Monday, May 07, 2018

Gilded Butterfly

Hi everyone.  I've mentioned before that I keep my mop-up paper towels from projects and today's background has a print made from one of them.  I love how the quilted design of the paper towel shows. :)  I also smooshed just a little of the Delicata Gold ink onto my mat and added it on top of the watercolours.   

I die-cut a butterfly that had sookwang tape on one side, removed the cover and pressed the sticky side into gilding flakes.  Used a "Rub-it Scrub-it" pad to burnish and remove the excess.  Placed a card front die-cut with a peek-a-boo window over the watercolour background and then popped the butterfly on top.  Stamped the sentiment in Delicata gold to match.

Here's a close-up ...







Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.) for w/c panel; White (Neenah 110 lb.) for card base, card front and butterfly
Ink:  Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, peek-a-boo window die (AliExpress), Moonlight Butterfly die (Memory Box), Red Blaze gilding flakes (Cosmic Shimmer), Sookwang sheet, Rub-it Scrub-it pad

26 comments:

Nancy Stislow said...

What gorgeous colors, Loll! My mop up towels are pretty ugly. Never got anything as nice as this. Love the gilded butterfly and thanks for the reminder to pull out the gilding flakes again. Love that peek-a-boo window!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous gilded flakes die cut butterfly, Loll. I love your textured paper towel inked background. I have been saving some of my saturated paper towels because of you, my friend:-) TFS Hugs...

Susan said...

Gorgeous butterfly and gorgeous paper towel background!! I love the blend of colour you got from the Red Blaze gilding flakes!

Lindsey said...

This is gorgeous! Love the colours and rich gold x

BożenA said...

WOW! In close-up, everything looks so unreal! I love the metallic rainbow pattern on the butterfly wings. And I also love this beautiful watercolor background with a paper towel. I love this card, Loll!
Hugs,
BożenA

Cheryl Robertson said...

Your card is beautiful! I absolutely love your blog; you definitely have the style of card making I love. Just so I make sure I understand, you use a paper towel with mopped up watercolor/ink on it for the background? That’s ingenious!

Jo Manna said...

I'm in awe with that precious butterfly. Such extraordinary colours in those gilded flakes, truly a fluttering beauty. I have got to learn that paper towel technique, it is so cool. xx

Bonnie said...

Those red blaze gilding flakes sure make a pretty butterfly, Loll! Love the variation in color! And the background has so many details with texture and shine! Perfect for that gorgeous butterfly to light on!

MaryH said...

It's a gorgeous design with the mop-up background, but I am in awe of the splendid look of that fabulous gilded butterfly. I'll echo Bonnie about the variegated coloring achieved with the flakes. Just beautiful, and the stitched window shows it off so well. TFS & Hugs

Ina G said...

Wow Loll! this is truly gob smackin' gorgeous. Love the gilded butterfly especially just on the wings.Great way to use the gilding flakes. I found out by accident about paper towel leaving an impression. How cool! Stunning background and the gold just adds so much more to such an amazing card.

Christine Alexander said...

Stunning Loll, I just can't stop looking at your butterfly. those gilding flakes are amazing :)

Skylark said...

Stunning card Loll (in your favourite colours) and that window die sets it off perfectly. A friend in the UK uses her mop up towels in a similar way and I have a few saved now to have a go with. Stef x

Maxine D said...

Oh Loll what a beauty - love the paper towel underneath the gorgeous butterfly!
Blessings
Maxine

Cathy said...

Wow! Your gilded butterfly is beautiful Loll! So pretty perched in the window with that fabulous background. My mop ups towels are never this pretty! Cathy x

Mac Mable said...

Those flakes look stunning on your beautiful butterfly and the mop up towel with those colours look fabulous. Yes the impression from the towel gives another dimension to the card without using a stencil and yet it looks like it. Wonderful card Loll x

Anita in France said...

Rich, luxurious and simply beautiful, Loll ... that golden hued butterfly is a stunner! Hugs, Anita :)

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous butterfly, Loll. What a great idea to gild it. The background looks amazing, too. Beautiful card, Loll! Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs!

Brenda in IN said...

Oh how beautiful! I love that paper towel and the butterfly is simply gorgeous. Great tip to save the paper towel.

Linda said...

This is gorgeous ..... I don't know how you do it, my mop up pieces look so messy by the time I've finished, they just end up in the bin!!! Love the gilded butterfly too xx

Bobby said...

Those gilding flakes leave such glorious color on your butterfly, Loll.

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a beautiful card Loll love the rich gold colours...

Anne

Karen D. said...

I agree...very beautifully done card. It's amazing what we can create using what is at hand.
xx Karen

Susanne Vargas said...

That gilded butterfly looks spectacular - wow! As does the background with the bit of shimmer! Fabulous card!

Marcia HIll said...

WOW...this is absolutely GORGEOUS Loll! I love your paper towel backgrounds, but your gilded butterfly steals the show for me this time!! I just love all the colors in those gilding flakes, and really think I need to invest in some. I took a class using them once and was not real impressed, but your projects using them are always so beautiful that I think I need to give them another chance!! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Daffodil Cards said...

So very lovely, you make it all sound so simple LOL.
Faith
x

Julia Aston said...

Oh my gosh Loll - that gilded butterfly is gorgeous against your paper towel print!