Counting Butterflies

Hello! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. We have 3 inspiring projects to share here on the blog today, we’re kicking off with a brilliant card by Sharon Traynor featuring our gorgeous inky butterfly stencil…

Hi! Today I’m adding a little sparkle into your lives with an inky little number that uses a couple of gorgeous Visible Image stencils and a stamp, plus loads of twinkly embossing powder and sprinkling of glamour dust. (Scroll down for a photo that really captures the sparkle).

One thing I love to do with stencils it to layer them on top of each other to create a bit of added interest and additional pattern. This wonderful butterfly stencil is perfect for that technique because it has a large open area.

inky butterfly stencil - numbers stencil - visible image

Here’s how I made this card:

Wet a piece of watercolour paper, then using the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer, spritz distress markers to make the background and dry with a heat tool. Attach the ‘Butterfly Ink’ stencil and blend through the stencil with mustard seed distress ink. Attach the ‘Count Me In’ stencil over the top and blend through both stencils with spiced marmalade.

Remove all the stencils. Drawing freehand, draw around the outside edge of the butterfly with a white opaque pen and then use a black pen outside the white line. Draw around the outside of the numbers in the butterfly with candied apple, then add detail glue inside the numbers and sprinkle with glamour dust. (I’d forgotten that I still had glamour dust until I was rooting through my stash the other day!)

Add a few ‘veins’ to the background by painting them in with a paintbrush using tarnished brass distress stain.

Ink a small piece of card with the same colours as the background, stamp and heat emboss the sentiment before fussy cutting it out.

Create 2 sparkly mats for the sentiment and the main image by inking the outside edges with versamark clear ink and then heat embossing with a sparkly black embossing powder.

Stamps and Stencils Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):

butterfly stencil - visible image         numbers stencil - visible image

rays of light stamp set - visible image

Other Supplies:

Watercolour Card, Distress Markers (mustard seed, carved pumpkin, dried marigold, abandoned coral, picked raspberry, candied apple, black soot), Distress Inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry), Distress Stain (tarnished brass), TH Distress Marker Spritzer, white opaque pen, detail glue, glamour dust, versamark clear ink, Wow! black twinkle embossing powder.

I hope you liked this inky offering from me today, and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

Love this! Thank you Sharon! These 2 stencils work brilliantly together and that sparkle is beautiful ♡

You will find more of Sharon’s wonderful cards and projects over on her blog.

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We will be back later today with more gorgeous inspiration.

Have a great Sunday!

Mark & Helen xx

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