Saturday, 13 August 2016

Beautiful rainbow butterflies - Visible Image

A selection of cards today, I've gone crazy for these butterflies from the Visible Image Own Kind of Beautiful Set. For these projects they just said to me 'rainbows' so I got my colours out (with a tiny bit of artistic licence ie pink to round up the 'rainbow' to 8 colours!)

 I lightly drew a 6cm radius circle onto a large square of card, and measured 8 points 

Then I stamped my background butterflies and then rubbed out my pencil marks. I added a dot of red tape to each one and stamped my sentiment carefully, inking up my stamp with five colours 

On this card I just stamped and embossed my butterflies in white onto heat resistant acetate, but then I got a bit more adventurous with subsequent cards and got my coloured pigment inks out, plus the holographic powder...

I also stamped and shadow stamped the background just subtly, and made a border using the same colour inks in the same sequence. Those extra criss-cross strips are there because they were my off-cuts when I trimmed the backing card and I simply couldn't throw them away!

I love the sparkle in these butterflies.

One more share...
How cards evolve....I loved the subtlety of shadow stamping , or 'second generation stamping' where you stamp your colour first onto one card but then before you re-ink, stamp it again. This is such a simple effect, much more subtle colours and contrasts are achieved, should you wish to. even though I am a seasoned stamper it is good to remember this most simple but effective of techniques! This DL card was achieved in this way, but this time I put a bit of colour into each butterfly with a a couple of shades of distress ink on each,having stamped onto thin white card and heat embossed with white embossing powder providing a beautiful resist to the inks. 

I hope I've inspired you to go and make your own rainbows and create your own kind of beautiful!

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  1. Really fresh, beautiful cards, Nicky! And the stamps are lush <3 xx

  2. Beautiful cards Nicky. Your stamping is amazing, wonderful techniques. I just love the rainbow colours. Cathy x


    Really loving all your artwork Nicky xx