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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rainbow Butterfly


My card today uses a new technique for me, that being a watercolor rainbow effect.  

I have a long standing love affair with shimmer paints, and my background is comprised of them.  First, though, I want to give credit to a good blog friend of mine who made a fabulous card which inspired me to do this rainbow effect.  She is Heather North, and her lovely blog is Creative Blessings, with the rainbow card posted here.  Go check it out - this lady does fabulous work, always crisp, clean yet full of color and lovely texture!  Thanks for the inspiration, Heather! 

First I applied broad bands of regular dye ink to dampened watercolor paper, then I went over them with broad bands of shimmer paints in matching colors, applying them just as I did the inks, with a SU Aquapainter.  The shimmer is out of this world gorgeous IRL.

You can click on the picture to enlarge it and see the shimmer up close and personal. After all that painting and shimmering, I applied the stamp using Staz-On.  I did have to touch up a few spots as stamping on watercolor paper sometimes leaves faint areas, but a Copics multi-liner works quite nicely.

I've kept the rest of the card pretty simple so as to let the shimmery colors take center stage.  A fat little seam binding bow, a flower button, and a simple tag complete this card.

Thank you for joining me today and I wish you a lovely Tuesday!

Happy crafting!


Stamps: Large Swirled Butterfly (The Rubber Cafe); Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU)
Ink: So Saffron, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum (all SU), Staz-On, Tuxedo Black,
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Subtles Stack (SU); watercolor paper
Extras: Creative Inspirations paints (Sage, Mellow Yellow, Blush, Sky Blue, Lavender), hand-dyed seam binding, flower button, Oval Punch and Word Window Punch (SU), Aquapainter (SU).

Challenges entered:

ALOTA#103 - Springtime
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Water
The Pink Elephant TPE 191 - Easter
Love to Create #57 - Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner #54 - Easter
The Ribbon Reel #49 - Spring Cottage
Frosted Designs - Up, Up and Away
My Sheri Crafts #106 - Easter
RRR#68 - Flowers and Ribbon (ok, there's only one flower...)


Kelly Lloyd said...

Oh Shea this is really pretty. Gorgeous colours and design
Hugs Kelly x

Laine said...

A fabulous stunning creation Shea. Absolutely beautiful.

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is so beautiful Shea. I love the rainbow colours and delicate butterfly
Hugs Sue

Michaela said...

Elegantly gorgeous card, Shea! Love the background you created and the butterfly.
Michaela xx

Kristie Goulet said...

This is just beautiful and I love Heather's card too! I can see how you were inspired! Mwah!!

Pauline said...

What a beautiful effect Shea, lovely shimmer, and beautiful colours topped with that fancy butterfly.
Thanks for joining us at TRR this fortnight!

Heather North said...

Thanks for the shout out, Shea. I love the softness of your colors on this butterfly card. It's always fun to hear something I made inspired somebody else. You inspire me every time I visit your blog.

Shea said...

Thank you, Heather! Likewise!

sandra carey said...

Beautiful card the rainbow affect is great and love the stamp Thanks for joining us at Love to create this week Hugs Sandra dt xx

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

Another gorgeous card Shea! Love the rainbow look, seems to be popular. I saw anohter post about it this morning. Think I'm missing the boat and maybe I should hop on quick :)
CDAC DT Member
A Look Through My Eyes

Wendy L said...

Such a beautiful card for our challenge this week at Love to Create. xxx

Donna Ellis said...

What a sweet, shimmery, happy card, Shea! Love the colors and rainbow background! hugs, de

Cheryl said...

Your rainbow effect is beautiful! Love the butterfly stamp, too.

Tammy Ortiz said...

Love the colors and the effect
Thanks for visiting and entering this week's challenge.

we hope to see you back next week.
Hugs Tammy Ortiz - Owner of Tammy Scrappin Corner

Jeaunes said...

Just love the colours and the way it turned out. What an awesome technique!
Thank you for taking part in the Frosted Designs challenge!

Desire Fourie said...

Such a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Lori Apgar said...

What a pretty card! I love the colors in the background and the butterfly stamp!

Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs for our Up Up and Away Challenge!!

Joni Parker said...

So very the rainbow effect!! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs!!

Karal Schuknecht said...

This is a great card, love the rainbow colors. Thanks for joining us this week for Easter Cards.
Karal DT for Tammy's Scrapin Corner

Crafty and Green said...

Gorgeous!! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at Love to Create's Anything Goes Challenge!! We can't wait to see what you'll create next time!!

Many Blessings,

Judy Rozema said...

So spring-like and pretty! Thank you for playing along at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

So pretty and the perfect card to usher in Easter and spring.


Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Lovely! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant!
Sheri-TPE DT

Margaret said...

Beautiful rainbow background.
Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner for this challenge.
Margaret, DT

P.G. Lamb said...

This is so pretty! The colors are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts.