Welcome to a whole week of posts focusing on Butterfly Basics. I LOVE this stamp set, its super pretty and great for a host of techniques including; watercolour, stamp layering, blender pens on vellum, and die cutting (seeing as it coordinates with TWO die sets!) and can be found on page 124 of the Annual catalogue in the Artistic Expression section. I love this part of the catalogue, its the run wild section for me, where you can find stamp sets specifically designed for techniques and where your imagination can run away with you.
I know I did promise a video this week, but time ran away with me again – 3 shifts at work this week and then I’m off for 9 days! So, fingers crossed I get some filming done then!
So, today we are using our Blender Pens to colour on Vellum. I really enjoy this technique, and its a great way to introduce yourself to the joy of the blender pen! Blender pens contain a clear ‘ink’ that means that you can blend out the ink from your stamping, or use them to pick up coloured ink to colour an image. Blender pens work great on our Whisper White card stock, BUT you have to work fast, which is why I’ve used vellum today. Vellum is really slippy (non-porous) and ink takes much longer to dry on it, which makes it great for trying our your Blender Pens!
I’ve used my Stampin’ Write Markers today too. Scribble some marker onto a clear block and use the Blender Pen to pick up the ink – much less messy that doing the same with an ink pad!
Ok, so after you have stamped your image onto the vellum (I’ve used our Archival Basic Black ink) allow the ink to dry and then turn the Vellum over. Then, using your blender pens, colour the reverse side of the image. I used four colours here; Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry.
Because ink takes so long to dry on Vellum I used my Heat Tool to speed up the process. But you have to be super careful when heating Vellum that it doesn’t burn, use the first setting on the Heat Tool and keep taking the Vellum out of the heat every few seconds. The ink will dry much quicker this way.
Time for some finishing touches. Attaching Vellum to card stock can be tricky. I’ve used Fast Fuse here, because its clear and I’m attaching the Vellum to Whisper White Card stock it is easily hidden under the stamping.
The bow clip in the top corner helps to keep the free edge tidy, and I’ve added some Gold Wink of Stella to the flower to mirror the Gold in the Clip
What do you think? I love the soft colours you get when you colour on the reverse of the Vellum. You could just as easily colour the front, you just get more vibrant colour
Thanks for stopping by for this weeks Make It Monday, check back tomorrow for another card made using the Butterfly Basics Stamp set!
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