Monday, 18 January 2016

Smooshed distress inks & a stencil

Hi everyone, when I colour butterflies I usually do a couple or more. It makes sense while you have all the bits and pieces out.
 I used the partner of this one on my canvas and thought I'd try another technique that I don't do very often, stencils.

The background was made when I picked up or smooshed distress inks left over on my craft mat from another project. I'd used fired brick, mustard seed and walnut stain. They are very pale as I spritzed them with lots of water so I could cover the watercolour sheet.

I used the flourish stencil by Tim Holtz with antique linen distress ink to keep the colours muted.

The theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is to use a stencil.

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At Seize the Birthday its anything goes birthday with the option of clean and simple.
I don't think there's enough open space on my card to be CAS so I'm going with anything goes.

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's anything goes.

I've used a snippet of black card in my layering so I'm also visiting the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. You only need 1 snippet to play along.

Watercolour paper; distress inks; Darkroom Door butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Inktense pencils; Tim Holtz flourish layering stencil; bling; sentiment sticker, kraft card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


  1. Your card is absolutely lovely Cathy. The stencilling goods really good on the background and I love your beautiful butterfly. Barbxx

  2. The inky background is superb and sets off the focal butterfly beautifully.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  3. Gorgeous card Cathy, the background is fabulous and i love the butterfly, very beautiful :-)

  4. One word Cathy - perfect!


    Di xx

  5. Oh my, you have used your stencil is such a beautiful way. The soft, muted colors make a gorgeous background and the butterfly looks so real.

  6. I am always blown away by your gorgeous, life-like butterflies! But this stenciled background is also beautiful and makes the butterfly shine!

  7. I'm a big smooshing fan, Cathy, and this is so soft and subtle. Adding the stencil over it really ups the wow factor. And that butterfly. It looks like a real Monarch. Beautiful! I'm so glad you shared this with us at Addicted to Stamps and More.

  8. Gorgeous results Cathy. The stenciling over top of the smooshing looks AMAZING! xx

  9. This is beautiful! I love the stencilled background and pretty butterfly!

  10. Lovely work - that back ground really is dreamy!!! Mxxx

  11. Beautiful card and a wonderful background - nice smooshing!

  12. Cathy, what a beautiful soft background. Lovely stenciling, so pretty.

  13. Subtle, soft and lovely, Cathy ... the sense of movement in the flourishes hint at the wings of the butterfly fluttering ... it's just fabulous! Hugs, Anita :)

  14. Another stunner! This is just gorgeous!


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