Friday, March 5, 2021

How to Stretch The Butterfly Border Die

Hello friends! 

It's another exciting day here at the blog. I have one project with a new (to me) border die to share. 

 This Butterfly String (Penny Black) serves as the prime example.
I started out with die-cutting the butterflies on color paper. The DIY color paper was created with Gel Plate. This proved to be very quick and easy. Gel Plate seems to be quite popular now. I got mine about 2 years ago and really loved it. I can see why it's trending right now.
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Next for the background,  I inked up Alcohol Ink on vellum.  I inked up only part of of the vellum. This way, it gives some balance and interest.

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Take away: when it comes to alcohol ink, restraint is the key (sometimes). In this card, I find the white space provided room for the design to "breathe".

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Next comes the s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g part, I cut up the butterfly strings and adhered the butterflies to the mix. This really made a huge difference.  The glitter paper was used in this purpose.


The whole ensemble looks like a beautiful mess and that's what I was going for.

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To lighten up the overall colors,  I also added a few white droplets (Liquid Pearl).
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I hope that you find today's post helpful and inspirational.
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Denise Bryant said...

Love this, Virginia! The vellum layer is so beautiful, and the colors are gorgeous!

MadeByMeghanK said...

STUNNING! I love the colors!!!

Cindy C. said...

It's absolute delight! said...

Magnificent! Love the colours and on vellum too!!!

donna mikasa said...

Oh so beautiful, Virginia! Those butterflies remind me of gorgeous hydrangea plants! You've stretched that die well!

Sue D said...

Wonderful ideas on this card.

Maura said...

I agree about the white space and of course, brilliant use of the butterfly die!!!

conil said...

STUNNING effect. So much texture and movement on this card. The inked vellum is vibrant and looks like a gorgeous hydrangea that exploded with butterflies. The result makes for an outstanding card.

Linda BL said...

Love the partly colored vellum! The glittery butterflies are so pretty. I love all the white space as well! Such a fancy card. Love it!

Ms. Tamp said...

Great color idea. I haven't had a chance to use my gel plate. I think I'm just waiting for a good look at how to get started with it.

Purple Princess said...

so incredible!