September 15th already? Where did the summer go? I do really enjoy the Fall weather, especially since we had such a hot summer this year, but I really don't enjoy having to get up at 5.45am to get the youngest up for the High School bus which comes at 6.28am!!
Before summer is officially over, I would like to share this butterfly tag that I made, which was inspired by my garden where the Coneflowers and Joe Pye Weed, in particular, have had many visits from the beautiful Swallowtail butterflies. I've taken many photos of them again this year and have often wondered "what happened to that little guy's tail?" .... and it always amazes me how different each one of the markings are, although they are the same species. Another Mother Nature miracle!
I decided to have a little play this time! What fun. I still used many SNS products, but this time the stamps I used were from quite a while back set 437: Fancy Butterflies. I started with a Kraft tag and daubed on Nuvo Embellishment Mousse: Mother of Pearl, Peony Pink and Lilac Lavender.
Then I took the smaller butterflies from the set and stamped them sporadically all over the tag with Memento Lulu Lavender.
I then stamped the bigger butterflies in Versamark and heat embossed them with White Detail.
The "Want to Scrap" Butterfly chipboard piece was daubered with Stampendous embossing ink. This saves marking your Versamark pad with the chipboard.
I heat embossed Dragon Fruit to the bottom and Mulberry to the top half of the butterfly. Then I started to play around!
Magic Speckle was sprinkled around and heated from the bottom (otherwise the powder would have gone everywhere!) Love the mosaic look that this EP gives. Then a little more Dragon Fruit, then a little more Magic Speckle! You get the idea!
I took Crafter's Workshop: Mini Butterfly Meadow stencil and stenciled a few little insects on the tag. I positioned the stencil at different spots around the tag and put the Nuvo Embellishment Mouse in the little areas. Clean the stencil immediately - this stuff is really quick drying!
After I added the Mousse insects, I quickly gave them a little "bath" with Crystal Ice, which gave them a lovely sparkle.
After the sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Concord, I took some of the Peony Pink Mouse and used my finger to edge the tag. The tag was then layered to a slightly bigger piece of black cardstock.
I did the same method with the Love "Want to Scrap" piece, as I did with the butterfly, except I heat embossed with Concord and then added a little Magic Speckle again.
The Butterfly was added with Foam Squares and "Love" was attached with Dimensional Glue. Black and Pink Ribbons were threaded through the hole. Then Nuvo Drops Ebony Black, Raspberry Pink and Glitter Drops Purple Rain were then just dotted around the piece as I saw fit, to finish my project for today.
I'd like to enter my tag in the following challenges
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge : Inspired by Nature
Stampotique Designs Challenge no. 257: Put a bug on it
Ike's World Challenge 72: Things that Fly
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge No. 14: Anything Goes
Here are a couple of photos of the butterflies in my yard. See what I mean about the tail?
Hope you've enjoyed your visit today.
Hope to see you back again soon,