Monday, May 5, 2014

It's a Glittery Affair!

Hi there, I recently found a *new to me* challenge - Butterfly Challenge  - that I wanted to play along with. This is the sixth challenge so far and the Glamorous Butterflies theme intrigued me. To meet the challenge requirements my butterfly had to glitter and sparkle. I already had this tag made and planned to debut it soon so I quickly added Stickles to the large butterfly and now it's a glittery affair. Why the haste, the challenge ends tomorrow!

Edited to say a big thank you to Mrs. A for choosing my tag as her Top 3. I'm so excited!

Here's how my mixed media tag came to be...

My base is the back of a Graphic 45 label holder package.  
Love that it's shaped like a tag and it already has a metal grommet.

I gave it a coat of black gesso.

There are several layers on this tag but this is how it originally started out. 
I added strips of book paper with mod podge, then I inked a distressed dot stamp with Versamark and stamped the base with it. Perfect Pearls were brushed over the stamp to highlight the distressed dots. Then I added more texture with a MPD Gears stencil  and modeling paste and started coloring it with various acrylic paints. Pure randomness, gotta love mixed media. :)

To alter the large butterfly {which is laser cut wood} I gave it a coat of black gesso, dried it with a heat tool, inked a text stamp with Perfect Medium and stamped it on my butterfly. I used Perfect Medium because I planned to go over it with Perfect Pearls and the resins in the medium grab the the mica  powder and keep it there. I brushed the excess off to reveal the resist effect the medium gives. To set the Perfect Pearls I gave it a light coat of  hairspray and let it dry. 

 For the smaller butterfly I die cut a butterfly from Tim Holtz's grunge paper and gave it a coat of black gesso as well. Then I used a technique called Glittered Glass by Jules Aviles which I love. You can watch her You Tube video here. I only used the first part of the technique on the wood butterfly and the complete technique for this one. I highly recommend the video and you'll see that it proves useful in creating faux metal pieces as well.  

Time for a little bling

I love the ease of Stickles and I applied purple to the outline of the butterfly and starry night on the inside detail. It definitely glitters and sparkles now. :)

The third butterfly is a Spare Parts brad and I altered the metal edge with Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers. The letters are Tim's Ransom plastic letters and they were altered the same way. The rose trim, lace and pearls were in my stash as were the altered Prima paper flowers. A little ribbon and trim and my mixed media tag was finished.

I may be back to edit this post and join a few more challenges but for now I need to get this one linked up to the Butterfly Challenge or I'll miss the boat. Thanks for looking today, hope you enjoyed your visit. 

Okay, I'm back to play along with these challenges:

{I used a MPD Gear stencil}

{I have two pretty paper Prima flowers and two rows of gorgeous rose trim}

{here's my five-butterfly brad, paper flowers, lace trim, wood butterfly element and Tim's ransom letters. Note: I could also add pearl trim, ribbons, grunge paper butterfly but you get the idea} 

{Leftovers/Scraps that's what they are looking for, okay I'm using a leftover G45 piece of packaging that I used as the base for my tag. Also, I used scrap book paper that was lying on my desk and it's part of my bg as you can see in the photo below}

Whew! Now I'm done and again, thanks for looking!
Oh, and thanks Sue. ;)



Sarah said...

This is just beautiful Lisa, what a labour of love!! xx

Mrs A. said...

I did indeed enjoy my visit and was totally engrossed in how you built up the layers on this stunning piece. I can't throw packaging away either. I see so many other possibilities for its use. Intrigued by the sound of the video so will go and watch. Thank you for fluttering by #6 with this super tag. Hope you will play again. Hugs Mrs A. Butterfly challenge.

scrappymo! said...

Two gorgeous tags. It was fun to read the techniques. Thanks for the obtained so much texture and depth of layers!

Chrissy said...

Stunning the colours and textures such fabulous detail..gorgeous.


Pia S said...

I love the style of this tag. It's something I don't know how to do myself, and I read every word of this post to pick up some tips and inspiration. Well done, Lisa!

Michelle said...

This is just beautiful - I love all your detail. Thanks for joining us over at Love To Create for this weeks challenge.

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Lisa! What a gorgeous tag! I love all the texture and glittery goodness! Really stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!

1CardCreator said...

This is stunning, hard to believe it started out as a piece of packaging! I love all the texture you have and the colors are gorgeous too. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog too. ~Diane

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow wow wow. This is just amazing and with an awesome old world feel.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Micki said...

Genius - why hadn't I thought of that - to use packaging! LOVE your tag. The colors - just yummy and all the texture and embellishments! Am in LOVE. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for playing along with the eTeam in our May ePlay Challenge!!!!

Amanda said...

Hi Lisa, I absolutely adore this Tag. It's full of colour, texture and just Stunning. I am sad to say that you haven't mentioned anywhere or left a link in your blog post about our blog. So we are unable to count your Beautiful Tag in the Prize Draw at That Craft Place. Hope to see your art work again with us.
Hugs Amanda(DT)

Unknown said...

Thanks Amanda, I have the link there now. :)

Lisa Minckler said...

Good grief that is something else and I'm so excited for all the challenges you've entered. You are obviously enjoying yourself and your creativity. That makes me happy to know :D
hugs to you,

Julia Aston said...

what a great use for that packaging! Your background is wonderful - perfect to set off your lovely butterflies - thanks for sharing all the techniques you used! and for playing along with the eclectic Paperie ePlay challenge!

Margaret said...

Oh, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the beautiful colors and all of the texture! And the recycled cardboard-score!!
I had a few minutes and just wanted to pop in and check out what you had been up to!

Emma Williams said...

Such a pretty tag and I love the colours and all the texture you've used. It's so very "touchy feely" and I want to reach into the computer and stroke it... Thank you for sharing your project and for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

Unknown said...

What a beautiful tag. What a humble beginning-a recycled tag. Great job. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue. Create. PennyRae DT

Unknown said...

Beautiful tag! You did an amazing job up-cycling the package backing! Thank you for joining our Say it with Flowers Challenge this week at Love to Create.
Ruza, LTC Admin/Designer
Ruza's Craft Corner

Jackie Randolph said...

Lisa, this is absolutely AMAZING!! Simply gorgeous from your colors, techniques to your details! Thanks for joining us at LTC with our Say it with Flowers challenge!
Crafty Hugs's
Jackie ~ LTC owner/admin

Sue Lelli said...

I LOVE everything about this FANTASTIC GORGEOUS tag, Lisa! You are on a butterfly roll lately! LOVE the layers and the details and the colors! THX for playing with us in the ePlay Stencil Challenge!

butterfly said...

Gorgeous, glittery, glamorous tag, Lisa - pure pleasure!
Alison xx

toni said...

What a beautiful tag! Wonderful colours and so many gorgeous embellishments, totally fabulous! Thankyou for joining us for the ePlay get stencilled challenge ! Toni x

Laurart said...

I love this! So much beauty crammed onto a tag! It is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner! Love from Laura xxx

butterfly said...

Should also have said thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner!
Alison x

Erin Smetak said...

I just love it when people use the packaging of things for a special project!!!! Your stenciling on your tag is amazing! The colors are brilliant and vibrant! LOVE the butterfly!!!!

Thank you SO much for participating in our ePlay stencil challenge!!!!

Gitte said...

great tags.

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