Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Take on Tim's September 2015 Tag - Butterfly Card

*** If you are looking for my Stampotique Halloween Card, please click on the link or scroll down ~ Crazy me did 2 posts in one day!

For this month I went totally off the grid.  I struggled with how to duplicate the beauty of this tag immensely, until I came to the conclusion that I didn't HAVE to copy Tim's tag, but I could be inspired by it!  What a revelation!

So, here is my interpretation of Tim's September 2015 Tag :

How I made my Card:
White Card Base
Black Cardstock
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations French Flight, #659884
FLY stamp from Redlead Paperworks (set I used is discontinued)
Ranger Glossy Paper
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Assorted Alcohol Inks (Ranger, TRIA refills, Pinata Inks)
Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool
Alcohol Blending Fluid
Silver Paper
Pop Dots
2 Black Brads

First I alcohol inked my glossy paper,  After putting on my rubber gloves, I dripped ink, added blending solution, used the ink blending tool, dripped more ink and generally had a great time.  When
I was finished I had 2 totally different sheets bursting with the vibrant colors of alcohol ink. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the sheet I used, but here are some of the butterflies I cut out using the French Flight die set.

I choose 3 butterflies and set then aside.  I took a strip of silver paper and stamped the word FLY on it to simulate the word band that Tim used on his tag.  I attached that to the black cardstock, using the black brads, that I was going to use to mount my butterflies.  I know I have Ranger's Black Mounting Foam somewhere in this mess, but I couldn't find it, so I settled for standard white pop dots.  I dotted the back of my butterflies and adhered them to the panel of black cardstock.  Lastly, I glued the black panel to my white card base.

There you have it.  While I wished I could have duplicated that background Tim made using the Texture Paste I don't have any, but no fear, that and the frosted film are on the wish list.  I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial ~ Christi
Ages ago I wrote a little blog post on Alcohol Inks - you can take a look at it HERE.

I am entering my Butterfly Card in the following challenges:
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - September
Use Your Stuff - #193, Markers/Inks
Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog - Anything Goes/Twist of Black
Craftin Desert Divas - Things with Wings
Addicted to Stamps - #110, Butterflies
Less is More - #243, Something Shiny 
Collage Obsession - Trio


  1. Thos butterflies are super cool in those colours! x

  2. I absolutely love what you came up with Christi. It really works when you think outside the box. Outstanding girl!

  3. So love this! I love that you took inspiration from the tag and made the card your own. Those butterflies are phenomenal! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff and hope to see you again!
    Tammy DT

  4. Wow, those butterflies are amazing, the colours look sensational! And you know, I'm sure that taking his ideas and moving off at a tangent to make a creation that is entirely yours is what an artist like Tim Holtz really intends when he produces his inspiration pieces. Making exact copies of his work may be an interesting technical challenge but it doesn't bring out a person's creativity in the way his inspiration gas done for you

    1. Hopefully he will think the same way Jane :) LOL XO

  5. WOWZERS! Absolutely AMAZING technique and those butterflies are just adorable, shiny and classy.
    Sadly we have a limit of 5 challenge entries at less is more including our own and I think you may have exceeded that on this occasion. So sorry but do hope you'll play along again sometime.
    Less is More

    1. I'm sorry Sazzle :( I will be much more careful the next time!

  6. This is sooo beautiful ! I love the colors and the amazing technique ! Thank you so much for joining us at Craftin' Desert Divas !! Hope you have a wonderful day !
    Mayra DTM

  7. What fun you had... these are amazing, but as Sarah said we do have a maximum of five challenges which may be combined... but we'd LOVE you to join us again!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  8. What a stunning and dramatic creation! What a shame you exceeded the five challenges, do hope you'll join us again.
    Thank you for joining us this week
    "Less is More"

  9. What a wonderful technique and your butterflies really pop against the black. Such a shame you've exceeded our challenge limit, please do join us again.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  10. Lovely butterflies, thanks for sharing with Artistic Inspirations!

  11. Lovely Rainbow Butterflies. Thank you for joining the Addicted To Stamps Challenge this time. Hugs Rita


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