Thursday, September 10, 2015

You are Beautiful

Hello, it's Diana again with a combination of my favorites:  watercolors and butterflies.  This card came together very quickly - after I had messed up a couple of previous attempts.  I just made it too difficult! To make the easier (and prettier) version, read on!  :)

I started with a sheet of watercolor paper trimmed down with the large stitched die from MFT Blueprint 13.  Apparently I am trying to see how long this particular die will last - if you've noticed how often I start my cards with this particular step!  It still works beautifully by the way!  

I then spritzed a very generous amount with my handy dandy spritzer.  I had already activated my Twinkling H2O's Thankful set from my previous attempts.  I then added a some with a brush in the approximate area of where each butterfly would be and let it spread on its own.  It blended beautifully and I am always freshly amazed at how shimmery it is.  I set it aside to dry and die cut two sets of the Memory Box Fairyland butterflies - once in black once in white. I glued the two of them together first - offsetting the black just a bit for a shadow effect with Art Institute glue

Once the watercolor was dry, I went back and splattered a few drops of water to remove some of pigment - another great trick to give it a nice organic watercolor look.  I then glued the butterflies.  

Since the butterflies took up most of the space, to add my sentiment, I stamped in blue pigment ink and then clear embossed on vellum and wrapped it around the watercolor layer.  I always use Scor-tape to adhere the watercolor paper to the base layer because it is so thick and usually a little bit warped.  The stronger the adhesive the better - or it might just pop up a corner after a day or two!  I also added some clear and water dew drops... really going with the water theme today! :)

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  1. Diana, the background is quite dramatic for the butterflies and dewdrops. I really really like it. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 200th Celebration Week’ challenge!.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  2. Such a bold and pretty card, I love the 3 d butterflys!! Thank you for joining the 200th Challenge Celebration at Word Art Wednesday! Ginny DT WAW

  3. This is gorgeous, love the watercolor technique and the beautiful butterfly die! Very pretty colors!! Thanks for celebrating with us by sharing your card this week at Word Art Wednesday's 200th Challenge!

  4. Beautiful card Diana! Pretty butterflies! Love the bright & bold water-coloring too! Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge! Have a blessed day!

    Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday (my personal blog)


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