Sunday, July 3, 2011

Batik Summer Butterflies

This month part of the Hero Arts challenge is summertime, so I decided to go with summery colours and butterflies for this card.

Summer Butterflies
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Butterfly Wallpaper, Antique Engravings & Messages

I love the gorgeous Butterfly Wallpaper stamp that Linda kindly sent me – thanks again, Linda! I wanted to try the batik technique I had seen Tami Hartley and Lisa Spangler use on their gorgeous cards here and here. Firstly I embossed the image in white on white card and then applied tumbled glass, broken china and faded jeans distress inks. Then I covered the embossed image with a piece of vellum (usually a piece of copy paper is used) and ironed it. By ironing the image, the embossing is transferred onto the vellum and the original piece of card has a batik look.

Using the vellum was just a little experiment - I had my fingers crossed it wouldn’t melt or get stuck to the embossed image! Well it worked and now I have a piece of vellum with the butterflies image on it which I’ll be able to use on another project. The big butterfly was coloured with a ProMarker and I just added some pearls and black thread to finish. The sentiment was stamped with tumbled glass distress ink.


CinnamonSally said...

This is beautiful Heather, I Love your background and it looks like the sun is shining where you are too!!
We must be thinking alike I have just complete and gift set of cards using a similar technique.
Have a great day.

Patricia said...

Great card I love your embossed background is so beautiful =P

Lin said...

Love it, Heather! And thanks for explaining that vellum technique, I missed it before. Sounds fun!

Barb said...

This turned out so beautifully, Heather! Gorgeous colors! Wonderful idea to use the vellum. . . .can't wait to see what you do with it!

Deirdre said...

Neat Idea Heather, love how it turned out.

Rosemary said...

lovely card, heather! you always do the most beautiful things with vellum!

CanadianScraps43 said...

So love this Heather. Your techinque is amazing and I am so happy that you shared this. I am gonna give it a try as well. Your card is beautiful. Love that you have another piece of creations to use in another card. Great idea.

Melinda Gleissner said...

Heather, this is beautiful! Luv your color combination.

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