This World Treasures Friendship Card starts out with an unusual background created by water stamping. I sponged Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple ink on Whisper White card stock covering the whole background. Then I soaked a paper towel in water on a paper plate and using it as a stamp pad, stamped circles from the Circle Circus stamp set to complete the background. As the water dries, the ink lightens giving the effect you see here.
The main message was stamped in Rich Razzleberry and trimmed out with the framelit from the Apothecary Framelits set. To keep the framelit in place so that the greeting would stay centered I held it in place with post it notes.
The Rich Razzleberry label was also cut out with an Apothecary Framelit and then edged with paper piercing made super fast and easy with the paper piercing tool, mat and template. A dynamic trio!
The ends of the label were punched with the 1/4″ circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. I first punched the circle from a post it note and placed it where I wanted to punch the circle on the label. That made it easy to punch the label and get it right where I wanted it! I demonstrated this idea in the video on creating a scallop frame a couple of weeks ago using a large circle punch.
Each piece was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then the ribbon was threaded through before the background was adhered to the Whisper White card stock base. Normally, I use about an inch of SNAIL adhesive in each corner and maybe some in the middle if it’s a large piece, but on this background I SNAIL’d (new word) the entire edge to keep it in place. The water stamping tends to warp the paper slightly and using extra adhesive helps solve the warping.
I know you are asking yourself, “Where did she get that CRAZY FUN background paper?” And I would answer, “I made it with shaving cream and reinkers.” Yep, that’s right. I spread foam shaving cream on some wax paper, dotted it with reinkers, swished it around and put my paper right on top of the swished inked shaving cream.
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After I created the background paper I stamped the lattice print from Summer Silhouettes on the left side as an ‘anchor’ for my butterflies to land on. The butterflies were punched twice for each one. The stamped butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set was punched out and then a shadow butterfly was created by punching from the coordinating card stock. The Pearl Basic Jewels were added for instant elegance.
And did you notice the sweet scallop edge on the left side. This was created with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. This punch creates a double sided scallop ribbon but I love the effect of using it under the edge as a scallop border.
I stamped a strip of Whisper White card stock in Always Artichoke with the ‘wonderful’ stamp from Friendly Phrases then stamped the mini butterfly in Primrose Petals ink stamped on scrap paper first for a lighter application.
The end of the strip was cut as a banner with the corner of a square punch. Then the left edge was stamped with the lattice image. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up where I wanted it so that it would match up with the card base. I’m SOOO glad I rediscovered my stamp-a-ma-jig tool. I’m using it so often now it will need a place in my primary space. Time to move something to secondary storage to make room!
All the colorful swirls add so much movement to this card!
In this video, I’ll demonstrate painting with the aquapainter brushes and the ink pads. (Click here to view video.) I love watercoloring! It’s a sure way of feeling like a true artist and making something extra special for someone you love!
This Butterfly Art card was featured in this post. And was sent with other goodies to the lucky winner this week. Today I linked it to Addicted 2 Decorating in her linking party. I love Kristi’s blog. I follow it regularly for design inspiration!
For all the details on dimensions and how-tos for the butterfly art visit here.
To take good photos of your small items or craft projects, a light box can be invaluable. I have an old dresser that I use in my craft room for organizing my punches and accessories and on top of the dresser is this light box. This is a very inexpensive, portable light box set that included the lamps and this folding box plus a tri-pod (that I never use).
After I take my photos I drop them into photo editing software, crop the picture and do a quick photo edit to make it a little brighter and crisper.
My friend Cathy asked me to do a stamp class for her eleven-year-old granddaughter and five friends. This is the 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ practice card we started with and then we made a couple more projects including this cute petite purse. The girls were darling and love it!
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