Saturday, August 21, 2010

Crackled Butterflies

I just love the yummy, refreshing colour combination for this week's challenge at The Play Date Cafe.



So I decided to make a card using them which would also fit with the Hero Arts Keeping in Touch and Back to School challenge.

Crackled Butterflies
originally uploaded by heather maria.

Stamps used (Hero Arts):- Antique Engravings, Wild Flowers & Messages

I stamped the Wild Flowers on a scrap of speckled fabric (linen I think) with shabby shutters and broken china distress inks. The butterflies are coloured with Promarkers and I had to try out a recent purchase on them – Ranger Crackle Accents.

Crackled Butterflies close up

Nothing will be safe from me crackling it now – I was the same with Glossy Accents! I added some thread for the butterflies’ antennae, gems on some of the flowers and a bit of machine stitching. The patterned paper, Heart and Home (Melissa Frances - Amanda), was bought about a year ago and I'm only getting around to using it now.

Hope you are all having a brilliant weekend!

36 comments:

pia overgaard said...

Love your crackled butterflies - so gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing some more crackles from your side :-)

Lin said...

I was taken with these colors, too! I adore your take on the challenge - stamping on the linen is wonderful - must try this! Just gorgeous, my friend!

Patricia said...

Amazing card love your crackled butterflies =P

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous!! love those crackled butterflies. I can never get the crackle effect like that and yours are beautiful! Glad you decided to join us at the PDCC!

Rosemary said...

just beautiful heather! i'm going to have to try crackling, too.

Sarah said...

Wow! Stunning! Love you use of fabric and the crackle butterflies are fabulous!

donna mikasa said...

Beautiful, Heather! I love your crackled butterflies and the texture from the canvas.

Hannah said...

Hey Heather! That's a super cool and techniqy-card!! love the crackled textures. linking :)

Lisa Somerville said...

The wildflowers look wonderful stamped on the linen, and the butterflies are just beautiful with the Crackled accents! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

jintyoo7 said...

Crackle away, Heather. Card itself is beautiful, the butterflies are divine!

Nat said...

ohhhh wow!! Stunning elements. I can see trying this crackle gloss on everything!! Just a beauty!! :)

Jess said...

I love the crackles Heather! Is that sticky-backed canvas? How did you go about cutting it in your machine?

Heather Maria said...

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments - I really appreciate them!

Jess, it's not sticky backed canvas but just an ordinary piece of fabric. I have lots of scraps of fabric but I think this piece is linen. When I'm cutting fabric this way I just run it through the machine a few times to make sure it cuts through all the threads. Sometimes there's just an odd thread here and there that has to be snipped. In this case the fabric is quite thick so it worked fine. If I'm using a lighter fabric, I'll either cut out a few layers of fabric at the same time or add in a layer of card for a bit of body.

Jill said...

The canvas, the cracked glass, the awesome colors... you've thought of it ALL!!! Such a lovely natural card with so many awesome textures!

Sorry I haven't been able to comment much this week, but I have been popping in and enjoying all of your FAB creations!

dustypenny said...

Beautiful card, Heather! Hope you are doing well. Hugs.

CinnamonSally said...

This is stunning Heather, how do you stop the fabric from fraying? I love those crackled butterflies!!

Monika Reeck said...

Oh my Heather I love your crackled butterflies sooo adorable.....GREAT TO GREAT CARD!!

Heather Maria said...

Thanks so much again for all the much appreciated, lovely comments!

Sally, this particular fabric doesn't really seem to fray so once I stuck it on the card at the back there was no chance of any fraying. For fabrics that fray, I will use either Bondaweb or a bonding powder and bond the fabric to another piece of backing fabric before cutting out. This way it won't fray. Another way to do it (if I'm not using the Cuttlebug)is to stick the fabric onto card first. This method doesn't work very well with the Cuttlebug as the fabric can come away from the card as it goes through the machine and then it tends to bubble up in some areas. Hope this all makes sense - let me know if it doesn't!

Ruby said...

SO pretty! I LOVE your crackle, can see how that could be addictive, must look that out! Such a lovely card, the fabric works so well with it, beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week at the PDCC!

Tiffany said...

So very beautiful and elegant! I will have to give that crackle paint a try someday!

Simone said...

Heather this is gorgeous! Love the crackle on the butterflies. Beautiful card :)

vera rhuhay said...

OMG...love the butterfly..Heather!!! You always amazed me!!! hmm...I'm curious what's your next project :)

JeanFB said...

Beautiful! *Love* your butterflies, and also the subtle stamping on the canvas background. So pretty!

margie c said...

Wow! This is all so stunning! Love your canvas stamping! and those butterflies are gorgeous! Amazing card!
hugs, margie

Deirdre said...

Heather, this is just STUNNING..... love it. Spent the weekend on the river shannon so only just catching up with everything now... the last hurrah before the kids go back to school next Tuesday. Hope you are enjoying the last of the summer days!

Rina Damay said...

This card is fab! Anyway thank your for sweet coment on my bog. Have a nice day

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Get out--that crackle painting is FAB! I love it--I love your canvas and stamping on it--just beautiful all around! This is AMAZING! Thanks so much for playing along and joining in the fun at the PDCC:)

Stephanie Kraft said...

Gorgeous, Heather! Love the texture added by the linen and the crackled butterflies are fabulous.. Thanks for playing with the Play Date Cafe!

AnitaRex said...

Love that crackled butterfly! So lovely! And the canvas adds so much!

Jenny said...

So pretty love the crackling... great design!! :D

sheila said...

this is an amazingly beautiful card!!! I just love it to pieces!

Virginia L. said...

Wow! You rock with the design and that Crackle paint!! Congrats on the HA Tweet! I almost miss this BEAUTY!! xoxox

Trinh said...

Congrats on your very well-deserved win, Heather! This is gorgeous; your cards are always inspiring to me.

Kathy said...

OMG Heather...this card is AMAZING!!!!!!!! YOU are so talented and I am sorry I don't stop by as often as I would like. Hugs,kathy

Whimsical Wendy said...

This is stunning. I have to get me some Crackle Accents!! TFS

Julie E said...

Seeing the closeups makes this card even more wonderful. I know I have material like that in my attic - I guess that means I know where I am going today :>)
The butterflies are amazing too! Just love it all :>)

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