Watercolour Wings is one of the sets from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue that I have been wanting since the catalogue came out. I finally have it and gave it a whirl this week. LOVE!!!
This is a quick and easy version of a card I have been working on for a special friend’s upcoming birthday. The butterfly was super quick to create … the Watercolour Wings set features a three step stamping technique and being polymer, it is so easy to line up each different element. I used Hello Honey ink and stamped off the first background layer to get a lighter image, then the darker yellow areas you can see are the second “outer wings” layer stamped in full strength Hello Honey. The detail of the butterfly is stamped with Memento Black ink (stamped off).
I die cut the butterfly with the Bold Butterfly thinlets and then stamped the body in full strength Memento Black. The little antennae are stamped directly onto the Hello Honey card background after the butterfly is adhered to the card. Oh my! Imagine the colour combinations you could create!
The black scallop border is actually the large scallop square from the Squares Collection Framelits dies. I just used a small piece of black card to die cut one edge of the framelit and adhered it on one edge of the matted butterfly piece. Isn’t that a great way to get a scalloped border along one edge! I have added a little piece of black Stitched Satin Ribbon behind the greeting. Three little adhesive rhinestones finishes the card off nicely.
Then I decided to step it up just a little bit …
So what have I done differently? I added a bit of sponging … around the edges and over the Decorative Dots embossing on the Hello Honey DSP, around the edges of the Hello Honey cardstock layer and also around the greeting piece. Then I added some extra stamping to the butterfly layer … I created a subtle background by stamping off the large butterfly background image before randomly stamping it onto the Hello Honey cardstock. I also stamped the row of dots from the same set, full strength ink, to top and bottom of the same piece. The three black gems in the top corner are regular adhesive rhinestones, coloured with a permanent black pen before adhering them to the card.
With those few additions, this card takes a little bit more time to create, but adds that little extra WOW factor. I also took a little bit of time with the insert, carrying the same theme through to tie it all together.