Friday, 7 September 2018

Chocolate Baroque GDT post 1 - September 2018 - Butterfly frame

Hello everyone.

I am delighted to be showing you my first sample as a guest designer for September.

I have used the small butterfly from Butterfly Poppy Collage, a stamp from Poppy Meadow and the words from Pretty Poppies.  The ivy at the top is from the Tall Trees set.

Stazon permanent inkpad - ( Brilliance and VersaMagic inkpads can be used too, or any other inkpad that does not bleed. You should have a crisp image).
Watercolour pencils  
Glossy accents
Versa Magic inkpads - Aloe Vera, Tea leaves
15cm birchwood frame (Artcuts).
25cm square frame I had in my stash

I have started with a 15cm. wooden frame which has a 8.5cm. heart aperture in the centre.

When I do a project like this I always try it out on a piece of paper first. This enables me to make mistakes in the positioning and layout, which I can correct before stamping onto the real frame.
I did work out beforehand that the butterflies would stamp evenly around this size aperture.

Of course, it does not need to be an aperture necessarily, you could make a 15cm card with a heart die cut in the centre and butterflies surrounding it.

When I stamped the butterflies I started with the top three and then stamped one side, trying to space them as evenly as possible. I then 'mirrored' the butterflies on the other side.
Make sure they are completely dry before colouring them in.

I covered each butterfly with Glossy Accents and left it to dry thoroughly.
Then I wiped over the background with the Aloe Vera Versa Magic inkpad. 

The background, in the larger frame, is stamped with the darker green using another of the Poppy Meadow stamps and the ivy.

For the centre I used the frame as the template and drew lightly around the aperture with a pencil, onto a square of green card. This helped me position the words and flowers correctly. Stick this to the back of the frame and attach the frame to the background.

This size butterfly also fits well around a 8.5cm circular hole as can be seen below. Haven't got around to making one of these yet.

 Thank you for visiting and I look forward to showing you my second project next week.
                   Bye for now and Happy Crafting.


  1. Really amazing, love your frame and the idea for using the beautiful butterfly stamp!

  2. Love the butterflies and the pretty colours. A lovely project. Hugs, Carol S.xx


Many thanks for taking the time to comment. It's lovely to know other crafters are reading my blog.
Best wishes