Today (actually yesterday) I made this card for the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge (SC224). Not sure what made me think of it, but this card came to mind that I did back in 2006. It got a lot of attention (which I enjoyed!) but I never really did the technique again until today. I just wasn't sure I could recreate it with different stamps. Of course I had butterflies in mind because they are everywhere (in the stamp world, not outside yet!) and I've been using them a lot lately. So thought I'd go for it.
The shaded butterfly is the large one on the Beautiful Butterflies die from Stampin' Up! I cut it with the Big Shot on typing paper and used both the butterfly and it's outline to mask shading and stamping. The shading was done and the grass image was stamped while the outline of the buttefly was in place (TIP: use post-it notes to cover the inevitable holes the other butterflies leave behind). Remove that and temporarily adhere the butterfly itself (paper not real!) to the exact spot of the shading then stamp the background stamps (I used Linen and French Script- sorry both retired.)
Last I stamped the flowers and sentiment with Night of Navy craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.
I hope you like it! Enjoy your day!
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Stem Silhouettes, French Script, Linen
Paper: Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, watercolor paper
Ink: Night of Navy, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Distressing tool, Navy Organdy ribbon, clear EP, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, sponge