Hope you all had a great weekend! I am really really wishing Spring would arrive - at this time of the Winter season I usually feel as though it will never ever get here! So to bring up my spirits I made a card with this beautiful Swallowtail stamp. Isn't it a gorgeous stamp? The detail is amazing and its so so so much fun to color! I spent way too long coloring this one (my sister's opinion, not mine LOL) but I just couldn't stop layering the color. The depth you can gain with just a few colors will surprise you! I can't wait to try it in a few different color combinations!
Stamp sets: Swallowtail, Oh, Hello
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Early Espresso Core'dinations, Certainly Celery
Ink: Versamark, Midnight Muse
Markers: So Saffron, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Midnight Muse, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green
Accessories: Black embossing powder, Square Lattice embossing folder, Woodgrain embossing folder, Blender pen, white gel pen, Stampin' dimensionals, Sanding block, sponges, 1 1/4" circle punch, paper snips
Because this image is so large I have seen many people stamp half or 3/4 of the butterfly. I really wanted the full butterfly so I opted to stamp the image on Whisper White with Versamark then heat emboss with black embossing powder. After coloring the image I cut it out with paper snips and gently creased a fold on either side of the butterflies body. I then added only one dimensional on the body when I attached it to the card front. It really gives the appearance that the butterfly has just landed and fluttering its wings. If you are interested in how I've shaded my butterfly I used a technique called marker layering. The colors listed in my supply list are written exactly in the order I used them to color the image. I have more detailed instructions on marker layering HERE.
Until next time...