Saturday, 4 January 2014

The flower a tethered butterfly

My project today is a tag, well, actually a tag pocket with a little card inside, a thank you to a colleague who helped me out recently at work.  The front of the tag features a chippie of a Julie Nutting doll called Holly.

To decorate the chippie I started with Gesso and then sprayed with Smooch Glitz, I smoothed the spray with a paint brush to try and give the impression of a flat fabric like satin.  I then used a stencil and some mica to add the butterfly detail to the skirt.  To finish the doll I got out my Copics and just coloured as I would on paper, which seemed to work.

I made the flower embellies too following a tut on the Flying Unicorn Forum where they’ve got a challenge going to make these flowers and feature them on your project.  They are really simple to make but I think they are quite pretty although a tip or two, a heavy designer paper is not suited to what is essentially origami and a ¾” petal is very fiddly to fold.  The front of the tag follows the current sketch at the Outlaw’s sketch challenge, I actually remembered to get a picture of my creation so I can enter this week’s challenge, not like last week when I popped the card in the post before getting a picture!  I did add the bow element to the top and skipped the oval element, I thought Holly was a good replacement being quite tall and thin although not very rounded.

I added a pocket to the back of the tag, inspired by a post on the Flying Unicorn blog by Alda.  I sprayed it with the same Smooch as Holly’s dress and added some more butterflies to match.  I also added some designer paper to the back of the tag to match the front.  I didn’t have a smaller version of the ribbon on the front so I stamped the pattern on some plain canvas ribbon using a bindi stamp.

The little tag that goes inside was cut from a couple of Nesties.  I’ve layered the front of it to add interest and picked up the pearls from the centre of the flower in the corner embellie.  I echoed this on the back of the tag where I also used a resin flower in a matching colour as another of the folded flowers would have been too much.  I’ve left an enormous tail to the tag out of baker’s twine so I can tie this package style around the gift.

Crafty Catz has a thank you theme on their current challenge so I am also entering my tag in there as it is definitely about thanking someone.

Skin E5o, E51, E53
Hair E29, E31, E35, E49
Dies, Stencils & SVGs etc
Spellbinders Nestabilities – 5x7 Card Creator &Resplendent Rectangles
Glitz Wild & Free – Alphabet & Words Stickers
Kaisercraft Pearls – Blush
Leaky Shed Chipboard – Holly by Julie Nutting
Webster’s Pages Whimsies – Lotus Flower Bloom
Inks & Paints etc
ColorBox Chalk – Dark Brown
Mica – Copper
Smooch Spritz – Emerald Sprinkle & Pralines and Cream
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Tea Dye
Tsukineko Encore! Ultimate Metallic – Gold
American Crafts Cardstock – White
Christina Re Designer Card – Shimmering Pearl

Piatek Trzynastego Magic Moments – Evening in Venice
Prima Tag – Julie Nutting
Studio 75 – Rosalie in the Garden 04
Ribbons & Trim etc
Baker’s Twine Key Lime & Princess Pink
Maya Arts Canvas Ribbon – Scrolls
The Paper Studio – Canvas Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This is just stunningly chic and so elegant. I just adore those folded circle embellies and the beautiful colouring.
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  2. Beautiful tag and love the pocket on the back, beautiful colours too, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  3. This is so pretty love the flower!

    Thank you for joining our Thank You challenge at Crafty Catz this week

  4. gorgeous tag. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz! Kim x


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