Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Beauty & The Butterflies

...I keep on saying it... I do!  You know I am on the Darkroom Door Design Team for 2013?  Well, it is THE best DT... I got a selection of the latest release stamps and I have been having a right old ball playing with them!  Today's offering is an altered frame which I have used the new Beauty Quote stamp and a new Eclectic Butterfly stamp (he is ginormous and GORGEOUS!)  To see the new releases and all the other delish stamps click HERE for the Darkroom Door website and also, HERE is the blog where you can see more arty stuff from my talented teamies.



This old frame started life as a greeny coloured plastic moulded jobby.  And, as ever, I forgot to get a pic before I altered it!  Whoops!   I removed the glass  and then cut a piece of patterned paper (the new Finnabair papers from Prima) to fit inside the frame.  Layering stencils and Distress Inks over the paper to add a little specialness was a starting point.  I didn't want the background too fussy so this is an ideal way of bringing in a bit of design without overpowering stuff.  I added some Crackle background around the edges using Watering Can Archival Ink, stamping just using my hand to hold the stamp so I didn't overdo it and stamp too much into the centre of the paper.


I stamped the Quote onto more of the paper and edged it with Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs DI's and then popped it onto black card to make it pop more.   The Butterfly is the big guy in the centre... he was stamped onto cream card, along with more butterflies from the Wings collection and then I used Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Aged Mahogany to colour the butterflies.  As ever, I coloured the underside of the wings with Gathered Twigs DI, this just finishes the butterflies nicely and because you can see the underside of the wings, there are no "white" surprises when you look at it from a different aspect.   The frame was coloured with Ruby, Copper and Spanish Topaz Treasure Golds, layering the colours on and building up the finish.  I also added a little brass butterfly to the centre of the big guy for a bit of extra decoration.



Right, I shall away... I have a "to-do" list longer than my left leg to get ticked off today... no rest for the wicked right?   Thanks for looking... have a grand day!  TTFN

Hels x

25 comments:

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels... from sunny San Francisco! Ha! This is absolutely stunning, I love every little detail! Just going to hop over to DD blog to take a look too, hugs Carole Zxx

Helen said...

Hels, this is just delicious! Love how you've done the background and the butterflies look like they could fly away - simply gorgeous! Helen

Marleine said...


Hi Hels,

Stunning picture and the frame looks really great. Would look good on anyone's wall. X

Joanne said...

Incredible Hels
X

rachel said...

this is stunning hels - wonderful xx

Tracy Heaton said...

Beautiful!

Karen Petitt said...

Gorgeous butterflies! I love everything about it Hels, really stunning x

Helen said...

Wow, Hels, what a fab project - the quote is great. I think I may need some Darkroom Door stamps for my collection...!

Annie said...

Fab make Hels....love the sentiment x have to say I don't own any DD stamps.....but will take a closer look as this make is so gorgeous.

TFS Annie x

LoraineC said...

Beautiful x

annekescardart said...

Love this piece of ART. Thanks for showing Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Redanne said...

A truly stunning kaleidoscope of beautiful butterflies Hels! Love this. Hugs, Anne x

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Hels this is stunning! I love the gorgeous butterflies, and the sentiment is brilliant.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Amy Russell said...

What a beautiful picture Hels, I would love to have this hung on my wall!
Amy x

Ria Gall said...

Hi Hels
this is such a pretty frame I am loving the paper and those beautiful butterflies.
Sorry I missed you at the weekend, I am needing all my money at the moment to get my daughter to university this weekend.
Hope to catch you next time
Ria

Mona Pendleton said...

So beautiful Hels!

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, I would never have thought this started life as a greenish plastic frame, it is Stunning !! I'm loving the Finnabair papers, and the gorgeous butterflies, absolutely beautiful.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

nannapat said...

Fabulous piece of altered art Hels. The butterflies are gorgeous and I love the quote. Pat x

Anna said...

What a great wall-hanging Hels! I love the the butterflies appear to be flying up and out of the frame.

Wanda H said...

This is Absolutely Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carol edwards said...

Hi Hels I adore butterfly's, this is gorgeous x

nancyd said...

Hi Hels absolutely stunning also love
butterfles it is fab.
Nancyd xx

Donna Wheat said...

Hi Hels, really love this design, the colours are fab, thanks for sharing, Donna

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