Friday, March 15, 2019

The Social Butterfly

Hi Everyone,
Earlier this year I made the decision to step down from most of my design teams and not to apply to any new ones.  Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy being on teams and I have been on some amazing ones, but I missed making just to make.  I wanted more time to play with my stuff.  Today I pulled out a bunch of my new toys and just made.  I wanted to try a couple experiments, some worked and some didn't but I had the time to do it.  I think play makes you a better artist.  You learn how to use your tools in new and creative ways. 
So, here is the result of today's session.
I used one of the mini etcetera tags from Stampers Anonymous as my base.  I covered it with paper and then coated the whole thing with collage medium.  I sprayed on Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, and Vintage Photo Oxide sprays.  I dried it with the heat gun and then wiped it down.  I then added grit paste through a stencil and dried it.  Once it was dry I painted the flowers(Distress Paint in Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron; and  Dina Wakley Paint in Blushing) and then spritzed them with my glitter duster.  Using a dry brush I added paint to the background(PaperArtsy Paint in Green Patina and Distress Paint in Tarnished Brass) and then splattered on Black Soot Distress Paint.

I pulled bits from my vintage ephemera drawers and picked pieces that matched the color scheme of the base.  The vintage fortune gave me the idea to create the social butterfly. 
I picked the Found Relative out of the new pack and started to alter her.  I took two pairs of the new acetate wings from Tim Holtz and coated the back of one with collage medium.  I smooshed Oxide ink in Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar on my craft mat.  I ran the wings through and dried them.  I added a couple more layers like this.  Once I had the pink the way I liked it I sprayed the wings with Distress Spray Stain in Tea Dye and used an old Perfect Pearls mister to get the hint of sparkle. I coated a second pair of wings and then smoosh the two together.
I cut slits into the photo and slipped them in.  I glued them to the back of the photo.  I took some teeny vintage flowers and gave her a large bundle right where she had some flowers on in the photo.  I colored the background using a Distress Marker in Tumbled Glass.  I added a double layer of foam tape to the back of the photo so she is raised off the base.  
I embossed a Gypsy Soul Frame with gold embossing powder and slipped it behind the photo so you can just see the flourish.  
There ya go! The social butterfly is ready to go to her supper(did you see that on the vintage ticket) and mingle.  
Have a great weekend,

Try it on Tuesdays Inspired by a word challenge(the word I was inspired by was social)


  1. A really lovely Tag in that romantic Vintage style. I love your winged Lady and the embossed flowers very much. Well done.
    Dear Greetings

  2. Great results from what sounds like a fab playtime :-) Love those textured flowers and all the more because you coloured them. Wonderful. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday for our Inspired by a Word challenge.
    Cath x

  3. Jess, this is an amazing play result! I love that beautiful background and all of your elements that play on the colors. A real work of art! Good for you on your decision! Looking forward to seeing more of your 'playtime' results! Hugs!

  4. A fabulous tag Jess, love the texture the flowers bring to the gorgeous background for this beautiful social butterfly.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday
    Avril x

  5. An adorable project! Thank you very much for joining us over at Try It On Tuesday!

  6. This looks like you had a super arty play day. The tag looks fantastic and the details are great. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  7. Oh I LOVE this tag. Is that really fabric/lac on the background or a stamped image? I am glad you posted it with us on Try It on Tuesday. Hugs-Erika

    1. The base is paper that I painted, splattered, and stenciled on.

  8. This is such a beautiful work of art. I love the textures, details and the lovely lady!

  9. Gorgeous tag, love the vintage lady and the wings are fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  10. Oh Jess! This is a truly beautiful tag! I'm so pleased you joined us here at Try It On Tuesday! Hugs, Chrisx

  11. She's just wonderful with these her and great tag.


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I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.