Monday, March 4, 2013

Mix and Mask

Mix and Mask Butterfly

My Latest Mixed Media Project

New Creation Mix and Mask
My 3 youngest kids were swimming in a big meet this weekend and we spent the weekend at a hotel. I stamped a couple of butterflies before we took off and threw a few supplies into a bag so I could do some art during the down times which were limited!! I love this verse and the truth of our transformation as believers in Jesus. When I bought this butterfly image I knew I would do something on a larger scale than a card since it is such a big image. I have a stack of these cool back ground papers that I created using the CitraSolv Magic technique that Lydia shared with us a while back. The butterfly is stamped in Versafine Onyx and embossed in black detail embossing powder. I didn't get an even impression and because I was in a hurry (I was supposed to be heading out the door for the meet but just HAD to stamp a couple butterflies before we left ) I didn't pull out my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I was lined up correctly, and as a result, I had a bit of a halo around the top of the butterfly and two sets of antennae. I added some color to these areas when I was coloring with my markers. I used: Tempting Turquoise, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Basic Black, Peach Parfait and Tangerine Tango to color the inside of the butterfly. I added some Sahara Sand around the edges to make it stand out even more. Then I really had some fun adding highlights with a white gel pen. I also added some red gel pen up in the orange sections. Here are some close up shots where you can better see these additions.

After I'd finished coloring, I masked off the butterfly and added the sprays to the bg. I used some blue reinkers and water in a spritzer to add the blues and used Tsukineko Terra Cotta Walnut Stain spray for the other. I purposefully tried to get some bigger spots so they could drip down a bit. Since I was away from home with no more stamps around, I used newspaper words and letters for my verse (thanks to the hotel for the complimentary copy!).
Stamps: Swallowtail
Paper: National Geograpic page, newspaper
Ink: Versafine Onyx,
Accessories: Black embossing powder, blue reinkers, markers, spritzer, Tsukineko Terra Cotta Walnut Ink spray, white and red gel pens
Techniques: Embossing, CitraSolv Magic, Masking, Spraying, Collage


  1. This looks amazing! Your butterfly is gorgeous and I love the verse you chose. The newsprint letters work perfectly!

  2. I love the double impression - it really adds dimension - just beautiful1