The March challenge at So Suzy Stamps is…Watercolor!

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So Suzy Stamps Challenge March 2015

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There are two watercolor techniques in this card.  The butterflies were made with paper I posted about earlier.

Then I needed something that coordinates for the sentiment background.  I made this using regular watercolor paints, watercolor paper, and a watercolor brush.  It was too saturated with color so I used a paper towel the pick up some of the color.  Finally, I used Glimmer Mist – Barn Door over the entire piece.  Once deciding what part of the paper I liked the best, I stamped and cut out around the stamp.

I was having a particularly difficult time putting all the elements together in a way that I found pleasing.  I asked my partner, Edward (has a degree in art), what he might do.  It was his idea to put off-center the first layer and the sentiment.  I didn’t do it exactly how he imagined, but he ended up liking this better.

Turns out our eyes are trained completely differently.  He thinks I sometimes jam things together too much and I think he spreads things out too much so they don’t appear connected!  Different strokes.

Details:

  1. Card Base:  Ivory skinny card.  This was stamped with the butterfly stamp, inked with Distress Inks – Raspberry and Delicata Gold.  I stamped twice or more with each inking.  Edges distress with Distress Ink – Velvet.  Corner chomped.
  2. First Layer:  Scrap piece of patterned paper that I stamped using the same butterfly inked with Distress Ink – Raspberry.  Embossed with clear powder.  Corners chomped.
  3. Sentiment:  The background was created as described above using Distress Ink Reinker – Raspberry and Marmalade and Glimmer Mist – Barn Door, on watercolor paper.  The Elegance So Suzy Stamp was inked with Distress Ink – Raspberry, edges colored with Distress Ink – Raspberry.  Corners chomped.
  4. Butterflies:  I used this as the base, then stamped the Fancy Butterfly – So Suzy Stamps using Versamark, then embossed with Stampendous – Aged Ivory.  I fussy cut these out and then shaped then by hand.  They are attached directly over butterflies that were embossed on the First Layer.  This gives subtle added dimension.

Submitted:

  1. Avenue 63
  2. Anya, Oddies, and Others
  3. Craft Your Passion
  4. Design Team Showcase
  5. Sister Act Card Challenge

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2 thoughts on “Elegant Watercolor Butterflies

  1. Lovely card – and I especially like the butterflies you have created! I like the off center placement of the papers too! Thank you for sharing your project & creativity with us at 613 Ave C.
    ~ginny,
    DT for 613 Ave Create – [ ATG w/optional theme: Caffeine]
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  2. I just love your card! What a creative project! I love the colours you used and the way you made the butterflies is so pretty! Thank you for playing with us at Sister Act card challenge!
    Kamila DT

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