Another of the cards in the monthly class uses the Beauty Abounds bundle to create a beautiful butterfly card. The Butterfly Beauty thinlits dies are full of versatility. It can be used to showcase all the butterflies cut as in the card below or you can use your paper snips to cut various sections. Along with the smaller butterfly dies that coordinate with the Beauty Abounds stamp set, there are endless options for creating gorgeous cards featuring butterflies.
To create the card base for the Beauty Abounds card:
- Score Lovely Lipstick (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″) at 4-1/4″ and fold to create card.
- Use Subtle Dynamic Textured Impression Folder on a 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Attach with adhesive to the front of the Lovely Lipstick card base.
The steps for coloring and assembling the butterfly:
- On a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Shimmery White cardstock, use Brilliant Red and Gamboge Brusho to create a multi-color background. To use brusho, sprinkle onto paper and spritz with water to obtain the look you would like. Set aside to dry for a few minutes. Once dry, attach a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the cardstock and use the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Die with the majority of the wings to cut the butterfly.
- Attach a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive sheet to the back of a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Flirty Flamingo. Next, use the top layer of the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Die to cut the body and wing edge piece. Working on a each butterfly section one at a time, remove the backing of the adhesive sheet and overlay it to the section the wing piece. Continue removing the backing from the adhesive sheet and attaching the Flirty Flamingo cardstock butterfly piece to the wing piece.
- Determine placement of the butterflies on card front. Once determined, remove the multipurpose adhesive sheet backing and adhere to the card. To ensure it adheres, press down firmly on each of the butterfly wing sections.
- Stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Lovely Lipstick ink. Punch using the 1-1/4″ circle punch.
- Using a scrap of the Flirty Flamingo with the adhesive sheet attached, use the thinlits to cut three small butterflies. Attach to the sentiment piece.
- Cut approximately 8″ of Lovely Lipstick 1/2″ ribbon (from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack) and create a zigzag fold. Use adhesive to attach to front of the card.
- With dimensionals attach sentiment atop the ribbon to complete the card front.
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A Variety of Coloring Tools
Stampin’ Up! offers an array of coloring tools designed to help color all your paper crafting projects. I thought I would take a minute and outline some of the different options and how they work. I know you may think coloring is coloring, but that’s simply not the case. It really does make a difference because color technique can change the look of a project. Take a look below at some of Stampin’ Up!’s coloring options and the specific purposes they have.
Coloring Tools Make a Difference
First up are the Aqua Painters. They are a watercoloring tool that allows you to use water without dipping. The Aqua Painter is designed to hold liquid in the tube base to make watercoloring easy. Give it a squeeze and the water is released. Add color with our Watercolor Pencils or any Stampin’ Up! Classic pads. Touch the brush to the ink and then transfer the ink to your image on the paper. It’s advised to use watercolor paper for your project.
Watercolor Pencils are high-quality, smooth color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring. You can use these alone, with our Blender Pens or the Aqua Painter. All you have to do is color your image and then bring in the Aqua Painter or Blender Pen if you are going for a watercolor look. There are 13 pencils in various Stampin’ Up! colors
Blender Pens combine the flexibility of watercolors with the convenience of markers. Also, they are dual-tipped pens filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily. It is recommended to use Watercolor Paper. Remember to clean off the tip after each use. Finish using the color and simply stroke the tip on scrap paper to remove color and move on to the next color without worry. They give a different look to the finished product than Aqua Painters.
Our Stampin’ Write Markers allow you to expand your ink selection. These artist-quality markers come in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors to take the guesswork out of product coordination. Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. Color on paper, or color directly on a stamp for a multicolor effect. They are fast drying, dye-based ink and coordinate with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, ink and embellishments. Coloring is smooth and bold with these markers.
Lastly, we have our Stampin’ Blends. Our newest to the coloring tools, the Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers. Each color comes in one dark and one light sets to give you the best blending experience. Controlling the color is easy when using either the brush tip or the fine-point. Purchase by individual colors or combo packs. The Blends are not refillable, however, you can purchase the individual color when you need to replace them in your collection.
Variety of Embellishments
In addition, you can combine any of the above tools with a number of our embellishments. As a result, you can have Glitter, Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Embossing Paste, Sponge Daubers and even Brayer to help you further enhance your projects. Furthermore, once you add color to any of those options, the possibilities are endless. Hence, I encourage you to give some of them a try and see what you can create. While I know it’s a lot to absorb, I hope you have learned a little more about some of our coloring options. Most of all, you get to see what benefits each tool has. Please contact me with any questions on these or any of our Stampin’ Up! products.
As promised in my last post, I am sharing the card designed using the Brusho Crystal Color applied to the stamped image from the Petal Palette stamp set. The color was applied using an aqua painter. Brilliant Red was used to color the flower and the leaves were first colored with Moss Green but I desired a brighter green color so mixed some of the Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho to achieve a bluish green and applied it over the Moss Green layer. Which leaf color do you prefer?
Using Brusho Crystal Color, Petal Palette & All Things Thanks Stamp Sets from Stampin’ Up!
Basic Black Cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; scored at 4-1/4″ to form base), 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ for layering circle
Petal Passion DSP: 5-1/4″ x 4″
Watercolor Paper: 2-1/4″ x 5″
Whisper White Cardstock:3″ x 3″ for sentiment circle layer, interior: 5-1/4″ x 4″
- Stamp image onto watercolor paper using Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Ink. Color image using aqua painter and Brusho Crystal Color. Use the Petals & More Thinlits Dies to cut image.
- Stamp sentiment using Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Ink, cut using Layering Circles Framelits. Use the scalloped Layering Circles Framelits to cut Basic Black cardstock. Using Fast Fuse or SNAIL Adhesive, layer the sentiment atop the scallop circle.
- Assemble the card – adhere DSP, attach the flower image using Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere the sentiment using Fast Fuse or SNAIL adhesive.
- Complete card by adding Basic Rhinestones to sentiment layer.
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When preparing for this month’s card class, I knew that at least one of the cards would involve using the Brusho Crystal Colors available in the recently released Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. It was while using the aqua painter and playing with the Brusho that I decided to compare the results when coloring with Brusho vs Stampin’ Ink vs a watercolor pencil. For the Aqua Painting comparison, the flower bouquet from the Petal Palette Stamp Set was stamped onto watercolor paper using Archival Black Ink. The Brusho and Classic Stampin’ ink were applied using an aqua painter and for the watercolor pencil, the image was colored then blended with the aqua painter. Below are the results:
Two layers of Color Medium Added
|Third Layer of Color Medium Added|
As you can tell in the photos, the Brusho Color Crystals provide the most color depth and intensity. The third layer of color improved the color intensity on all samples. Regardless of which coloring medium you select, all provide beautiful results.
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