Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Butterflies in Flight

I was playing around with my new markers last night and I made a fun discovery. Stamp your image with Stazon onto vellum. Flip the image, then colour it in on with your alcohol-based markers. The slippery surface of the vellum provides easy blendability (the ink takes a tad longer to dry and is reactivated by the other markers if it does happen to dry). The flipped surface means no reactivating the Stazon! Once the image is dry, you can use either side- the stamped side for a more muted look, or the coloured side for a more vibrant look. I just thought I'd throw that out there for those that may be having difficulty blending with alcohol based markers. To finish the card, I cut out the butterflies- yes I chopped off the antennae, I just didn't want to deal with them... Once they were cut out, I scored along either side of the body and folded the wings upwards. I put a tiny strip of Ultra Sticky Tape behind the bodies and arranged them on the card.

Stamps: Au Naturale, Paper Tray
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Paper: vellum, white
Markers: art markers (alcohol based)
Tools, etc: bone folder

So, at approximately 2PM I received my nestabilities dies. They are fantastic. I got the whole set of ovals and the whole set of circles. Plus, Ellen, being the sweetheart that she is, included a set of star nestabilities as a gift! I SO can't wait to make some glittery star ornaments with those! I also got the tan polymer mats that help to make the embossable function of these dies compatible with the cuttlebug. On this card, I did the embossing on the vanilla oval. I also used the polymer mats to texture my background with a Fiskars texture plate. I love the effect! I also had to use some more of my new 5/8" ribbon. This one uses the vanilla. I haven't heard back yet from DWB about the ETA of the other 2 colours.

*Is how I'm doing my supplies on here something you'd all like me to keep doing?*

Stamps: Do the Hula, Paper Tray
Ink: Versafine Black, Stazon Timber Brown, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Olive brads, 5/8" vanilla ribbon
Tools: Nestabilities, grass texture plate


  1. the alcohol markers look great on the transparency. thanks for the tip on flipping it for use with stazon inks.

    I prefer supplies list how you do it. (at the bottom, in a different text. Rather than interspersed throughout)

  2. Hello, I just found your blog through Alison's site and thought I'd say hi ;)

    I love the effect here on the butterflies! Thanks for the tip!

  3. I love the butterfly card! Such a great way to use vellum. Now I am off on a search for butterfly stamps!

    Oh yes, I like the supply list at the bottom.


  4. Your butterflies are apsolutely georgeous! Great idea, and I will definatley give this a try. Thanks for Sharing! :-)

  5. The color on the butterflies is so vivid! Really beautiful.