With the arrival of a new stamp set "Swallowtail" from an US ebay seller (althougn it's retired from Stampin' Up), I wanted to test it out and make a couple of cards. I chose 'with sympathy' for this evening's project. Being a large stamp, it was fairly easy to make these cards, so I decided on embossing the butterfly to give it an unique look.
With embossing, you stamp the stamp with a watermark stamp pad called Versamark, this provides an outline on your card. I chose white embossing powder to make the butterfly stand out against the inks I was going to use for the background.
I then used a heat embossing tool which gives a sheen to the emobossed image and sets it. I waited for it to dry (a minute or so), before using a sponge brayer to apply the ink, which adds it behind the image and leaves the butterfly on top (a technique called emboss resist). I used Tempting Turquoise and Pear Pizzazz (lime) applied with the sponge brayer and blended them together. For the sentiment, I used a offcut, inked it the same way and used a stamp set called Window Shopping from the current catalogue. I chose the "Thinking of You" sentiment with the floral motif.
After looking at the card, I felt it needed someting else and chose two stamps from the Butterfly Basics set; a postmark and the dashed line. These and the sentiment were stamped in Crumb Cake (light brown) ink.
I really like the finished cards and hopefully so will any friends who have lost someone close to them.
I have added links to all the products used, which can be bought from my online shop if you're interested. The blue card used is called Pool Party. All my card blanks are from Hobbycraft.
Thanks for reading through my blog, if your interested in buying the stamps or a workshop/party to make cards, please let me know.
Swallowtail stamp set, embossed butterfly with white powder and versamark
Sponge brayer to blend the inks Tempting Turquoise and Pear Pizazz
Both cards inked and additional stamps used from Butterfly Basis stamp set
Finished cards with inks, stamp sets and tools used, plus zazle labels
Close-up of both cards with senitment and motif
Inks used: CrumbCake, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise and Versamark
Stamp Sets used: Butterfly Basics, Window Shopping and Swallowtail