Doodling with Debby: Clean and Simple Watercolored Butterfly

Hi friends! TGIF! Please join me in welcoming back the always awesome Debby Hughes as a special guest on our blog this month in her latest installment of “Doodling with Debby”. Be sure to watch the video for more information, and enjoy!

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Hi, it’s Debby here for my monthly Doodling With Debby video feature on the Simon Says Stamp blog and today’s card features a clean and simple, watercolored butterfly on a delicate white heat embossed background.

Doodling with Debby: Clean and Simple

For this card, I used the Beautiful Day set from Simon Says Stamp which has a lovely array of butterflies to choose from. I decided on the large butterfly from the set as I liked the detail of the lower wings. I placed the butterfly in the Mini Misti with a piece of Arches Cold Pressed watercolor card and stamped the image a couple of times with Antique Linen Distress Ink – my go-to ink for no line watercoloring. I stamped the image sufficiently so I had a guideline to paint but the ink is light in color, and it’s water reactive properties mean that as I start to paint the lines blended out and disappeared.

Doodling with Debby: Clean and Simple

My aim with the first layer of paint was to create a light but colorful base to add darker edge details later on. I used Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue Green Shade which is a lovely bright blue and then added in just the faintest hint of Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose for some pink highlights. For the darker edges to the butterfly wings, I used Daniel Smith Indigo and mixed a strong enough concentration of paint so that it covered the underlayer but so that some of the original tones still shone through. That’s one of the features of watercolor I love, that when adding more layers, the transparency of the paint allows the lower layers to still play an active part.

I used the lines left from stamping to determine the pattern that I painted with the darker Indigo color although I did use some artistic license here and there. The original butterfly image had a more graphic feel to it, and I wanted to soften it somewhat for a more elegant look. That’s the great thing about no line watercoloring, the original artwork is a guideline and base for painting, but you don’t have to stick to it rigidly.

For the body of the butterfly, I used Payne’s Gray and dropped in a little Phthalo Blue Green Shade while it was still wet for color variation. I then mixed up a thick concentration of White Gouache and added details to the body. Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint, and so even though I’m using white, this will still show up on the darker color of the body. I die cut the piece with a Nested Circle die and then set aside while I worked on the background.

Doodling with Debby: Clean and Simple

I used the stunning Bohemian Lace cling background stamp on a piece Fog card as I thought the subtle, elegant pattern would complement the butterfly. I stamped it in Clear Embossing Ink and then sprinkled with White Embossing Powder before heat setting and trimming slightly to fit a 5-inch square card base. I adhered the butterfly circle on top with foam adhesive.

For the sentiment, I painted a strip of card with Quinacridone Rose and then stamped a coordinating sentiment from the Beautiful Day set in Clear Embossing Ink and White Heat Embossed before trimming to a skinny banner and adhering over the butterfly with more foam adhesive. Finally, I added a trio of Sweet 16 and Crystal Reflections sequins to accent.

Doodling with Debby: Clean and Simple

Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll see you next time for Doodling With Debby.


Watch below or in HD on YouTube.


Simon Says Clear Stamps BEAUTIFUL DAY…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp…
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Simon Says Stamp NESTED CIRCLES Wafer…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# FOG…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Daniel Smith INDIGO 5ML Extra Fine…
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Winsor Newton PERMANENT WHITE 37ml…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp SWEET 16 Sequins…
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Simon Says Stamp Sequins CRYSTAL…
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Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Debby for being our guest!

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  1. This is such a gorgeous card, Debby. I love that lace stamp, and it looks wonderful on the fog. Going to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. beautiful card! Just perfect for me still recovering from the shock of having my car stolen, and a few days later, found, damaged of course, but found…

    the background, butterfly and sentiment are all wonderful!

  3. It’s been a busy day and I’m so glad I took a minute to check this blog. Debby’s card is stunning and I’m happy I didn’t miss it. It’s so elegant and the watercolor is perfection. Thanks!

  4. I have a friend that loves butterflies and this card would be great for her on any occasion. Thank you for sharing this with us crafters, especially how you water coloured the butterfly. :O)

  5. I can’t imagine anyone not appreciating the beauty of a butterfly, and this one is especially beautiful. The way you have colored it really shows how delicate it is. The simple sentiment is perfect for encouraging a loved one that hope is with us and we can find new strength each day.

  6. Beautiful butterfly.
    Love the colors that are blended
    together for his wings.
    thank for sharing

  7. Beautiful card Debby! I love the subtle background, but above all I love how you colored the butterfly! TFS

  8. What a beautiful card! Love the focal point with the beautiful background stamp softly behind.

  9. THe bohemian lace background stamp serves as a perfect backdrop for that butterfly. The detail lines on the butterfly remind me of stained glass and you captured a gentle feel for the card with your soft blue color choices. Love it, thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Absolutely love this beautiful card! The colour combination is perfect, and the butterfly is coloured so stunningly, almost as if the wings are translucent, love love love!

  11. Stunning card. I’m off to watch the video now then I’m going to try to do one similar today. Normally I’d say I’ll try and do one soon. But today I’ve decided if I see something I think I can do with my minimal products then I will do it either now or today. No .ore putting things off ?

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