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Minimum Supplies with Maximum Effect

Hi everyone, today I would like to show you how you can create a fun card project with minimum supplies with which you can create maximum effect! Let’s get started:

Step 1:

Start the project by stamping a butterfly image (this one is from my local craft store, you can use any butterfly image you have) onto paper that can handle water well, using Spectrum Noir Water-Proof ink in “Noir Black”.

Pick a couple of Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils in colours that work well together and colour the image. First start with the “Strawberry” pencil.

Step 2:

Next add the “Aubergine” Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencil. You can colour any way you want but in this particular image I tried to not colour area’s with the same colour that border onto each other.

Step 3:

The last colour is “Elderberry”. Follow the this technique to achieve the same effect as shown in the picture: start colouring an area by putting more pressure on the pencil on the outer parts of the butterfly and add less pressure to the pencil and fewer layers colouring inwards. This way you achieve a gradual change of colour in each small area of the wings. When the colouring is done wet the area with a water brush, starting from the inside (where the colour is less visible) and working outwards (where there is more pigment from the pencil on the paper). Clean your brush on a piece of kitchen paper. When you feel the colour is not dark enough, let the paper dry and add another layer.

All the Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils used on today’s project are from the “Florals” set.

Step 4:

After finishing colouring the image fussy cut the butterfly leaving a small white border. If you feel like your butterfly needs something extra you can add some Sakura Glaze pen in Black on the body of the butterfly (it makes it a little bit shinier).

Step 5:

For the background panel die cut a square panel from white card stock, two sizes smaller than your card base. Stamp your sentiment on the panel using the same black ink as before. This particular stamp set is by Altenew (“Birthday Builder”). You can use any stamp set you have.

Then place you stencil of choice (this one is by The Crafter’s Workshop: TCW5012) over your panel and adhere temporarily (if you feel your background panel is moving too much you can adhere that one as when, use tape that doesn’t damage your paper).

Take a foam applicator tool and Spectrum Noir Midas ink in “Gold” and apply the ink in dabbing motions over the stencil until you have covered the entire stencil area. Remove the stencil carefully, let the ink dry and wash you stencil under the sink.

Step 6:

To finish the background cover the sentiment with a scrap piece of paper and splatter some Spectrum Noir Sparkle ink in “Amethyst” on the panel using a brush. Let it dry or dry with a heat tool.

Step 7:

Put your card project together: die cut a slightly larger square panel from matching pink card stock and adhere both square panels together using liquid glue. Adhere this combination to a white card base using one millimetre thick foam tape.

Finish the card by adhering the butterfly image on top only adding glue to the body of the butterfly and curving the wings slightly upwards.

Detail picture:

That’s it for today’s fun card project! I wish you a creative day!

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