Butterfly Garden

Happy Sunday and Welcome!

Not many of you know but a few years ago I was dealing with major back issues which basically rendered me unable to walk and months on end full of excruciating pain.   It was a very difficult journey for myself and my family, the road to recovery was long and a lot of work.  Certainly gave me a new appreciation for the everyday little things.

“Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly.”

It seems that spring is hiding from many of us and we’re all itching for blue skies & green grass.  While we all wait I hope this project will raise your spirits a bit!


The base of my project is a Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag, which I first covered with paper, a bunch of tags and labels.  Then a layer of clear gesso to seal it and make my colors flow better.


To add some extra texture (in case you didn’t see my last post, I am obsessed with texture) I used Finnabair White Sand Texture paste with some Tim Holtz stencils.  I didn’t want the past to be white so I added some Vintage Ivory Prima Artisan Powder to the paste before spreading over the stencils.


I really wanted the center of the tag to be the focus so I applied green mists only in the center like a T,  keeping the corners of the tag lighter.

It’s hard to see but I painted some paper straws and added to the background as a bit of a base.  Then came the die cuts…wow as I went through my dies looking for greenery type dies I realized I have LOTS!!!  Yeah I know I shouldn’t be surprised, and if you saw my collection of dies you wouldn’t be either!


Of course the main focus is the butterfly, with all the green in the background I love how the orange just pops!!  For the body I used a vintage clothes pin and this fancy key hole which I made using one of the Prima IOD molds.  To finish the keyhole and make all the pretty details stand out I used some Finnabair wax.

I hope this project inspires you to find fun ways to use your dies, create texture and maybe even use something you wouldn’t expect (like the clothes pin)!

Thank you for joining me, happy creating!

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