Butterflies and Beads

They do say that crafting is a lovely calming hobby that makes a great distraction and I'm certainly finding that.  I've been busy crafting for various design teams and commissions as well as planning a seasonal makeover for my blog.  In the meantime, here's one I prepared earlier but couldn't share until now.

The beautiful stamp is from Imagination Crafts and is called Beaded Butterfly, currently in the half price sale - bargain!  I've stamped it onto a piece of cream cloth and then coloured it with Copics.  Using a cloth piece instead of stamping directly onto the bag had a couple of advantages, one of which was that I could test my Copics on a scrap to see how much they would bleed.  In this case the darker pigments were the worst, so I just dotted BV04 on very cautiously for the darkest colour then moving outwards with BV02 and BV00.
With a name like Beaded Butterfly I just had to add some beading!  To finish off I frayed the edges of the fabric piece and then sewed it to a pre-made Hobbycraft bag including a few extra black see beads - another advantage of sewing on to a scrap - I could hide all my beading stitches behind the panel.  Here's the finished bag.

Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Anything But A Card - Incorporate black - beading and ink
Craft Us Crazy #30 - Favourite colour - purple of course!
Flutterby Wednesday #213 - Butterfly or fairy, anything goes

** Kate **  


Brigitte said…
WOW Kate!!!! This is absolutely fabulous!!!!! What a great idea to add the beads! Hugs, brigitte
Geraldine said…
That is so beautiful. Great Christmas present idea.
Ger x
Lisa-Jane said…
This is gorgeous! I tried to do misting onto those bags but they bled so much. Yours has turned out marvellously.
jan farnworth said…
very pretty thanks for sharing at fbw.
Danni said…
How pretty and I love that it's on a bag!! Thanks for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!
Artyjen said…
What a fabulous creation ;)
Thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper this month.
xoxo Sioux
Julia S-W said…
Gorgeous stamping and love the addition of the beads. Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card this time.

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