Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Night Flutter Marker Layering Tutorial

Hi Everyone

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

Stamp two Swallowtail images onto Whisper White cardstock using Versamark ink.  Sprinkle with Black embossing powder and heat set.

Color in the entire image using a Pink Pirouette marker.

Add Pretty in Pink from the center of the butterfly, blending outward with a blender pen.  SLOWLY add color, leaving the outer most edges untouched.  The color should look as though its fading away.

Continue in the same manner with Regal Rose, only adding color to the center of the butterfly and blending outward.  The other colors should still be visible to achieve the blended look we are going for.

Add Primrose Petals on top of the Regal Rose - a SMALL dot of color will do.  The more pigmentation in the markers the more easily they blend into one another.

A small amount of Raspberry Ripple added on top really adds depth and dimension to the inside of the butterfly.

For a little visual interest, add Calypso Coral onto the outside tips of the wings and blend well.

Color in the butterflies body with a Cajun Craze marker.

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!

I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments, so please leave them below this post!!

Until next time...
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mjbest said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the tutorial. I'm going to have to try this. Your butterflies look absolutely amazing. I've tried brayering layers many, many times, and they never blend as well as yours. You can always see lines of colour so I sponge instead, which works OK.

Laura said...

Melissa, what another beauty of this Swallowtail butterfly and card, you do have a gift, seriously! And an awesome step-by-step tutorial explaining marker layering and the whole card process for us to follow in hopes of duplicating something close to yours....thanks so much! Many thoughts & prayers for your uncle's surgery and recovery back to good health. To you and all of your family, I do hope you have some peace tonight that he's in good hands and care. Take care!

Hofkissed said...

WOW! Just gorgeous. I love the dimension on your card and thanks for the great tutorial too.

Anonymous said...

Breathtaking! I've got to make one!! Diane K Ontario,Canada

Unknown said...

WOW!!! this is just so beautiful. Love the 3D effect

Unknown said...

Beautiful card! Great tutorial to.

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Anonymous said...

This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

ddsharp50 said...

Great idea to make it look like it's in motion!!! Very nice.

Dee's Craft Room said...

Thank you so much for this very informative tutorial. Later today I am going to try to make this butterfly, I can only hop it will be half as good as yours.


Dee's Craft Room said...

Thank you o much for this very informative tutorial. Later today I am hoping to try to recreate your butterfly. I can only hope that it is half as good as yours.


Fay said...

Absolutely Beautiful!! I've got to try this!

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