Sometimes when I’m working on a project, another one will happen by happy accident as I’m playing and experimenting with materials. This stamped watercolor butterfly card is one of those happy accidents, a bonus project that grew out of work I did while creating another butterfly card that I made for Buttons Galore awhile back.
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- Bazzill “Walnut Cream” Smooth Cardstock [Sb.com, Amazon, ACOT]
- Amy Tangerine “A Sweet Life” 6×6 paper pad
- Hero Arts “Newsprint Butterfly” stamp [Amazon]
- Hero Arts “Layering Butterflies” stamp set [Sb.com, Amazon, ACOT]
- Ranger Tim Holtz “Abandoned Coral” Distress Ink [Sb.com, Amazon. ACOT]
- Ranger Tim Holtz “Worn Lipstick” Distress Ink [Sb.com, Amazon. ACOT]
- Ranger Tim Holtz “Faded Jeans” Distress Ink [Sb.com, Amazon. ACOT]
- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Adhesive [Sb.com, Amazon. ACOT]
- water spray bottle
This card has a super simple background – it’s just three strips of patterned paper, with the sentiment stamped on one of them.
The centerpiece of the card is the butterfly, which the card was actually designed around. I created the butterfly while playing with my stamps and inks to see what effects I could get while creating the other card . When I created this particular butterfly, I first dabbed the stamp with a combination of Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. Then I spritzed it with water before stamping it. The effect was a blotchy liquid look that eliminated the newsprint design filling the butterfly but I thought was still really cool. So I decided to cut out the image and ink the edges and create a card base for it.
Sometimes happy accidents are the happiest way to create! This fun little butterfly will be flitting someone’s way to say “hi” soon!