One stamp, five ways: Outline Butterflies
Hi friends! Happy Tuesday, and happy last day of April! (Whoa… how did that happen?!) Please join me in welcoming back the always creative Suzy Plantamura who has cooked up FIVE smashing ways on how to use our Outline Butterflies cling stamp! Scroll on and BE INSPIRED!
In the last Simon Says Stamp release, they had a few new cling stamps that I just loved. I decided to use one of those today for my “one stamp, five ways” post. I’ll be showing you the beautiful Outline Butterfly cling stamp used on five different cards. Cling stamps are so fun to do these posts with as they are my favorite stamps to color. I call them my adult coloring book – I just have to pull out my pencils and take them on the road everywhere I go. Best anxiety meds around haha.
For this card background, I started with the Alcohol Pearl Inks I received in my last SSS Card Kit – Tranquil and Sublime. I also used the Yupopaper that was included in that kit. I applied the ink directly to the paper and used some of the Alcohol Blending Solution to make splotches in the color. Honestly, I have no idea what I am doing with alcohol ink, but the great thing is you can fix any mistakes you make. I might have used my entire bottle of blending Solution, but I finally got a background I liked! After it dried, I stamped the Outline Butterflies Cling stamp with Embossing Ink and embossed it with Ranger White Embossing Powder.
Next, I stamped the word DREAMS using the CZ, Yes You Can stamp set and SSS Audrey Blue and High Dive Inks. I applied the lighter shade to the entire word and then inked just the bottom of the word with the darker shade. I stamped the second part of the greeting using the “Your Greatest Dreams” stamp set and Forget-Me-Not embossing powder. I attached those to the bottom of the card and used a die-cut butterfly from the SSS Stitching Butterflies dies above it. I used some Gold Coast Glitter Nuvo Drops on the butterfly body and some PPP Shamrock Jewels around the sentiment.
For this card, I stamped the Outline Butterflies cling stamp with MFT Natural Ink for a no-line coloring look. I then die-cut it with a Lawn Fawn large stitched rectangle that is the size of an A2 card front. I colored the images with colored pencils (yep, on the road!). I also colored the background with a light blue pencil. Most pencil sets have a blender pencil that I use to smooth out large areas like the blue on this one.
Once it was all colored, I attached it to a card front and die-cut the Happy Birthday Script die three times. I watercolored one with a light red finish and then glued the three together. I attached them to the front of the card and added some PPP Marigold Jewels around the sentiment.
I gotta be honest – I’m not loving this card. I wanted to try out my new Caran d’Arche Luminance colored pencils as they work really well on dark cardstock. I stamped the image with Hero Arts Unicorn White ink – it is the best for stamping on black paper as it does not smear and you can color over it with no problem (I have tried quite a few white inks). I then colored the images in with the colored pencils. I found that a lot of the pencil dust got on the black, so I ended up coloring over the back cardstock with a black colored pencil. Yep, this technique got a little high maintenance…
After it was all colored, I attached the piece to a turquoise card base. I then used the Script Thanks die and watercolored the frame with Scarlet watercolor. I die-cut the word from black cardstock and layered the two pieces on the front of the card. I die-cut another one of the Stitching Butterflies die-cut from Ranger Silver Sparkle card stock. I attached it above the sentiment and added some PPP Silver Jewels.
I wanted one of my cards to use Copic Markers for the coloring, but they aren’t my favorite to color with, so I always enlist the help of my oldest daughter (she is an artist). She picked the color scheme and colored them in and I added some shading with colored pencils. I loved her color choices as I wouldn’t have used these types of colors and they are so pretty!
I stamped a sentiment on a SSS Stitched Rectangle die using green ink. I then colored over it with colored pencils so it would look more hand done. I attached that to the front of the card and added some PPP Shamrock Jewels around it.
This card is my favorite and if you could see it in person, I think it would be your favorite too! I stamped the cling stamp with white embossing powder on Ranger Watercolor Paper. I then painted the images in with the new Brutus Monroe Metallic watercolors. I recently discovered these at the Create event while I was teaching students to watercolor my cards. THE Brutus Monroe was there and I used some of the paints in my make-n-take. I fell in love and so did all my students! They are very shimmery and go on just perfectly! I don’t use water with them, but I do use a wet brush.
This isn’t a well-lit photo, but I wanted to try and capture the sheen on the card. After I painted all of the butterflies with the colors listed in the supply list, I added another favorite new product discovery at Create. It is called Liquid Pixie Dust and it is a bottle of pure sheen! It reminds me of the pens with a sheen in them that you add over colored items, but this is a way to use all that sheen in abundance! You can add it directly to your watercolors (mix it in) or you can add it after as I did. I painted the entire surface with it and you can see how much sheen is on the background around the butterflies. I finished the card with a die-cut Mom out of silver paper and a silver butterfly die. I added a pre-stamped sentiment from my Special Edition Mother’s Day Card Kit.
Isn’t it amazing how different a cling stamp can look just by changing your color palette or coloring medium? They are some of my most utilized stamps in my “arsenal” because of all the ways you can use them and combine them with other stamps. I hope this post motivated you to pull out some of your cling stamps and get to coloring! Just stamp a few for the road and color every time you get anxious and I promise it will make you happy! Xoxo Suzy
Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Suzy for being our guest!
Blog Candy Alert!! Follow our blog via email and comment on this post for a chance to win special blog candy!