Monday, May 23, 2011

Perfect Butterflies

Hi Y'all,
This weekend I decided to play with Perfect Pearls to create some background papers. The technique I used on today's card is a variation of Northern Lights from Paper Transformed by Julia Andrus. Here's my creation:

Spray two pieces of black cardstock with Perfect Ink Refresher and buff with tissue. Mix Perfect Pearls with water and brush onto first sheet of cardstock. Spritz lightly with more Perfect Ink Refresher. Press other sheet of black cardstock on top of first sheet, then pull apart from one of the corners. Allow to dry, then spray with water to set Perfect Pearls.

This technique makes the cardstock very fragile so adhere backgrounds onto another piece of cardstock before continueing. This is a good way to use up those pieces of carstock from variety packs that don't appeal or failed experiments. Useful tools for this technique are Little Bitty Scoop and Pipettes Shorties.

The base background is made using Green Patina, Blue Patina and Heirloom Gold Patina. Butterfly was stamped and embossed in the center and small butterfly was stamped repeatedly over background with Brilliance Graphite Black ink.
The frame layer used the second sheet of background created. I added a wash of Forever Green, spritzing with water to set. The frame was cut using Spellbinders Labels Twenty-One and attached with pop dots. The small and large butterflies were stamped on pieces of scrap background and embossed with gold embossing powder. Trim closely. Brilliance Pearlescent Yellow from a reinker was brushed around the edges and on antenae for highlights. Butterflies were mounted with popdots.

This card is used for the following challenges:
Created Byhand Challenge
Our Creative Corner

Enabler's List:
Stamps from Quietfire Design
Perfect Pearls Aged Patina Kit
Perfect Ink Refresher
Little Bitty Scoop
Pipettes, Shorties
Spellbinders Labels Twenty-One

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


Nelda said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You did a fantastic job and I will try your technique soon. Nelda in TN

Yogi said...

very nice. Love the colors and that label die is wonderful

Robyn said...

Elegant and tonal.
Wish i could see more of the shimmer of the PP.
the label is brilliant
thanks for sharing with Created Byhand

Scott said...

very nice. Love the colors and that label die is wonderful