Stamping, Blending, Watercoloring, OH my! with Ardyth

CatherineCP Designs, CPD Ink, Embossing, Ink Blending, Thank You, Thank You, Watercolor

Good morning! It's Ardyth and I'm so excited to be here on Catherine's blog with this card using inks in 3 ways – stamping, blending and watercolouring!


I started with a white 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 panel of white cardstock and blended Fiesta Blue ink about two-thirds of the way up, starting heavy at the bottom and fading out to white near the top. To add some depth, I blended Juniper Mist just near the bottom and the smoothed it out with more Fiesta Blue. When I was finished, I cut the panel with the scalloped rectangle die from Tags, Etc. I love how the scallops echo the edges of the butterfly wings!

To create my butterfly, I started by stamping the Kaleidescope background stamp in Versamark on watercolour cardstock. I sprinkled white embossing powder over it and then heated it until it was smooth.

I placed the In Flight Butterfly die on the panel, making sure to centre it so that the wings would have symmetrical patterns on them.

Once the butterfly was cut, I smooshed Limoncello, Tiki Torch and Party Dress inks onto a non-stick craft mat and watercoloured it in two layers. I started with a soft wash of colour, blending from lighter on the edges to darker on the butterfly's body. Once that was dry, I went back in with a dryer brush and added deeper colour to some of the little partitions on the butterfly. This adds interest and emphasizes the symmetry I created by centring the butterfly on the stamped background before cutting it.

I chose my sentiment and placed it on the scalloped panel so that the arc would connect with the butterfly wings. I used my MISTI to stamp it in Midnight Ink.

Finally, I adhered the butterfly to the panel by using a tape runner behind the body, but bits of foam tape under the edges of the wings, so that there is some dimension.

The whole scalloped panel was then adhered to a white card base. I love how the blue ‘sky' really helps the colours of the butterfly to pop!

I hope that you're enjoying this amazing release – these two new ink colours are quickly joining my other favourites within the CP colour family! And the stamps and dies are perfect for making summer-time cards!

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