Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Unicorns and Stars

Hi everyone, Jenny here with a fun and crazy card for all you unicorn and glitter fans today.  I'm playing with the wonderful Unicorn Dreams set by PinkFresh Studio.   I love the imagery in this set - it feels like a unicorn set for adults :D

To create my card, I first created a watercolor background. I spritzed a piece of watercolor paper with water until it was pretty wet and shiny.  I then used Derwent's Graphik line marker paint pens to create the background.  You can achieve a similar look with Color Bursts too, which Butterfly Reflections Ink carries in the shop.   I basically flicked on color with the marker, letting it bleed out in wonderful feathery bursts.   I let it do its thing and left it to dry.

Once dry, I used Heidi Swapp's Minc Reactive Mist and flicked a few drops across the dried watercolor panel.  This is a somewhat thick liquid like a spray paint (but thicker) that you can FOIL when it is dry.  Once it dried I ran the piece through my Minc with some Decofoil Iridescent foil.  It created wonderful sprays of silvery flashes.  It reminds me of mercury.

I used my MISTI and the unicorn from the stamp set to stamp over the watercolor foiled piece. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and had to stamp 4 or 5 times to get a crisp solid black line.   When dry, I coloured in the unicorn's horn, mane and tail with a silver glitter gel pen for more sparkle! I then partially trimmed out the unicorn with scissors and my trimmer.   I also die cut a Star Shaker outline by My Favorite Things from silver glitter cardstock.

For the card base I used some pale rose card which I ran through with an embossing folder to create a heart texture.  I adhered the unicorn panel using fun foam and liquid adhesive, and slotted the silver star in with glue dots.   I trimmed off the bottom of the card with a strip of silver glitter paper and some thin washi tape.

The sentiment was from the same stampset, which I heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder onto dark purple cardstock and popped up on foam tape.

Et voila! Crazy hearts, stars and unicorn glitz!

Hope you enjoyed it - let me know if you have any questions, I loved making this card, so much fun!

Have a great week,
Jenny x

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Haunting

Hello, again!  It's Andrea today with a Halloween card.  Now, I have to confess I'm not a huge Halloween fan (I don't do scary.), so I don't really send out cards for that holiday.  However, I DO take my kiddos trick-or-treating, and the Happy Haunting set by MFT Stamps reminded me of them and their friends.

Are you ready for another confession?  I filmed the making of this card with the idea of having a video for you, buuuuuut something with screwy with my camera and quite a bit of my footage either did not record or was erased.  Total bummer, I know - sorry! (I mean you don't get to watch me make all of my mistakes, but I'll share some of them with you anyway. ;) )

As you can probably guess, this card took alot (I mean like 3+ hours alot!) of stamping, masking and coloring, but don't you think it was totally worth it?  I do!  All of my images were stamped with my MISTI and Memento Tuxedo Black ink and masked with Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper.  

To create my background, I first masked where the sky would meet the grass with Post-It tape and then used my Mini Ink Blending Tool and Mini Ink Blending Foam and ink-blended with Mowed Lawn distress ink.  I moved the mask to cover up the grass and worked on the sky.  I die-cut some more masking paper with a circle die and used the negative mask to create the glow around the moon with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed distress inks.  In hindsight, I wish I had not used the mask so there wouldn't be such a harsh line around the moon.  Live and learn, right?

After removing the negative circle mask, I covered the yellow with the leftover circle mask and ink-blended the sky.  Around the moon, I used Seedless Preserves and then changed over to Chipped Sapphire.  I went over all of that - lightly - with Black Soot.  While my masks were in place, I flicked on some water (Not very successfully:  Apparently XpressIt paper, which is great for Copic coloring, does not allow distress inks to react very well with water.  Another lesson learned!) and then some watered-down white paint to create stars.

Finally, I removed all of the masks, heat-set the background, and got to the fun part - Copic coloring!  Unfortunately, all of the masks didn't stay where they were supposed to, so my distress inks colored some of my stamped images.  Luckily, I was able to correct that (mostly) with my Prismacolor colored pencils.  I die-cut the panel with MFT Stamps' Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX dies and mounted it to a white card.  I added some details with a white gel pen and some sparkle with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx Ink, sprinkled on some clear embossing powder, and heat-set it.  After popping the sentiment up with foam tape, I thought it looked a bit blah, so I added some hand-drawn details with a Copic multiliner.

That's all from me today.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Video Tutorial - Lawn Fawn - Costume Party

Hi everyone! :)  It's Christine here for Butterfly Reflections, Ink and I'm super excited to share a fun  Halloween card with you all today using some brand new Lawn Fawn products and Distress Oxide inks.  I created a video tutorial of how I created today's card and you can view that here:
(To view on YouTube, click HERE)

And here are some pictures of my card:

To create the background, I used the following Distress Oxide inks: Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink, Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink, Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide ink, Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink, and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink.  I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to blend my ink colors together to create a fun night sky for trick or treating :) I added some white stars to the background with my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints
I then stamped out all my images from the adorable Costume Party Stamp Set from Lawn Fawn.  I painted all of the images with my Zig markers and my Detailer Water Brush.  I then cut the images out using the Coordinating Costume Party Dies.  I then used the new Birch Trees Dies from Lawn Fawn to cut some trees out of black cardstock for a fun spooky Halloween feel.  I also cut out some grass using some green cardstock and the Grassy Hillside Border Dies from Lawn Fawn.  I then put my scene together by adhering the trees and grass straight to the night sky panel using regular adhesive.  I then adhered all the images to the scene using foam tape and then adhered the entire panel to an A2 sized notecard using foam tape. 

For a finishing touch, I used my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen to add some sparkle to the pumpkins and candy bowl.  I also added some sequins from my stash.  Make sure to head over to Butterfly Reflections, Ink for a look at these and all sorts of amazing products.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Big Hugs!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sending Sunshine Sunflowers

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s Jacquie, back again to share a pretty fall floral card.  Sunflowers are some of my favorite flowers.  I love a bouquet of them in my house, it just feels so welcoming.

My card today is deceptively simple and easy to make.    I stamped this pretty Sunflower image from StrawberryJude Stamps  on a 4 x 5 ¼ piece of white cardstock, using the new Copic friendly ink from Altenew.  This ink is my new favorite ink for alcohol based markers.  It stamps perfect, dark and crisp every time!  I colored the Sunflower with my Copic markers.  I used the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies from My Favorite things to create a pretty edge at the top of my card. 

I took an A2 sized piece of Kraft cardstock and put it in my MISTI tool. I stamped the Sunflower image on the edge of my Kraft Cardstock, and then inserted the colored card panel in the MISTI and stamped it a second time so that it would line up from the kraft cardstock on to the white panel.  I stamped around a few sides this way.  I used Altenew Limestone crisp ink, because it is a great neutral to go with this card.  Once I carefully lined up my top stamped layer with my base stamped layer, I glued them together.

I cut a banner using the Lawn Fawn banner die out of white cardstock, and then I colored it with a Copic marker.  Once the ink was good and dry, I stamped the “Sending you Sunshine” greeting on the banner and then adhered it to the card. 
I finished off my card using a few of these droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

That’s it for today!  Be sure to click on the links to find all the products I used.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, September 15, 2017

BOO! with Waffle Flower

Hey BRI friends! I'm so excited to be posting for the very first time as a team member here! Even though Halloween is still over a month away, I couldn't help but make a card featuring the adorable bear from Waffle Flower's Boo stamp set.

I created the cardbase from some light gray card stock and added on a die cut panel cut from MFT's Four Way Chevron Coverup Die-namics. Then a Distress Ink'd panel was added as a (not so) spooky purple sky.  I colored th adorable witchy bear with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush. I'm usually really heavy handed with color so I tried to leave it on the softer side. Some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh finished things off!

Thanks so much for checking out my first DT post for BRI. And thank you so much to Vanessa and the other team members for the warm welcome!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Big Thanks, Metallic Watercolor Style

Hello everyone! It's Jenny here, with my first ever post as a DT member for Butterfly Reflections Ink - sqweeee! OK, now that's out of the way...

My card this week features the gorgeous Finetec metallic watercolor paints.  These are seriously shimmery watercolors, with plenty of mica to help them sparkle.  They come in a rainbow of beautiful colours, and the best thing is you can pick the singles you love and pop them into your palette, even though they're dry pans.  To get the most from them I recommend dripping/spritzing some water on them first, leave for 5 mins to soak in, then add a little more water and stir.  That really gets the mica sparkling.

I took a panel of watercolor cardstock and wet it liberally.  I then created a wash of fall colors going from brown, red, orange, and yellow with some basic watercolor paints (I used Peerless, but it doesn't really matter, use anything you have, it's just to create a base layer).  When dry, I used the Finetec paints to wash over the top to give a metallic fall ombre look.  (The colors I used were ChocolateArabic GoldBronzeGolden OrangeRed Violet, and Red Brown.) When dry, I flicked on some of the Gold too for good measure :D

While the panel dried, I created the leaf element.  These GORGEOUS stamps are from a set from Newton's Nook I have coveted for so long called 'Beautiful Leaves'.  They remind me of quilling which I used to do such a long time ago - but with a much easier way to achieve it.  I stamped all of the leaves using Versamark Ink onto  Bristol smooth white cardstock.  I used my MISTI so I could stamp twice for a clear impression.  I then heat embossed the images using  embossing powder in Copper and Gold.  I then colored them with a waterbrush, some Zig brush markers in co-ordinating colors, and fussy cut them out.

When the panel was dry, I diecut out the Big Thanks die from My Favorite Things.  I saved the inner part of the A.  I flipped over the panel and adhered some clear acetate over the thanks with liquid glue, and added the part of the A on the front with liquid adhesive.  I then used a double layer of foam tape to create a well for my 'shaker' bits (as well as applying the tape all over the back).   

The shaker bits are actually Prills.  Mine are chocolate colored but Butterfly Reflections carries all sorts of colors.  They are like tiny balls but in assorted sizes.  (Is it wrong that I really have to resist eating them ??!) I poured them into the center of the window and added gold glitter cardstock over the back to add more sparkle through the window.

The panel was adhered to a white card base.  I arranged the leaves in the corner and adhered them with glue runner and foam squares.   As a finishing touch, I added some Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets in 6mm and 4mm to the leaves. 

That's it for my first card.  I hope you enjoyed.  If you have any questions just leave them here in the comments and I'll answer them as best I can!  I'll see you all next week.

Jenny x

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Autumn Greetings

Hello!  It's Andrea with you today.  I'm so excited to be joining the amazing design team for Butterfly Reflections, Ink!  I just love Vanessa (She is a riot!), and her product selection and customer service can't be beat!

Fall is in the air here, and I couldn't be happier about that!  I love waking up to crisp mornings and seeing all of the beautiful colors of fall (The leaves have just started to turn a bit here.) and eating all things pumpkin (My daughter and I made some yummy pumpkin muffins last weekend.)!  When I saw this gorgeous Succulent Pumpkin stamp by Impression Obsession, I knew I had to have it.  It was just screaming to be watercolored!

I stamped that gorgeous bouquet onto some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper with Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  Normally, I stamp my watercolored images with Onyx Black, but I wanted a softer look.  Although I stamped the image twice, I had not planned on making two cards.  One was going to be my sample so that I could test my paint colors.  Fortunately, I liked it well enough that I was able to make two cards!  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint my images.  Disclaimer:  I'm still relatively new to watercoloring, but it's always good to get outside your comfort zone.

After my panels were dried, I heat-embossed greetings from Sunny Studio's Autumn Greetings set.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiments with Versamark ink.  One was heat-embossed with copper embossing powder; and the other, with gold.  I trimmed the panels down a 1/4".  

I added a strip of patterned paper from my stash to white cards and then adhered my panels on top.  Before gluing the panel on the card pictured above, I added some gold string from my stash.  For some sparkle, I covered the succulents with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.  To the card without the string, I also added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew for a little interest.

Thank you for stopping by!