Saturday, January 23, 2016

Giving Myself Butterflies

 WARNING: this post is completely without SNARK!

Happy Saturday!  I love being in the middle of my weekend! It's even better when we have a new challenge to post at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. :)  Challenge 51: T is for Technique. 
You can choose whatever technique is your favorite, or you can combine techniques.

I made many, many messes for this challenge.  I chose to do a watercolor technique with Distress Ink.  I combined this with cutting half of the card front away, leaving half of the butterflies as the new opening edge of my cards.

I colored my stamps with Distress Markers, misted the stamp with water and then stamped the card. On the card with the single butterfly, I also misted the paper so that the ink would spread further out and it gave a blurrier effect.  The single butterfly was just a blob without definition, so I stamped it again with black ink after it was dry.

I used the matching dies to cut half of the butterflies out.  The only trick to this technique is that you stop your die cutter half way through, as I did in the multiple butterfly card.  When I repeated this technique with the single butterfly card, I sandwiched my paper and die so that the paper and half the die were hanging out of the cutting platform.  The second method produced a much cleaner cut.

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Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Very clever design Lee, beautiful use of the colours too. The large butterfly is very dramatic, I like it a lot. Enjoy the weekend sweetie!

Love and hugs

Barbara Godden said...

Beautiful cards, I love butterflies and that large one is gorgeous.

Donna said...

Ohhhh your butterflies are so beautiful! I never think to use my distress markers like that, what an awesome idea!

Lindsey said...

These cards are beautiful! If I'd made a blobby butterfly, I would have had a little ceremony and turfed it. Genius to define him by restamping in black! I will of course never remember to do that. And the triple butterflies needed no help, they're lovely as they are.

Jane Willis said...

Beautiful! I just *know* if I tried that technique, though, I'd turn the handle too far and chop out my butterflies completely!

Lynne Mizera said...

WOWZERS! I am in total AWE of your cutting machine manipulation ability!! like Jane said, I'd cut them off, cut them up or cut too little, and be standing there in a pile of beautifully stamped paper scraps.... STEAMING! SMILE Your watercolour technique is fantastic and I especially love the double stamped butterfly... And thanks for the tip - To wait until it dries before stamping the second time - who knew?!? grin

Chelle (PhotoArt/MaybeCreative) said...

Gorgeous Love the large single butterfly one..

Chris Dring said...

Both cards are equally fabulous! Love that you cut only around half the images. I'd totally screw that up!

DonnaMundinger said...

These are absolutely GORGEOUS! Love the technique and the half cut butterflies. Totally amazing. xxD