Monday, June 22, 2015

Fusion Bright Butterfly Challenge + Video

Hi everyone it is the wee hours in the morning and I have not gone to bed yet. I wanted to get a video made to go along with this post. Lol! The dogs were quiet and I was holding my breath that no train would come rumbling through. with the horn blaring. The only thing that separates my apartment from the train tracks is the parking lot. So needless to say when a train comes by you know it without a question. Then I had forgotten how to use the editing software for videos. It has been so long since I have made a video. The easiest part was uploading it to You Tube.

On Thursday Fusion posted their new challenge. The challenge happened to be titled Bright Butterfly so you know I had to see what I could do. Unfortunately I was not able to duplicate the bright colors but I think you will like my results. You can join in the fun here: challenge closes at noon PST June 30th.
Here is the sketch and inspiration photo.
Drum roll please as I unveil this gorgeous creation. Once again the photo does not do it justice even though I spent more time trying to get a couple of good pictures than creating the card.
I could not get as bright of colors as I wanted. I probably should have used my Distress Paint. However I do like how it turned out. If I did things correctly there should be a video at the end of this post on how to create the background. The only thing I didn't mention in the video is that after I did my alcohol marker technique I went ahead and used color mists.

I embossed plastic using a Darice embossing folder. I then used FolkArt glitter paint to paint the butterflies on the debossed side. When the paint was dry I used a black alcohol marker around the wings. Then smudged it using a paintbrush which was dipped in alcohol blending solution. Then I took a brush and painted over the back with Peridot Metallic paint and wiped it off. I wasn't fast enough and the paint dried before I got all I wanted off. A paper towel with a dab of dish detergent wiped over it and then wiped off took the excess off so that there was just small speckles of the paint. I love how the paint migrated into the debossed places. When the paint was dry I turned it over and used a marker to draw in the body and antennas of the butterflies.

I added a frame even though the sketch doesn't have one because otherwise where I glued the plastic down would have shown. Of course I could have stapled it down at the corners using my colored staples. I wasn't sure what color I was going to use for the card base but the blue really pops the background better than the pink so the pink is the card base.

My sentiment is from a set of butterfly stamps. Alas they did not get put away in their sack so I'm not sure who the maker is. I often stamp on tissue wrapping paper but I decided to see about stamping on nonstick parchment paper as it is a little stiffer. I was afraid of making a mess stamping directly onto the plastic. I have with Stazon stamped on plastic before but never sentiments. I used StazOn teal ink and adhered it using a glue stick. Like vellum  using a tape runner would show.

Here is my first You Tube video. Luckily my laptop with web cam is very flexible. In fact more flexible than I am. Lol! Ignore my paint splattered vinyl cover on my work table. As well as the trash can in the background.

Let me know what you think of my video. I know I need to make sure that what I'm doing is within the frame. I don't think I did too bad for my first You Tube video.

Do you like watching videos or would you rather see step by step photographs? Also along this same line do you like reading about the process I go through  as I create or would you rather I skip it?

As I said it is the wee hours and I best head off to dreamland. Morning will come too early with two dogs ready to go on an adventure outside. Who needs an alarm clock when they have two dogs.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. I really enjoyed your video. The results of your piece is beautiful!

  2. How pretty!!
    Thanks for joining us at FUSION!


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