Butterfly Birthday by Nikki Acton


Today I have a simple, small card to share using Distress Oxides and paints and a That’s Crafty! greyboard butterfly (from the Bits and Pieces Large Butterfly Sheet).

My background is created by building up layers of Distress Oxides. Take one colour and place some on a craft mat, spritz with water and lay the card in it. Dry between layers and repeat. I used Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo and Broken China. I added a little extra blue through a Dinky stencil (TC068) and spritzed again. Finally I added a little Blueprint Sketch Distress ink around the edges.

I took one of the greyboard butterflies and gave a coat of white gesso. Once dry I added some Distress Crazing Medium and allowed to dry. As I ended up adding paint next you can’t really see the subtle cracks but hopefully some of the texture. I then used Blueprint Sketch and Work lipstick Distress paints before adding a little embellishment from my stash.



Distress Oxides - Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo and Broken China
Distress Paint – Blueprint Sketch, Worn Lipstick

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  1. This is really pretty Nikki. Love the colours and the look of texture and the metal embellishment is lovely too.
    Fliss xx

  2. pretty card Nikki with the oxides
    Amanda x

  3. Gorgeous card, shows the Oxides off to perfection ;)
    Donna xx

  4. I love the contrast of the Butterflies wings amongst the background of the card Nikki and the little embellishment really does set it all off. Simple design with a knock out effect. Hugs Tracey xx

  5. This is adorable. Loving the oxides.

  6. Beautiful, I love Oxides. Hugs Sarah x

  7. An amazing background for your elegant butterfly , Nikki, so beautiful with the Oxides, used to stenciling , and the texture on the blue little flyer is looking wonderful.
    Dorthe, xxoo

  8. Love the soft chalky layers of your Oxide background, and the butterfly is so pretty with just that hint of shimmery crackle.
    Alison x

  9. Oh soooo beautiful Nikki - love that background. Hey - when you have time - share some of these over on the weekly challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Magazine. Sure would love to see some of your work there!! Xj.


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