Sunday 3 November 2019

Birthday Butterfly

Hello Everyone, 

how are you doing?

This is the second card I mentioned a while ago.

I wanted to try out a new pad of water colour paper I got at a rather cheap chain store nearby. They sell a lot of craft supplies, among them the flamingo embossing folder. I got the paper pad because it's very bright white, but I didn't expect much of the quality. And a true water colour artist would most probably not use it. But for my needs it did perform okay. 

I wanted to try the butterfly (also from that store) at the same time, and thought I might practise some no line colouring with my ZIG markers. Finding out that my antique linen ink pad was very dry, I stamped the butterfly in yellow ink, since I originally intended to use yellow for my colouring as well. I changed the plan and used blues and a very pale brown. So now there are still very light yellow and greenish veins visible in real life. I chose a dark brown for the body and also added the sentiments in very dark brown ink. In hindsight I would have preferred only one sentiment.

Since there was no black on the card, I didn't want to use a black or grey card base. I fussed about quite a bit, deciding on the card base colour. I didn't have matching card stock and thought about inking direct to paper, but since tumbled glass and antique linen both need to be re-inked I had to abandon that idea (I don't have the re-inkers at home). In the end I picked vintage photo distress ink and very very lightly blended some of it on a white card base, just enough to achieve a lighter version of the colour I used for the butterfly. I like how that turned out very much.

I had to shorten the card base about half a centimetre from the usual standard card size (German size = 10,5 by not quite 15 cm), because the paper pad is almost but not quite A4 format, meaning it's one cm short. But that truly doesn't bother me. 

By now I have used the same paper for 4 cards, and I really like it. It's surely not good for a true painting, but for background techniques that require water or very simple colouring it's just fine.

Lots of love

Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
Simon says Stamp: Anything goes


  1. Beautiful no-line watercolouring. The colours are so pretty. Great choice of card base colour.

  2. Ich finde Dein Experiment sehr gelungen und Deine Karte hat eine wunderbare Stimmung, durch die gewählten Farben wirkt alles sehr ruhig!!
    LG Gundi