Sunday, 11 June 2017

scenic butterfly - and a giveaway

 A lesson in how to drive yourself nuts here, made worse by my not having cleaned the lovely patchwork butterfly stamp properly!

Inspired by some outline stamps seen recently, I thought I would have a go at using the butterfly in a similar fashion. The stamp was too mucky for me to just ink up the edges and wipe any overspill off with a wipe , so I tried masking the centre of the wings before inking the edges of the stamp and the centre body - after many attempts I got a pair of masks that worked fairly well and gave me a reasonable outline once I removed the masks and stamped the butterfly.

A second mask for the negative image was much easier! Once this was in place, I inked a background into the butterfly frame using distress oxide inks, then stamped the silhouette grasses stamp using black versafine ink, and added some small butterflies from butterfly blush. A quick sponge round the outline and a black matt finished the first off.

The orher two cards used the same technique and stamps but with an extra mask so that I could stamp a background scene as well, using the bridge image from kingfisher song. The base card  for the second card was inked randomly with the butterfly stencil.

I really enjoyed doing these once I got the masks sorted out, but don't  think I will be repeating it any time least not unless I get a clean stamp.........

Looking at my blog statistics, I have racked up almost 60.00 views for my ramblings, so to celebrate I am having a blog giveaway - if you would like to have either the patchwork butterfly set of stamps or the gothic fragments set, then leave a comment saying which set you would like by the end of June, and I will choose two random names. It would be nice if you followed my blog, but you don't have to!


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  2. I think I would probably have given up at some point! The end result is worth the effort though, the butterfly looks lovely used as an outline. If I get put in the draw, I would love the butterfly xx
    (PS. I deleted the first comment because I asked for stamps which weren't on offer!!)

    1. It's all your fault Janet, for showing me the leaf outline stamps!

  3. Hi Veronica beautiful creations as usual.
    Would love to win the gothic fragments. Love and crafty hugs . Xxxxx.

  4. So beautiful Veronica, gorgeous stamping and colours.
    Generous of you to have a give away, I'd love to have the Gothic Fragments if I was lucky to win, Kate x

  5. Beautiful cards, love how you've put an image inside another, will have to try that idea.
    Would love the butterfly set if I'm lucky enough to win.

  6. What a fab idea Veronica but I can just imagine how tedious it was to get that outline. You can leave me out of your generous draw as I have both sets already 😉.

    Lesley Xx

  7. Wonderful creations Veronica - you have so much patience with masking. Well done on your very impressive blog statistics! I'd love a chance to win your candy. Shabneez x

  8. This looks like an interesting technique and very effective. Had to smile at your comment about not repeating the exercise with the masks - takes patience but well worth the effort usually when it all comes together. Gothic fragments would be my choice please if I'm lucky


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