Birthday Bister

birthday bister Heather Telford

For my daughter’s 21st birthday card I chose blues, greens and the ‘soft wings’ butterfly stamp I always enjoy using. A reader commented a while back that bister and color burst work well with butterflies so it was time to try. I stamped the butterfly in a mix of distress stains which created a watery imprint I could add the blue and green bister powder to. I did multiple impressions then left them to dry while I added some texture around the rest of the panel. I used distress stain on the text stamp from ‘footnotes’ to add the patterns and did some splattering and spritzing with both stains and pearl-ex spray. Once the whole panel was dry I added the sentiment then trimmed and sponged some darker colour around the edges before adding some thread and popping up the panel on a watercolour paper card base.


Stamps: Sprinkles & Smiles, Soft Wings, Footnotes (PB)
Inks: Bundled Sage, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean Distress Stains (Ranger) Deep Lagoon & Olympia Green Versafine inks (Tsukineko)
Paint Powder: Blue and Green Bister
Cardstock: Canson hot pressed 100%cotton watercolour paper
Also: home made interference blue pearl-ex spray, machine embroidery thread

16 Comments on “Birthday Bister”

  1. Ina Eisen says:

    Heather, this is absolutely stunning! Thanks for the detailed instructions. I just love the way the soft colours fade and flow into the background.

  2. Micheline Jourdain says:

    BEAUTIFUL ! J’adore l’effet flou ! LOVE!

  3. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful card, Heather! I love how you’ve done the butterflies and the background!

  4. Beverly Raikey Robinson. says:

    What a beautiful card! No one could have done better with butterflies and Bister.

  5. Such a beautiful card! The butterflies look magical. Your daughter must have loved it! I hope she had a lovely birthday xxx

  6. Janine B says:

    So delicate and pretty – nice colours. Happy Birthday to your daughter

  7. Pat says:

    These soft and watery butterflies are so beautiful Heather and the colours are gorgeous. I’m sure your daughter is delighted with this! x

  8. Lindsey says:

    This is so pretty! I would definitely agree that butterflies and bisters work well together.

  9. Rufus says:

    How beautiful! I hope that your daughter had a fantastic Birthday and I’m sure she loved her card.

  10. Cath says:

    Lovely effect all around.

  11. Marianne says:

    Gorgeous! I’m sure your daughter loved it!

  12. Shirley-bee says:

    This is beautiful, Heather! I love the soft colours and how the images merge with the background.

  13. Kara says:

    so beautiful!

  14. Wonderful card! So many elements I love. TFS

  15. theartfuldoodler says:

    Your cards are always an inspiration, Heather. Beautiful!!

  16. catscraps says:

    Simply gorgeous card! I love it! Have a few butterfly stamps but none of the other products but I think I can get the same results using watercolor markers & maybe some embossing powders!

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