Monday, August 14, 2017

Thinking of You Butterfly

For today's card, I definitely got my fingers inky.  Distress Oxide Inks, smushing, and water make for a messy combination.  But, the results can be amazing.  Actually, I made several backgrounds using different colors and you'll see those in the days to come.  But for today, here is the background I created for the CAS(E) this Sketch and the Sunday Stamps challenges.

The background colors are Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade.  Each layer of color was applied separately and dried between each application.  If you don't, you wind up with an ugly, muddy color that just has no future.  When I reached the point where I liked what I saw, I stopped adding colors.  I just simply like the way things just happen with those inks.

To make the butterfly, I first added some Fossilized Amber to a piece of watercolor paper then, stamped the butterfly from the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  I used the Butterflies Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up! to cut it out.  The body of the butterfly is cut from Basic Black using the Simply Stamped - Butterflies Dies by Taylored Expressions. The sentiment was stamped on the strip that was cut off of the background layer and stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  It's from the Colorful Seasons stamp set by Stampin' Up!  A few yellow sequins and it was finished.

Stamp Set:  Butterfly Basics, Colorful Season (sentiment); Distress Oxide Inks:  Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz by Ranger); Ink:  Basic Black Archival, Calypso Coral; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Watercolor Paper (Strathmore), Whisper White Thick; Other:  Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Simply Stamped - Butterflies Dies (Taylored Expressions). Stampin' Up! product unless otherwise noted.

The sketch I used is from the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

The colors I used are from the Sunday Stamps Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

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  1. Your background turned out beautifully! I love your butterfly too. Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps, hope to see you again soon!

    1. Thanks, Amy! It is a bright one but I had fun playing with those distress oxide inks.

  2. Very pretty take on the sketch!

  3. hello! this is awesoem, the background is gorgeous! I am so glad you played along with us at
    sunday stamps!

    blog-paperie blooms

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

    1. Thanks, Teresa! These are colors I don't often use but the oxide inks made it such fun to blend these colors.