Featuring Michael Strong's butterfly in this pastel card. I really enjoy embossing his Cloisonne styled designs!
I used two different techniques to create the butterfly's backgroud - brayering and polished stone. I wanted to try both to see which one I liked against the soft colors of the design card stock I had chosen. This card is made to fit into a 5 1/2" square envelop. The base card is 5 1/4" square.
- Saturate a large cotton ball with alcohol (very moist, not dripping). Squeeze two drops each of pink and purple re-inker onto the cotton ball randomly. Squeeze two drops of the gold re-inker, apart from each other. Dab the cotton ball randomly around the glossy card stock. The alcohol makes the ink spread. If there’s too much ink in one spot, dab over the spot again to spread the ink. Dab over areas until you get the effect you want. Tip: Because a little goes a long way, use at least a 5 ½” x 8 ½” sheet of card stock at a time. If you dab too much, you’ll get a big blob. Set aside.
- On a A2 size piece of white card stock, brayer green, pink and lilac. Start from a different corner for each color, brayering toward the center of the card.
- Lightly run anti-static bag over the polished stone and brayered pieces of card stock.
- Ink up the butterfly image with gold ink, stamp on polished stone card stock. Re-ink and stamp on brayered card stock. Sprinkle both with emboss powder and heat set.
- Cut out each butterfly - body only.
- Cut design card stock into layers to fit the square size base card. NOTE: For the two pieces of design card stock, I overlapped the bottom to the top about 1/2" and adhered them together, then cut to the layer size I wanted.
- Wrap the ribbon around the area where the two pieces over lap. TIP: When you are trying to achieve precession placement, liquid adhesive allows you to move your piece around to get into place. I learned that in Michelle's workshop a few weeks ago.
- Ink up the butterfly image with gold ink, stamp on white card stock. Sprinkle with emboss powder and heat set. Cut out a scalloped oval with die cut.
- At this point decide which butterfly you want to use on this finished card. Save the other one for another project. I chose the brayered piece. I like the contrast on the subtle background. Adhere the embossed image body over the stamped image. Adhere to the card. Add dots with gold pen and allow to dry.
Stamps: Micheal Strong Cloisonné Butterfly MS306EZ
Paper: Club Scrap Design card stock, Stampin' Up! brushed gold, lovely lilac, whisper white, and glossy
Ink: Encore Ultimate Metallic gold ink pad, Stampin' Up! lovely lilac, pretty in pink, certainly celery ink pads, lovely lilac & pretty in pink re-inker, Ranger gold alcohol ink
Accessories: heat tool, Stampin' Up! ribbon, embossing buddy, and gold detail embossing powder, Sakura gold metallic pen, brayer, Tombow mono liquid glue, 91% alcohol, Spellbinders Nestabilities oval scalloped die cuts, cotton ball
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