Friday, 30 March 2018

Gothic Arch - Butterfly Entomology

 My first gothic arch for a group swap with the theme of "wings".  I used TIm Holtz distress oxide inks for the background and Crafty Notions fusible film and angelina fibres to make the butterflies for my Butterfly entomology gothic arch.


I used a piece of kraft card measuring  6  x  4 inches, shaped into an arch.
Tim Holtz distress oxides in:- wild honey, twisted citron, antique linen and lucky clover.

I gradually layered up my colours until I got the mottled background that I was looking for.

I decided to use a combination of the following stamps to background stamp my card:- 

Visible Image music on, world off  (ink splat)  & mesh-ellaneous  (distressed mesh)
wooden block red rubber border stamp
wooden block red rubber stitched square stamp

I found some info on butterflies which I printed onto cream paper and aged the torn edges with a little Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink.  This will make my centre topper for the arch. I also used some button (slightly translucent) washi tape and some gift wrap twine.

I used the stitched square block to stamp onto parchment paper using memento ink. These will form the plaques the butterflies will sit on.

Now the base for my entomology gothic arch has been put together, adding 4 enamel embellishments, all that's missing is the butterflies.


To make the butterflies I used some red rubber butterfly stamps (I think these were by Crafty Individuals), Crafty Notions fusible film in crystal aurora, angelina fibres in raspberry sparkle and a piece of baking parchment.

First I inked my stamp with jet black stazon ink and placed a layer of the fusible film onto the stamp.  Be careful not to move the film around and smudge the inked stamp.

Add some fusible fibres and and place another layer of the film on top. Alternatively, make a sandwich of the film and fibres first and then place it on your inked stamp.

Place your folded baking  parchment on top and using a warm iron ( I have a small iron I use just for crafting) press down for 5 seconds, lift an repeat, rather than running the iron along the stamp as you don't want to smudge your embedded image.  This process is a bit of trial and error to gauge what works for you, so have a bit of a play first before creating your project.

I kept checking to see how well my butterfly film and fibres were fusing together whilst using the iron. As I wanted a more translucent look on the butterfly wings I only used a a small amount of the fibres, spreading them out between the film.

I cut my butterflies out and layered them up, using a little pinflair glue gel to stick them together in the centre.  When the light hits them you get all the colours of the rainbow in an iridescent glow.

I used some pinflair glue gel to stick my butterflies onto my gothic arch.  Im really happy with the outcome.

Adding this project to the That's Crafty - Spring into action challenge
Also the Mix It Up - ATG with a twist - create your own background
And  Creative Artiste - ATG Mixed Media

Happy Crafting


Gwyneth said...

Love your butterflies. A great make.

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Absolutely gorgeous Michelle and I love those butterflies. I used those fibres when I first started card making and haven't used them since then but I think you've just inspired me to dig them out again.....that's if I can remember where I've put them :) x

crafty-stamper said...

WOW stunning Gothic Arch Michelle fabulous background and love the amazing butterflies
Carol x

Michelle Millar said...

Thank you so much x

Tracey Thurston said...

Beautiful arch, I love those butterflies xx

Katie Lamb said...

This is stunning and love how the butterflies shimmer

Michelle Millar said...

thank you very much x

Lys Scrap said...

Wonderful butterflies! interesting this technique with fibers... Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge!

Michelle Millar said...

Thank you x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

A truly stunning project Michelle, it's been a good few years since I last used Angelina Fibres I may have to dig some out after seeing your beautiful butterflies. Thank you very much for sharing your creativity over at That's Crafty and best wishes in the Spring into Action blog Challenge.
Creative wishes Tracey DT

Michelle Millar said...

Thank you very much x

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