stamping with the paint
Just love the rich, lush spring greens and the random embossing is so effective and the painted butterfly's are fabulous flutterbies

Jools x

butterfly said...

So fab - love the embossed texture and the glorious butterflies... and you won't find me arguing with beautiful Spring greens! Fabulous tag!
Alison xx

Juliz Design Post said...

This is fabulous Brenda. I love how you have created a real depth to your tag. Love it, Julie x

Marjie Kemper said...

What a beautiful tag, Brenda. The way you did the butterflies is breathtaking.

Lynn Price said...

Love your tag!! Do you possibly have a number or other identifying information for the leaf garland border die? It is such an effective element. I have looked around under that description without finding anything. Many thanks, Lynn Price, CT USA