Saturday, December 8, 2012

Gesso butterfly

Welcome - some rainy weather has given me a break from house painting to make some cards.  As I needed two in a hurry, I grabbed the images that I had been experimenting with gesso and watercolour, and made them into cards. 

This is the result of watching a video recently on using gesso over a printed page, and then stamping and watercolour over that. The problem is I cannot remember where I saw it to be able to link back and give credit to the artist.


The artwork started out as a piece of page from and old Mills and Boon romance... it was painted with gesso and left for several days.


The butterfly was then coloured using watercolour pencils and a water-brush. After that was dry I masked the butterfly and stamped the background script.


The sentiment was stamped and gold embossed across the corner, and the edges sponged with distress inks.


Although it is not clear, I used two distress inks, but forgot to let the first one dry completely before I added the second one, so they sort of blended....
Some liquid pearls were added in the corners.


A double bow in the corner made from the same ribbon that is under the left hand edge of the image panel.


When I bought the gift to go with the card, it was gift wrapped by the shop I purchased it at - I asked if they had pink and purple toned paper, and this is the result - an awesome match!  
I think my 85 yr old young Aunt will love the combination!

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19 comments:

  1. Oh, ein Frühlingsbote im kalten Winterweiß....wundervoll!

    Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

    LG Dreja

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  2. Sehr schön geworden.

    Vielen Dank für die teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

    LG Tina

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  3. Gorgeous butterfly, Maxine! This is such a pretty card, and I love the colours.

    Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog. Sorry I'm not able to reciprocate as often as I would like. Life is very busy at the moment, though happily all good!

    Lynne x

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  4. It's a great card and a brilliant technique-must give it a go!.Thanks for sharing it with us at ATCs with Attitude.

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  5. Maxine, this is like a breath of fresh air after seeing all the Christmas cards out there! SO beautiful and love the way you did this.
    Stunning card.
    Lynn

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  6. This is beautiful. Lovely colours and embellishments. Everything works so well together. Thanks for sharing your talent. Good luck with the challenge. Hugs Desíre {Lady Anne's Paper Crafts DT Member} {Doing Life - my personal blog}

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  7. Wow Maxine - such a great technique - I need to give Gesso a try! Love the colours and image - gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration my friend! Lovely to see you! {{{hugs}}}

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  8. This is so beautiful Maxine!!!! Purple is my fav color!!! Your Aunt is going to love this. I haven't tried gesso yet. I love how it looks on your card so I might have to pick some up. Blessings to you!!

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  9. What a beautiful card Maxine!! I have heard about this technique, but never tried it. You have done an amazing job!!
    Alicia xx

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  10. what a beautiful piece of artwork Maxine. You really did a great job on this one.

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  11. Lovely card and a great technique. Thanks for sharing with us at SDD and good luck. Hugs, Gale DT

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  12. Look at you!! Maxine this is so fun and whimisical and SO talented!! You should do a tutorial on how you did this - I'm looking at it up and down trying to figure it out but am a visual learner, lol. Simply stunning! Blessings!

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  13. Pretty card, Maxine! Working with watercolor pencils is fun, lovely job!
    Thanks so much for popping in...you brought joy to my day!
    Hugs!

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  14. A super card. Thank you for joining us at HSC for our Butterfly challenge.
    hugs sarah x

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  15. WOW- fabulous! I love the technique and the colors- and that fabulous bow! And how cool for the card colors to coordinate with the package.

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  16. I liked your card very much. I especially like the colors of purple and pink used. Thank you for joining us at Cards by Lady Anne. Hope to see your beautiful work very soon!

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  17. Wow, your innovative techniques come together to create such a gorgeous card!! Love the butterfly and bow!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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