This year so far I seem to be in a bug phase, at the
beginning of the year I found a silver cicada ring,(which
I bought) and I loved it so much I looked for
a plastic one to craft with.
I found lots of tubes and packets with assorted
plastic bugs which inspired me to this framed
I have layered Imaginarium chipboard butterflies with
dragonfly's and solid butterflies.
to create a mythical layered flying machine.
I have then topped it with a painted bug.
With a wide selection to choose from in
the bag of bugs, I have chosen here a dragon fly.
Each panel is different.
To achieve the pearlescent look, I
have sprayed the chipboard with
matt black spray paint and allowed it to dry.
Then I have layered over metallic gold paint, and
assorted colours of metallic Inka gold.
I have also use some of the Stemple farbe for
a glittery look to some of the wings.
You can mix contrasting colours for a really
neat look that pops.
This little creature is a chipboard butterfly that
I have added Mega Flakes to, you can
just follow the instructions below to
create a gorgeous opal look like this.
I tried a plain black frame first and while
it was ok, the white frame above looked so
Paint chipboard butterfly black with
Matt black spray paint and
allow to dry.
Rub over flitter glue,this is a sticky size
that will dry tacky and help
the gilding flakes adhere.
You can fudge this with ordinary glue,
but the flitter glue is better.
Level the glue out with your fingers, so it will
Place Mega flakes randomly over top of glue, when it
Tap down the flakes so that they
cover most of the black chipboard.
Then use a scouch pad, (plastic scourer)
to remove excess gold flake,to reveal
the gilded wings below.
I have added a little purple inka gold
to the edges of the wings to
Match with the other
creatures I have made
Cover surface with a thin coat of dimensional magic
to seal the surface and give a wonderful shine.
Here are some close ups of each creature I have made
The larger middle butterfly sits in a gilded frame.
This, I have gold embossed twice for a lustrous effect.
The dragon fly has black opal seed beads
adhered to his body for dimension.
I have used Dimensional magic to
affix the beads as it dries glossy and clear.
I have added in some metal charms too, for
smaller and shiny layers.
Each creature sits on a chipboard panel
I have created with Magnolia Lane papers and stamps.
This butterfly has a Magnolia Lane die cut
in the middle for a touch of realism
Each bug is sprayed with matt black spray paint
too. And when dry rub over gold metallic paint first,
as a base.
Allow to dry and then dab or blend
contrasting colours of inka gold.
It picks up all of the texture.
Dont forget to decorate the centres, I have used a rhinestone
and silver bugle bead here.
Wishing Well Address book
This practical little book is made from
a purchased address book from a supermarket.
This project is a little more simpler than the last
but still pretty.
I have used texture paste, lace and braid to
alter the surface of the book.
Then added trinkets, chipboard and resin shapes in a
cluster to decorate my cover.
Everything gets painted with gesso and painted
with Calypso Teal Dylusions paint.
I have double embossed the frame, and while
hot, spray with Calypso teal Dylusions, continue
to heat for a second or two and then allow to cool.
this gives a wonderful antiqued look.
When you are happy with your book, rub over
copper and turquoise inka gold for
a burnished patina.
Imaginarium Chipboard Used