Monday, March 28, 2011

Butterfly Shimmer & A Tutorial!

Hello all, and happy spring!  The snow is finally starting to melt up here and we can see the pavement again!  We won't get any grass or flowers for a while yet, but it's a start!  Today's card is a design team card for Digi Design House!  I just love this beautiful butterfly from the Portfolio Collection!  On several other cards, I've used this technique that I can only describe as Shimmery Watercolour.  I've only ever used in when rubber stamping though (examples:  Lovin' You, Silent Night, Tattered Tag).   I wanted to see if I could use it with a digital stamp.  And I can!  Woohoo!  So, I've included a tutorial at the bottom of this post! 

Remember to check out the current challenge going on this fortnight at DDH Blog!

Challenges I've entered this card in:
Simon Says Stamp - Mother's Day/ Girlie  
Alphabet Challenge - U for Up in the Air
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Back to Nature
The Stamp Man - Anything Tim

Have a wonderful Monday!

Paper:  Kaisercraft, Neenah White, SU Cardstock - Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Pixie Pink
Ink:  SU - Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pixie Pink, Blush Blossom
Accessories:  Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist, Prima 1/2 Pearls, Orange Organdy Ribbon
Tools:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Divine Swirls

I want to make it clear that this is NOT my original technique!  I saw it first on a video Tim Holtz did for his 12 Tags of Christmas.  You can watch his original video here.

And here is the Shimmery Watercolour Tutorial, as promised!

Supplies needed:  Ink, Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist (or some sort of shimmer spray), cardstock (I've tried SU's Whisper White and Copic X-Press It Cardstock and both have worked fine), heat tool, Ranger Inkssentials Mini Mister, Ranger Inkssentials Craft Sheet    

Smear ink onto craft sheet.  This works with Distress Inks and SU Inks so I imagine this will work with any dye based ink.  

Starting with the lightest colour, add colours here and there until most of the area is covered (they don't have to overlap though).

Spray ink with water (I used a Mini Mister) until the ink and water beads up.

Spray over top of the water and ink with Glimmer Mist.  You could use only Glimmer Mist instead of water, but you would use so much more and that's more $$$'s!  I spray over the ink and water 8 to 10 times.

Place your cardstock facedown on the ink/water/mist mixture.  Drag the cardstock through the colours rather than pressing it down.

If you didn't get all the colours, drag the cardstock through again.  When you achieve the colours you like move on to the next step.  You can use this ink/water/mist mixture again for several pieces of cardstock.  So have some ready!

Use your heat tool to dry the cardstock.  Make sure it is all dry before you move to the next step!

Sponge ink onto any parts that need a little more colour.  I added more red down the outside edges of the butterfly.  There you have it!  You have a colourful, shimmery image to work with!  You can use blank cardstock and then stamp over it like this card, or you can use a digi image already on the cardstock like the butterfly we used today!  Thanks so much for visiting me today!


Karin said...

Great tut Hannah and the end result is beautiful :)

cebelica said...

Very beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

Margreet said...

beautiful card Hanna and thanks for the clear tutorial!
xxx Margreet

Christine said...

Oh my gosh--your card is so pretty!

Paula-Kay Bourland said...

Very pretty. Nice tutorial too.

Gillian said...

This is a beautiful card, the composition is delightful and the tuturial is very helpful too. Thanks for joining in at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days.

Merry said...

Wonderful image and terrific colours. Really enjoyed your tutorial...thanks. Thanks too for joining us at Cardmadfairy Digi Days.

Angel said...

An amazing card, so pretty,
Fabbie tut too.

Thanks for joining us at AC.

Huggies Abgel

Jenni said...

Love your card, the butterfly image is gorgeous and I love the colour combo. Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days.
Jenni x

Stephanie said...

How neat is that, beautiful!

Teresa Jenkins said...

Lovely card! The PP are beautiful and your coloring and tutorial are so neat!

Dragon said...

Thanks for playing with thye SWtampman theme this time

Clarky J said...

Fab step by step technique pics x Love your card too thanks for joining in at The Stampman challenge x janet

Lesley said...

Very pretty card! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet Challenge xx

deesdesigns said...

Just beautiful - thanks for the tutorial!

rk said...

Very pretty! I think the butterfly was stamped first before running it over the sprayed inks? Also, I am guessing the butterfly is stamped in pigment ink like Stazon so that it doesn't smudge with water sprayed on the craft sheets?


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