Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle Little Butterfly...

Happy Wednesday! Hopefully this posts correctly...I have only done scheduled posts a couple times. Well, today I have the honor of being a guest designer this week for one of my favorite blogs...The Creative Belli Blog. I was so excited when Chris and Robin asked me to be a part of the challenge this week. The challenge this week is to use butterflies or dragonflies on your card/project. Remember, the fun part of the Creative Belli Blog is to use things you already have, or things you haven't touched in a long time. Well, here is what I came up with.
I started with a yellow CS base. I added the background paper, which has pretty yellow butterflies. The PP is from Basic Grey (Urban Prairie), and I purchased it forever and a day ago...lol. I was shopping at my LSS one day and the pad of paper was on the counter, and of course I thought it was so pretty and I just had to have it...and well...I am sure you have all done this too. So the paper has been in my stamp room FOREVER, and I just never used it. So what a more perfect time to use it then for this challenge. The main image is from the TAC set butterfly swirls. I stamped the image in old olive onto white CS. I restamped the butterfly 2 more times so I could layer the butterfly.

Next I wanted to color in the image using some of the colors in the background paper, but I also wanted to use a new technique I learned recently. I will try my best to explain the "how-to". Using a gloss finished ceramic tile, I pressed some ink from an ink pad onto the tile. Then, add a drop or two of liquid pearl. Using a mister bottle, spray the ink/liquid pearl combo and mix, to make it like a watercolor paint. I then used a fine tip paint brush to paint on the ink. Because the liquid pearl is mixed in, it gives the paint a shimmer look. The effect is similar to using twinkling H2Os, but I think it has a lot more sparkle to it. I used this to paint the butterfly, and some of the accents on the flourishes. I wanted some sparkle on the background too, so again using liquid pearl...I put a few drops into a mister bottle. Fill the bottle with water, and shake vigorously. I then sprayed a light mist over the background. The CS will be wet, but dries pretty quick, or you could use your heat tool to dry it quicker. How cool are these tricks???!!! Just another way to use some of those liquid pearls. Both of these techniques I learned at my LSS's Hero Arts release party back in December. Here is a close up so you can see some of the sparkle.That is all for now. Be sure to stop by the Creative Belli Blog to check out the other samples from the awesome design team this week.

Jessica

8 comments:

jdmommy said...

Jessica, this carrd is so beautiful, and that layered and popped butterfly couldn't be prettier. I love your color combination!! Thanks for being our featured guest designer.......you do us proud!!

Debbie said...

Jessica - Your card is fabulous! I love that layered butterfly. It's a pleasure to have you as a guest dt for the belli challenge blog! What wonderful work you do.

Chrissy D said...

Gorgeous card Jessica! Thanks so much for joining us again as our Guest Designer!

Shelly Koskinen said...

This card is beautiful!

Joan Ervin said...

This is such a beautiful design, Jess....I love the pretty springy colors you used and the butterfly in the middle of the lovely flourishes looks AWESOME!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week and joining us as Guest Designer!!!!

Fern said...

Beautiful Card, Jess!!! Love the colors and that butterfly is gorgeous!! Thanks for being our Guest Designer!!! :o)

Holly said...

This is GORGEOUS, Jess! I love that paper and that swirly butterfly. I love how you painted it - gonna have to try that. Can you tell I love glittery and shimmery things? :-) Thank you so much for being the Belli Challenge Guest Designer again. Hugs!

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Great card, Jess! LOVE that butterfly and it's perfect with that paper! Paper that I have gathering dust in my stamp room, too! Need to go pull it out! Thanks for the inspiration and for being our guest designer again this week!