Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Lavinia Zen Butterfly, Gesso, Modelling Paste, Dutch Doobadoo Stencil and ~Twinkling H2O Paints


Hi Everyone

Today MJ has been playing with a couple of her Lavinia stamps from Tracey Dutton’s Zen designs.  They are gorgeous.  MJ likes a butterfly or two…you know what she always says ‘it’s not a mistake it’s a place for the butterfly…lol’!

She decided she wanted to get inky messy tonight whilst OH was again watching footy on the telly.  She loves it when footy is on as it is a legitimate time to craft.



MJ was thinking about the colours of the Dragonflies wings that fly about her pond so it had to be a mix of blues and greens.  To get the shimmer she got out her Twinkling H20 paints.  It’s not very clear from the photos but the sheen is amazing with these paints.




The Zen Butterfly is a gorgeous stamp to play with and when you put it together with Tracey’s other designs there are endless possibilities for your projects.



What MJ Used

Maimeri Gesso

Maimeri Light Modelling Paste

Dutch Doobadoo Stencil – Fabric

LuminarteTwinkling H20 Paints – Pear Blossom and Sapphire on Ice

Lavinia Stamps – Zen Butterfly and Zen Leaf 2

Black Archival Ink


What MJ Did

  1. Cut a piece of white cardstock to fit your card and give it a very thin coat of gesso.  Dry with heat gun.
  2. Take the stencil and secure it where wanted.  Using a palette knife, or something similar, spread light modelling paste thinly through the stencil.  Be careful when lifting it off that you don’t smear it (pop stencil and tool into water to clean straight away).  Dry with heat gun.
  3. Now take paints and paint over background until you are happy with the colour blend.  Dry with heat gun.
  4. Stamp the Zen Leaf design onto bottom edge of panel using the archival ink.  Dry.  Then colour this with the paints.  Set aside to dry.
  5. Stamp the butterfly onto a piece of white card stock using archival ink.  Take paints and colour the image.  Once dry cut the image out.
  6. Matt and layer the panel onto a card blank.  Add butterfly to finish.

A nice easy card project for you to have a bash at.  MJ just loves her H20’s again!

We hope you have been inspired.

Thanks for Popping By



  1. Now I see it ... fantastic and clever.. I have loads of H2O's ... gonna play now! lol E xx

  2. Gorgeous piece I adore my H2o's Px

  3. Mandy this is so striking, gorgeous make. Joey x

  4. Thank you for your lovely comments xx