Sunday, April 21, 2013


The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show is Color Love. The challenge this week is simple - use any color medium (ink, pen, mist, paint, etc) on your project this week.

I started with my inky sprays as they really are a love of mine in the craft room.

I wanted to share a few of the steps I went through to create the background and for the butterflies:

First I sprayed the gold/yellow spray onto the white cardstock.  I usually do this on my craft mat but for purposes of the photos I sprayed on a leftover plastic package.

Then I added a touch of blue spray over the surface:
I finished with a touch of green:
I try not to ever leave any ink on the craft mat.  My next step was to stamp multiple butterflies in black ink. 
I painted them with the ink left on my craft mat with a waterbrush.   Then I inked up white seam binding.
Because I had the ink under the hot lamps used for my photos I had to spritz more water on the ink to refresh it.  I swirl the ribbon in the ink and repeat until coated.

Then to finish it off I drag the white cardstock through the remainder to pick up the rest of the ink:
I add water and repeat until I get the desired effect.

To create the stamped images I wait until the background is dry.  I then stamped the images on the background using water resistant ink.

I added additional colors using watercolor pencils and used a waterbrush to soften the colors.  I then came back with a white gel pen to add highlights. 

I colored the butterflies and cut them out. I added brush tips to the centers. 

 I stamped the sentiment on vellum using StazOn ink and attached to the left side.

Products: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Chalkboard - Teal High Heel, Inchworm, and Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Mustard. Stampers Anonymous- artist toolsRanger Archival InkHero Arts Papillion
Stampendous - Life is Art, Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, StazOn - Black Ink, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils. . 

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  1. WOW Suzz. It is great. Love how you made the background. The Vellum edging is a great ideas too.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Suzz
    Rosie x

  3. Gorgeous tag Sue! Love your background and the vellum border for the sentiment is wonderful. Very pretty butterflies!

  4. Fabu,lus tag Suzz, wonderful step by steps and great colour choice too. Love the brush tips on the butterfly bodies. Lovely design and I love the torn edge. Tracy x

  5. Suzz..from the second I saw this tag, I KNEW it was YOU who created it! I love this! I love the vintage feeling it has. I love the colors and the design. Your background with the art tools is so lovely. Soft, sweet and beautifully colored. I love your butterflies fluttering on top of them. The brush tops as bodies is such a perfect embellishment! I adore your sentiment! It's absolutely perfect for your tag! <3 Candy

  6. Love this, Sue, great colors and elements!!

  7. Hi Suzz! Such a gorgeous tag and a much appreciated tutorial! Have a great week!

  8. Loving this tag, Suzz! So many cool techniques on it and I love the torn vellum :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Stunning tag, Suzz! Love the background. and the butterflies are gorgeous! Love their bodies... you know what I mean ;). Hugs, Sandra

  10. Absolutely stunning!

    I saw this at Simon Says and had to run over here to get the details!

    I love, Love, Love the paint brush heads as butterfly bodies. Brilliant upcycling of ruined brushes!

    I also love the way you used the vellum.

    Pinning this for future reference!

  11. Love your tag! How brilliant to use the paint brushes in that way! Too kewl!

  12. beautiful tag and I love your tips on using the ink on your craft mat...I try to create some backgrounds but didn't think about watercoloring and seam bind coloring. Thank you!

  13. Brilliant tag Sue. Love the background and those brush tips are great.

    Lesley Xx

  14. What a super gorgeous tag Suzanne! I love the sprayed sultry! The stamp you used is wonderful and tying in the butterflies with the brush centers is just PERFECT!!! Love the sentiment on vellum as well...fabulous!

  15. amazing!!! Those brush tips for the butterfly bodies are perfect!

  16. Your attention to detail is just amazing! So beautiful!


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