Animal Cards, Birthday Cards

Happy Birthday

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Hello there!  I hope you’re weekend has gotten off to a good start!

Today’s card uses the Butterfly Beauty stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I wanted to use the detailed butterfly stamp to try a version of no-line coloring, where I wanted the outline of the butterfly to fade away but the detail of the butterfly to remain.  I wasn’t entirely successful, but it was a fun experiment and I have an idea of what to try next time!

I started by die-cutting the card front out of Ranger watercolor paper using the largest of the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die set from My Favorite Things.  Ranger watercolor paper is a nice bright white compared to other watercolor papers, and it has a rough and a smooth side (which is not uncommon, in my limited experience).  I used the smooth side for my stamping and painting.

20180413_174114.jpgThen, I stamped the butterfly image in Antique Linen Distress Ink.  This ink color is very light and since Distress Inks react with water, I knew that the stamping could be made to fade as I added water and watercolor.

I used painter’s tape to tape down the card front to my desk and then I used an 8 round brush to apply clean clear water over the butterfly, being careful to follow the outline, and avoiding the body and antennae.  I chose Golden Yellow and Chrome Orange from Peerless Watercolors and laid down a layer of the Golden yellow with a 8 round brush.  Then I added Chrome Orange around the edges, blending inwards.  Peerless watercolors are very easy to blend and I find that I could go over areas that had dried a bit without pulling up the color.  The result is a relatively smooth layer of color.  Using a 1 round brush, I added more Chrome orange to the edges for some color variation.  Finally, I used the same brush to add Pearl Gray to the body and antennae.

20180413_182502.jpgI then decided that I wanted to add some splatter to the card, but not to the butterfly, so I created a mask by stamping the butterfly onto a piece of Judikins Eclipse Tape* that I stuck on to a piece of scrap cardstock.  Then I cut out the butterfly, peeled-off the cardstock, and masked off my watercolor butterfly.

I smooshed a bit of Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink onto an acrylic block and then, with a lightly wet brush, picked up some color and splattered it onto the card. I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

Finally, I added Scor-tape to the back of the card front and adhered it to an A2-sized card base and that finished up the card.

The next time I try this, I think I may choose a very light dye ink.  While I was able to retain some of the detail of the butterfly, the veins blended away a bit too much and are harder to see where I used darker orange.

Thanks for visiting!

*Eclipse Tape is a 6″ wide roll low tack tape (it feels like Post-It tape to me).  It can be used like Stick It Adhesive Sheets or Inkadinkadoo Mask Paper, but I find it to be much more affordable since the roll contains 33 feet of tape.  It doesn’t have release paper, but I apply it to cardstock and find that it peels off cleanly.

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