I had some wonderful comments on my first post that featured this butterfly, A Quick Hello. A few asked if I might do a quick tutorial on marker layering, so here it is!
I didn't think I'd get this done as quickly as I did but when I received the message last night that my Uncle was undergoing emergency surgery for an aneurysm I couldn't sleep. Working on something like this seemed the best solution to keep myself together; for the moment anyway.
When I first seen this Swallowtail image, I could only visualize it in motion. I knew if I was going to use it, it would have to look as though it was fluttering off the card. My first card had dimension but this card has REAL DIMENSION! Follow along to bring your Swallowtail to life...
Stamp sets: Swallowtail, Bloomin' Marveleous (Sale-a-bration 2013)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Primrose Petals
Ink: Versamark, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Midnight Muse, Basic Black
Markers: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Black embossing powder, blender pen, brayer, 1 1/4" circle punch, Honeycomb embossing folder, sponges, snail, mini glue dots, dimensionals, Tombow, paper snips
With a white gel pen, highlight areas of the butterfly with small dots. Adding them to the darkest areas really helps accentuates the wings.
Cut out both butterflies carefully with paper snips. Using Tombow adhesive glue the two pieces, wrong sides together. You've now created a three dimensional butterfly!
Cut a sheet of Whisper White cardstock 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". Punch a 1 1/4" circle from a post it note and apply to the cardstock to create a mask for the moon. Brayer Baja Breeze over the entire cardstock.
Brayer Not Quite Navy over top of the Baja Breeze, approximately 2/3 down the cardstock.
Brayer Midnight Muse 1/3 of the way down from the top of the cardstock.
Remove mask and sponge Baja Breeze onto the moon.
With a Basic Black marker, draw grassline along the bottom of the cardstock.
Add sentiment in Basic Black ink to the upper left hand side of the cardstock.
Cut a piece of Marina Mist cardstock 6" x 12", score in half. Cut a piece of Primrose Petals cardstock 2"x6". Run both pieces through the Big Shot using the Honeycomb embossing folder. Adhere together with Snail. Glue the brayered background cardstock to the card front with Dimensionals.
Lightly fold the butterfly upwards on either side of the body. Add small glue dots to hold the center of the wings together to help put it into 'fluttering' motion. Add a dimensional to the underside of the body and glue to the grass on the card front.
Hope you find this tutorial helpful. The biggest thing to remember when marker layering is practice, practice, practice! The more you do the more confident you'll feel! Also keep in mind that when your choosing your color scheme, always work your lightest color to your darkest and you'll have amazing results!
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