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

    Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

    LG Dreja

  2. Sehr schön geworden.

    Vielen Dank für die teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

    LG Tina

  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

  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.

  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.

  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}

  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}}}

  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!!

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

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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.

  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!

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


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