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
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I love all of these cards! :) They are so pretty.
WOW five beautiful cards, really love all the effects!
Absolutely stunning!!!! I LOVE that butterfly background stamp… and your ways of using it are each so beautiful and unique!
Beautiful cards! Love butterflies!
Wowww!! Gorgeous butterfly cards!! Each one is fabulous! <3
Oh my goodness… So many butterflies! I love each of these cards and how you show us to make each card unique with the same set!
OMG! Such beautiful cards!! I am a fan of butterflies so I absolutely LOVE them all!
Have a wonderful day,
Gorgeous – I am a sucker for butterflies and love the different ways this was used!
Wow! So many different cards! Difficult to believe only one stamp set can give such diverse looks.
I love each of these cards! That background stamp is amazing, in the hands of talent! I just love all the different looks, from soft colours to the bright and bold.
These are so gorgeous, all of them! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Oh how beautiful! These butterflies as backgrounds are just gorgeous!
Great ideas and great to see so different and beautiful inspiration!
These are STUNNING! I can’t believe you colored those with colored pencils!!! WOW!
WOW! Great samples. I love the alcohol ink card, I never know what I’m doing either but like this card, backgrounds are so cool!
I love this background stamp!! So cute!! I love these beautiful cards!! So bright and colorful!!
Beautiful variety of butterfly cards.
WOW these cards are gorgeous! I love all of the butterflies and background, my favorite is the first one!
Such wonderful cards and ideas!!
5 beautiful cards! I love Butterflies.
Each of these is beautiful. I am always intrigued by the alcohol ink backgrounds. They always are different, but beautiful.
It’s fab to see how versatile one stamp can be, the samples are all lovely as the images are beautiful in every palette.
Beautiful cards! I love the first with the gorgeous blue and green colours!
So pretty! Thanks for sharing!
Five beautiful cards. Thank you for the inspiration
Gorgeous work here!
Love the butterflies
and the inking.
Carla from Utah
Wow, love them all!
Wow! Wow! Wow! These cards are GORGEOUS!!
These are all so gorgeous!! I love the first one with the blues and greens; stunning!!
Butterflies make me happy. Your cards did the same. I too like the colors your daughter chose. Fabulous choice. Can u tell me what medium you used for the top left card in the main image?
I forgot to add that card and directions on my blog post. I’ve gone back and added it so if you refresh your page it will show up. Sorry fir the confusion!
Stunning cards, Suzy. I love the pretty colors in the first card. Just gorgeous!
Lovely cards using this stamp. It is always so nice to see different ways to use a set.
All of them beautiful Suzy! Thanks for the inspiration! My favorite is the no line coloring, TFS
Oh what gorgeous cards and such different looks using the same stamp set!
thanks for butterfly tips.
I use a lot of them on my cards
so it’s good to have more ways
to embellish them. thanks
These are just amazing, Suzy! How about you come north & teach us to watercolor your cards?! I absolutely love the first card–so fresh & beautiful! I would never have made green butterflies, but I love them! Can’t get enough shimmer, so I understand why the last one is your favorite! Can only imagine how gorgeous those watercolors are! Wonderfully inspiring, as always!
Wonderful cards and stamp–so fun to see how the different colors look!
I love seeing different ways of using the same supply/product/tool. I tend to get stuck in a rut, so this has made me think in different ways. THANKS
Love all the cards, love how each one of them is unique.
Love this 1 stamp, 5 ways series, my fave is the alcohol ink BG one.
What beautiful cards! I love all 5 of them! Thank you for giving me more ideas!
So gorgeous Suzy! I love all of the cards, even the black one that you don’t like! I think they are all amazing–I’m planning on trying the silver alcohol ink paper and making Mom’s day cards–you have inspired me to try to emboss first and then individually paint the alcohol ink on the flowers, I hope it works but you have definitely inspired me. Thanks
The Happy Birthday card is my favorite. The colors look great, and the detail of the butterflies really show up.
WOW Suzy, these are ALL beautiful and your daughter IS an artist (my daughter is as well. She is a jewellery designer by trade but has also got a degree in drawing and paints AMAZINGLY well. She DID NOT get this talent from me!)
I too love the versatility of a great stamp and it always amazes me to see the difference in something as simple as colour choices to change it up! You have certainly demonstrated this very well in this post.
Such Gorgeous cards!! I love how different they all look!!!
Such pretty cards! Love them all. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful cards! Love everything butterfly! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
Gorgeous creations! I love the wonderful backgrounds!
I can understand why you were frustrated with that black card panel but I really like how it came out. These are all pretty designs!