Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Always read the small print !

Well, if not the small print then the whole description for a challenge ! I had all good intentions of getting ahead and checked what I needed to do for today's Funkie post over at Frilly and Funkie. Had lots of fun making the project only to find I'd not read the description properly ! So, today's project is some what slimmed down from what I did make, which I will share with you on another day.

Trace is our host for the current challenge and this is what she has to say:

All you need to do is make any vintage style project that is inspired by the onset of spring. Your project must include wings somewhere... either in the form of birds, bees or butterflies. 

So, on to plan B ! I cut a large tag from white card, as I'd run out of the jumbo tags that I normally use from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique. I then covered it with squares of paper that were left over from the original project. I gave the whole thing a coat of Matt Medium glue and when it was dry then gave it a white wash coat of watered down Snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

I used more Fresco Finish paint watered down and kept drying in between layers. I then dry brushed around the joins of the pieces of paper.

I used the Dylusions Leaf flourish stencil around one side and did more stencilling using the TCW Reverse Chicken Wire and the Tiny Circles.

I stencilled the thistles using a TCW stencil and Fresco Finish paints, replacing the stencil in between each layer to build up the colour. I've used the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather set for the sentiment at the bottom. The little bird is die cut using the Tim Holtz mini cage and bird die and I've blended Distress Ink over it.

The rest of the stamps are from the Artistic Outpost Flower Market set and I've used black Archival ink.

The large butterfly embellishment is one of the gorgeous Ingvild Bolme Butterfly Resins. I've used Fresco Finish paints just to add a hint of colour. To finish I've added a filigree metal corner, lace, buttons and velvet ribbon.

Even though I had to change tack I quite like it in the end !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge, there's still a week to go !


  1. Really loving your Tag Sue. The effect of the paper squares is really good and I love your stamping x

  2. Been guilty of that error before now Sue!! I love the way you've enhanced the quilted background with the painting and stencilling, and the altered Prima butterfly looks beautiful. Jenny x

  3. Beautiful tag, the embellishments, stamping and stencilling just perfect and one of my favourite colour combinations. Will be trying the square background, great inspiration. Thanks

  4. Sue a stunning tag, fabulous background technique.
    Amanda x

  5. stunning sue - absolutely gorgeous - love this to bits xx

  6. Fabulous!! You may not have read properly but it certainly turned out stunningly in the end! Can't wait to see the rest of the project now though..... Great step by step too, the background looks fab!

  7. Stunning tag, gorgeous colours and I love the patchwork in the background. Lovely design. Tracy x

  8. Fabulous tag, I love the patchwork background and the stunning purple flower

  9. If this is slimmed down, I can't wait to see the "full fat" project - lol. I love the quilting and all the fabulous stenciling.

  10. A beautiful tag, the colours are lovely especially that purple flower image.
    Will keep a look out for the full project.

  11. Such a beautiful tag, that stencil design is gorgeous.

  12. love the wonderful background Sue and the gorgeous papers. Great stamping details and the butterfly is fabulous.

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  13. Well, I've already seen the marvellous "mistake", and I'm in love with both that and this beautiful tag - the purple flowers look gorgeous against the patchwork paper background - a delight.
    Alison xx


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