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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Monday, 29 September 2014

Autumn Butterflies

Good evening everyone it has been a beautiful mild autumn day here after a damp and misty start, so I am here to show you the card I made for the Butterfly Challenge where Mrs A has asked for Autumn coloured butterflies this time. My Brusho  paints came last week and I had a quick play with them and ended up with a few multi coloured pages which at some point will be used for backgrounds. I chose to buy the set of earth tones as I felt the colours would suit my style best, although I also bought two single colours, black and a dark blue. Of course some of the earthy colours are also quite autumnal and I thought one of my pieces reflected this. I placed this Joanna Sheen butterfly flourish die in a position to show the most colours and cut it. Some of you may know that I was fortunate enough to win a very generous Joanna Sheen gift voucher at Pixies Crafty Workshop earlier this month and one of the things I bought with it was this set of Spellbinder Elegant Ovals dies.The one I have used here is the largest of the set, there are four altogether and each one has a different decorative edge. Having cut it from ivory card and with the die still in place I used tea dye DI and a duster brush to add some shading. I also over stamped it with an Inkylicious autumn verse stamp with the same ink, but as I stamped some of the ink off onto scrap paper you can't actually read it, but it just adds a little texture to the background which is really what I wanted. I stuck the butterflies over this and added some gold coloured gems and some brown Stickles glitter glue, this was then mounted onto brown glitter card. The orange patterned paper is from my stash and probably came in a pack from Chocolate Baroque when it was known as Elusive Images. The base card is a 15cm square, all the other elements are layered onto it with brown organza ribbon wrapped round under the glitter card and tied with a bow. I actually added a Thinking Of You sentiment to the top corner today because I decided to send it to someone in hospital.
I am entering this at the Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly in Autumn Colours
Thank you all so much for taking time to visit my blog and for your comments which I really appreciate.


  1. Just beautiful! I love how you've shaded the die cut butterflies. xx

  2. Beautiful card Jean, love the multicoloured butterflies and the pretty oval. I keep seeing brushos mentioned and the effects look fabulous, Cathy x

  3. The delicate stem and butterflies look stunning on that gorgeous diecut panel! WOW! It's so pretty, and I love the embossed diamond look of the orange panel too - how pretty!! You really did a nice job with this card!!

  4. So elegant and delicate, Jean.

  5. I love this card Jean. The butterflies are so pretty and the oval die is really lovely. Kate x

  6. Very beautiful card Jean. Love the background too, very nice.
    Greetings from Veerle.

  7. I love your oval composition and it was good to read how you achieved the look. Very impressed by it. I could never quite get the gist of leaving the die in place and then dusting over. I can see perfectly why now. I can see perfectly why now. Love your faded out stamping oo. Thankyou for fluttering by 15.hugs Mrs A. (Butterlfly challenge))

  8. Lovely autumnal colours Jean, and that orange is especially pretty, The Brusho paints you have used are really ideal and show beautifully on the JS butterfly flourish topper and that oval die is gorgeous.. Such an elegant card. x.

  9. Fab card Jean, I love the colour combo.
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  10. Beautiful colours, its a lovely image in the frame.
    Yvonne x

  11. Hi Jean,
    what a super card.
    great autumnal clours to you fab butterfly flourish.
    Those Brusho paints sound really wonderful.
    Lots of crafty love Jenny L.

  12. First, Congratulations on your Playground win. You've used it to get a beautiful set of dies. Love this oval. I am so enticed with the look of the brushos, but not found a USA source as yet (to have these in stock). The orange embossed panel is so rich & has so much depth of color. I LOVE it. Ditto on the delicate stems & pretty butterflies. They are wonderful over this pretty oval with the subtle stamping. A truly lovely autumn card. TFS & Hugs

  13. very pretty, elegant and sober!
    great card