6 May 2013

Learning from Trace

Hi everyone, and before you ask yes, I have managed to venture outside the room of craft here at 'Chez Buttons' in the past 48 hours (even making 3 dozen assorted muffins and a rhubard/blackcurrant crumble for the hungry hoards!)

There has also been a lot of crafting going on too though, I must admit. Well it's really light at last and there are so many clever ideas to try. Yesterday I received an email from Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs with the most beautiful digital images and the need to put them to use was positively overwhelming. 


You can find these at Nicecrane Designs HERE and don't forget, if you use the code NSD on orders over $5 there's a 25% discount today - it's a win, win!!


So here's what I did with some of them, utterly inspired by Trace Metcalfe's Saturday Step by Step tutorial at Frilly and Funkie HERE. Oh, and before I go on Anne (HERE) and Rosie (HERE) have also been inspired by Trace's tutorial. Those are the one's I'm aware of, but there may well be more:)


There were a few differences between mine and the original masterpiece; I used white corrugated card as a base and added fragments from the printed images and a piece of dry embossed cardstock. It was all dry brushed with white gesso and some DS Antique Linen before white texture paste was stencilled over and layers of DP Picket Fence and Renaissance Treasure Gold were brushed on.


Initially I was nervous about painting over the image fragments but the colours and detail are sharp enough that they can take this kind of alteration in their stride. Adding clear embossed butterflies from the same design sheet created a great contrast. The background consisted of embossed card/vellum with Treasure Gold applied, and a layer of lace with PVA pearl dots to highlight it. This feels rather shabby chic and I've completely fallen in love with these digital images. And as I was inspired to create this by Trace it fits with
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Inspired By


Do take the chance to look at Trace's superb tutorial and don't forget that discount on your digital images at Nicecrane Designs (which runs out at the end of today). Have a great week ahead and take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny x

28 comments:

  1. It's great to have wonderful inspirations - this card is beautiful and who would think a piece corrugated card could look so lovely!! Gorgeous.

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  2. Wonderful! Love the bright butterflies agains the soft background, so pretty!!

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  3. Beautiful, Jenny. I love the soft vintage feel of this. XXX Keren

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  4. How beautiful Jenny! I'm loving your use of whites in recent projects. Gorgeous combination of fabby elements here. All those muffins AND crumble - girl I hope they appreciate you! Have a lovely week. Nicola x

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  5. Beautiful, Jenny. So many wonderful textures. I love that subtle brick wall, too.

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  6. OMG Jenny,I am falling in love with this card,,,,,,love how you add deepth to my butterflies,,, I am really surprised,,,,,,,love the one bottom left,,,,,love it love it,,and what a creative idea to use white corrugated cardboard ,,,,,,,you are so unique,,,,,,very well done Jenny.

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  7. A stunning card Jenny and I love all the textures and elements you have incorporated, particularly the corrugated card and lace.

    Beautiful and inspiring. Will definitely check out the tutorial.

    CRafty Hugs

    Annie x

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  8. Oh! My! Word!! You always truly amaze me with your wonderful creations. I really wish I could shake myself out of my comfort zone to try some of the things you do. Keep saying "can't teach an old crafter new tricks" well maybe not that old just stuck in my ways.
    Hope you have had a fabulous weekend

    Patricia xxx

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  9. Hi Jenny, Hope you are well. Another beautiful project. Love the layers and the way you have given the butterflies in the background a wash to soften them and the ones in the foreground clear emboss that really make them pop out. Hugs Mo x

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  10. Hi Jenny
    this is so pretty I love how you have put the wash over the paper it really brings it all together to make a real pretty card
    Ria

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  11. Oh wow Jenny, I so love this butterfly sheet, can't wait to use mine, they are my most favourite creatures and you have done them proud. Love the beautiful soft background which really give the butterflies centre stage. A stunning card! Loving the sound of the muffins and crumble......and thanks for the shout out too. Hugs, Anne x

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  12. That's a wonderful card with great details.

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  13. The gesso softening works perfectly Jenny, giving such a lovely old world charm to your lovely piece.

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  14. Wow Jenny, absolutely stunning. You are so talented. Hugs Rita xxx

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  15. jenny what a beautiful piece, love the softness you have created in the background, so glad you like my stepXstep , very flattered as you are always dreaming up new and creative ways to do things! A really gorgeous make ,you have chuffed me up! Hugs trace x

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  16. Great card - love the pale background which makes the butterflies stand out even more!!

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  17. Morning Jenny, Wow, wow, wow, I truly love this shabby chic make, loving the neutral colourway and the gorgeous image is beautiful. Have popped over to view the other beautiful works or art too, truly beautiful creations, I wish I had just a little of your creativity ha ha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  18. Jenny, what a gorgeous card! Love the soft colors and those images are really stunning! Love the texture! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  19. Jenny...your card is stunning. I love the soft, vintage loveliness that you've achieved with the basically white textural background and then just a pop of color on the butterflies. Just to look at the card is so calming! I love the different textures in your background. Not too much...just the perfect amount and arrangement to not detract from the butterflies. So pretty! Thank for sharing your art and your inspiration (Trace is awesome) with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  20. A lovely arrangement Jenny...great layering.

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  21. Hi Jenny,
    This is just lovely,
    Rosie x

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  22. Really beautiful, Jenny... you've made those butterflies look even lovelier, and the shabby chic look is wonderful!
    Alison x

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  23. What an inspiration...love the soft color and neutrals...she is so good at that! I love your fluttery friends! Great color to contrast this up! Beautiful work! Thank you so much for being inspired this week and sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

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  24. Those muffins sound yummy! I adore your card!! Those are gorgeous butterflies and on the textured whites. Very nicely done!
    Hugs Kelly

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  25. Beautiful Jenny, who would have thought that a brick wall could look so pretty, and the butterflies are gorgeous. I've had a look at Trace's step by step - yup one for me to try too :-) xx

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  26. Absolutely beautiful Jenny! Beautiful images and colours, fab' textures, great composition. A brilliant piece. Chris xxx

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  27. A very pretty card Jenny with those lovely butterflies. What I really love is how you've used the corrugated card and the gesso to calm everything down.
    Hugs, Juliaxx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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