Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Butterfly on a Brick Wall

Hello!  I am back with a post for the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge hosted by the fabulous Autumn and the challenge is: "Dare to Resist".

Here is how she describes this fun challenge:

"I've chosen the theme Dare to Resist. For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we'd love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project. There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new. Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!"

I have to admit this was the perfect challenge for me because I already was playing around with a project that used a form of resist and inspired my stucco effect!

I started with a big sheet of mixed media cardstock that I painted with white acrylic paint.  I let the paint dry and then moved onto the next steps.
I added a layer of pink and antique linen sprays.  I spritzed them on my craft mat mixed with spritzes of water.  I then smeared them randomly over the surface and let it dry.  You can also spritz directly on the painted background and drip off or sponge off excess.

After that dried I stamped text and other images over the background.

Next up is adding the resist layer.  Lay the stencil over the background and unevenly smear translucent embossing paste through the brick stencil.

Repeat with multiple areas of embossing paste.  Unfortunately you then have to patiently wait for the embossing paste to dry.  (Since I was waiting for those to dry I kept trying variations on the stamping)

This was my first background.  I continued on to make my next background because I wanted one lighter background and one darker background.   After the embossing paste dries you then drip and spray the darker ink spray over the surface.  You need to let it pool and dry to get a darker background.  
The paint will resist the ink and not allow it to soak in.  If you want to do this without the paint it will give a much darker effect.

I stamped the butterfly using brown archival ink on the same painted and inked paper. I heat embossed the stamped image with brown embossing powder.  After it dried I used more brown spray to spray the background of the butterfly.

I added a sticker sentiment and sponged it with antique linen and attached to the background.

I wanted something fun for the center of the butterfly and spent some time hunting through my charms, embellishments and miscellaneous stuff.

I sprayed a spool with brown inky spray. I wrapped it with gold thread.  I then embossed a charm with gold embossing powder and added a few pearls and a crystal.  I hooked them on a piece of gold wire which I threaded through the spool.

I hope you are inspired to share your resist technique with us in the challenge.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for hanging in with me on this long post!



  1. Wow, Suzz! That background is scrumptious and your butterfly is amazing! I love the way you dressed up the body. This is so warm and rich with all those beautiful brown tones and marvelous texture. I can't resist falling for this gorgeous composition!

  2. Suzz, I love your deep grungy brown tones combined with pink! LOVE! And your butterfly is gorgeous! Definitely one of my favorites from you! Thank you for sharing your steps, too! Hugs!

  3. The background is fabulous - grungy yet soft with the addition of the pink. Love the charms for the body of the butterfly.

  4. Suzz, I'm a huge fan of clear pastes and totally love the under layers showing through this fabulous background. I'm crazy over your use of browns here. You managed so much dimension and contrast and I'm loving it! Hugs, Autumn

  5. Gorgeous, Suzz! The heart and that butterfly is lovely against your amazing resist background.

  6. LOVE that inky stamped resist background Suzz and the additions to the butterfly are inspired! xx


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