Saturday, March 8, 2014

Filigree Butterflies Tag

I don't know about you, but I am so ready for spring to arrive! We haven't had the horrible snowfall where I am, but it has been much colder than usual for way longer than it normally is. I've decided that if I start working on nothing but spring-y projects, it will have no choice but to show its face. And it seems to be working! Today we have beautiful blue skies with lots of sunshine. Spring is (almost) here!

I have been obsessing over these pretty, lacy butterfly dies from Karen Burniston's new Butterfly Pivot Card die set and the companion decorator set. I thought it would be fun to show that, while they're gorgeous when used on a Pop it Ups card, they are also beautiful on their own.

I thought they would be perfect for my Faux Tarnished Silver technique, and they are! It's hard to believe that they're not real metal embellishments. I will definitely be making more of these to have on hand for other projects. If you haven't tried this technique yet, you really need to! It's so easy and I guarantee you'll get great results.

Since color is the theme over at the Inspiration Emporium blog this month, I decided to use this pretty paper from Prima. I added Tissue Tape here and there to give it a little more texture. The stamp (one of my faves) was inked with Wendy Vecchi's Watering Can ink, leaving the 'to be wonderful' uninked. After I stamped it, I added Chit Chat stickers and one of the new Alpha Parts to complete the sentiment.

To finish it off, I added some of the new idea-ology Jute String and a length of Crinkle Ribbon that was dyed with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain. Speaking of which, I need to remember to use my stains more. Did you ever see this pretty sampler of ribbon I made a couple years ago? So pretty! I think I'll have a little dyeing party soon!

Most everything I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Don't forget to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save yourself 10%!

I'm off to a spring-y tea party to celebrate my birthday (a bit early). I have the best friends! Hope you all have a fantastic and creative weekend. :)


  1. Beautiful Tag Shelly, I love your metal butterflies, they rock!! I am hoping that spring is right around the corner too!! Let's keep our fingers crossed.

  2. Your work is always such inspiration. I live in NE Wisconsin which has truly been the frozen tundra since mid-November. Can't wait to see real butterflies even though yours are awesome. I subscribe to your blog feed through netvibes. I hope you have stats on those of us who are not bloglovin' fans. thanks as always for sharing.

  3. So pretty! I just love seeing the dies used for things other than pop-ups. Your faux finishes are so realistic looking. So impressive! I shall think thawing thoughts for you.

  4. Beautiful Shelly, the industrial look butterflies contrast fabulously with the soft colours in the background xx

  5. I'm enjoying your ATB's so much . Especially making Tim's tag as an ATB. I remember clearly how beautifully you took his 12 tags of Christmas and used them in a configuration tray. Your butterflies today sent me running (truth be told I drove) to my local craft store to snag the die and I'll try your technique tomorrow.
    What did you use as background on the blocks? Paper or paint and stamping? I'd love to give them a try but I can't figure out the first steps. Thanks - everything you share on your blog is greatly appreciated.

  6. Very beautiful Shelly, love it!


  7. I loved your Tag when I first saw it on Pinterest. What a great choice of products and talent.

  8. Great tag! Hope you have a great birthday week and celebrate in a big way Saturday!

  9. I know what you mean about the weather. It was a beautiful day here in the UK. I worked in the garden for a few hours & the sun felt so good. It's back to the cold weather tomorrow however, hopefully not for too long.
    Your tag is gorgeous, love the butterflies.


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