Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blue Print Butterfly Shadow Box

I have to admit I have been in sort of a slump for a short bit and haven't been partaking in my usual challenges last week or the week prior so I decided I better get into my craft room and just do what I love.
WARNING: Lots of Pictures and long post. :) Grab some coffee!!

When I saw that Tim Holtz challenged us over at his blog Here to use our Sizzix tattered floral die, I knew I had to do this. I also wanted to join in on Simon Says Stamp and Show this week. Their challenge is to use a stamp that we love but never use. 
I have had this Easter Blueprints Tim Holtz stamp set for a bit and I bought it because I just love the butterfly (you know me and butterflies, I have a soft spot for them) so I decided that this was the stamp I was going to use for this challenge. I haven't used it yet and I always eye it when I go into my stash.
I wanted to make another shadow box (I had made a smaller one here ) for this project and I got this really ugly 8x10 one that someone had painted orangish/red at the thrift store. Since I'm covering it anyway I didn't need to re-paint it. I used Tim Holtz tissue tape in several different designs to cover the outside. 

I then used the gold distress stain to add a bit of gold shimmer to it. (please excuse my messy craft area)

I then went through my paper stash and I have this wonderful Graphic 45 paper so I used that for my background. I grunged some of the edges on the smaller pieces and added Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs. I also used some tissue tape and gold distress stain on the smaller papers. I also stamped my butterfly onto the the brown colored sheet for my background. (didn't picture that sorry)

Once that was done, I set them aside to dry. I then stamped my butterfly on a sheet of blank white paper and embossed it with Ranger black embossing powder. I then colored and highlighted with distress markers in various colors.

I then created my set of wings with Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art. If you haven't use this stuff, it's fantastic. I can't say enough about it. I colored my clearly for art wings with Alcohol inks in various colors. 

I used the same technique with the clearly for art with my flowers. Layering the colors as I went, once that was done you can heat it up and shape it however you want to. If you don't like it, heat it up again and re-shape. The stuff is soooo cool.!!

I also used a background stamp to stamp an image onto one of the larger flowers (clearly for art piece) so that it would match the paper I used. I used Archival Ink in Sepia for this so it would be permanent.

Once that was done I heated these up and shaped them the way I wanted them to look. I'm sorry I forgot to take a picture of that process.
I also created some flowers with the same paper that I used for the background and inked up the edges with Gathered Twigs distress ink.
For one of my other large flowers I used perfect medium to go around the petals edges and then used this really cool Stampendous embossing tinsel. It's shimmery and has a glitter tinge.

I went over this petal with gathered twigs as well. 
This is what the flowers looked like once they were put together. I added a brad to each one.

I love the way they came out, so rusty and grungy looking. The Clearly For Art really gave me the effect that I wanted. So cool!!
Here is my project once I put it all together.

Before I put it in the shadow box. I also added some flourishes from one of Tim's movers and shapers dies. 

I made the little bead pins here as well. I just put together some beads that matched onto a head pin.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the  shadow box I made. :)
I need to find some more of shadow boxes at the thrift store, I enjoy making these.


  1. This is gorgeous Claudine. I can't believe you put it together in jsut one afternoon. The tattered florals came out wonderfully. That Clearly For Art stuff looks cool to work with. Love all the extra touches you added, like the homemade bead pins. Good luck with the challenges!

  2. way cool!! This turned out wonderfully. The flowers are so neat (well the whole thing is, lol)

  3. Claudine...I love your butterfly shadow box! Love the colors, the outside edge, the dimensional blueprint butterfly and I especially love your flowers! They really turned out cool by using the clear and then alcohol inking and heat embossing the edges. Very clever idea and it worked beautifully! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. That's one fabulous box! Love how you colored and raised up the butterfly, Claudine. So many great elements here.... an awesome make!

  5. Hi Claudine, arrived here form Tim's Blog. Love your work and the blog post ~ thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Claudine, arrived here from Tim's Blog. Love your project and reading your Blog post ~ thanks for sharing :-)

  7. Claudine this is such an oustanding project you are sharing here. Thank you indeed for the details - I just love it. I may have to say it again you are so taletend and I do love our work sooo much. This is one of my favourite blogs.

  8. Beautiful shadow box! Love the colors on your butterfly, so vibrant.

  9. Love shadow boxes this is so pretty

  10. Very Pretty Claudine. Maybe the break did you good, it certainly didn't hurt. Wonderful work as always.

  11. Absolutely amazing and gorgeous!!! I love every elegant bit! The CFA are colored up, the embossing, the butterfly, the flowers, all amazing!!! Gorgeous piece Claudine!!!!

  12. thank you for sharing the tutorial on your tattered flowers. They came out soooo nice! I am especially smitten with the butterfly. I have a little thing for them, too. ;-)

  13. Gorgeous work there! I used to really be into scrapbooking stuffs, and paper creating! TH has some really great products! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the butterfly! :)

  14. I love how the butterfly turned out! Very nice!

  15. Lovely shadow box! Looks like your mojo came all back at one time! Beautiful flowers and glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  16. Stunning shadow box. Your flowers are gorgeous.

  17. Claudine...a huge CONGRATS on being selected as one of the TOP THREE for Simon Says Stamp and Show. Your shadow box is absolutely gorgeous. Your alcohol inked and stamped tattered flower is just breathtaking! You did such a fantastic job on your box...I am so pleased that you were selected this week. You are so deserving of this special recognition! CONGRATS! <3 Candy

  18. Oh my goodness - what gorgeousness!! Love it!! Definitely see the talent that puts you in the top 3, congratulations!!

  19. Claudine, Beautiful altered shadowbox and I loved seeing the whole process, especially like the Mylar flowers.
    :) Chris / CS Designs