Butterfly on the block

Right to the wire for this week’s Sunday Stampers Challenge where Hels is asking you to change something. I’m currently enjoying raiding my stash of wooden blocks so have altered one of those:


I knew exactly how I wanted this to turn out and I have to tell you that this is nothing like it!! That said I’m very happy with how it ended up. I covered the block with some paper from the Gecko Galz Floral Symphony paper pack and then added some stamping. I used my stamp script and Iced Spruce ink then a harlequin stamp and worn lipstick. I also added a few strips of washi tape with a musical score pattern. You can’t really see any of these distinctively as I then added a layer of white acrylic paint. I didn’t want this to be even, so rubbed some of it off and added more to other areas. Once everything was dry I inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink.


The top of the block is decorated with strips of muslin that I layered up. I’ve added a paper rose and some metal leaf embellishments.



On the front I made a central plaque from corrugated card, book page and more muslin and, surprise surprise, topped it with a stamped and inked butterfly.


I’ved added a little bunch of paper roses tied with a scrap of muslin and topped off with a metal brad.


I am also sharing this with Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog where the theme for challenge #8 is to use metal or glass.




Thanks for buzzing by.


Butterfly on the block — 12 Comments

  1. The back of your block is just as great as the front. All the right underpinnings as well as the just right application of white to make it all work. Your frayed fabric adds fabulous texture right down to the “ribbon” for your nifty button to sit on. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Another fab block, I cannot help wondering what it looked like before you altered it. Lovely soft colours and lots of wispy bits, making your block look very soft and girly. Great finishing touches, especially the roses and brad.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you. These blocks are quite rough underneath so covering them is perfect. Just wish I could persuade Mr B to chop up the piece of wood I bought about a zillion years ago, then I’d have loads ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. This is so soft and feminine! I really like the way you used different elements on the original paper. The white paint softens the paper pattern and sort of melds all the elements together. I’ve only used this technique once, and it’s something I need to try again–it makes for a wonderful background. Thank you for taking photos so that we can see the side and back of the block, as well as the main image. It’s great to see the base that forms this lovely project!
    Hope your weekend is super ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Roberta – the tough bit was deciding which way to go as the paper, stamping and paint base was very pretty just as it was. Another day it might have turned out differently ๐Ÿ™‚

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