Friday, March 12, 2021

Butterfly Brilliance with Alcohol Blend Technique

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 This is the last of my White Wash technique posts, but today I am using a different bundle - the Butterfly Brilliance bundle and I'm trying out a different technique for the background, Alcohol Blend technique which I learned from Linda Bedinger from Inks and Ingenuity. I also continued to use the White Wash Technique on the top butterfly in each of the two trios, which was a little trickier for these butterflies because the areas within which you could colour them was much smaller.

Here's a close look at the card:

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  • The background is made by colouring on vellum with 2 or 3 colours of Stampin' Blends markers ( I used Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron here) then using a Water Painter brush to daub on some alcohol which activates the alcohol as the base of the ink in the markers to blend in interesting ways.
  • Linda recommends 90% alcohol, but I only had 70% which could have been why I had issues with my vellum curling up as it dried. It required a lot of Stampin' Seal+ to keep it glued flat to the Mint Macaron cardstock it was adhered to and again on the Mint Macaron to keep it flat on the Bermuda Bay card base.
  • I stamped my bottom butterflies in Tuxedo Black ink using the Stamparatus, perfect when you have such a large composite stamp like that. You can touch up any areas that didn't get enough ink without worrying that you can't line up your stamp and image again. I coloured the ones I wanted with Stampin' Blends combos. The larger butterfly was coloured with Bermuda Bay/Mint Macaron, the smaller with Highland Heather/Flirty Flamingo.
  • I die cut these with the large composite die from the Brilliant Wings Dies.
  • Then I die cut the matching detail image from vellum. These were tricky to die cut, just finding the right pressure. First you have to die cut the outline with the composite die, then use the detail die to finish the cut outs.
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  • Then I did the White Wash technique on a smaller matching butterfly by stamping the large composite image on Crumb Cake with Versamark ink and heat embossing it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
  • I then "white washed the image" with a runny wash of White Craft Ink and water, and dried it thoroughly.
  • I added a small amount of colour to the sections of the wings using Stampin' Write Markers of the same colours as the larger butterflies and blended the colour into the white wash using a blender pen.
  • All three butterflies were curved a bit and mounted on top of each other as shown using glue dots.
I hope you like the result. I struggled with it a bit. It took some trial and error, but it was worth the effort!

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