June 2, 2011
Faux Ruby Glass Butterflies
They sparkle like glass, but these butterflies are easy to make.
In an earlier post I explained how to create the "broken glass" effect. It's the same process. Instead of heavy layers to crack and break, it's lighter, 2 to 4 coats. I tape the butterfly to a craft stick and apply Versa Mark. I keep my UTEE in a plastic container with a spoon. The butterfly is small enough to dip directly into the container to re-coat. I'm careful, but I always imagine the amazing mess if I were to ever accidentally aim the hot gun at the powder box. When I get my "just right" finish (and that's something that practice will will help with) I carefully use an X-acto blade to release the embellishment from the craft stick. Do this right away before it cools. Do any needed trimming right away. Also this is your only moment to adjust the wings. This lighter finish cools much faster than the heavier "broken glass".
I started with the idea of the colors in this card from Play Date Cafe Challenge and the design sketch by Just Add Ink. I fell in love with the metallic ruby paper from DCWV. I loved it against white. My other colors, grey & green became accent colors (like a color splash). I was also able to completely create this card using my Cricut Expression.
DCWV The Mariposa Cardstock Stack (Ruby)
DCWV The Brights Cardstock Stack (White)
Cricut Expression, UTEE, Hot Gun, Rhinestones, Tacky Glue, Pearl Sprig, Spray Adhesive
I hope you like the butterflies and thanks for the visit!
"Peace and Chicken"
Card is entered in:
Play Date Cafe Challenge #84
Just Add Ink #70
My Mum's Craft Shop, #8 Things with Wings
Charisma Cardz Challenge #22 Something that Flies
By The Cute and Girly Challenge, June-In the Garden
Digi Stamps 4 Joy, #20 : "On the wings of a ..."
Update: I won Cup of the Week with Play Date Cafe! Yaah! Woohoo! Another Badge for my site. I really loved these butteries. I've sent out thank yous and I will also be receiving a cool set of stamps from "Mark's Finest Papers". I must admit I hadn't heard of these folks until the challenge...but I checked out their website and it's nice! They have #140lb cardstock! Gotta get me some of that! I won a stunning stamp set called "Planted With Love". I like their stamps too. I don't really go for sweet and cute (know...too cute)but these stamps are all great images with fun fonts. Thank you Play Date Cafe and Mark's Finest Papers.