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 butterflies images and use them often on my cards. I love your beautiful, colorful cards, especially the one with the Alcohol Pearl ink background. I finally purchased a set of the Alcohol Pearl inks but haven’t tried them out yet. Now I’m inspired!
These cards are all so beautiful! I, especially, like the ones with an added butterfly die cut for added dimension- so pretty!
They are all so beautiful! The bright colors make my heart soar!
Suzy they are all stunning! I love how you showed that one stamp can be so versatile and butterflies are always awesome to use. Thank you so much for your inspirational post.
Beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration.
these cards are gorgeous – thanks for the great ideas:)
Wow beautiful butterfly cards.
Pretty cards, love all the different ways to color them. I already follow by email.
Truly fantastic cards!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this beautiful butterfly background stamp. All the examples are just fabulous and all so different. I’m a huge fan of butterflies and dragonflies, so perhaps that’s why I’m so drawn to these designs. Thanks so much for sharing. This background stamp is now at the top of my wish list. Gorgeous!!!!!
Such beautiful variations with these lovely butterflies!
Really really pretty – I love this feature showing how versatile one stamp can be
Such beautiful cards – the variety is fantastic and your colouring, whatever the medium, is great (love the colours your daughter chose too)!
Many marvelous butterflies.
How sweet! I love all of them!
So so pretty!!! Perfect for Mother’s Day. The colours coordinate together so fantastically
Wow! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!!! Love this kind of posts! Beautiful cards and colouring technique!!!
Oh, these are so gorgeous! Thank you for great inspiration!
Wow! These all look fantastic. Suzy is so talented (and so is her daughter). Thanks for sharing the versatility of the stamp.
I love all of the cards however my favorite is the blue and green one. I am partial to that color combination. :)
Great how each card has its own feel’! Great inspiration!
So many butterflies. Really pretty, especially the pastel ones x
SO MANY BEAUTIFUL butterflies!
They ALL DELIGHT and INSPIRE :)
So many techniques! Love seeing the varied differences from just one stamp – always amazing for inspiration! TFS
Such beautiful cards! Love the butterflies ❤️
Thanks for sharing…
These are all so beautiful Suzy. The card with the blues and greens is amazing! That is my favorite of all. Thanks for sharing with us.
Love these examples!! They’re so beautiful!
I love seeing how many different looks can be created from one background stamp. Beautiful!
Wow! Love each variation! Thanks for your wonderful description of your process. I am gonna try it! Beautiful stamp & coordinate set, sss!
Love all the cards especially the last one ❤
OH MY GOSH…………….FABULOUS cards!
brilliant! so many different ways to use colour as well wow!
Such beautiful cards. Great techniques!
Oh my!! I love these beautiful cards!! I love butterflies!! I have so many butterfly stamps, I guess another won’t hurt!!
All of these are gorgeous!
What gorgeous cards! Love all the different ways the butterflies were used!
I adore butterflies!
These are all so pretty!! I love these butterfly cards!
Great ideas and beautiful cards.
Thanks for showing all the fresh ideas. Great as well to use These for things I already own.
Wow! I couldn’t pick a favorite. This stamp is in my cart for my next order! Love it!!!!!
Wow- those are gorgeous cards. Love the Black with color and then the green/blue mix. The Green color and the multicolored one. It really is hard to pick.
just beautiful cards xo
Lovely card and thanks for sharing.
What gorgeous cards!! All those butterflies are so beautiful in a rainbow of colors!
SO incredibly GORGEOUS!!! Love the beautiful colors and designs. How can one choose a fave?
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Gorgeous cards! I love the beautiful backgrounds, especially the AI one! I just got those colors & just need time to play with them. Thanks for sharing!