Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day Butterfly Tags

 Yes, I know--another Mother's Day card. What can I say? When I'm on a roll, I'm on a roll! I based this one on this sketch by Operation Write Home:

As you can see, I really stayed true to the sketch. But I decided to shake things up a bit with the tags, and have one large image rather than 3 small ones. After I cut the tags from watercolor paper, I adhered them with repositionable adhesive onto a piece of scratch paper, right next to each other. Then I stamped the butterfly using Archival Jet Black ink, and colored it with Inktense pencils, blending the color out with my water brush. Since I had this one image, I placed the tags a bit closer together than they are in the sketch, so the image wouldn't be too disjointed.

For the background, I used a doily stamp from a set by Little Yellow Bicycle. I stamped it 4 times on white cardstock in Versamark ink, then clear heat-embossed it. I applied 3 colors of Distress Inks over this with my ink blending tool. Then I sprayed the panel with water, to get the color moving. (A unique property of Distress Inks is that they react with water.) After the colors blended sufficiently, I set it aside to dry. When it was completely dry, I thought the colors were too pale, so I decided to try a technique I saw Kristina Werner demonstrate on YouTube. I got my non-stick craft sheet, and applied the Distress Inks I'd used directly to it. Then I sprayed that generously with water, and smooshed the cardstock face-down in the puddle of colors. While I did get the more intense color I wanted, the ink also soaked the cardstock & "stained" the clear-embossed doilies. If I were to do this again, I would emboss with white embossing powder instead of clear, and do it on watercolor paper instead of cardstock. But I hadn't realized I'd be using water that much, hence the use of cardstock. I think it still gives a neat effect; just not what I had envisioned when I started.

The striped yellow paper is, again, from my scrap collection. I adhered the tags to that panel, after threading baker's twine through holes I'd punched, then adhered the panel to the card front. For the sentiment, I used a greeting from this stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I printed it on white cardstock, rounded 2 corners with my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, inked the edges with Distress Ink, and glued it to the card front, which I then adhered to the card base. And there you have it--another Mother's Day card for a hero to send home to his/her mother!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Tag It"
Simon Says Stamp's Monday "D is for Distress"


  1. What a clever way to use tags, Andrea! Love your design! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Tag It! challenge this week!

  2. This is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  3. Beautiful card Andrea! Love how you stamped the butterfly on the trio of tags! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!


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