Wings & things

This is one of those cards that just evolved. I’ve had the butterfly stamps at hand while teaching a class with them. I did not have a definite plan; in fact, you may be surprised to hear it started with three butterflies stamped in rusty hinge distress ink. The panel sat around for a while then I decided to paint turquoise brusho and metallic sky liquid metal inside each of the brown butterfly outlines. I didn’t love that so I spritzed interference blue pearl-ex spray over all three butterflies to make the colour bleed into the surrounding area. Still not right, so I employed a technique one of my friends calls ‘drowning’ and spritzed the panel thoroughly. The result was a sparkly blue panel with muted butterflies now looking like background images.

I used pine needles and mermaid lagoon distress inks to stamp foreground images, more butterflies and some flowers. I framed the panel by sponging pine needles ink around the edges then splattered a little white gesso over it. As often happens with my cards I started thinking about a sentiment once there was no room left for one. Vellum to the rescue with an phrase embossed in silver.


Stamps: wildflowers vol 1, wings

Inks: rusty hinge, mermaid lagoon distress ink, pine needles, versamark

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, vellum, neenah solar white cardstock

Paint: turquoise brusho, white gesso, metallic sky liquid metal

Also: silver embossing powder, interference blue pearl-ex powder mixed with water in a mister

11 Comments on “Wings & things”

  1. Lynn leduc says:

    Love it.

  2. colleen moore says:

    This is most gorgeous love the blue

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    So lovely. Love its feeling of ‘other worldliness.’ Well done.

  4. Liz Jones in New Hampshire says:

    Love this, and all of these things that take on lives of their own. This one is so dreamy, glad the vellum doesn’t cover up any of it! Perfect.

  5. Connie Schulz says:

    Love how accidents turn into something beautiful. Drowning does work I guess.

  6. Pat says:

    So so pretty Heather and my cards usually work like this, starting with a plan which changes as I go Joking aside though, this is really beautiful with mainly those two colours. I must try this colour combination myself. x

  7. akbutte says:

    Super cool! I love when things evolve from ugg to wow this actually works!! Glad you kept going with it!

  8. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous monochromatic creation!

  9. Marti_L says:

    Loved your story about how this beautiful card evolved from such a dubious beginning, and laughed about the last step of adding a sentiment. I always love your projects.

  10. Sue says:

    Wow, love the effect! I was going to ask you for a tutorial on how you made those “flutterbys” in the background, an absolute stunner card!!!!!! Just found you from a post on Darkroom stamps on instagram, sooooo glad I did, and I do love that you are in Canada! I am over on the west coast in Victoria. 🙂 Great work Heather ❤

  11. soozyb2013 says:

    Beautiful card! I was going to ask you to show your technique on those “Flutterbys” in the background, a real stunner of a card Heather. LOVE IT. So glad I found you from a post on Darkroom Doors on instagram. It’s especially nice to meet a fellow Canadian. I am on the West Coast in Victoria! Great card Heather.

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