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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Butterfly Album

After being absent from my Craft room for a few days I thought I would just love to create something useful, just for me, not for any special reason but just for fun.  I got out all my new Tim Holtz goodies (and yes there are many....cough, cough) and finally settled on making an album.  I have no idea what I am going to use it for.... and will probably give it away...

If you follow Jenny's (Buttons) blog you will know that she generously shares her wonderful new techniques, through tutorials and videos and I wanted to refresh my mind on her faux wood technique which you can find HERE.  It really is a fantastic technique and the wood looks so realistic (and weather worn) when it is finished.

I started by die cutting an album shape from Eileen Hull's wonderful Mini Album Scoreboard XL die using ivory coloured Daler Rowney mount board (mat board in the US).  The finished album measures approximately 5 inches square.

The picture below shows the album cover after I used Jenny's technique, with the colours I chose, although you can choose any colours you like.  It also shows one of the new thinlets die cuts - Mixed Media, there are four fabulous dies in this collection.  I 'rusted' the die cut by using a mix of Distress Paint and Distress Stains in Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs.  I wanted it to represent an old trellis.
The beautiful butterfly was stamped using Tim's new Perspective stamp set.  I love that he did a proper Swallowtail butterfly in this set and I have coloured it using Scattered Distress Paint onto plain white card and stamping with Archival Ink before fussy cutting it out and mounting it onto the album with foam squares. I also added some greenery from Tim's Garden Greens die, coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.  The words 'remember to fly' are from Tim's new large chit chat stickers.
I used the same faux wood technique inside the album and added one of Tim's Idea-ology Ring Binders.  I wanted to tone down the silver and I 'rusted' it by giving a it coating of gesso and then layers of Gathered Twigs and Rusty Hinge Distress Paint, followed by a layer of Ranger multi matt medium.  I love how it turned out!
Finally here is a picture from the top showing how the Ring Binder is held in the album.  As you can see from the photo I added a second 'trellis' to the back.
It was such a lovely feeling to create something for no particular reason!  I hope you like it.  Thanks so much for visiting and even bigger thanks to those kind enough to leave a comment!

Hugs, Anne xx

46 comments:

  1. First comment! Breathtaking! I love all all all!!! Wonderful work! BArbarayaya

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  2. This should gorgeous and love the use of the weathered wood , another lovely make Anne x

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  3. loving your album using some of your new cough cough goodies...thanks for sharing your rusty technique...I'm drooling over that gorgeous butterfly...can't wait to play hugs kath xxx

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  4. This is lovely Anne...loved your weathered wood album!

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  5. This is beautiful Anne .... that butterfly is stunning!! It's always nice to make something for yourself. Enjoy your day ..... Linda xx

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  6. Anne you are making me blush but the glory is all yours my friend. You've worked your magic on this little album to create the perfect home for that wonderful trellis and gorgeous butterfly. So glad to hear you are on the mend now (missed you at the NEC) and can't wait to see more from you. Jenny xxx

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  7. What a wonderful creation - your faux wood is superb! And the butterfly too - you have a way of making butterflies look amazing. Nikki xxx

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  8. Gorgeous Anne, love the rusty elements and the wood planks background, very effective. The buttefly is a lovely finishing touch too. Gorgeous. Tracy x

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  9. Completely stunning, as always! The background looks incredible and I love the beautiful butterfly - so striking!
    Rebecca.
    x

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  10. Absolutely stunning Anne and your butterfly is so graceful looking.
    Julie x

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  11. Gorgeous Anne!! Your wood plank background is spectacular and that butterfly is down right stunning!! So vibrant, it almost looks real!! Fabulous project! hugs :)

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  12. Beautifully made, love the Album!!!

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  13. absolutely stunning album anne put together with great attention to detail. i adore that butterfly. can't wait to ink mine up. that yellow looks awrsome. beautiful. big hugs my friend x

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  14. Your wooden album looks great and that butterfly is fantastic - bice and big and colourful! Glad you got time to create for yourself!!

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  15. Hi Anne love the album and all the wood you have created. The butterfly is gorgeous, love the colours you have used. Glad you had a play just for you and you have done a great job too. I am trying to keep up with posting a comment on your blog Anne. I changed my tablet recently but for some strange reason it won't let me comment, but lets me comment on other sites. I have even cancelled following and rejoined but no luck. So I have to do it from my lap top which I don't use as often now. x

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  16. This is stunning Anne. The wood effect looks amazingly realistic and the butterfly is so beautiful.
    If you decide to give this away, you will make someone very happy however if it was me I don't think I'd be able to part with it!
    hugs Sue

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  17. Your 'rusted' hinge looks so real!! How does it feel Anne? Real rust feels gritty, but I can't imagine this does. And the beauty is, that it won't flake or contaminate what touches it like rust does. I'm fascinated by the techniques you use.
    The front of your book is gorgeous, the trellis and butterfly look straight from a garden, lol
    Now I'm wondering what you will put in it ((hugs)) :o) xx

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  18. What a wonderful book Anne! I love all the rust and that great wood background - isn't it grand to just create for fun and try out new techniques ! You've created a lovely book to store special things in!

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  19. What a beautiful album! Love that wood grain technique. The rusted die cut really adds to the whole composition.

    Love it and hugs,

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  20. All of the superlatives above and more Anne! It's truly beautiful and laden with gorgeous energy. The butterfly really does look like it will take off. I love the lattice diecut and your wonderful wood and rust effects. Glad you had fun. Nicola x

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  21. Gorgeous Anne ! The butterfly is beautiful and you've pulled off that technique to a tee ! Sue C x

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  22. Boy are you ever on a roll and a fantastic roll it is! From the faux wood to the beautiful stamped butterfly, this album is a master piece. Keep this treasure for yourself and fill it with butterflies you have stamped and colored! Oh what a keepsake for YOU or a loved one! You should do more things just out of the blue!!
    Sandy xx

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  23. Be still my heart! So cool! Love love LOVE it!

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  24. This is so beautiful Anne - you really should keep this and enjoy it.
    Toni xx

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  25. The ring binder element looks so authentically rusted and as for the faux wood, it is a beautiful effect because it genuinely does appear as though you used wood panelling for the base. This album has a gorgeous balance of rustic charm mixed with English country garden.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  26. Beautiful album cover, so thoughtfully made and put together. I'll have to check out that faux wood technique from Jennie. So glad you finally got round to doing something just for you xx

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  27. So much to love on this little album! Anne, I love the faux wood and lattice, but that butterfly is so life like that I expect it to fly off the cover! Gorgeousness. Hugs!

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  28. Stunning Anne! I love it all but the faux wood is amazing (I will check out Jenny's tutorial). I also have that die and love the little albums it makes. Love love yours though! Jennie x

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  29. Anne - this is incredible!! Your images and details like the rusted trellis (and the inside as well) and that lovely butterfly stamp are fabulous and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful make! xx Lynn

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  30. You certainly got the rust look - both on the pretty trellis& ring binder. That really does look like old rusty metal. Am so loving that bold golden butterfly with the trellis & greenery, and the faux wood background is just fab. If you give this away, someone will have a treasure for sure. I'm not sure I could bear to lose it, were I you, and had done such wonderful creativity in making the album. TFS the link to the technique. I see that I missed a post, so off to enjoy more than the brief glimpse I just got. Hope your rain eases up. At least we have sunshine with our cold! Hugs.

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  31. Beautiful rust, gorgeous faux wood technique, wonderful colours and an eye catching butterfly to finish. . . . . . . totally stunning make Anne which must be my favourite of yours to date! Hope you are feeling a little better. Sorry you couldn't come to Birmingham - it would have been lovely to meet you! Hugs, Juliaxxx

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  32. Love how you've used the technique ! Anne n the colour palette you chose works so well with it ! Reminds me of the good old British beach huts :) Another fabulous creation n wonderful that you were able to spend some time crafting just becos ......

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  33. Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. This is just wonderful Anne..the butterfly looks real to touch and the rust you have created too, very realistic, glad you've been able to get back to crafting, hugs Carole Z X

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  34. Absolutely Gorgeous, Anne!! I love everything about this album and LOVE your use of Tim's new butterfly image!! The faux techniques you've incorporated are awesome!! Jenny (Buttons) is amazing! I love her, too!! Thank you for sharing your steps, Anne!! XOXO-Shari

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  35. I'm so tickled that you created something just for fun, Annie! This is another magnificent work of art, my friend! That Jenny is something else, too! You have executed her faux wood technique perfectly! I'm telling you, you guys need a gallery!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  36. What a treat to be creating without any particular aim in mind, and what a gorgeous result. I love your faux wood look album cover, and the rusted trellis is just brilliant. I got those dies too - haven't had a chance to play yet, but I'm really inspired now. Fabulous butterfly too of course!
    Alison xx

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  37. Magnificent album Anne. I am so out of date with everything crafty, I obviously missed this one. It really is Stunning, and I do love the faux wood. Hope your well and David too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  38. Beautiful folder, have just received the Mixed Media Thinlets and am longing to use them, all 4 are fabulous. Great to see how you have used the trellis and the colours you have chosen.

    Amazing inspiration! :-) x

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  39. This makes the most gorgeous album cover. I must have a look at those new dies, love the trellis. Big hugs to you both, Angela x

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  40. Wow! Oh! Wow! that is one amazing Album Cover.
    The wood effect is wonderful and what about the "butterfly"??
    I just LOVE everything you have created.
    Have a wonderful week ahead.
    Hugs

    Patricia x

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  41. Wow Anne! Nearly missed this one….and it is A1 gorgeous - love that wood effect and that beautiful butterfly! Chrisx

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  42. Oh so gorgeous Anne! LOVE the yellow butterfly and die cut...jealous you have it and I don't...lol! Fab album cover!

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  43. Oh my! The butterfly is gorgeous! Your album is out together beautfifully, very elegant. X

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  44. Wow I so love your butterfly album. You have made Jenny proud with that gorgeous faux wood background. The butterfly is stunning. Hugs.

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  45. Wow I so love your butterfly album. You have made Jenny proud with that gorgeous faux wood background. The butterfly is stunning. Hugs.

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  46. STUNNING Anne and what wonderful use of techniques! Great way to use that mixed media die too!!

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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