Another wet and cold, windy day here in NE Scotland, but are we downhearted?? NA!! Just another excuse to stay inside and craft!! LOL
I have a bit of a wierd creation to share with you today. I saw the new challenge at Haunted Design House and wanted to play along this week. The theme is 'Beastly Butterflies'. Well, we all know that butterflies are beautiful creatures, but how do you make them beastly?? My wierd and warped mind went into overdrive for this one, and I came up with a new creature - a Beastly BAT-erfly!! LOL. It's a cross between a Bat and a Butterfly:
I have loaded this into my shop, Delicious Doodles, should anyone be interested in it. . . So, next job was to find a way of incorporating it into a card or project, so I opted to use the sketch over at Midnight Madness for it:
Go check them out over there. They are having a 'people's choice' vote for the new Priscilla Award, and yours truly has one of her cards from this last year in the top 20 - yeay! Not much chance of me winning, especially when half of their DT is in the list too, but it would be nice to get over 10 votes, so come on folks - get over there and VOTE FOR ME!! Pretty please, with little pink bows on. . .!!??
Enough already! Back to the creation. I had some fun making this card. I had been to my local craft shop especially for the Core-dinations card I used here. I wanted black and purple, so went for a black with purple core, and a purple with lilac core. Yummy - me likes purple! (you wouldn't have guessed that would you - LOL)
So, I distressed the bejaysus out of it, with torn edges to the purple card, and sand-papered the black after cuttlebugging it with a swirly folder. Then I got out my MS border punch for the edge of that, and backed it with silver mirri. The ribbon wrapped to the side is from my stash, a silver metallic and a black with silver thread in it. I stitched (yes - sewing!!) some silver thread through the card for the laced up details on the sketch, and tied it in a bow. A tip for you here - you know when using this type of thread it tends to fray at the ends? Well I stuck a wee bit of glue on the tips just to stop it doing that, hope that helps someone. . .
Next job was to do the slanted bit, so I got out my Fleur-de-Lys die and cut come pearlescent clack with it. This die is beautiful, but it's a pain in the bum to get the card out without ripping it! I traced round the outside of the die to cut the silver mirri I used to back it. This was all raised with foam pads. The flowers I made with spare bits from my bits box, with silver brad centres and stickled purple dots on the petals. I raised these too using foam pads.
Next job was my image. I printed my Bat-erfly out onto white card, pretty large so I could colour it without going over the lines (hopeless at colouring, I've decided). Used my usual watercolour pencils here, blended traditionally with brush and water. Then I scanned it to the compy and printed out three times, cut out the bits I wanted and stuck them to the card. I bent the wings over a bit on the second layer for extra dimensional interest.
My last job was to make a matching box-a-lope, which I did using Priscilla's Box-a-lope template kit and some more purple Core-dinations. I rubbed it all over with the sandpaper, and put metallic silver rub-on over the edges. I added another flower and a few sticky silver dots - job done!
Must say, I am pretty darned chuffed with how this came out. Just as I had it pictured in my mind, which doesn't always happen I'll tell ya! LOL.
I am entering a few other challenges too with this project:
Crafts and Me - Distressing
Creative Inspirations - Distressing
Flutterby Wednesday - Open theme (hope the Bat-erfly counts?)
Cute Card Thursday - No Designer Papers (sorry, not too cute here LOL)
Sir Stampalot - Butterflies and Blossoms
Righty then folks, off to do some HW - ugh! and some more DT work too, yeay! And don't forget to VOTE FOR ME!! LOL