Monday, November 07, 2011

A Butterfly named Tsuki

Good morning !    It's another beautiful sunny morning here in Ontario and I'm looking forward to more time outside.  The leaves are still falling and I'm still cleaning up the gardens.    I'm thinking about butterflies with our sunny days, but sadly they have already left us for warmer climate in the south.      Fortunately I have butterflies hanging out in my craft room :)

I had fun creating cards with the beautiful Tsuki Butterfly CM-B5 stamp from Designs by Ryn.   

To create the background for this card I blended the following Smooch Inks:  Plumberry, Pool, Grape Soda and then added a little Silver Fox.    I used a letter Background to stamp first with Brilliance Platinum Planet and then again with Colourbox Boysenberry Pigment Ink.

The Butterfly was stamped and embossed with silver on white card stock.  I coloured it using Tom Bow markers 452, 636 & 665 and then cut it out.  I popped it up and curved the wings down a little.

The sentiment was stamped with Colourbox Midnight Pigment Ink and then embossed with clear.     I added some hand-dyed ribbon that was in my stash and layered with co-ordinating card stock.

Stamps used:  Designs by Ryn - Tsuki CMB5, Penny Black 1999L - Letter Background, Kaisercraft Life Sentiments

I had fun with the background for this card !   I've seen this watercolour technique and often wondered how was it done ?    Fortunately I met Ryn, a talented artist who had beautiful cards on display using this technique.  She took the time during a busy show to describe what to do !     Tom Bow markers, water & salt are the 'secret'.     I will be 'playing' more with this technique !

The Tsuki butterfly and sentiment were both stamped over the background with Colourbox Midnight Pigment ink and then embossed with clear.     I didn't think this card needed anything else as the background is the 'art' and the butterfly image compliments it.   I just added a few rhinestones and layered with some navy & teal card stock.

One more photo today !   My step-mother Ann, who is a great photographer, often takes the time to send me beautiful photos.    I thought I would post this one as it's inspiration for butterfly cards !  Thanks Ann for sharing so many of your wonderful photographs !!! 

That's all for today !
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,


Ann said...

You are welcomed Shirley.
Gorgeous cards !!!

Miranda said...

Hi Shirley, great cards and beautiful butterfly stamp! Always love butterflies and use them a lot. Those Tombo markers are great aren't they?
And a beautiful photo by Ann! Is Ann the one living in the Netherlands? When I talked Nathalie(owner of the Posthumusshop) about our contact, she directly knew who I ment! Sometimes the world is small he? warm greetz, Miranda

Marn said...

Hi Shirley!
These cards are so pretty!! Again you have really made some very very beautiful cards, such stunning creations! Wow love that smooching background, so pretty, what a nice blend of colours! The butterfly is just gorgeous, you made him really beautiful! Great techniques! Well well done, brilliant!
Greetings from Marn :)

Marn said...

ps - BEAUTIFUL photo by Ann!! My compliments!!
Grtz from Marn :)

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful card! That butterfly is magnificent!

Ellen Taylor said...

Both of the cards are beautiful! Love the backgrounds! I will have to try that technique some time. TfS and have a fab day!