Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rustique Butterfly in a Spring Garden: Vintage Journey's Guest Designer

I was so excited to be asked to Guest Design for A Vintage Journey based on my pinworthy December project.

December 2015

This month's travel case includes:

Product: Something Metal
Technique: Rust Effects (perhaps using rusting or embossing powders or rust coloured paints)
Colour: Lilac or Pale Purple
Substrate: Board (eg grey board, coaster board, cardboard)

That was quite a combination with which to work!  Here's what I came up with:

I started with a harlequin piece of Tim Holtz grunge board this month's substrate.  I inked it with a multi color pigment ink pad, Brilliance twilight a combination of pearly lilacs and lavenders, perfect for the color in this month's suitcase.  Two ingredients down and two to go.

The next two ingredients are metal and rust.  I took a cue from last month's tutorial and created a butterfly with Judikins Rustique embossing powder.  I have more detail on my blog post about this project.  I started with heavy duty aluminum foil die cut and embossed with a Tim Holtz matching set.  I used embossing ink and layered two different colors of Judikin's rust effect embossing powder: azure and jade. 

Here is a die cut butterfly and one I embossed.

I inked it up with Judikins embossing ink and then layered a rustique effect embossing powder.  I layered at least three times with 2 different colors.

The first layer.

I then needed to find a way to combine the two parts of my project.  I thought a nice frame might work and rummaged through my stash.  I love this old frame and I am so happy to give it such a nice new life!  It also gave me the idea of a "garden" since it was already full of greenery and flowers.  I cut down the grunge board to fit the frame and started to embellish.

I wanted to pull more of the colour in this month's suitcase so I added several different lilac ribbons and fibers.  I tied them together with a pretty button and stuck in some pins I received in a swap.

Thanks so much to A Vintage Journey for having me as a Guest Designer this month!

Tim Holtz butterfly die and embossing folder
aluminium foil
Judkins embossing ink and Rustique embossing powder in jade and azure
Tim Holtz harlequin grungeboard
Brilliance twilight ink
Petaloo flowers and prima leaves
QQ powderpuff chalking inks: Seafoam, Desert Sun
misc ribbon, buttons, pins and pearls

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Beautiful butterfly! Gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

  2. Your entire project is gorgeous and love your butterfly technique! Thank you for joining us at The Sisterhood for our 'Punch/Die' challenge.
    Diane TSH DT

  3. WOW! Love that butterfly technique! Your project is so 'artsy' and fabulous! GREAT job! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘DIES and/or PUNCHES’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  4. Wow, beautiful! I love all those elements you chose, and together they are just amazing! Thanks for sharing your work (and your process) in my Flowers and Birds challenge at ~ Karen

  5. Great project, the butterfuly is fabulous ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  6. Splendid butterfly nicely nestled in a spring garden, an inspired project Alicia, really like the way you have combined the travel bag ingredients.

  7. Beautiful card Alicia. LOVE LOVE LOVE how you created the butterfly. Love that cardstock too. Thanks for joining us over at Frilly and Funkie for the "Let's make it a trio" challenge. :)

  8. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge.

  9. Beautiful. Love the use of 3 different ribbons/lace it looks really good together.
    Thank you for taking part is this months challenge over at Crafting Musketeer's.
    Good luck in the challenge and hope to see you again in the next challenge
    Love and Hugs
    Marie DT for Crafting Musketeer's

  10. What a fab project ,so many gorgeous techniques and details .love how you created the butterfly
    Thanks for joining us at Craft-Dee BowZ and good luck
    Tracey X

  11. Wow, a stunning project! Thanks for showing your piece of art at Ruby's Rainbow :) Love, Manuela