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Wednesday, February 6, 2013


This butterfly started out as plain white glossy cardstock.  I stamped the butterfly (from HOTP Far East stamp set) and embossed with fine black embossing powder. Then I pounced the area with alcohol ink (a mixture of Stream and Silver Mixative).  Next time I would probably do the alcohol ink first and THEN do the embossing.

After everything was dry (doesn't take long with alcohol inks!), I fussy cut around the butterfly, cutting off the antennae.  To replace the antennae I had removed, I cut a 2 1/2" length of 34 gauge wire.  I had planned to cover it with black StazOn ink, but decided the color actually went pretty well with the sort of patina-look of the black embossed image.  I folded the wire in half, pinching the fold.  Then, taking a pair of needle-nosed pliers, I rolled each end to form the antennae.  I added this to the back of the body with Aleene's Tacky glue, as you can see in the picture.

After the glue was dry and the antenna secure, I added glue to the body and sprinkled black FlowerSoft over top.  Let it dry, and voila'! A pretty butterfly! 


Karenliz said...

Beautiful butterfly! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Carol J said...

Very pretty butterfly. I will have to try this.