Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Take Care Butterfly

This card was inspired by a similar one done by fellow demonstrator Rita Wright.  A link to her blog can be found HERE.  I loved the way she "hid" the butterfly among the flowers; I think it adds a little surprise to the card.  This card also uses a technique called bleaching.  Here's a quick overview on how I made it.  The finished card measures 4 1/2" x 5 1/4".


Stamp sets: Elements of Style, Take Care
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Subtles Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: Calypso Coral
Accessories: Beautiful Wings embosslits, Designer Frames folders, Versamark, clear embossing powder, Modern Label punch, household bleach, fine tip paintbrush

Begin by loading your stamp with Versamark then stamping on colored cardstock.  I used the flower from the Elements of Style set.    After stamping image cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.  Repeat process on another piece of cardstock for the butterfly.  Using household bleach and an aquapainter or fine tipped paint brush begin carefully painting within the edges of the image.  The cardstock will slowly begin to fade color; in some cases the area may have to be gone over more than once to reach the desired result.

After bleaching both pieces, I added the Designer Square Frame to my base cardstock using the Big Shot machine.  I placed it off center on my card just to add some interest.  With your second piece of bleached cardstock, cut out the largest butterfly from the Beautiful Wings embosslit folder; taking care to line up the part of the image you would like punched out.  Adhere the butterfly with a glue dot, lining up the patterns on both pieces of cardstock.  Viola, your butterfly has all but "disappeared".

I finished my card using So Saffron DSP and Calypso Coral in alternating layers and used the modern label punch to add the Take Care sentiment from the set of the same name.

  • Not all of Stampin' Up! cardstock will bleach white, some bleach a soft yellow; so take this into consideration before beginning. 
  • It should also be noted to choose an open image stamp to gain the full effect of this technique.
Thanks so much for looking!
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Lisa Kmiec said...

Beautiful card!

Kazza said...

I LOVE this!
also now following you from SC and would love you to follow me

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