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!