Saturday, April 24, 2021

Mixed Media Butterflies

 Happy Saturday to you. It's hard to believe, but next Saturday will be the first of May. I began working on the card I'm sharing today a few weeks ago and let time get away from me. One of the challenges I made it for closes tonight so I forced myself to focus and get her done, lol.

Let's see if I can remember how I made this... I got out a piece of 5x7" watercolor paper, Stamplorations' Shower of Flutters stencil and my Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides. The stencil can also be used as a mask, but I used it as a stamp.

Here are the Stamplorations products I used, shown above. You can click on them to make them bigger. I have these Martha Stewart sponge daubers that are good at smooshing paint and ink onto a surface, so I used them to apply the inks in a rainbow pattern, continuing to smoosh/daub the ink onto the back of the stencil until it was liberally coated with the inks. Then I lightly misted both the stencil and my watercolor paper with water and I gingerly picked up the stencil and laid it onto the paper. I covered it with a piece of wax paper and then I used my hands to press on it to make good contact. Then I put a big heavy acrylic block over it and left it to sit for 20 minutes. I learned that from Jennifer McGuire in one of her videos and from the lady who owns Lavinia and did all those videos. Give the ink a chance to soak in before removing your stamp. I forget all the time.

I took a pic of it "under glass" and wax paper...

I trimmed my wc paper to fit my Recollections card base and then cut the Stamplorations Thinking of You sentiment die out of the wc paper and also out of some blue paper stash scrap.  Next, I glued the sentiment I'd die cut out of blue card stock scrap into the negative space on my card front in a inlaid fashion and put it in my big heavy botanical encyclopedia for an hour to let it dry good under a weight. 

I got out 3 colors of Versafine Clair (Verdant, Warm Breeze and Monarch) and stamped 3 of the butterflies from Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies set and clear-heat-embossed them. I also stamped one of each color on paper scraps, clear-heat-embossed them and fussy-cut them out.

I adhered the cut butterflies with glue dots over each matching one that I'd stamped on my card front. Voila - Paper Piecing! (Okay, yes, I know, it's barely paper piecing, thanks to the stamped antennas. I don't play over at CAS to win, that would be silly given the fabulous entries they get. I just play when I can to practice CAS and to do a little mixed media.) So, at this point, I'm like, what to do next? Nothing? Add some bling? What? I'm a kitchen sink kind of card maker and am utterly and completely tone deaf about how much is too much with CAS cards, which I am attempting here. So that is where I left it, until today, hoping the answer would come to me, lol, which it didn't, so in the end I added nothing else. 

 Which is okay because I made this to use as a flat mailable notecard, and I haven't even decorated the inside or the back for now. You know what? I'm happy letting the colors speak, lol. They remind me of Spring.

While I was stenciling, I had some leftover ink to mop up. Yum! This is what it looked like after picking up the inked stencil, and before misting it with water again to juice it up:  
and I drug and slapped 3 A2 sized pieces of mixed media card through that leftover ink:
So now I have enough card part extras from today's card to make another one:
It never ends! haha And I'm convinced if we don't "grow" more stuff then it will just replicate on its night when we are sleeping... bwahaha Seems like it, huh?

Well, that was my art adventure for the week! Thanks as always for stopping by. I appreciate the visit and hope you are having a wonderful weekend, XOX.

1.   CAS Mix Up April Challenge: Paper Piecing -- #1/3 I hand-stamped the yellow, orange and red butterflies and also the tiny silhouetted ones. I used a stencil as a stamp to make the background.  
2.   Stamplorations Things with Wings Blog Hop and Linky Party 4/7-5/2 -- #1/7 Stamplorations products used: Shower of Flutters ARTplorations stencil, Thinking of You CUTplorations phrase die and Trendy Butteflies stamps
4.   Stamplorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge -- Stamplorations products used: Shower of Flutters ARTplorations stencil, Thinking of You CUTplorations phrase die and Trendy Butteflies stamps  
5.   HLS April Stencil Challenge: AG with a Stencil  -- I used Shower of Flutters ARTplorations stencil 
8.   Creative Artiste #70: AAMMG -- #1/3  My media elements: paper, stenciling, inks, embossing powder
12. 613 Avenue Create April 2021 #4: AG + Opt. In the Garden (Create a Card for Spring) -- #2/8 Option played - butterflies in the Spring garden sky :-)
14. Incy Wincy Designs Challenge 4/19-5/2: Spring Colors and/or Embossing -- #1/5 I used Spring pastel colors and heat embossed the 3 stamped and paper-pieced butterflies
16. Allsorts Challenge Week 621: Any 3 Colors of the Rainbow -- #1/3  I used the cools: Blue, Green, Purple


nancy littrell said...

Such an artsy clever STAMPlorations stencil/mask rainbow inks colored card and 3 extra cards using the leftover inks, Aimeslee. So pleased you joined us at STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge and Never Ending Anything Goes. TFS all your technique photos too. Hugs...Nancy

Linda said...

Your card looks fabulous. I love the vibrant colours, and the butterflies look so sweet. Thank you for playing along at CAS Mix Up!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Your card is colourful and beautiful Aimeslee, great way of getting colour onto the card, I must try and remember this! TRY being the word! Then you got more Beautiful cards by just adding water, so clever. Perhaps it will stop those "adding stash" fairies?
Faith x

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice!!!

Creaine said...

This looks beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles Challenge. Hope to see you again next time.
DT Ine

Mia said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Try it on Tuesday with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Designer for Try it on Tuesday {My Blog}

Vivi Casale said...

very beautiful!
Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create!

Leslie said...

This is so pretty! I always love rainbow colors, so this one is right up my alley! Hope you and Honey are doing well, and you've had a great weekend! Sure went by fast!

My name is Erika. said...

I'm loving those rainbow butterflies Aimeslee. This is a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Try It On Tuesday. Hugs-Erika

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Lovely card in all it's watercolour look and bright colours. Your rainbow effect turned out beautifully. I love it when you show us your steps to your techniques. Have a super day!

pearshapedcrafting said...

This is absolutely wonderful! Thanks for showing the technique you used! Lucky you to get extras too!
Now, this has surely got to be for Try It On Tuesday! I vaguely recall putting a comment on your beautiful sunny card post! Must have had too much sun yesterday!! Thanks for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

Mrs.B said...

A lovely card Aimeslee, love the rainbow colours of the stencilled butterflies AND you've got 3 lovely backgrounds to play with, what more could a girl want - you have to keep on crafting now!
Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
Avril x

HilaryJane said...

Wonderful colours. I think you were right not to add anything else, it really doesn't need it. Thanks for joining us as CAS Mix up this month xx

Beverley said...

Gorgeous card, I love how you used the butterfly stencil. Thanks for joining in our April 'Easter/Spring' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
Bev x

ahlers5 said...

Hello there! I love this card. I didn't realize when I saw it at The Outlawz that the butterflies were layered. I love how you did the background. I need to work on learning to do that.

creationsnz said...

A very pretty result for all your hard work. Thanks for sharing your process too. So glad you shared it with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, CarolG

Linda Kunsman said...

what a beautiful card! Love that spring color palette and how you did the background. Great way to use up the leftover ink to make pretty backgrounds too!

Tracy said...

Thank you for joining Allsorts challenge with this entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Mervi said...

Fabulous and beautiful card.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts, welcome again;-))m

foleysfriend said...

What a super clever idea to use a stencil as a stamp! The result is amazing. Good for you for using the "leftover" ink to create other backgrounds. I'm inspired. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge.

sue n.

LynneJ said...

Beautifully done-the colours and butterflies say "springtime" to me, and I love the effect you created using the stencil as a stamp. Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste! xx

crafty-stamper said...

Very clever water colour stencilling and love the added butterflies
Carol x